This tutorial walks you through the basics of how to make amazing Echographs.
*If you want to import video content onto your iPad, check out our importing tutorial before you start creating your Echographs.*
Once you’ve loaded the video from your device to your iPad, open Echograph.
From here, choose “create” to make an Echograph, using video from your library or from a series of sample clips we’ve already provided. Select a clip to start building an Echograph.
Building an Echograph is a three step process. First, trim your video down to five seconds or less, by sliding the video handles at each end of the playback bar.
You can also reverse the direction of the video by tapping on the arrows icon in the lower left corner of the screen, this will reveal a lower section on the screen. You can then tap direction to see your Echograph looping in reverse. We call this “palindroming.” You can also add a delay to help transition the looping Echograph by sliding the video handle on the lower right of the screen.
Once you have trimmed your video, tap the checkmark at the bottom right corner to move onto the next step.
Now you’ll choose a still frame to act as the backdrop for your Echograph. For this step, try to focus on freezing an aspect of motion in the frame. Here we want to freeze our subject while in motion.
The third step in creating an Echograph is painting video onto your Echograph.
You can tap the eye icon at the bottom to hide or show the blue mask, which we recommend using only for fine tuning. Simply paint with your finger the areas you would like to animate. You can also the pinch the screen to make your paintbrush larger or smaller.
The eraser icon at the bottom can be used as an “undo” function while painting, for up to 5 levels of undo. You can also tap the “x” next to the eraser to start over painting your Echograph.
If during the Echograph building process you want to go back to any of the previous steps to readjust or start over, simply tap the icon of the step you are currently on at the top right to choose which step to go back to.
When you have finished building your Echograph, you’re now ready to export. Tap the checkmark at the bottom right corner to continue onto exporting. You can choose either Low or High Definition as the format to output. We recommend being a little patient for the High Def as the quality is worth the wait.
Now you’re ready to share your Echograph!