I consider cinemagraphs the better alternative to full-fledged GIFs, since the latter sometimes end up looking downright annoying. In case you don’t know what they are, cinemagraphs are basically still images with certain elements edited to make it appear as if they were moving. This effect gives them a striking look, and over the last few months they’ve become quite popular.
It used to be that only people running iOS were able to create these cinemagraphs, but that’s about to change as Microsoft has just introduced its new cinemagraph-creating software called Cliplets.
Cliplets features a simple interface which allows users to mix static and dynamic elements in their images easily. The app is available for free from Microsoft, although they don’t provide any official support for it.
This is an interactive app that uses semi-automated methods to give users the power to create “cliplets”—a type of imagery that sits between stills and video from handheld videos.