How to make your pictures COME TO LIFE using a CINEMAGRAPH

How to make your pictures COME TO LIFE using a CINEMAGRAPH


– What’s up everybody? Peter McKinnon here and
today we are talking about how to do a cinemagraph. Cinematography, photography, photograph, cinema, cinemagraph. You see where it, you see where, someone was really thinking
about that real hard. (blues music) Pete, what’s a cinemagraph? I will tell you. A cinemagraph is essentially an image where a small part of
that image is moving. The reason I think cinemagraphs are so badass is because of this. For the longest time, it’s
kind of been photos or video. Now they’re two very different things under the same umbrella
in the same universe, but you know you’ve got your
guys that just do photos, you’ve got your guys that just do video. Some people do them both, but it’s always kind of been one or the other. You’re gonna go shoot footage that day. You’re gonna go you know polish
your cinematography skills or you’re gonna go
shoot portraits this day with your still shots
and that kind of thing. So now we can actually mash
those two things together into a cinemagraph, so
you get the best of photos and the best of videos
into a whole new thing that starts making you think different when you look at a subject. Example, let’s say I’m pouring coffee. That might be a cool shot. Might be a cool video, but
now we’ve got another option. Might be a cool cinemagraph
where I’m perfectly still in the photo, but the coffee
is pouring out of the Chemex. Super, super interesting
way to look at something. You throw that up on your website, not many people see those things. I mean we’re visual artists right? We work with cameras, we work with video on a daily basis, we’re
plugged into this kind of thing but for people that aren’t in the know or in the industry or
in the biz, as they say, they look at a cinemagraph and they’re like ah, what is this? What is this magic that I’m seeing? He’s, is that a? It’s just a really cool
thing that not many people have been exposed to yet, because they’re kind of taking off, if you will. All the cool kids are doing it, so. I’m gonna teach you guys
how to do it right now using coffee as a perfect example because I need my afternoon pick-me-up, and let’s be honest, I’m addicted. Okay so a couple things you’re gonna need if you’re gonna do this is a tripod. What you’re shooting needs
to be perfectly still. You can balance your camera on a counter or on a chair using books and
a bunch of stuff like that, but to get the best result, you’re gonna want to have a tripod. If it’s the really lightweight tripod you’re gonna want to hang
some kind of sand bag or a weight or a backpack
filled with books, something in it so that that
tripod is not going anywhere, it’s not gonna sway, it’s not gonna move if someone walks by it. It’s just a very sturdy,
stable surface for your camera. Second thing you’re gonna
need obviously is a camera that does video, so you can
use your smartphone for that. You can use your DSLR or
any type of video camera that you have, and we’re going to use that to film the scene to make the cinemagraph. So for me I’m using a DSLR,
and it doesn’t really matter. Don’t worry about the video quality or what frame rate we’re shooting at yet. We just need a camera
that can record video that sits on a tripod, so
we’re gonna start there. Now we are going to
create the cinemagraph, and what we need to, I feel like I’ve said cinemagraph 1,000 times. I need to stop saying cinema,
I need to stop saying cinema, okay so what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna pour this coffee into this mug, and the
photograph is the frame that you’re seeing and the cinematography aspect is what I’m going to isolate when we bring this into post. So the actual coffee that’s
pouring out of the Chemex right now into the cup is
gonna be the only thing that’s moving when I actually
bring this into post. So whatever you end up shooting, you need to look for that link of motion be it that it’s coming from a tap, or be it that it’s palm
trees or some kind of motion with the wind or the weather. But the link you want to
make is in this instance the coffee flowing out of
the Chemex into the mug. So let’s take that into post
and see what it looks like. Okay, so step one is complete. We shot what we needed to shoot
in order to get the footage for the cinemagraph, now
we’re gonna bring those files into Photoshop and finish the rest off. I know what you’re thinking, Photoshop? That’s for photos, it also does video, and yes my mind was also blown the first time I realized that. So, first things first let’s
take a look at the clip that we are going to use today. Downstairs we were making some coffee and we’re just gonna
do a little slow motion kind of looped coffee
pour, not slow motion sorry but looped coffee pour. Remember, cinemagraph
is gonna be a photograph where most of everything is still except for one or two moving components of that image which make
up that kind of mash that we talked about before. So for this, we’re going to
use this stream of coffee. Everything else is going
to be completely still. Now it’s important to say
I’ve already color graded this clip, so whatever
