Motion Photos is an incredible feature in the Samsung flagships such as the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy S9/S9 Plus. It captures a mini video clip before taking a still picture, thus giving you a glimpse of the moments leading up to a photo. The best thing is that it's a background process and you won't even come to know of it unless you check through the gallery app.
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CREATE MOTION PHOTOS
The option to enable Motion Photos is inside the Camera settings. All you need to do is head over to the settings, scroll down and toggle the switch for Motion photo.
From now on, all the pictures (including selfies) will have a short video clip of the moments before you hit the shutter button. Head over to the gallery and tap on the Play Motion Photo button at the bottom to view them. It's important to keep in mind that motion photos take up more space than standard pictures.
So, in case you have a Samsung Galaxy phone with limited storage to save photos, you can keep it turned off when you don't need it
DID YOU KNOW: You can also extract still images from motion photos. To do so, open the photo, tap on the three-dot menu and select Capture.
CONVERT MOTION PHOTOS TO GIFS
To convert motion photos to GIFs, naturally we'll have to take the aid of a third-party app, and the best one for the job is the aptly named Motion Photo Sharer.
Initially built for the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, this cool app lets you export your motion photos as animated GIFs. The best part is that this app attaches itself to the Android Share menu, thus making it incredibly easy to use.
Also, the resulting GIF's quality is quite good (depending on the FPS you choose) and preserves the original details of the photo.
Download Motion Photo Sharer
To use Motion Photo Sharer, follow the steps:
Step 1: Install the app and find the photo which you want to convert to a GIF. Tap on the Share button and select the Image file option.
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Step 2: Scroll down on the Android Share menu and select the option for Motion Photo Sharer. Now, all you need to do is choose the GIF option when prompted.
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Step 3: Select the speed & the size options and hit Save. Voila! The newly formed GIFs will be ready in the gallery to share. Saving a GIF in the original size and FPS will render nearly the same size as the video.
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For sharing over WhatsApp or other messaging services, I'd recommend switching to a low FPS.
NOTE: I couldn't find the app on the Share menu the first time, a quick reboot of the phone solved this problem for me. As they say, there's nothing a quick reboot doesn't fix.
Also, you can tweak the settings to save on space and quality. We tested this app on both the Galaxy Note 9 and the S9/S9 Plus and it worked like a charm. My only gripe is that it slightly reduces the GIF length.