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Microsoft Research releases free Cliplets app for creating animated cinemagraphs

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A new Windows app from Microsoft Research lets users create animated GIF-style cinemagraphs out of short video clips.


Microsoft Research has launched a new desktop app for creating cinemagraphs — GIF-style images that combine animation and photography. The app lets you select an object from a video clip so that only that object is animated, while the rest of the scene remains static. The result is sort of like a GIF, only more artsy. We've already seen something similar with iOS apps like Cinemagram, with the main difference here being platform and price — Cliplets is Windows-only and free to download. Because it's a research project, Cliplets doesn't come with any official support from Microsoft, but the company has released a series of tutorial videos and launched a forum thread to help users out.