you’re going to use, because we’re bringing it into Photoshop, I know you can adjust
levels, stuff like that with your video clips within Photoshop, but I like to do my
color grading in Premiere so I opened up a project that I’m going to be using this cinemagraph in. I found the clip that I
wanted, I color graded it and I exported a 1080p
version of it which is what you’re looking at now. So I recommend doing that before you start so that when you bring
this clip into Photoshop it’s exactly how you want it to look before you get going with everything that we’re going to do now, okay? So, that being said, grab that clip, drag it straight into
Photoshop and boom, here we go. It’s going to automatically
open up this timeline, so now is the finicky part. We need to find an in and
an out point of this clip that’s going to work just right for making this loop infinite, okay? So, what I’m looking at
is this area right here, ’cause this stream of coffee is gonna be the only moving aspect
of this entire image so I need to find an end point where, in and out point where
that stream of coffee is the most steady, so if we
look at the beginning here it’s not gonna work because
I’m tilting that Chemex. It’s moving up as my wrist goes up and then at the end I’m
finishing off that pour, there’s too much movement, so
I need something in the middle where that stream isn’t moving. So if you scrub along with this play head, this looks pretty good right in here, so if I start there, I’m gonna go to the beginning of this
clip, grab those black left and right arrows, click
hold it down and drag all the way to that red play head and then boom, it makes
that the first frame, magic. Now what you’re going
to do is you’re going to find your ending frame,
so this looks pretty good. There’s not much movement here. That spout starts to
dip right about there, so I’m going to go back a couple frames, grab this end and now I’m going to bring that, shoo, to the end. Click on this little gear
over here on the left and make sure loop playback is selected. That way when we preview this clip and we just hit spacebar,
it looks pretty good but you see how that wrist and the Chemex kind of jerks back to the beginning? It’s because the end frame is different than the beginning frame. Our first frame starts
here, our last frame ends here, but these
two frames are different so we need this frame to be the same here, so that when it comes back around, it’s a seamless infinite loop okay? So how do we do that? This is how. So what we need to do is
duplicate this video layer. So come over here to your layers panel, click on video group one, drag that down to the new layer icon which
is right beside the trash can. That’s going to make a second
copy of the same thing. So right now we’ve got two
copies of the same thing. Now, top layer, first frame and the last frame are different. We need the first frame and the last frame to be exactly the same. That’s why we’ve duplicated
this bottom layer. So these two frames start
at the exact same place at the top and at the bottom here. Top and bottom. Both these frames are the same thing, that’s why it looks exactly the same. So drag that bottom layer
all the way over to the end, where it meets with the last
frame of the top layer okay? So essentially this frame right here that’s starting on the bottom layer is the exact same frame as this because we just copied the clip, right? So now if we were to extend this footage back a little bit, that play head still remains in the same area where that first frame is
on the top layer, okay? I know that’s really, really confusing but play it back, it does make sense. We’re going to grab this bottom layer and drag it to meet so that
they are the same length, okay? So now we need to blend
these two layers together and this is how we’re going to do that. You’re going to hit this little
arrow here on the left side and you’re going to drag the play head to where that bottom layer starts and you’re gonna hit opacity. That’s gonna make a key frame if you hit that little stopwatch there. Drag over a little bit further, then you’re gonna hit another key frame which is this little diamond in between the left and the right arrows. You’re going to hit that. Before you click anything else, come over here to opacity
in your layers panel, drag it all the way to zero, and then click on that yellow diamond and drag it all the way to the end. So essentially this is what we’ve done. We’ve started a key frame here that says this layer, the top layer,
is 100% visible right now but by the end of this clip
when the play head reaches that next yellow diamond that
we’ve set to zero opacity, that clip will be completely
gone, completely invisible. So as that video plays, it’s
going from 100%, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, all the way down to zero where our first frame starts so that we’re creating that infinite loop. Mind blown, right? I feel like we’re in the
wormhole in Inception right now. I know, I know. But if you follow these steps,
this is what’s happening. So now if we play that back. It looks pretty good. There’s a little bit of movement still in the Chemex and my hand, and that’s what we need to eliminate. So to do that, we’re
