Videographs Using Stills

While normally you would use just a single still image combined with video, multiple still images alone can be combined to make videographs.  This example was made using twelve hand-held frames shot in very low light in a live recording session at Studio D Recording in Sausalito, CA.  There was not sufficient light present for video capture.  These images were shot with a Leica M9, Noctilux 50mm set at f/.95.

Cinemagraph or Videograph?

This post is large, so may take a few seconds to load.  I apologize in advance for that, but I wanted to demonstrate the difference between a cinemagraph and a videograph.  And why we chose to develop Videograph Designer™ in the first place.

Shown below is a Cinemagraph shot at Casa de Fruta, in Hollister, CA.  As well, right below the Cinemagraph is a Videograph of the same subject. Both files are sized for output to 640x360 pixels.  The Cinemagraph is 2.2MB in file size for the animated GIF.  It is set without choice to the maximum of 256 colors.  If you look closely at the sky, you can clearly see some pixelation caused by the limited color pallet available.  This is an unavoidable consequence of the animated GIF format cinemagraphs use.

The Videograph, on the other hand,  is only 1.3MB in size.  A size reduction of over 80%, which means the Videograph will load in about half the time.  In addition, the color pallet of the Videograph is millions of colors.  The wide color gamut of the Videograph (millions of colors vs. just 256 colors) allows for much higher quality in the final production, in my opinion.  Having millions of colors available means the color transitions and gradients are even and smooth.  But have a look for yourself, and you be the judge.  Videograph Designer™ created both of these outputs. Videograph Designer™ will support the output of both formats, so the choice will be yours to make.


The Cinemagraph

The Videograph