Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Compositing the frozen image with motion, part of Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop After Effects Flixel and Cliplets.
- Now that you've got the loop done you need to make a freeze frame. This can be easily done by exporting out a still image and bringing it back in. To do this, I recommend that you set your window to full quality then drag the playhead to a good frame that encapsulates the action that you'd like to store. This looks pretty good here and I'll say Composition, Save Frame As, File. You'll note that by default it makes a Photoshop file and tells it to output.
Click on the Output To so you can choose a destination. This makes it easy for you to target a particular folder. I'll make a new folder here inside of Stages and we'll call this FreezeFrame and we'll create that and let's call this OverlookToFF. I'll choose Save. I'll go to the bridge and do the same thing.
Let's pick a good frame that's not distracting here. You'll notice that we have some people that enter from the right. I'll get them when they're fairly hidden by the tree. Composition, Save Frame As, File. Give this a descriptive name, BridgeFF. And let's do the last one here. For the regular overlook and that frame looks pretty good with them looking out on the water.
Composition, Save Frame As, File, and just rename that. So, it's clear the new file that you've created. I'll click Save and now I'm ready to render. It goes quite fast 'cause it just had to make three quick files. The key here, though, is make sure that each of these tabs was set to full quality so you get a full quality still exported. Now that I've got those freeze frames we can bring them back in.
Let's make a new folder, we'll call it Freeze Frames and I'll simply choose File, Import, File. It's now easy to navigate back to that folder, go to the Freeze Frame folder, and just shift + click to select the range. I'm gonna import these as footage so they come in as flattened files. You'll notice that it might ask you about an alpha channel. I'll just tell it to ignore right now because I don't need any transparency.
There they all are. Once that's done, we simply place the freeze frame over the top. You can drag these to the higher track and you'll notice by default they automatically match the timing. Just put the corresponding freeze frame into the correct area. If you mis-drag it, you can easily change the stacking order and drag it back up.
Remember, if a layer doesn't look to end at the right place, use the right ] key to nudge its out point. By precisely setting the in points and out points using the left and right bracket key you can be assured that you've got a precisely timed out animation. Looking pretty good there. Let's just check what we have. [ bracket go to the end of the project. Select the bottom layer and press right ] and it's better timed.
And let's just drag in that final freeze frame, put that on the top, and I'll save this as a stage so you can jump ahead and use it as well as it's a good time if you are following along to capture you're own one. Let's choose File, Save As, and then Save As again. And we'll simply call this Stage2. Now we've captured our work and we're ready to move to the next steps.
- Planning a cinemagraph shot
- Shooting video and time lapses for cinemagraphs
- Combining stills
- Developing a cinemagraph
- Loading image sequences and video
- Creating and refining masks
- Correcting color
- Saving and optimizing GIF images and video