going to make a new layer. We’re going to stamp
visible layer by hitting command option shift E. And that puts a solid,
no movement visible layer on top of both of our movie clips. So imagine these two fingers are movies, this is a jpeg image. So we’re going to punch a hole through this image so that we can see what’s happening underneath, okay? Check this out. So right now if I play
that, nothing’s happening. First things first, let’s
bring this clip down to make it a little bit smaller. Done. Drag that back out, nothing’s happening. I see nothing, I see a loop. I can hear my audio, but I don’t see any video happening,
nothing’s happening at all. So how do we fix that? Well we’re going to make that top layer into a layer mask, so come over here to the layer panel, click on
it, hit the layer mask button down here at the bottom
right beside effects. Boom, add layer mask. Make sure your foreground is set to black. You can reset those by clicking X and D. X, D, D’s gonna make it white,
X is gonna make it black. Hit B for brush, make that
brush size a little bit bigger and then we’re going to zoom in here like I showed you earlier
to our stream of coffee and we’re going to mask that away. See how it’s moving? Now if you want to see what you’re masking underneath your delete key,
just hit that slash button and then you can actually
see what you’re painting. Helps a little bit when
you’re trying to be accurate and you know a little more precise. You’re gonna get right
into this spout here. You want to make that brush
size a little bit smaller when you’re masking things
out just to be precise. Okay once you’re happy with that mask, hit that slash button again. That’s going to hide everything. You can command minus to zoom back out, then hit spacebar and let’s
see what that looks like. That looks pretty awesome. Let’s zoom in again just a little bit. Couple more refinements. Make sure you clicked on that top layer. Hit that slash again so that we can see. Make sure you selected B for brush if you’re going to keep
making adjustments. Now over here the stream
went a little this way. I’d like to mask just a little bit there, and zoom back out, hit slash. Spacebar. Yes, looking good. So now all we gotta do is save for web. You’re gonna hit command option shift S. That is gonna bring up
the save for web dialog. Now make sure under the preset down here where it says gif, it
might be automatically set to png or png24. Just move that up to gif. That’s going to give you
all of these options. You can see the file size
over here is less than a meg so that’s great, especially given the fact that it’s 1920 by 1080. Make sure you come down
here to looping options. It’s by default selected at once, so make sure you click
that and select forever. That way it actually continues to loop and then all you do is hit save. Select where you want to save it. Let’s go desktop, let’s
call it coffee pour. Hit save right there, boom. Done. Command H to hide
Photoshop, hide this, select and there you have a finished cinemagraph that doesn’t take very long. But what’s interesting about it is it gives you a different dynamic to look at when you’re thinking
about photos and videos. It’s kind of like this
bridge that you can use, ’cause I’ll guarantee most people when they go out to
shoot photos, when they go out to shoot video, they’re not thinking about cinemagraphs in mind right? But when you go out keeping
those things in mind you’re gonna say oh I
love that plane is flying through the sky right now,
through those buildings. I’m gonna film this really steady, and then I’m gonna make a cinemagraph of just that plane moving through the photo. It’s gonna be incredible. So when you keep those things
in the forefront of your mind when you’re shooting
either video or photo, when you get home, you’ve
just got more stuff to make. And as artists, it’s always
fun trying out new techniques, trying out new tips
and tricks, using these different applications that
we all have at our fingertips through free trials or subscriptions. So really, find something at home, find something out in the world and actually give this a shot. You’ll probably be really
pumped at the results and it’s going to inspire
you to go back out and find new things to
make cinemagraphs from, and the next thing you know your friends are gonna be saying how,
how did you do that? Is that an animation, like what is, what am I even looking at here? These are really cool, and I really hope that you guys got something out of this and understood the nonsense
that’s involved in making it. And it might seem like
there’s a lot of work involved in the steps required to do a cinemagraph, but honestly when you get it down from start to finish,
you can bang this out in five minutes tops. It’s pretty easy to do. Just be careful, slow, and meticulous with your layer masking. The cleaner and nicer
you do your layer mask, the better it’s going
to look overall, okay? Boom! So thanks again for
watching, hope you guys enjoyed this video. Don’t forget to hit that like button, subscribe if you aren’t already, and and! I’ll see you in the next video. (low key music) Stop it, I need to stop
slapping my face too. It’s starting to burn. (low key music)

