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How to save an iPhone live photo as a video

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How to save an iPhone live photo as a videoIn 2015, Apple Harry Potter-ized our pics with the introduction of photos-as-moving-pictures, aka “live photos.”  

Live photos capture three seconds of video in total, with one and a half seconds recorded both before and after the shutter clicks. To view the whole sequence, you just press and hold the live photo. You’d think this would be a video, but it’s actually a High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) format; the file automatically selects one still as the lead image. But what if you want to share the whole sequence of moving images on a device other than a smartphone, or as a .GIF?

To do this, you need to convert a live photo into a video. This previously required downloading a third party Shortcut, such as the Convert LivePhotos to Video shortcut. You could also use another third party app to turn live photos into .GIFs: Twitter introduced this in 2019. Read more…

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