My cinemagraph (gif type video) for elearning


The excellent Articulate elearning community was set a challenge #95 to create a video background for an elearning course. I looked at the awesome examples done by the community and was inspired to have a go myself.

My idea

One of the videos entered was a cinemagraph. (A short GIF type video that repeats. But you can set only part of the whole image to move and freeze the rest) This is what I wanted to create

The shoot

I wanted to do something original and I am currently creating a course for a local business forum and decided to incorporate the cinemagraph  of a local market scene. The shoot went perfectly coming back with a few decent choices. I used a Canon digital camera that can shoot movies and a tripod (which I heartily recommend). I wouldn’t set any auto-focus either you lose the first few seconds whilst the camera zoom settles down.

The Edit

This was the fun bit, selecting which portion of the image to freeze and which to move and repeat. I recommend having a bout 7-10 seconds as you want the viewer to find what NOT moving and what is and then take in the effect.

Here’s my attempt

cinemagraph still


Elearning heroes fakecation challenge #87

elearning, elearning samples, gimp

This was a fun challenge to do and I knew the perfect photo of me to use and edit with my trusty photo-editing tool Gimp. The image has only 3 layers and the longest part of the task was cutting me out of a local monument visit.

elh challenge

elh challenge

photo editing with gimp colour swap


Gimp, the open source photo editor, has a quick and easy way to swap primary colours using the hue-saturation tool. This is an effective tool which transforms an image in under a minute. Selection doesn’t have to be particularly precise either (dependant on your image). I have attached part of a tutorial to show you how to do it and the image used in the tutorial. Give it a go yourself using Gimp.

colour swap pdf

hue saturation sample

hue saturation sample