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  1. Hey Peter, love your work! Will be adding you from my Coffee+Watch Company Instagram: @brewwatches
    Keep up the great work! -Jonathan

  2. Hello, I'm trying to make a cinemagraph but I'm not able to use the ' Command + Option + Shift ' ( for Window: Ctrl + Alt + Shift ) What do I have to do to solve my problem?

  3. I tried to do this and everything looks perfekt til the moment im saving it. It completely changes the color corrections that I've made and when I try to open it on my Mac it comes in the form of pictures but it still says .Gif. Anyone have a clue what Im doing wrong? did everything step by step as told.

  4. Nice tutorial ! Famous french rappers "Casseurs Flowters" have done music video clip with almost only cinemagraphs, a great example to see all the possibilities of this technic ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBwtAySu7Mg

  5. I made a cinemagraph watching this video but for some reason my gif has a slight loss in color and quality in the gif file. Anyone have any idea what happened?

  6. Great video! Just a tiny comment about gifs guys, keep in mind that those can keep only 256 colors. If you shoot a super cool and colorful footage or you have a lot of gradients your colors will be patchy. Be smart and shoot something with less colors, or pump the contrast or you can also transform everything black and white!

  7. Peter, Big Fan, I've used your tutorial to do cinemagraphs with great success, however I'm seeing those floating around with motion in texture, and not motion of the subject. How does that work? As opposed to capturing video of the subject and masking out a small portion of the screen shot, they are using what looks to be a photo and then manipulating the texture into motion some how. Any input would be greatly appreciated (to all as well) . Thanks in advance

  8. Excuse me if im wrong, why would u use the second layer. In stead of using the first layer and the still image and masking everything but the coffee drop.

  9. Not bad.. but either learn about PIP (pic in pic) or just show us your screen. Too much camera time on you and not enough on your screen.

  10. 2017 almost 2 years after and you never talked about it again..lol They updated some stuff in photoshop that adobe is advertising make a video on that Peterman!

  11. why not just reverse copy the clip and put it at the end so that you avoid all this trouble? still you got an amazing solution and you taught us how to do it your way

  12. Hey Peter! I have a question I found this video and absolutly love it. Thank you for explaining so clearly but I am having one problem. I can't seem to be able to import video's into my photoshop. Do you maybe know how to fix this?

  13. It doesn't let me extend the video, do you click any specific command? Thanks for the video very funny and useful.

  14. Bros, did anyone here see what I just saw??? Wtf you did bro? You just did all this shit to fake the natural coffee pouring at the end too? Did this just happened or I’m missing something?

  15. too much talking too less content … this video could have been done in less than 5 minutes. i just skip skip skip.. thumbs down

  16. Came back to watch this, as I forgot how to do it, and oh man I've missed the kitchen, the old vibes!!

  17. This would be awesome for waterfalls or even looping starts/clouds/etc from a time lapse into a cinemagraph even though that might be tricky aligning things but maybe! Any other ideas?

  18. Thanks for communicating this in a way which is understandable. Usually, I become overwhelmed by watching tutorials on things like this. Subscribed!

  19. Thanks for being my morning coffee buddy Peter!! I am a complete beginner saving up for my first camera. I don't have light room or Photoshop yet. However I watch your videos everyday while I am drinking my morning coffee and I am learning so much from your channel!! One day I hope to show you my own work. Keep showing us how to do what you love I assure you of this we are learning!!

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