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Inspired by Cinemagraphs, Flixel lets you easily create beautiful living photos. Unlike a still photo, a living photo contains a portion of of seamless and infinitely looping motion. Whether it's hair blowing in the wind or a flickering fire in the background of an otherwise still image, the effect can be mesmerizing.
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iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Category: Photo & Video
Updated: July 27, 2012
Publisher: Flixel Photos Inc.
Version 2.4.2 [15.389452 MB]
Some features are nice! Cou... by worldharmony
VIDEO CHOOSING I tried to make a cinemagraph of the desert and flowering shrubs scene as I had done with Cinemagram but I couldn't. You know why? Because you can't choose images from your camera roll; each video must be made freshly. That's a huge drawback for me and moved this to the number two spot instantly. When you record your live video, recording stops when you reach the maximum number of seconds (3-4, I believe). VIDEO CREATION I LOVE the way you create a cinemagraph: as you draw your mask over the area you want animated, that portion begins to move. You can easily see where to draw. I also like that you can chose the start and end of your video without having to watch a looping portion of the video play over and over until you get the start/stop frames right. Here, the video is frozen; you choose a dot below the image to choose the beginning and ending frames. When you choose a spot to begin, the video changes to the frame at that point EDITING YOUR IMAGE, IMAGE QUALITY Flixel wins over Cinemagram here. If you mask too much, you can ERASE- wonderful! You can also undo stroke by stroke. No masking, then going to a preview screen, then going back to correct it and then previewing it again, over and over. I'm a perfectionist, so the easier the editing, the better. This is great. I tried the colorization, which all the apps have. Processing the colorization was the slowest of all of the apps functions. There are four paid filters for 1.99 or 99 cents each. 5 others are free. I notice that the filters aren't particularly popular, maybe because animated gifs are interesting enough already. There is no warping or movement of the still portions of an image, as with Cinemagram. I viewed one image of a boy in what appears to be a botanical garden with butterflies flittering about. In Cinemagram this would have turned out poorly, but here, only the butterflies move. UPLOADING AND SAVING YOUR IMAGE Click the checkbox. After a few seconds (seems a bit slower than Cinemagram) your image appears next to caption box where you can title your image. You can save to your camera roll (yes!), and even save to drafts. You can easily share to social networks as well. VIEWING IMAGES Your image appears along with others. I like that you can see four images at once. If you want to view just one, tap it and it will fill the screen. I noticed some lag in image downloads, but it wasn't too annoying. The flapping hummingbird lets you know something is happening. Images looped smoothly and consistently. SOCIAL NETWORKING You can "heart", flag or share your, or others', images. The network seems active, with images receiving votes, though few comments.