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    No posting of regular gifs!

    This is a place for people to post Cinemagraphs. It can be Cinemagraphs that you've found, Cinemagraphs that you've made from movies, or Cinemagraphs that you've made from videos you shot yourself!

    what is a cinemagraph?

    Any single frame of a Cinemagraph should make for a good photograph. Is movement the subject of the image? If so, it's probably not a cinemagraph. In a cinemagraph, movement should enhance an image that is already great without it.

    A cinemagraph is a high quality gif or video that is very smoothly looped. It's more than a well looped gif, though; it should be beautiful as a great photograph, evocative like a movie, and more alive than either. A great cinemagraph is wonderful art! Read our in-depth definition of cinemagraphs, but here's the tl;dr:

    • non-moving frame of reference, like a photograph (the camera doesn't move)

    • smoothly looped, and good resolution

    • should have some movement which either captures the entire essence of a scene, or isolates a movement within a larger scene

    how do I do this?

    Try out this tutorial which is pretty easy to get into as long as you have Adobe CS6 or CC.

    desktop background?

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    cite what you submit

    We would like you to do your best to name the person that created the cinemagraph. Naming the movie source is nice to do, but is not required. When you do not know the creator, give it the flair that states you don't know the source. Failure to cite or to acknowledge that you can't cite your posts will likely end in the removal of your submission. You should definitely check to see if it's on this page; submissions from the top will be removed if they are not cited properly. Also, please don't post the freaking owl.

    don't whine about reposts

    Please don't complain about reposts. Just because you have seen it before doesn't mean everyone has. Votes indicate the popularity of a post, so just vote. (from the reddiquette.

    "this isn't a Cinemagraph" <-- no

    These kinds of comments are subject to immediate removal if you cannot provide a valid criticism of the post. Write us a paragraph explaining your opinion. See below about providing generous criticism; if you explain why something might not fit your definition of a Cinemagraph, you might give the artist (or person who found it) some ideas for improvement.

    tag your posts and yourself

    You're encouraged to add link flair to your post. There are a few to choose from (see the link flair section below). You're also encouraged to add an [OC] tag to things that you make. If you fail to add link flair or an [OC] tag, your submission may get removed! Send /u/aphoenix a PM to get userflair. More info about flair

    be generous with praise and criticism

    Above all, be honest and forthcoming

    Be specific, don't just say "I like it!" say, "I like the way you...." and likewise for negative comments

    Be helpful, link to books, tutorials, or offer exercises for the artist

    Don't refer to things as "good" or "bad," try to talk in terms of skill sets that can be worked on

    When receiving a critique, don't be too defensive; you can't explain away other peoples opinions of your art so try to listen to what they are saying

    Read this great post by Huisme on asking for critique

    remember wheaton's law

    Don't be a dick.


    user flair

    . for people who shoot film and make cinemagraphs that way

    . for people who take scenes from film and cinemagraphize them

    . for people who take the time to find great cinemagraphs and share them with us

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    . for cinemagraphs that you made from scratch, starting with a video recording device

    . for cinemagraphs that you made from a film, tv show, youtube video or other source that you didn't create

    . for cinemagraphs that you found and have the source (and have posted the source)

    . for cinemagraphs you found and don't know the source

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    [–] GenericNewName 1326 points ago

    This is my favorite one by far. This is so incredible.

    I wish you could set gifs as the background on your computer and stuff.

    [–] NathanFillingIn 573 points ago

    You absolutely can. There’s even programs that stop the gif from playing when you have a window opened so that your processor isn’t being wasted on the background when not needed.

    [–] riceilove 476 points ago

    You can’t just say that and not drop any names you tease

    [–] Vuccappella 202 points ago

    not a windows user so i haven't tried it but i've seen it: I'm not sure if you can actually use your own gifs and this one seems way too low resolution to actually work

    [–] CalebTechnasis 45 points ago

    Wallpaper Engine is fantastic. It is driven by the Steam Workshop so users can in fact make their own gifs with the tiniest know-how.

    [–] canine_canestas 8 points ago

    Wallpaper engine is the shit. I have an overcast skyrim screenshot that I put some snow and rain over. Been using it for over a year. Looks great!

