Mobile social photography apps are hugely popular. The ease and capability of smartphones and especially the iPhone, has turned everyday people into creative photographers instantly. Apps like Instagram, Hipstamatic really inspired everyday people to capture photos, edit them with cool filters and share them with friends or the public. But what’s next? Motion and video of course!

I just downloaded and experimented with Flixel which is very fun to play with. According to Co-founder, Philippe LeBlanc “Inspired by Cinemagraphs, Flixel is a free iPhone application that enables users to “live paint” their animations, apply a filter and share with others on a variety of social networks including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook. “

The outcome is a “live photo” or animated GIF that blends image and video to create a really unique media art form. It works like this:

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.