How to Shoot Animated Photos on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Animated Photo Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S4

From Twitter’s Vine service to Nokia’s Cinemagraph feature and HTC’s  Zoe, it seems like short, looping animations are all the rage these days. The Samsung Galaxy S4’s Animated Photo Mode feature allows you to easily create animated GIFs with part of the photo frozen while other areas move. Because the pictures output as GIFs, they can be viewed on any device and in any modern Web browser, making them ideal for sharing.

Follow these steps to capture and edit an animated photo on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

  1. Tap Mode in the camera app. 
    Tap the mode button 
  2. Select Animated Photo from the list of available modes.
    Select Animated Photo
  3. Tap the shutter button to begin capturing your animation. A progress bar at the bottom of the screen will show how much recording time is left. You can record up to 9 seconds of footage.
     Galaxy S4 Animated Photo progress bar
  4. Tap the Trim button if you want to cut any parts from your animation. For example, you might want to remove an awkward moment from the beginning or end of the clip. If you’re not interested in trimming your animation, skip this and the next step.
    Tap the Trim Button
  5. Drag the beginning and end markers to cut frames from the beginning and/or end of the frame. Click Done when finished trimming.
    Galaxy S4 Animation Trim
  6. Tap Direction. A list of possible directions for the animation appears.
    Tap Direction 
  7. Choose the direction you want your animation to move.  You can select forward, backward or back and forth. Tap the down arrow to make the direction menu disappear.
    Choose Direction for your Galaxy S4 Animated Photo
  8. Select Animate or Freeze. If you want the whole image to move, skip this and the next step.
  9. Highlight either the part of the image stand you want to move or the part you want to stand still.
    Animate part of image 
  10. Hit Save.
Avram Piltch
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The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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