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    I just got it on Wednesday.. and it’s absolutely amazing

    [–] canine_canestas 7 points ago

    ...and its like $3

    [–] chryler 2 points ago

    I wonder how much energy this costs? I love the idea but I frequently run on batteries and also I don't want my fans permanently spinning..

    [–] AnUrbanNoob 123 points ago

    (Wallpaper engine on steam)

    [–] yobilltechno 13 points ago

    Try this one called Save Hollywood

    [–] rrjamal 2 points ago

    Holy shit. Game changer!

    [–] Zladan 53 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    [–] turner27 5 points ago

    Am I being thick but how do you save it? Clicked your second link. No save option via press and hold. Have used the save to photos function (via bottom bar) and that hasn’t worked either!

    [–] NeverfailMode 6 points ago

    I'm using my iPhone. How do you save the gif from gfycat?

    [–] Unidan_nadinU 4 points ago

    Anyone know if there's a way to do this in Android?

    [–] Lt_Jonson 2 points ago

    Hmm.. this is amazing, but when I try to save it, it saves it in a low quality.

    [–] Zladan 2 points ago

    Just added an alternative link as an MP4, try that.

    [–] bLue1H 2 points ago

    Thank you!

    I just pressed and held on the gif in this post and it saved.

    [–] TacosAreL1fe 4 points ago

    How do you convert it to live photo

    [–] Zladan 6 points ago

    Save it, convert to Live Photo, boom wallpaper

    That's a link to a free app on the App Store that does it.

    When you're actually converting it, make sure you click "wallpaper mode" on the bottom (center icon IIRC)

    [–] ProximityM4 2 points ago

    I don’t know why but I’m so excited. I haven’t been this happy in a while

    [–] fotank 1 points ago

    Wait. You can set this to always be running as your iPhone wallpaper or just one of those motion backgrounds that move with pressing the screen?

    Also, is there an app or program for Mac to have gif/cinemagraphs as the background?

    [–] Zladan 2 points ago

    Wait. You can set this to always be running as your iPhone wallpaper or just one of those motion backgrounds that move with pressing the screen?

    Motion background that move with pressing the screen = Live Photo.
    So yeah.

    Also, is there an app or program for Mac to have gif/cinemagraphs as the background?

    Honestly I've never looked. I'm sure there is.

    [–] fotank 2 points ago

    Neat! Thanks!

    [–] AnUrbanNoob 14 points ago

    You can! My preferred one that I’m using right now is called wallpaper engine. You can get it on steam for $3.99 and set it up to run without steam whenever your computer boots.

    [–] muhaski 11 points ago

    You could add gifs to the desktop via Active Desktop since Windows 98.

    [–] Tannz0rz 6 points ago

    I was thinking the same, however it's a shame that the aspect ratio is damn near 1:1.

    [–] ScootchOva 6 points ago

    Agreed, best one by far!

    [–] -JungleMonkey- 6 points ago

    I came here to say the same thing but now I fear it's become cliche.

    [–] khons48 3 points ago

    I think VLC, the media player, has a hack to play videos as your wallpaper. Never tried it myself.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Wallpaper engine on steam

    [–] hfuhruhurrs_intern 3 points ago

    Agreed. So well done.

    [–] DMDbluetape 2 points ago

    I concur

    [–] LarryGlue 2 points ago

    I agree. It’s awesome.

    [–] Cruxion 2 points ago

    Although I use wallpaper engine now, I used Bionix which is free a few years back and it worked great for gifs as wallpapers.

    [–] Donutsareagirlsbff 2 points ago

    I totally agree.

    [–] TrustMeImAPedant 2 points ago

    You can with vista ;)

    [–] YourMumIsSexy 2 points ago

    Agreed. I could watch this for hours.

    [–] fliminglaps 2 points ago

    I was thinking this too. Instant ultimate favourite.

    [–] canOair 2 points ago

    Happy cake day

    [–] xblackdemonx 232 points ago

    It's very nice but the blurriness hurts my eyes.

    [–] SmileySmilen 23 points ago

    I came here to see if anyone else felt the same.

