The team of Microsoft Research, the research and development section of Microsoft, has developed an application, Microsoft Research Cliplets, which allows you to create animated photos that are actually one fusion between a photo and a video.
The name given by Microsoft Research to these "animated photographs" ClipletsThe aim is to capture the most important moment of a video and focus on the main subject taken in order to obtain in the animated photo the true essence of what you would have liked to represent with a photo.
Microsoft Research Cliplets a free program that allows the user, in a semi-automatic way, to create Cliplets, providing the necessary tools to focus and merge the static and dynamic elements of a movie.
Here are other examples in the Microsoft Research Cliplets gallery:
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The various tutorials on the program page can provide us with great help during the course the first approaches in the creation of our Cliplets.
If anyone should have errors or problems on how the program works, you can get information (in English) through the Microsoft Research Cliplets discussion page
Unfortunately, the program only works on Windows 7, here are the links of the pages from which to download the application according to the operating system you have installed: Download Microsoft Research Cliplets for Windows 7 64bit Download Microsoft Research Cliplets for Windows 7 32bit