Fotodanz for Android review: It's not Cinemagram, but it still works really well

Once you've snapped your photo, Fotodanz takes you to the Edit screen, where you can isolate and animate up to six different areas of your photo. To do so, simply use your finger to trace around the areas; anything outside of your traced areas will remain static, while anything inside will be replaced with the recorded video. Of course, you want to be as accurate as possible in your tracing, but at the same time, you don't want to trace any areas too small, as that could result in movements being cut off. As you can imagine, a stylus could certainly help in this process, but it is simple enough to trace your photos without one. Plus, if you make a mistake, you can always double tap the screen to start over. Also, if you long-press the Edit screen, you can shuttle through different frames to use as your static starting point.

When you're finished tracing, Fotodanz pushes your almost-complete cinemagraph to the Preview screen, where you can add photo filters similar to those found on Instagram and other photo apps. If you find that you've made a mistake in your tracing, you can hit the Back button to return to the Edit screen. It's important to know that the app also adds a Fotodanz watermark to your finished product. As of now, the app does not let you remove the watermark, but perhaps Fotodanz's developers will release a paid version that does. Finally, Fotodanz saves your cinemagraph as a typical animated GIF file. From the app, you can share it to Facebook or through Gmail. Otherwise, you can access it in your device's gallery and share it from there. It's worth noting that Fotodanz does let you rotate your images, but only after you've already previewed and saved them.

As you can see, the rest of the screens remain static, while the traced area continuously loops 3 seconds of video. Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

While Fotodanz's simplicity is certainly one of its biggest strengths, I would still love to see a few more features added in future versions. For instance, it would be great to be able to totally customize the video length and to choose which portion to use as the loop. Adjustable speed settings for the looping video and a way to remove the watermark would also be nice.

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    Fotodanz (Android)

    Part Number: com.application.fotodanz

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    • Category Photography and image editing
    • Compatibility Android