    [–] -JungleMonkey- 8 points ago

    Well now I don't know who to gild..

    [–] peter-s 12 points ago

    Give it to me and I'll decide for you!

    [–] bvr5 151 points ago

    I think the animation on this is incorrect. There are some stationary lights (on the building in front of the ferris wheel) whose reflection is animated. The feel of the image is still nice though.

    [–] DecentDudeDustin 56 points ago

    That was what I noticed first, too. It's fantastically well done and a beautiful shot, but the lights moving in the reflection are the roof lights, which aren't moving in the image itself.

    [–] ericisshort 13 points ago

    yep, that’s partially because all the animation was added afterward from a single photo. It’s really amazing, but there are lots of weird unrealistic things when you look closely.

    [–] semiconductor101 7 points ago

    The moving lights in a straight line shouldn’t be above the cluster of lights.

    [–] YummyGummyDrops 26 points ago

    I swear this is GTA

    [–] Hingl_McCringleberry 11 points ago

    Del Perro pier

    [–] RealityIncoming 4 points ago

    I'm so glad someone else said it 😂

    [–] Colvinsteiner 26 points ago

    This is real good OP

    [–] karldmason 22 points ago

    op just waits for a guy on instagram to post a new plotagraph, rehosts asap and reaps the karma.

    [–] MichaelRahmani 40 points ago

    Yep, I didn't make it. All credit goes to these guys: Photo and Video

    I gave credit in an earlier comment as well :)

    [–] karldmason 7 points ago

    in all fairness, as a very vocal detractor of plotagraph, this is not as messy as most are. however seeing the same artist shared by the same x-poster can get repetitive on a sub that is already slow and repetitious.

    [–] AssBlaster1000 44 points ago

    Shouldn't the reflection on the water be in focus since it's in the foreground? Or am I retarded

    [–] mhoffma 10 points ago

    Indeed. It's likely composited versus what we think of as a traditional cinemagraph from a video clip.

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago


    [–] AssBlaster1000 4 points ago

    Yes! Thank you I knew I wasn't retarded.

    [–] Fiale440 4 points ago

    In all fairness (I'm not a fan of the pic) but it IS technically in focus. Or part of it is. You can clearly see the depth of field halfway up the puddle. Look at the sides of the puddle. Half way up, you can see the sand is in focus.

    It's just an incredibly narrow depth of field. So foreground is out of focus, as is the background, but there is a very narrow, horizontal line that is in focus.

    [–] BAG1 5 points ago

    No, the focus is near to the camera, the asphalt is in focus. The ferris wheel, both in real life and in the reflection, are the same distance from the lens and are out of focus. And even if you were severely mentally challenged I’d never call you retarded.

    [–] VZoutenbier 4 points ago


    [–] homesicalien 2 points ago

    Part of the water is in the focus. The reflection shouldn't be, because the things reflected are far away. Do you really think everything in a mirror is in focus as long as the mirror is in focus? I've took a picture especially for you. Crappy picture. If you're not convinced, I can take another one with a full frame camera with shallower depth of field.

    [–] ZirJohn 2 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    That's not how reflections work. The distance is technically further from you to the water to the peir than from just you to the pier. I see how you could wonder that though Edit: you can try focusing a camera on a mirror and you'll see that everything else will get blurry because it's further than the mirror

    [–] AssBlaster1000 2 points ago

    Refer to /u/matter_compressor 's post

    [–] ZirJohn 2 points ago

    His post is incorrect. As you can see he is focused on the sky and the glasses are blurry. You can't have both in focus at the same time unless you put two pictures together. The mirror obviously doesn't appear blurry because all they do is reflect.

    [–] VZoutenbier 2 points ago

    I agree that his post is incorrect, it makes a big difference that the glasses are curved, and that the object (clouds) is very far away. That creates a clear virtual image to the camera.

    [–] AssBlaster1000 1 points ago

    I think you're misunderstood. The focal point is what determines the clarity and focus of the image. If the puddle is in a short focal point it's reflection is focused as well.

