The Good Fotodanz is an incredibly simple app for making cinemagraphs (partially animated GIFs).
The Bad There are no options to remove watermark, or customize video length, speed, or other loop settings.
The Bottom Line While it may not offer quite the customization options of the popular iOS app Cinemagram, Fotodanz's simplicity is certainly its biggest strength. That said, it is a fantastic app for creating cinemagraphs.
It's not Cinemagram, but it still works really well
Similar to the megapopular Cinemagram app for iOS, Fotodanz for Android lets you create cinemagraphs using your mobile device's camera. If you've never seen a cinemagraph, it's a bit like a hybrid between a photo and a video. While it's mostly a static image, a cinemagraph contains an isolated area with a looping movement. So, imagine taking a still photo of a bustling crowd, but being able to "animate" a single isolated person within that crowd. These are the types of scenes a cinemagraph can capture. Typically, creating a cinemagraph requires photo-editing software and compositing skills, but with Fotodanz (as well as with Cinemagram for iOS), the process is dramatically simplified and only takes a few seconds.
To start using Fotodanz, compose your photo like you normally would, and press capture. Fotodanz will snap the still photo, plus it will record 3 seconds (by default) of video for you to "animate" your cinemagraph with. A long-press on the Capture screen is supposed to change the record length to 5 seconds, but I couldn't get this setting to work. Instead, I was limited to 3 seconds of movement for my cinemagraph, which was disappointing.
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.
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