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This amazing tool can transform a static image into an animated GIF

By Shawn Knight
Aug 3, 2016
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  1. Animated GIFs are incredibly popular on social media and communities like Reddit. By nature, however, they aren’t nearly as common as your ordinary photo simply because people are much more likely to snap a photo than a video.

    That may soon change thanks to a powerful new photography tool called Plotagraph Pro.

    Created by artist and photographer Troy Plota, this web tool allows users to create an animated, looping GIF or video file using just a single image. The resulting file can be exported as a GIF, MP4 or MOV file using a patent-pending combination of specialized imaging algorithms, PetaPixel writes.

    Plota told Digital Trends that several major companies including Airbnb, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola and Pepsi have already utilized the software, transforming a static image into a flowing GIF in anywhere between five to 30 minutes. That may sound like a long time to work on a single image but it’s a fraction of the time spent to create a traditional cinemagraph. It’s a lot cheaper, too.

    If you’re interested in giving it a go, Plotagraph Pro is available as a pre-release beta priced at $299 ($50 off the final price). Along with your purchase, you’ll get 10GB of online storage for a full year. Digital Trends says the company is also considering a stock option for users within an existing rights-managed platform.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    This looks like an amazing tool. I'll check it out when I have time.
     
  3. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 215   +126

    Looks like fun even with minor distortions. Nice tool and hope it gets even better with time.
     
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  4. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 332   +131

    I can't see this catching on at $349 (reg price). Sure, some companies will use it. But what happens when Adobe adds a similar functionality to Photoshop (because you know that they must have just assigned a few devs to this task), and everyone on Adobe CC gets it?
     
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  5. lazer

    lazer TS Enthusiast Posts: 53   +11

    Nice, but expensive for hobbyists.
     

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