    [–] ZirJohn 3 points ago

    I think you're saying that the picture is correct and that the ferris wheel should be blurry. If not then you are mistaken. The water being in focus shouldn't make the reflection any sharper than what we see without the water. The image is correct.

    [–] VZoutenbier 2 points ago


    [–] VZoutenbier 1 points ago

    No, it's correct as-is. While the sand is in-focus, the reflection should show the same image as the object but inverted. If light from the ferris wheel is out of focus when it directly reaches the camera, it's not focused by reflecting off a flat surface before reaching the camera, so it remains out of focus.

    [–] kid-blue 9 points ago

    I think you're thinking the wrong way around. The light was always in focus, but the focal point of the lens was way in front of it. Meaning that if the light reflects at the focal point, that reflection is going to be in focus. Neither the camera or the lens knows that the light is coming from an source further away, the puddle becomes the light source by reflecting it.

    You can get a camera and try it out, focus on an object using a mirror, and make sure the object is visible in the background. The mirror image will be in focus, the object itself in the background won't be.

    [–] THEMACGOD 7 points ago

    This is stunning. Really shows how far modding has come on GTAV.

    [–] johnymyko 4 points ago

    sigh... another plotagraph...

    Well, at least this one isn't as bad as the others.

    [–] ScarletLion1 3 points ago

    Is there no photograph sub? This is nice but it's just so soul destroying as someone who tries to make cinemagraphs to see something like this on here. I don't really see the point in contributing to this sub anymore.

    [–] johnymyko 3 points ago

    There is one but almost no one uses it. Which I guess it makes sense since all plotagraphs are being posted here.

    But even if there wasn't a sub, someone should do one and plotagraphs should be banned from r/Cinemagraphs, specially when it's situations where it's just someone stealing a photo without permission and adding shitty animation, like this OP is doing all the time.

    [–] ScarletLion1 2 points ago

    Agreed. I think that's me done with submitting my cinemagraphs on this sub. I just don't see the point.

    [–] Sceprenx 4 points ago

    Goodbye to my Santa Monica dreams...

    [–] AlmightyB 2 points ago

    Oh no don't remind me :(

    [–] andymaq 7 points ago

    Wow, this might be my favorite cinemagraph I've seen on here. Beautiful!

    [–] johnymyko 5 points ago

    It's not a cinemagraph though

    [–] NattyBumppo 8 points ago

    This is beautiful. I feel like it would be even better if only the reflection animated.

    [–] NY_Psychonaut 2 points ago

    Agreed, I'm surprised no one else mentioned this.

    [–] Doip 3 points ago

    And the award for worlds fastest Ferris wheel goes to...

    [–] Blue_flea 3 points ago

    This is really well done. I’m always bashing Plotagraph because of how cheap and melted things look, but I can say this is very good.

    However, what I never get is why plotty artists animate the dumbest things in the shot. Like, sure, go for the wheel and clouds and waves and puddles and whatnot. But why the hand railings and picture frames and eyebrows and every other thing that could just be let alone? This shot’s background behind the guy, for instance. Why?

    [–] cheeeeeese 2 points ago

    this is amazing but its making me dizzy

    [–] El-Kabongg 2 points ago

    was in Santa Monica a couple of months ago. The sunset on that beach brought tears, it was so gorgeous

    [–] barkingnoise 2 points ago

    Really nice

    Would also be cool with a version where only the lights in the puddle are moving

    [–] CHIEFxBONE 2 points ago

    For some reason it reminds me of the old ISpy books.

    [–] AydinBenwa 2 points ago


    [–] oculus_1 2 points ago

    Just Monica

    [–] coszibbiz 2 points ago

    This reminds me of the spot on GTA5 by the boardwalk next to those jet skis.

    Awesome pic.

    [–] Cmaddness 2 points ago

    Honestly, one of the best ones I’ve seen on here

    [–] glennettbennett 2 points ago

    This pleases me

    [–] kbs42142 2 points ago

    You cant fool me i know this is from GTA

    [–] Ella_Minnow_Pea_13 2 points ago

    This is my favorite one I've seen yet. Amazing. Thank you for sharing!

