GIF Compressor

Shrink your GIFs without sacrificing quality with Descript's powerful GIF compressor. Whether you're looking to reduce file sizes, compress, or resize your GIFs for smoother sharing and faster loading, our editing software streamlines the process, making it a breeze to optimize animated GIFs for any platform.

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 and optimize a GIF

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

Start by creating a new Descript project specifically for your GIF compression task. To upload your GIF, simply drag and drop it into the project area. You can even upload a video file you want to convert into a compressed GIF.

Step 2

Compress your GIF

Once you've finished editing your file, select Publish > Export > GIF where you'll be able to set your new GIF file's dimensions and quality.

Step 3

Download or share your GIF

Download your new GIF file to your computer or share it as a web link. Impress your friends, embarrass your pets, establish your brand, or whatever it is you want your GIF to do.

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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GIF Compressor

GIF Compressor

Shrink your GIFs without sacrificing quality with Descript's powerful GIF compressor. Whether you're looking to reduce file sizes, compress, or resize your GIFs for smoother sharing and faster loading, our editing software streamlines the process, making it a breeze to optimize animated GIFs for any platform.

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How to compress and optimize a GIF
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Step 1

Start by creating a new Descript project specifically for your GIF compression task. To upload your GIF, simply drag and drop it into the project area. You can even upload a video file you want to convert into a compressed GIF.

Step 2
Compress your GIF

Once you've finished editing your file, select Publish > Export > GIF where you'll be able to set your new GIF file's dimensions and quality.

Step 3
Download or share your GIF

Download your new GIF file to your computer or share it as a web link. Impress your friends, embarrass your pets, establish your brand, or whatever it is you want your GIF to do.

Compress and optimize GIFs for any platform
Multiple ways to reduce GIF size

With Descript, you can resize, trim, or compress GIFs without sacrificing quality to reduce their overall file size. You can even convert GIFs into efficient MP4 files and share them as videos.

Share your optimized GIFs anywhere

Ensure your GIFs load faster and look great on any platform. By reducing file size significantly, Descript helps you save on storage and bandwidth, and meet even the strictest GIF upload limits, making it an ideal solution for creators and businesses.

Works with GIF, video, and audio files

Compress and reduce file sizes for more than just GIFs. With built-in cloud storage and publishing features, you can not only compress GIF, video, and audio files, but also generate a web link you can share or embed anywhere.

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