Save Time & Money with Cinegif

One of Cinegif’s most valuable features is that it automates the complicated process of creating a Cinemagraph.  The term ‘Cinemagraph’ was coined by NYC fashion photographer/artist couple Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg.  It refers to a moving photograph that captures just enough of a specific moment in time to illustrate emotion, yet leaves out enough to spark curiosity.  Cinemagraphs have become quite the rage in photography and artistic communities and millions of Cinemagraphs have been created all around the world.

Cinemagraph by Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg Copyright – Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg

The process is very complex, time consuming, and requires an expert level of Photoshop knowledge just to get started.  Cinegif has automated this highly technical process thus allowing you to spend more time creating rather than trying to figure out what settings, buttons, and sliders to adjust for the desired result.  What takes hours and days in Photoshop takes only minutes with Cinegif.

A few weeks ago, I went on the web to look for a good tutorial video.  The first one I found had 109 steps to complete a Cinemagraph.  Another video was 53 minutes long.  The one shown below caught my attention but was so complicated that half way through I began to think that I was being recruited by Homeland Security to fight terrorists.

Through no fault of the presenter, it just confirms that the process is difficult.  It also highlights the fact most of us have better things to do than watch a complicated video, buy an expensive software package, and take the time to master the technical recipe.

Why go through all of that when for less than $2 you can create your own in less than 5 minutes from upload to finished product.

Here’s our video on how to make a Cinemagraph using Cinegif:

Save Time & Money with Cinegif.  Start your FREE Trial today at www.cinegif.com.

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GIF’s Tipping Point

As the GIF turns 25, it’s about time that the clever image format start making some money.  The GIF is enjoying quite a resurgence in popularity –  primarily among teens using Tumblr, and among photographers and artists experimenting with miniaturized or isolated areas of motion within what appear to be otherwise still photographs.  A good modern GIF captures just enough of a specific moment to illustrate motion, yet leaves enough out to spark your curiosity – to make you begin wondering what the back story is that’s associated with the motion.  That connection to a sense of wonder and imagination is a major contributing factor to why teens and artists are the ones helping us redefine what a GIF is.  The problem is, many teens and artists don’t have any money!  Given the current lack of heavy financial support, some say that this new GIF trend will come and go, fade as just another passing fad, and never really infiltrate the mainstream.  I beg to differ. I say that the current trend is just a precursor of the real economic opportunity that lies ahead.

Trends typically start small, and as they grow, they tend to find their own “tipping point” – often in unusual and oblique ways.  It seems that the real opportunity for GIFs is in the $280B advertising and marketing industry.  As more ad dollars continue to switch to digital content in the form of e-mail campaigns, website graphics and mobile ads, the more we all will battle for consumer attention.  To remain competitive, we will all have to “think outside the box”, and begin utilizing technology in ways that leave no stone unturned.  Teens and artists have already begun the first steps in that process, exploring the creative side of the technology.  Businesses (marketers) will slowly begin seeing other advantages to a new form of communication that is as engaging as a video, but as simple to use as a photo.  The real opportunity lies in this new category of interaction – the GIF as a new short form of communication that bridges the gap between our insatiable appetite for video and our rapidly shrinking attention spans.

Monetarily, GIFs will begin to make an economic impact when any of the following three tipping points occur:

  1. A major stock photo supply house begins licensing GIFs
  2. Facebook fully supports GIFs (as is the case on Tumblr)
  3. MS Outlook 2007 & 2010 email clients make up less than 5% market share of all email client users (9.7% today)

I expect one of these tipping point events to occur within a year from now (Summer 2013), and for all three to take place by the end of 2014.  This will open the flood gates, and the marketing community will rush to incorporate animated GIFs, using the medium in a variety of creative ways that will capture our attention and dramatically increase audience engagement.   Based upon current industry data, I expect that GIF licensing will make up 18% of the total $2B stock photo licensing market by 2018.  That is about where video stock sits today, following a five year trend similar to that projected for the GIF.

Based on that logic, by 2018 it can be expected that GIFs will account for approximately $350M in annual licensing revenue.  “Conventional” video in all formats will continue its strong growth, topping $525M by 2018, and still photography will see a steady decline, due to incremental displacement by the other two media – but still photography will, nonetheless, account for $1.1B in annual licensing revenue in 2018.  The entire market can be expected to stay relatively flat due to other economic factors, however – but the over all mix will begin to favor the newer, more engaging formats.

So what does it all mean?

At 25, it’s time for the GIF to move out of Mom’s basement and into the real world.  Time for it to begin supporting itself – and we can all help, by showing businesses how this forgotten file format has gone hipster, and is truly ready to shine!