Add Music To A GIF

Whether you want to add background music to an animated GIF or make a YouTube video of GIFs looping to your DJ set, you can do both with Descript’s GIF maker. Add music to a GIF and vice versa with Descript’s free video editing software.

Upgrade your music by adding GIFs with Descript

While adding sound to a GIF file technically makes it not a GIF (it’s an MP4), looping song GIFs are a common way to animate music online. It’s a great way to promote your music on YouTube, or promote any content with scroll-stopping clips on social media.

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How to add music to a GIF

Step 1

Drag and drop or upload your audio files to Descript. If you’re making a mix, you can apply crossfades or other transitions between tracks.

Step 2

Upload GIFs to your timeline, then copy and paste them to match the audio's length. If you found them on Giphy you can upload them by pasting a link. Or create GIFs from your own video files in most video formats (MKV, AVI, MOV, etc.). Just mute them, cut them down to a GIF-ish length, and drag them into Descript.

Step 3

To share your completed song GIF, click the share button and select the appropriate export option (remember, you don’t want to choose a GIF image file format because that won’t have audio). You can export your new music GIF to your YouTube channel or post the MP4 file on other social media platforms.

Upgrade your music by adding GIFs with Descript

While adding sound to a GIF file technically makes it not a GIF (it’s an MP4), looping song GIFs are a common way to animate music online. It’s a great way to promote your music on YouTube, or promote any content with scroll-stopping clips on social media.

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Edit incredible GIFs with Descript’s unique features

Non-destructive

If you're making GIFs from your team's content, chances are that you'll resize and change the aspect ratio in the process. Because Descript is non-destructive, you can make as many changes to your video as you need without ruining your team's work. You’ll always have the originals saved in Descript’s cloud.

Multitrack

Extended music GIF mixes may mean you have many music files and many GIFs. You could set them sequentially like a slideshow or have some fun and blend them from sequence to sequence. In any case, you'll want to overlay your watermark on a separate layer.

Titles & Captions

If you want to credit your music and GIF sources in the video (and you should), it’s easy to add text to your GIFs. Upload your favorite fonts to Descript to keep everything cohesive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I make sound effect GIF files with Descript?

There are no videomakers that can export musical GIF image files. Although you can edit a GIF and create silent GIFs from video files, you can only keep music and video when exporting your project as an MP4. However, it's possible to have embedded MP4s auto-play and loop on your website with a little coding know-how.

How do I change GIF speeds?

The key to comedy is timing. So if you want to create funny GIFs, you can edit the duration on the right-hand side of the workstation and make your GIF 0.1–30x the original speed. Switch it up using the blade tool to create separate sections and alternate speeds.

Can I add songs to GIFs for free with Descript?

Descript’s free version has unlimited uploads, and the first three hours of transcription are included. If you don’t want our watermark on your content, you can subscribe to our $12/month Creator package and transcribe 10 hours monthly or our $24/month Pro package for 30 hours monthly. Contact us to negotiate pricing for our Enterprise package, including 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.