Plotagraph converts any JPEG into a mesmerizing cinematograph

Jul 30, 2016

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Plotagraph converts any JPEG into a mesmerizing cinematograph

Jul 30, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you like Cinematographs, you are going to love Plotagraph. In a nutshell, Plotagraph can convert any single JPEG into a cinematograph. This is great news to anyone who likes Cinematographs because creating those is a tedious and cumbersome process while (at least judging by the tutorial) Plotagraph is fast and very intuitive. Actually it requires no premiere/photoshop/after effect know how. It is all based on moving arrows around.

Here is how Plotograph pitches it:

Plotagraphs are similar in effect but Cinemagraphs originate from video footage and requires specific video production which adds considerably to the costs. This also greatly limits the amount of available footage. Plotagraphs® are free from the constraints of video which makes Billions of images available to bring to life at a fraction of the price of any other process. If you are looking for Software that is new and different, Plotagraph® Pro is the answer. Plotagraph® Pro can take any of your existing still Photographs and animate them

And judging from Trey Ratcliff’s release video it is 100% on spot.

YouTube video

The interface is incredibly convenient: put a rough mask on things that you want stationary, place arrows where you want movement and hit go. Here is what it looks like (takes time to load):

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All this good does come at a price. One year of Plotagraph pro will set you back $299 ($50 for pre-launch). This may not seem that expensive compared to licensing Adobe CC for a year.

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Plotagraph is internet-based, so it will work with any OS (mac, windows, Linux* *yay). It support all the familiar formats: animated GIF at various FPS and looping videos. It does not state how far resolution goes, but from the video it seems that at least 1080 HD.

Troy Plota, co-founder and CEO, told Digital Trends that: “the program has already been put to use for several large companies, including Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Airbnb”, so there is a good chance you’ve seen it live even without knowing it.

[plotagraph pro, $299 via Stuck in Customs]

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21 responses to “Plotagraph converts any JPEG into a mesmerizing cinematograph”

  1. Jim Stone Avatar
    Jim Stone

    $300 for the first year. I have asked what happens after that and they haven’t given me a response. No thanks.

    1. J_Waller Avatar
      J_Waller

      Actually, the website does not mention $300 for the first year. All it says is that the introductory price includes the first year of 10gb cloud storage. it does not say anything about a subscription for the software, and considering the price, I doubt that there is subscription price for the software.

      1. cbenci Avatar
        cbenci

        It is subscription based – see my reply to you above.

  2. Patrick Dobeson Avatar
    Patrick Dobeson

    Ridiculous price..

  3. Salim Waguila Avatar
    Salim Waguila

    Are you fucking kidding me. $300 for shit??!! Trey go fuck yourself btw

    1. J_Waller Avatar
      J_Waller

      This is a very stupid statement! Why attack Trey?? He is not the author of the software, he is just reviewing it. Or, are you one of those that think software should not be reviewed?? Why do you think it is so bad?? Considering the technology behind it $300 may not be so bad. If you do not need it, that is another thing, but it does not call for such a degrading response. It makes you appear that you know nothing, which is probably not true.

      1. Salim Waguila Avatar
        Salim Waguila

        Its actually not a stupid comment. And it is not a free insult for trey. I started followimg trey at the very beginning. I bought all his tutorials and i bought almost all the NIKON gear he was reviewing and pushing people to get the best equipment and shit. But one day he just completely changed camera gear and all the gear he was reviewing before became shit at that point i understood that he was sponsored by nikon and after it did not work out well for him and i felt kinda betrayed. So yeah fuck trey.

  4. MindStorm Avatar
    MindStorm

    I would love to buy it for that price, but NOT rent it for a year at that price. I get both Photoshop AND Lightroom for 1/3 that much ($120/yr).

    1. cbenci Avatar
      cbenci

      Agreed MindStorm.

      I like what it does but it’s WAY too expensive and comparing it to an Adobe CC subscription is a bit silly.

      It looks like a browser based app… I’d prefer a local app that checks my subscription.

      If this takes off, it’s only a matter of time before cheaper options are available.

