What are Live Photos?
Introduced in 2015 with the iPhone 6S, Live Photos are animated pictures, similar to GIFs. If the Live Photos setting is enabled on your iPad or iPhone camera, it will combine several still images to create three seconds of motion. However, when uploaded to other devices, they revert to a static image, unless converted prior to sending. With the arrival of iOS 13, you can now convert Live Photos into shareable short videos, complete with sound and movement.
How to convert a Live Photo into video.
There are a few ways to transform the live pictures in your camera roll into video files without watermarks. You can either use native iOS tools found directly on your hardware or on apps like Adobe Premiere Pro.
Save Live Photos as videos on an iPhone or iPad (with iOS 13 or later):
1. Tap on the Photos app to open it.
2. Select a Live Photo you want to convert. (All the Live Photos you’ve taken are automatically grouped in an album.)
3. Tap the Share button on the bottom left corner.
4. Scroll down and choose Save as Video.
Afterward, you will see a new video of your Live Photo in your Recents album. No need to worry about the conversion process. The video is a copy that retains the quality of the original photo, and the source image will remain unchanged.
Bounce back and forth or close the loop.
Even if your software isn’t up to date, as long as your mobile device has iOS 11, you can still change live pictures to video. This method has one critical difference — you transform your images into a clip. Open the image you want to convert in the iOS Photos app. Then swipe up on the photo to access the Effects menu. Two effects in particular, Bounce and Loop, will animate your capture. You can also convert the Live Photo to a video clip in the Share menu. Just click the share icon and scroll down to the Save as Video option.
Loop repeatedly plays the animation of your photo for a set period. Bounce, on the other hand, plays the clip forward and backward continuously, similar to a Boomerang video on Instagram. Once you choose your effects and save your video file, you can find it in the Animation folder in the Photos app. If you previously did not have animated content, the folder will be automatically created when you save the clip.