A new iPhone app has been launched, which helps convert Live Photos into GIFs and videos. The program developed by Tiny Whale is called Lively, and it’s especially designed for iPhone 6S/6S Plus users who wish to share their animated footage with others.
The Live Photos software feature works by capturing a series of frames a couple of seconds before and after pressing the shutter-release button. This string of individual images is collated into an animation which also keeps the audio tracks recorded at the time of the shooting.
The format is similar to a GIF, but unfortunately it can only be shared on Appple’s iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2. Alternatively, it can also be used as a lock screen wallpaper on Apple Watch and iPhones.
This is why lately developers have been creating apps with the sole purpose of making these Live Photos more widely available on Windows and Android platforms as well, and easily distributed as GIFs or videos.
One such example is Live GIF, which has been launched on October 15, and comes with a price tag of $1.99. The app automatically loads Live Photos, and individual images can be added and previewed as looping GIFs. These can be saved to the camera roll, in that format, or as mov files, albeit without the initially recorded audio.
Also, they can be easily shared with friends and family, as MMS, or on Instagram, Email, Twitter, Facebook and iMessage. Thus, Live Photos can finally be viewed even in the absence of a device running one of Apple’s current operating systems.
The new Lively app, released on October 17 on iTunes’ App store, promises the same functionality, but it can be used for free. Users can make 3 free exports, and they can also enjoy unlimited previews. However, to gain access to unlimited exports, they have to pay $1.99, as part of an in-app purchase.
The software provides the possibility of creating animated GIFs at different frame rates, from 0.5x to 2.0x. The animations can be previewed, sped up or slowed down, according to the user’s wishes.
Afterwards, the resulting GIFs and movies can be shared on Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, iMessage etc. There is also support for 3D Touch, to help export Live Photos from the home screen.
In addition, app creators are currently working on making the animated files easily uploadable on the Twitter and Facebook apps as well.
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