How to make a video a live photo

A Live Photo can be created from a video, but it’s not a built-in capability of the iPhone. Instead, a third-party app is required. Alternatively, an iPhone can capture a Live Photo if the camera app is configured to do so. The iPhone’s default Live Auto setting, however, leaves the decision up to an Apple algorithm that might choose to take a still photo instead. Luckily, this setting can be adjusted to force Live Photo to save every time if desired.

Live Photo is a very useful feature, not only for capturing movement, but also for refining a photo after it has already been taken. This means that it is worth taking some time to understand how it works and its different uses.

In this guide, we will explain how to convert video to Live Photo and vice versa.


How to Convert Video to Live Photo

Apple does not include an app or any other method of converting a video to Live Photo, but it is possible with a third-party app. The popular and free live The app serves this purpose well and can even create a live photo longer than the standard 3 seconds. The app is ad-supported, however, the current trade-off of one ad per save seems fair. For a few dollars, a one-time purchase activates Pro options and removes ads.

To use intoLive to convert video to Live Photo, the user needs to open the app and browse its library to find the video to convert.

After opening a video, the filmstrip below the main video view can be dragged from side to side to select which part of the video to use, and handles at either end allow cropping to create a more live photo. short. Pinch allows you to zoom and drag. Various effects are possible and appear at the bottom of the screen, including speed and filter adjustments, as well as Key Photo adjustment. The video can also be edited in advance with any other application.

When you’re happy with the video, tap the Create button in the top right to see options for a repeating loop. The free version has only one choice, no repetitionbut the Pro version can repeat up to 10 times.

After choosing the number of repetitions, a button appears to Save Live Photoand tapping it, the live photo will be saved to the photo library.

What is a Live Photo?

When a Live Photo is viewed on an iPhone or iPad with a finger on the screen, a short video will play from that moment with accompanying audio. It is as if the image comes to life with a simple touch.

Apple created the Live Photo format in 2015, a fun addition to iOS 9 that helped demonstrate the significant performance gains made with the Apple A9 processor in the iPhone 6S. Most iPhone users have been familiar with this feature for several years now and Google Camera in Android phones has something similar called Motion Photo.

The iPhone records video continuously in a temporary buffer while the camera app is open in Photo mode if Live Photo is enabled. However, it only records when the shutter button is pressed. A particularly interesting detail is that the iPhone records 1.5 seconds of video before the shot and 1.5 seconds of what happens after. This is easily checked by waving your hand in front of the iPhone camera and pressing the shutter, but only after the hand has passed. Tap and hold this live photo to show the passing hand, even if the photo was apparently taken too late.

A Live Photo shows a still image exactly in the middle, in time, of the recorded video. It is possible to change the key photo, the still image that displays when you don’t touch the screen, and sometimes a better moment or an image with less motion blur can be found by checking the captured images one by one. a. It’s pretty easy to do on the iPhone.

How to Take a Live Photo with an iPhone

Apple has the Live Photo feature set to Auto by default in the iPhone. In this mode, a photo may or may not be saved with the necessary 3 second video clip to make it a Live Photo, depending on the amount of motion detected in the view and other factors, such as lighting and if night mode is needed for the picture. Unfortunately, Apple does not share specific details about the algorithm used. The setting can easily be changed in the iPhone camera app to ensure that a live photo is always captured or only one still image is captured.

With the iPhone camera app open, the user should swipe up from the center of the screen to open the camera options bar. The Live Photo control looks a bit like a target or concentric circles with the dotted outer circle. After pressing this button, three choices are displayed, Auto, On and Off.

A Live Photo button is also available in the top right corner of the camera app, however, it only toggles between Auto and Off, with no way to force a Live Photo to be taken. It should be noted that quitting the Camera app may cause the Live Photo setting to return to Auto the next time a photo is taken. It is possible to prevent this control from being reset by opening the Settings app, tapping on the Camera tab, then enabling Live Photo in the Preserve Settings section.

How to Use Live Photo as Wallpaper

Any live photo can be used as a lock screen live wallpaper on an iPhone. If chosen as the wallpaper for the home screen, only the still image will be used. Simply press and hold one finger on the lock screen to play the video. It’s a fun addition to an iPhone and a way to instantly replay a favorite moment throughout the day. To change the iPhone wallpaper, the user needs to open the Settings app and tap on the Wallpaper tab.

From there, tap Choose a new wallpaper opens an image gallery.

Scrolling down, the Live Photos album contains all images of that type, and after selecting one, the framing can be adjusted by pinching to zoom and dragging to reposition. If the Perspective Zoom effect is enabled, the Live Photo will not animate. Then press the Set button to lock the framing and settings.

The final choice is to use this live photo on the lock screen, home screen or both. Although the motion only shows on the lock screen, the static image can still be worthy of the home screen.

How to Change the Key Photo of a Live Photo

While a Live Photo is generally popular for capturing movement and bringing a photo to life, it can also be used to enhance a still photo by allowing the photographer to jump forward or back in time. The center image is pre-selected as the main image or key photo, however, it can be replaced with any other still image recorded in the video. The quality of the video frames will be lower than the original key photo, however, being able to adjust the fraction of a second chosen to freeze the action may be more important even if there is a slight loss of resolution. This could mean that a jump is captured at its maximum height or that a person’s eyes are open rather than half-blink.

To edit the key photo of a Live Photo, the user must open it in the Photos app and tap Edit. The iPhone will start in color and exposure adjustment mode. In the options that appear at the bottom of the screen, tap the Live Photos icon, which looks a bit like a target, to reveal the images contained in the video.

Tap or swipe the filmstrip below the large image to switch between images. If a better than default image is found, press Create a key photo will set this as the still image that will be displayed.

Press and hold the edited Live Photo to view the entire video as before. When released, it will return to the selected frame or key photo. A Live Photo can also be trimmed by dragging the ends of the filmstrip, shortening it to remove distracting images.

How to turn a Live Photo into a video

A Live Photo can also be converted to video. It should be noted that this will not result in a high quality video, however, it might be easier to share in this form than in Live Photo form. To do this, open the Live Photo you want to convert and tap the Share Sheet button at the bottom left. For better quality, tap Options at the top of the screen and enable All photo datarecords in a slightly higher resolution.

After closing the Options window, selecting Save as Video completes the process.


Apple’s Live Photo feature is a nice addition to the iPhone’s photography capabilities and the apps take this format even further, allowing videos to be converted to Live Photos for easy sharing with other owners. of Apple devices or for use as a lock screen live wallpaper. Live Photos can also reverse time by 1.5 seconds, turning missed opportunities into great shots. Although some manipulations result in lower quality, content is king and this trade-off is good in many cases.

Jack C. Nugent