A Time-lapse Cinemagraph Made With 12 Images

This Cinemagraph time-lapse was made using only 12 JPEG images. The software allows photographers to create motion within a static photograph. You need to upload each image to the website, and then you design the movement within each image. Once you get a moving image "flowing" you can render it out and import it into Adobe Premiere Pro to create the final time-lapse.

The cinemagraph can be used in a way that grabs and holds attention. It's something new and unusual. It looks like a still image at first, but after a couple of seconds you notice it moves. We've all seen the photograph posters being changed to screens in the H&Ms and Zaras. I can just imagine the adventure stores having this kind of time-lapse on with the lightning bolt remaining as the rest of the scene passes by. 

It isn't cheap and goes at $299 in a promotional campaign. But, Plotagraph Pro makes it possible to re-imagine your stills, to create something different and to be on the front lines of technological developments in the photography industry. What I don't like is it seems to "smudge" the grass fields in some of the scenes, which isn't something I would like to give to my client. But it's a beta, so let's see where it goes!

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Wouter is a portrait and street photographer based in Paris, France. He's originally from Cape Town, South Africa. He does image retouching for clients in the beauty and fashion industry and enjoys how technology makes new ways of photography possible.

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I personally think that looks horrible. Just looks like a blurry image to me. I mean I would jump on a piece of software that would allow me to save hours of waiting around and 100's of gigs of pictures in a time-lapse but this is not the way. I guess it's not entirely noticeable in the clouds right off the bat due to their already "blurry" nature but the foreground...omg. Picture also already looks like it was edited to look painted swell so add a High Quality sharp image to the equation and it gets even worse. Just my opinion though.

I know the software, but that doesnt actually discredit the video.
Its because i know that you can do muuuuuuuuuuuch better.
This looks like the images were put on a bouncy castle. things go left and right with no thought, at different speeds.... its a mess.

Yeah optical flow is only so good. I could see the frame blending as well. I wouldn't say this was overly successful. We use oflow or motion estimation all the time in vfx and it's usually OK or surprising at best when it does a good job. Lots of tweaking to get rid of artifacts and then a lot of manual work. This looks like the vector settings were to low to grab the detail to build the missing frames. Or too little frames to start with.

Right! "$299 in a promotional campaign" THAT "Renews every year. Next charge: $299.00 on Nov 14, 2017"