Add audio to a GIF fast & simple

Create a GIF with sound to post on social media. You can edit GIFs and pair them with audio files using Descript’s video editing software or craft GIFs with audio from your footage. Descript allows you to add sounds to GIFs for free.

Create & edit audible GIFs with Descript

A graphic interchange format (GIF) image file is a compressed image format that integrates images into an animated sequence. Technically, you can’t make a GIF with sound, but you achieve the same effect by exporting your GIF as an MP4 video.  

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How to add audio to a GIF

Step 1

Upload your video or audio files. Along with adding sound to GIF files, you can create animations out of any image format or use video formats like MOV, MKV, AVI, and MP4.

Step 2

Add music files or other sound effects to the timeline, right over your footage. You can control when the audio plays, and for how long, by moving the audio track, extending or shortening it

Step 3

Once you’re finished, just hit the share button and select how you want to export it. Be careful: If you select GIF export, it won’t have sound. Instead, create a file in an MP4 format that’s as small as possible to use in the same way you use a GIF on social media platforms.

Create & edit audible GIFs with Descript

A graphic interchange format (GIF) image file is a compressed image format that integrates images into an animated sequence. Technically, you can’t make a GIF with sound, but you achieve the same effect by exporting your GIF as an MP4 video.  

Download the app →

Create funny & relatable GIFs with Descript

Easy-to-use overlay

Descript makes it easy to make GIFs out of your content. The intuitive timeline and script-editing interface enable anybody to create the content they want. You can quickly search for and cut the most GIF-able moments in your video or audio using script editing.

Editing tools

Easily add effects like transitions, overlays, and keyframe animation to add a little extra razzle-dazzle to your GIFs.

Titles & captions

Add text titles in your favorite fonts easily to your project. Descript incorporates transcriptions directly into your content with Fancy Captions that add a dynamic effect to your GIF.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the speed of a GIF be edited?

You can change GIF speed by selecting the video clip in question. Edit clip speed in the right panel so that your GIF animation plays anywhere from 0.1 to 30x its original speed.

Do GIFs have sound?

Technically, no. The GIF file format does not have sound capacity — it’s only a series of GIF images. But if you want to have background music playing behind your GIF animation, you can do it as an MP4 video file. The good news is that you can embed a looping MP4 on your web page with a couple of code interventions. It’s not as accessible as a simple GIF, but it works.

Can I create GIFs with sound for free?

Adding audio to GIFs for unlimited exports is free with Descript. You get three free hours of transcription. If you want 10 or even 30 hours of transcriptions a month and watermark-free exports, you can subscribe to the $12/month Creator and $24/month Pro packages. Feel free to contact us for pricing out the Enterprise package, which includes a dedicated account representative, onboarding, and training.

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Create a podcast, a video, and all your social assets using Descript. It’s as easy as editing a doc.