Almost everyone in this day and age seems to be enamored with social media, especially Instagram as it’s a no no-nonsense app with a plethora of features. Users find new ways to flaunt their creativity with a whole array of options like Boomerang or the existing filters. Cinemagraphs have now taken over and are all the rage today for social media users. What is cinemagraph? It is the type of motion photo that is half still and half moving, like live portraits; almost similar to Harry Potter’s moving photos. Well, this new kid on the block isn’t in-built in any of the social platforms but you can download some apps individually to create impressive imagery which gives an illusion of a combined photo and a video.
These apps are free to use but offer you more functionality is in the premium version. We suggest giving the free version a try and only if you dig cinemagraphs a lot and maybe like a certain app, you could pay for the premium version. So, scroll down to see the best cinemagraph apps for Android to create marvelous cinemagraphs.
Best Cinemagraph Apps For Android: Add Motion to Still Images:
- StoryZ Photo Motion & Cinemagraph
- Motion Stills
- Motion On Photo
- Photo in Motion
Zoetropic tops this list owing to its simplicity and a whole of features it houses. We’ve recently covered in this app detail, giving you a short tutorial on how to make motion stills that stand out. Zoetropic gives you some amazing options to make cinemagraphs without any fuss. You’ll first be greeted with a host of quick in-app tips to make you understand how this app brings about a motion photo. Once you read all these tricks, you are asked to import a picture and you can get started. In order to make a movie-like motion photo, you’ll have to execute 7 tasks which are at the bottom. Users also get to add music to their creation which will give the output a wondrous feel. The app lets you use all of these features for free but comes with a watermark. If you don’t want that, you could opt for a premium version with other add-ons. So, tap on the link below to make those awesome motion stills.
- Free features.
- Fast export.
- Simple navigation.
- Premium version for added functionality.
2. StoryZ Photo Motion & Cinemagraph
The next app on our list is StoryZ which has an elegant UI, making it easier to navigate and do things without any hassles. Doesn’t matter if it’s your first time making a cinemagraph of you are an advanced user, the app simplifies everything for everyone. For starters, StoryZ lets you create double exposure effect in an animated form which consists a still image and overlay video. The app lets you dabble in three different zones – Ripple, Overlay and Motion. While Motion lets you blend static images with a video for animated effects, Ripple and Overlay give you multiple effects to play and experiment with. Apart from these features, you get to join StoryZ Community to create your own cult of motion stills. If you are the one who likes to have a lot of features (even gimmicky), then this is the app for you. So, download the link below and share your stories with the world.
- Easy navigation.
- StoryZ Community.
- Animated Double Exposure.
- Ripple, Overlay and Motion features.
Vimage (which I presume is a portmanteau of video+image) is a homespun app that lets you create cinemagraphs effortlessly. You can create a lot of motion stills but what if you are out of options for photos or videos? Vimage has a simple solution of built-in stock which offers the users with 100+ videos to choose from and a gallery full of free usable images. Aside from these commonplace features, you get to edit your photos in the advanced mode which quickly replaces any other photo editing apps. It lets you apply up to 10 effects simultaneously on a single image. Moreover, if you are a social media fanatic or looking for fame, you can put hashtags on your creation to get features on the Vimage community and/or Instagram. So, what are you waiting for? Download this app and have some fun.
- Advanced editing features.
- Stock images.
- 100+ video effects.
Plotagraph Inc. has brought us an all-in-one app to create cinemagraphs. It focuses on three aspects: Create, share and explore. Plotaverse lets you create stunning live portraits with a single tap-and-drag option. Apart from creating cinemagraphs, this app offers you the already known photo editing modes like brightness, contrast, saturation control. If you are active on a lot of social media sites, you are in for a treat as Plotaverse lets you choose from various crop presets. You get an option to export as a GIF, mp4 or an animated PNG. You can also control the speed of the animation. If you are an influencer, you might want to check out the vast community where millions of people share their creation; daily contests are also held in the app to boost your creativity. So, download Plotaverse and animate like a pro.
- Simple navigation.
- Crop presets for different social media.
- Multiple export options.
- Aesthetic effects and overlays.
Loopsie by GameLounge is a phenomenal app for live portraits. This app offers a lot of features in the free version. There are a plethora of effects to make your photos shine. You get to use video loops which are amazing. Loopsie has an integrated video camera to shoot those awesome videos in full HD and later edit them with a fully functional video editor. Forget your monopod or tripod home as the stabilization algorithm removes shaky effects. Moreover, you can choose from a range of aspect ratios to export for multiple social media apps. So, download this app keep using it on loop.
- User-friendly UI.
- Full HD videos.
- Built-in video editor.
- Integrated camera.
Crazy Labs have introduced a crazy new app which houses a lot of abilities. Change the quality of GIF, adjust GIFs frame rate, etc. Use real-time filters on your phone for a blemish-free effect. Users can tap on the subject to focus and give it an effect. Apart from adjusting the GIFs frame rate, you even adjust photo capturing frame rate. Share your creations on social media. Easily draw the animation movement by your finger. If all these features entice you, you can upgrade to a pro version which has more options. So, head on to Play Store and download Cinemagraph to impress your followers.
- Adjust GIF’s frame rate.
- Touch to focus.
- Amazing filters.
- 1-tap share.
7. Motion Stills
Motion Stills is a simple app that gives you a lot of features without paying a single penny. Create some staggering motion photos and looping GIFs to impress your followers; you can also combine footages into movies to share later on with friends. Share motion stills in GIF format. Shoot a one-tap short video from this app which clocks in at 3 seconds. This app also locates your clips and watch the other clips in the stream. So, download Motion Stills from the Play Store and have fun.
- Totally free.
- Clip creation with 1 swipe.
- Augment and stabilize videos.
- Fast forward effect.
Skwirrl brings us a well-known app to create live portraits or cinemagraphs. It’s a pro-grade app which offers multiple features ranging from basic to experts. The app UI is refreshing with a black mode which doesn’t need you to toggle the night mode on your phones. Flapix offers us a basic video editing functionality within the app. Users can zoom their existing videos, a feature that other apps do not have it. Easily create loop videos and use brush tool if you like it a lot. Those looking for an almost perfect app then I would have to say Flapix. So, download this app to upload quality photos on Instagram.
- Zoom videos.
- Various brushes.
- HQ photos.
- Easy share.
9. Motion on Photo
Motion on Photo is a no-nonsense app that has a plethora of option to create exceptional cinemagraphs. You get to use features like motion-animation effect, animation smoke effect and to set the speed of the image. Opacity can also be manipulated in the settings along with blurred video mode. There is another interesting mode called the Photo Slow Motion which lets you apply motion on animation effects. To slow down things in the photos, you get another mode called Slow Motion Camera Effect. If you have to send a friend a GIF or a video, you can select that as well. So, download the link below and get started.
- Film filters.
- In-built photo gallery.
- Set image speed.
- Adjust motion effect.
10. Photo in Motion
Photo in Motion is the most basic yet feature-rich app that you can find on this list. You just have to literally do 3 steps to get your live portrait. Add an image from your gallery and select movement tool and select all the points at the place you have to give a motion effect to. Just direct the effect and now select stabilization tool so that the footage would feel like it’s been shot on a tripod. So, head on to the Play Store and download this app.
- Stabilize footages.
- Easy to use an app.
- Basic options.
These were the apps we think you should download for those impressive motion stills. Share with us the most preferred app that satiates the social media user inside of you.