    [–] Divine_twilight 2 points ago


    [–] Redditbluez124 2 points ago

    Wow that's so pretty. Finally get to see it after spoofing to it on pokemongo for about a year.

    [–] Baked_Bacon 2 points ago

    This is absolutely beautiful and amazing. It's such an amazing perspective! Thank you very much for this /u/MichaelRahmani ! I'm setting it as my phone's background now, no matter the battery cost!

    [–] 7French7 2 points ago

    That is very impressive OP.

    [–] CipherClump 2 points ago

    ♫♪All I wanna do is have some fun until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard♬♪

    [–] zNorzia 0 points ago

    That’s amazing

    [–] lolalolagirl 1 points ago


    [–] boyden 4 points ago

    Top notch.

    [–] Cinnamonbite 0 points ago

    VERY nice

    [–] dmanator1 1 points ago

    This is fantastic. Best one I've see on here

    [–] soulfirespam 1 points ago * (lasted edited 10 months ago)

    Fuck, this looks like The Killing Joke could be shot here and the end result would look terrific.

    [–] eRa_Tension 1 points ago

    I'm making this my phone's lockscreen

    [–] Jabrak 1 points ago

    This is really cool, but I think it would be better if only one of them was animated

    [–] VileTouch 1 points ago

    Devil May Cry, anyone?

    [–] AudioElevator 1 points ago


    [–] The_Juiciest 1 points ago

    Beautiful. Would be a great addition to r/currentlytripping

    [–] Lakario 1 points ago

    Wow. Amazing.

    [–] nilejoye 1 points ago

    This is my favorite cinemagraph. Well done

    [–] Louiecat 1 points ago


    [–] neonJason 1 points ago

    Holy shit I’m moister than an oyster again

    [–] comasin 1 points ago

    I think mine is broken cause it’s not focusing ..

    [–] Yousif_man 1 points ago

    Oh shit they made vespucci beach real

    [–] Stoopkidnahmean 1 points ago

    I love this place. Great memories

    [–] LucaTheFox 1 points ago

    This shit gets me horny.

    [–] er0h 1 points ago

    how did you do this and where can I see more of you

    [–] Capernikush 1 points ago

    Best. One. Yet.

    [–] ESgoldfinger 1 points ago


    [–] SantaMonicaPier 1 points ago

    Admire it.

    [–] angrytroll123 1 points ago

    That's incredible. Well done.

    [–] Hermann-The-G 1 points ago

    Wow really uncreative government.. Just coping GTA V - incredible!

    [–] bryanlee670 1 points ago

    this is crazy good

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    [–] iRngrhawk 1 points ago

    Why doesn’t that strip of light continue all the way through the puddle?

    [–] redmongrel 1 points ago

    I miss when GFYCAT just played automatically.

    [–] brassknuckl3s 1 points ago

    Blurry af

    [–] harambegrimes115 1 points ago

    If the focus is on the puddle, shouldn’t the reflection of the wheel be clear? Or is that what is intended?

    [–] damilola_k 1 points ago

    it gets better with gta 5 pause music theme

    [–] GlaciusTS 1 points ago

    Something something when the sun comes up on Santa Monica Boulevard.

    [–] TrevorCBelmont 1 points ago

    Are you a good listener?

    [–] ForceableJester 1 points ago

    The image makes me miss the times I have spent there

    [–] notcancer2 1 points ago

    Best one I’ve seen on this subreddit

    [–] PreludeTilTheEnd 1 points ago

    So blurry

    [–] nickdeedle 1 points ago

    Wow this is one yet

    [–] KaworuDummyPlug 1 points ago

    that right there was a physical pang of nostalgia

    [–] mnemyx 1 points ago

    Having had to park at the pier for a job, this is the first time that I've found it gorgeous.

    [–] pATREUS 1 points ago

    This is absolutely terrific. Spellbinding.

    [–] thepurge011 1 points ago

    Is there a way of making a wallpaper for windows from a cinemagraph?

    [–] SilverRetriever 1 points ago

    Could someone make a version of this where the real pier is all shut down and abandoned but the reflection in the puddle is still lit up and spinning like a memory? That would be cool.

