Add Text To Gifs

Can’t find the right GIF? Make your own.With Descript’s video editor you can quickly create GIFs from video clips, add animated text, and share wherever, with whoever. It’s a simple, powerful way to create GIFs and other video — and it’s free.

The perfect GIF — every single time

Combining visual, textual, narrative media, plus sitcom references and kittens, GIFs represent the pinnacle of human communication. Descript’s GIF maker lets you hone a clip right down to the precise idea you wish to express — the idea that could change the world. The Nobel Prize is likely next.

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How to add text to an animated GIF

Step 1

Drag and drop the video clip that you want to convert into a GIF. Wait a few seconds for Descript’s automated transcription tool to transcribe the audio.

Step 2

Add text using Descript’s Fancy Captions tool, then set the size and color you want, move it to the right place on the clip, and add animations.

Step 3

Export the clip as a GIF file and post your GIF image on social media or send it with your iPhone or Android device.

The perfect GIF — every single time

Combining visual, textual, narrative media, plus sitcom references and kittens, GIFs represent the pinnacle of human communication. Descript’s GIF maker lets you hone a clip right down to the precise idea you wish to express — the idea that could change the world. The Nobel Prize is likely next.

Download the app →

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new to this: What are GIFs, exactly?

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. Simply put, these are moving images that often contain a text layer displaying subtitles for the clip. Usually, GIFs don’t contain sound, but some platforms do support GIFs with audio playback.

What kind of font styles are available in Descript?

Descript’s Fancy Captions offer a number of different fonts so your GIF text matches the style that you’re going for. Once you have the Fancy Captions text editor pulled up, choose the font that’s perfect for your clip. If you’re a Descript Pro subscriber, you can import your own fonts to match your brand. Resize the text box and change the text color with the text tool or add text effects to create your perfect new gif.

Do GIFs created in Descript publish with a watermark?

For GIFs created on a Descript Creator or Pro plan, exports come watermark-free. GIFs created on Descript’s Free plan come with a Descript logo watermark.

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