Cinemagraph Vs. Plotagraph – Which program you should use to add magic to your photos?
Every photography enthusiast should be amazed at the whirlwind of innovations that the industry has experienced. From flying drone cameras to built-in lenses that can zoom further than before, the world of photography is growing and become increasingly clever.
One particularly interesting advancement, known to many as “hybrid photography,” has gripped the artistic community with a new level of creative bliss. Quite simply, special programs can allow the photographer to bring their photos to life. Specific features of photos and videos can be edited to “move,” and audio can be added to compliment the creation.
Two of these programs have especially shaken the innovative photographers among us. Flixel’s Cinemagraph Pro launched onto the scene with its user-friendly interface and modern effects. Soon after, Plotagraph Pro emerged with genius features and a heftier price tag.
Read on to learn more about the superpowers of hybrid photography!
Once you open the video, the format looks extremely simple. Across the upper-left hand corner you have the trim tool, the mask tool, the loop tool, and the effects tool. The trim tool is what allows you to edit the video. The mask tool lets you highlight the areas you want to keep in motion, which is where the magic happens. The loop tool assigns where the “Flixel” repeats, and the effects tool gives you several fashionable color filters to choose from.
The user-friendliness of this program exhilarated me the first time I used it. Simple, minimalist, modern; whatever you want to call it, Cinemagraph will have you creating hybrid photos that must have been crafted by an expert animator. Click this link to view some images created by some talented Cinemagraphers.
Plotagraph Pro, on the other hand, takes a little more experimentation. The program includes a few extra tools that, when used properly, can make for exciting content. Now, let’s be honest—most people throw away the manual when presented with new software (me included). Luckily, Plotagraph is relatively easy to learn with some added features that will
gracefully send your images to life. The option to add music as the background of your photo was especially wonderful.
Overall, I would give Cinemagraph the win here. The interface is beautiful and will leave you with no questions to ask. However, this doesn’t mean that I have any particular issues with Plotagraph. Both programs will have you creating fantastic content with minimal learning curves.
As mentioned above, Plotagraph has quite a few more features than Cinemagraph. Plotagraph even reached out to the community of individuals who us it and asked them for desired features.
One important feature is the ability to create realistic movement from a still image. If you wanted to add life to a favorite photo you took years ago, you can still create something amazing. Most features within Cinemagraph only apply to clips of video, which can be limiting to those who want to animate old work.
Although Cinemagraph offers simpler functions, I have to give the feature award to Plotagraph. Click here to view some works created with Plotagraph, in addition to a review and tutorial!
Exporting and other technical jazz
I ran into problems exporting my Flixels when I found myself with finished work. The program gives you two options in this regard: You can render the
Flixel and either upload them directly to the Flixel community website, or save them to your computer in either .gif or .mp4.
When I exported my work to my desktop, I experienced intense compression issues. Otherwise smooth gradients formed thick bands of distinct colors. When I uploaded my Flixels to the online community, however, they looked fine.
Plotagraph, on the other hand, decided to avoid many potential issues by hosting its software online. This provides a fantastic advantage for those with slow computers or low-memory drivers. Additionally, you can access your rendered videos from the cloud. I experienced no issues when exporting to different places.
Clearly, the winner here is Plotagraph.
After being featured in the Mac App Store, Flixel lowered the price of Cinemagraph from $200 to a mere $19.99. Plotagraph, however, will run you nearly $200 per year.
Need I say more?
Cinemagraph and Plotagraph are both user-friendly programs that can leave you with some pretty outstanding work. Your decision between the two should hinge on one major point—how much you’re willing to put on the table.
Flixel’s program makes for beautiful images, but the features are quite limited. If you want to bring your extra content the extra mile, you might want to invest in Plotagraph. The ability to seamlessly inject life into still images and add beautiful layers of music?
Clearly, we have a new world of art on our hands.