      1. J_Waller Avatar
        J_Waller

        Why do you think it looks like a browser app?? It does not look like a browser.

        Too expensive, compared to what?? Considering what they achieve with it, $300 appears appropriate.

        The website IS ambiguous about the subscription. There is no mention of a subscription price for the software. The subscription may be for the 10 gb of storage. At any rate there is no mention of how much the subscription is.

        Drawing these conclusions is rather premature as they do not tell us everything yet.

        1. cbenci Avatar
          cbenci

          J_Waller – Not drawing conclusions, I just spent 5 mins reading before I posted my opinion.

          Why do I think it looks like a browser app?.. because I researched the software and found these two articles that confirm it:

          https://www.plotagraphpro.com/tutorial – here she talks about uploading and using Chrome.

          http://www.stuckincustoms.com/plotagraphs/ – here he writes “It’s completely web-based software, so it doesn’t matter if you are Mac / Windows / Linux, whatever.”

          As for the subscription, once again, as per the Plotagraph website page https://www.plotagraphpro.com/tutorial :

          “Pre Launch Special ($50 Off) $299 – Pre Launch Special Includes 1 Year Subscription & 10 Gigs of Storage • Training and Support”

          I like the idea of what the software does and I have almost sold myself on getting onboard BUT I still think it’s too expensive. No conclusions – my opinion.

          1. Nick Buchholz Avatar
            Nick Buchholz

            Thank you cbenci for going through the trouble of finding all of this out.
            I was interested as well and their webpage isn’t helpfull at all. I wrote an Email asking exactly these questions a week ago and (besides an automated confirmation of arrival) so far have not heard back from them.
            A company in the “introductory” stage should have people on the helpline 24/7. If the pricetag isn’t scaring people away, the unfinished software and bad service certainly will.
            For a “one trick pony” 300.-/year is ridiculous!

  5. Vitaliy Hawaiian Avatar
    Vitaliy Hawaiian

    Nice!

  6. Michael Carpenter Avatar
    Michael Carpenter

    Interesting, but…thanks! Much of it I can do with basic time lapse. It is inbuilt even in my smartphone…for free.

  7. Karen Alsop Avatar
    Karen Alsop

    Looks helpful, particularly for some projects I have on the go.

  8. Tobias Avatar
    Tobias

    I like it how companies got smart and started “renting” software and not selling it. Photoshop used to cost 1000 euros back in the day in here, now it costs 1000 euro a year! I’m not talking about home use. I know companies work and get money for their work with Photoshop, for example, but why everyone got so greedy???

    1. Lucas Pfaff Avatar
      Lucas Pfaff

      The Photoshop/Lightroom bundle is less than 12€/month, all applications are 70€/month (for companies, private people pay 10€ less).
      Photoshop alone, however, used to cost around 1500€ for the Extended version, the standard was 1000€. Asking the full(!) package was an entirely different price point, and you could easily rent the suite for 5 yrs till you have the same cost as the old Master collection, only that you then would’ve completely outdated software (CS6 is four years old and already lacking a lot) without patches, while the rented one is up-to-date.

      I’m not at all a fan of the renting-scheme, but we have to get the numbers into perspective here. An amateur could’ve barely afforded Photoshop back in the day, and now it’s very affordable and even bundled with Lightroom. In other countries with lower tax it’s even less.

    2. J_Waller Avatar
      J_Waller

      Hmmm, Europe must be expensive. Here in the US if you are interested in Photoshop alone, plus Lightroom, it is $240 us per year. If you go for the full Creative package, then it is $600 -$700 us per year. That includes Photoshop and EVERY Adobe program out there. If you are paying 1000 Euros per year just for Photoshop, that is $1116.40 in US dollars, you are paying a huge surcharge to access Adobe in Europe.

      Interesting how some people accuse others of greed while they try to beat down the price.

  9. Tiberiu P. Avatar
    Tiberiu P.

    I thought is cinemagraphs, not cinematographs!

    1. Nisah Cheatham Avatar
      Nisah Cheatham

      As far as I know, you are right @tiberiu_p:disqus

  10. will floyd Avatar
    will floyd

    finally, software to accurately simulate a mushroom trip!