How to Share Animated Photos on iPhone

Instagram is great for sharing photos, but there’s a problem with that: photos don’t move. Static images can say a lot, but animated photos (gifs) are often much more fun.

We discovered three apps, each with different features, that allow users to share motion pictures taken on iPhone. Yes, filters are available for Instagram addicts.

All three apps are only available on iPhone and are not owned by Facebook.

These apps may not be as ambitious or simple as Instagram, but they offer a new set of photo apps for iPhone users to brag about to their Android-using friends.

cinemagram

cinemagram It is arguably the most popular of the three apps. The application offers a chance to create a photo in which only part of the image moves. The application takes the video first, then asks the user to trim the video to the appropriate length. The user then selects by “painting” the gif area they want to animate. Users can then add Instagram-like filters to photos and share them in the app or via Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.

Cinemagram also offers the ability to create a gif from a previously shot video, so users can shoot their own video and use the app to create gifs later.

gift

Unfortunately, this gif could not be added to this story due to its size. Click to see the animated version.

gift is the newest of the three apps. Gifture allows the user to take individual photos by default instead of photos, but there is an auto mode that takes 10 frames in quick succession. Unlike Cinemagram, Gifture uses full frames so the entire image moves instead of a single segment.

Gifture offers the ability to import pre-taken photos, but cannot convert video to gifs like the other two apps.

Gifture also supports single photos only, like Instagram. Both still images and gifs are limited to 500×500 in the app. However, gifs are larger when saved on a computer. The image above shows a 717×718 when saved from the website. The application can put filters on both gifs and still images, although there are no borders. The filter selection is missing, but at least a few are not direct copies of Instagram filters.

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gif explosion

last app, gif explosion probably our favorite of the three apps. Like Gifture, Gifboom uses frames and animates the full image. Unlike Gifture, Gifboom does not limit images and gifs to a single size. GIFs still need to fit on the iPhone screen, but users can create square, widescreen or tall images.

Gifboom also allows users to import video from their iPhone and then convert it into frames to create gifs. After selecting the frames, the user can apply individual filters and borders and even add text on top of the gif.

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