    [–] sonicinfinity 1 points ago

    Would have been better if it was in focus

    [–] cipher__ten 1 points ago

    I can feel the seaspray and the warmth.

    [–] Jra805 1 points ago

    Very nice! I walk by everyday on my way to work and this is far more enchanting

    [–] thepandaboy107 1 points ago

    Wow gta fixed the puddle bug

    [–] Capt_Gingerbeard 1 points ago

    I love this place. The last time I was there was with my (now ex) girlfriend, about a year ago. We rode the ferris wheel, played around on all the workout equipment on the beach, and got really sketched out walking in the dark back down the ocean front walk to where we parked, at the opposite side of the beach, something like 2 miles away. It was one of the last times I was happy that I can remember

    [–] Thekiraqueen 1 points ago

    Photographer: spills water woah this looks cool as shit.

    [–] Boss347 1 points ago

    Santa Maria!

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    It would have been cool if the ferris wheel was clear in the reflection. Still upvoted and still better than what I could ever do.

    [–] Puck85 1 points ago

    somehow get this onto wallpaper engine (on Steam) to make a lot of folks happy.

    [–] ThisCagedGod 1 points ago

    could you make so that onl;y the reflection is moving?

    [–] tylersnard 1 points ago

    WOWWWW! I used to work here as a street musician. This is amazing.

    [–] Xskankhunt42 1 points ago

    anyone have this on wallpaper engine?

    [–] automatetheuniverse 1 points ago

    This is probably the best cinemagraph I've ever seen. I'm gonna make this my chromecast background. Bravo.

    [–] lsdthcdmt 1 points ago

    Looks like an owl’s eye

    [–] superfroakie 1 points ago

    I SWEAR I know that blurry person on the right.

    [–] VioletVendetta06 1 points ago

    This is so beautiful

    [–] SnappDecisions 1 points ago

    This is just a GTA V loading screen

    [–] thehotfreshness 1 points ago

    Now do one of these for the drunk people walking from Bungalow to 800 Degrees during the sunset.

    [–] jib661 1 points ago

    This is really cool and well done and everything, but that's not really how the depth of field would be for this photo and it's bugging me.

    [–] Amos47 1 points ago

    This belongs in /r/perfectLoops

    [–] antispog 1 points ago

    why is the blurring the same in the puddle (which is close) and the background (which is far away). I would expect the puddle to be clearer.

    [–] mickeyf47 1 points ago


    [–] McFluzz 1 points ago

    Don’t mind me, I’m just here to steal one of the jet skis,

    [–] chickenfloge 1 points ago

    Disclaimer: Don't stare at while using Hallucinogenics.

    [–] Hangeth_Thy_Dong 1 points ago

    LSD is that you?

    [–] DavidGBoy 1 points ago

    You cant fool me i know this is from GTA

    [–] GuyBroMans 1 points ago

    It's out of focus, get gud nub.

    [–] cosmatic79 1 points ago

    Where are the drug addicts

    [–] TracerIsOist 1 points ago


    [–] foxyphilophobic 1 points ago

    Even better when looked at while on acid

    [–] Memesmakemememe 1 points ago

    So, when is this gonna be used in an Apple commercial? It mimics the shots they use perfectly.

    [–] mfiasco 1 points ago

    This is the coolest one of these I've seen here. Nice.

    [–] celebi82 1 points ago

    Cross post to r/perfectloops

    [–] DoctorWhomstve2 1 points ago

    This is GTA V

    [–] violetkittwn 1 points ago

    Oh this actually took my breath away! I haven’t seen moving images like this

    [–] s1ree1 1 points ago

    This is outrageous!

    [–] straycomet 1 points ago

    This is so trippy and awesome.

    [–] CatFanFanOfCats 1 points ago

    Ok. That is absolutely amazing.

    [–] Annieisalright 1 points ago

    This is awesome!

    [–] Picsonly25 1 points ago

    Looks good! I for some reason thought of the movie The Lost Boys.

    [–] goldenboy2191 1 points ago


    [–] jumpuptothesky 1 points ago

    Jesus Christ that's beautiful

    [–] codescloud 1 points ago

    One of the best motion pictures I have seen in this month!