GIF compressor

Descript's intuitive drag and drop interface lets you reduce the size of your GIFs for easy sharing. You can make your GIFs in Descript or use it as a GIF compressor. Oh, and it’s also a fully powered audio and video editor.

Increase engagement and decrease file size

GIFs are a great way to capture your audience's attention. But they’re big files — GIFs can really clog your storage capacity. If your GIF is especially big, long, or colorful, the average computer might not be able to play it. Descript enables users to reduce GIF file sizes without sacrificing their creative pop.

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How to compress a GIF file using Descript

With Descript, you can reduce the file size of GIFs without sacrificing the quality of the images. Select the level of compression you want, and Descript will automatically optimize the GIF for you. And the best part? It’s free to use.

Step 1

Import your video file from your desktop, Dropbox, Google Drive, or wherever you have it stashed to get started. It's as simple as dragging it from your desktop into the Descript app (you’ll have to download and install the app).

Step 2

Once you've finished editing your file, select Share and then Export from the pop-up window. In the file export row, you'll find the GIF option; there you’ll be able to set your new file's dimensions and video quality.

Step 3

Download your new GIF file to your computer or the cloud and start sharing. Impress your friends, embarrass your pets, and establish your brand.

Increase engagement and decrease file size

GIFs are a great way to capture your audience's attention. But they’re big files — GIFs can really clog your storage capacity. If your GIF is especially big, long, or colorful, the average computer might not be able to play it. Descript enables users to reduce GIF file sizes without sacrificing their creative pop.

Download the app →

Dazzle your followers with speed and quality

Descript can optimize your GIFs for improved speed while playing and retaining your color palette without decreasing the pixel quality. Your GIFs will look just like you want them.

Produce and export GIFs, video, and audio in one app

Descript offers a streamlined process for media creation and collaboration. Does your video have the perfect GIF-able moment? You can compress GIF files, optimize them, and upload them to your Descript Drive where your team can collaborate and annotate without opening other apps (though you can easily export your GIF to other apps if you want).

Frequently Asked Questions

What does GIF stand for?

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. It’s made of code that converts an image files (png, jpg, or jpeg file formats) into looping animations. While this process will compress images (GIFs have 256 colors and JPGs have 16 million), animated GIF files still take a lot of memory. That's why we took the time to develop a GIF size reducer.

How do I optimize the quality of a GIF?

Optimization is a process where you get rid of everything that you don't need so that it runs well. You'll want to apply a lossy compression level that lands somewhere around 75% for most GIFs. Using a GIF optimizer will produce a high-quality GIF with limited dithering (visual noise). By applying a lossy LZW compression to your GIF, you can ultimately reduce the GIF file size by up to 60%.

Can I make a GIF?

We've all dreamed of turning a video or image into some wildly viral animated GIF. The software is there, and it’s compatible with both Windows and Mac — now it's just up to your pets to do something remarkably silly.

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