Edit and animate GIFs

Ever since the first caveman drew a clip of “Sleepless in Seattle” on a cave wall, memes have been the greatest form of human communication. To create your own, you need a GIF editor. Descript makes it quick and easy to make a GIF from videos. You can download Descript for free.

Create and upload GIFs

With Descript’s easy GIF maker, you can create high-quality memes for social media fast. Descript seamlessly transitions from a user-friendly video production app to an animated GIF editor. When something tickles your fancy, you can add Fancy Captions, transitions, and resize your video for social platforms. And because Descript is non-destructive, your original files are preserved while you edit.

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How to edit a GIF

Step 1

Drag and drop your video or image files into a Descript project. Descript works with JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, EXIF file formats, GIF images, and most video formats. If your file has sound, Descript will automatically transcribe it.

Step 2

Use Descript’s editing features to add text, then choose your fonts, colors, and size, add keyframe animations, and layer images. You can also mix audio in Descript.

Step 3

Open the “Share” menu (click the globe icon in the top-right corner) and select “Export.” The GIF option is right there in the file export row, and from there, you can set dimensions and choose video quality.

Step 4

Download your GIF file and post it anywhere you want: social media, your website, or Giphy — wherever.

Create and upload GIFs

With Descript’s easy GIF maker, you can create high-quality memes for social media fast. Descript seamlessly transitions from a user-friendly video production app to an animated GIF editor. When something tickles your fancy, you can add Fancy Captions, transitions, and resize your video for social platforms. And because Descript is non-destructive, your original files are preserved while you edit.

Download the app →

From start to GIF with Descript

Easy-to-use

You can use Descript’s intuitive script editing to locate, cut, and splice together footage for reaction GIFs far easier and faster than with traditional timeline interfaces. And Descript’s YouTube channel regularly features new tutorials to make the process easy and enriching. Check out our guides on video editing and screen recording.

Transitions

Whether for animated GIFs, videos, or slideshows, transitions can make your edits smoother. With Descript, you can vary the rate of crossfade between separate clips for a more cohesive flow.

All-in-one tool

Descript’s free GIF maker lets you add text and shapes like an image editor and works as a GIF converter. You can easily make your content readily available online or to your team as a GIF, video file, audio file, or text transcription. Oh, and it’s a fully powered podcast editor too.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I make GIFs out of?

With Descript you can pretty much make GIFs out of whatever you want. Have some old videos on your iPhone or Android? Add them. As long as you have the image file (or a PNG screenshot), you can incorporate avatars, emojis, and TikTok stickers. You can make GIFs out of video, like a YouTube video you downloaded or webcam footage from a work meeting.

What makes Descript the best GIF creator online?

Descript makes creating GIFs a seamless part of video editing — and it lets you edit your video, including selecting clips for GIFs, by editing the transcript. When you edit GIFs with more complicated software like Photoshop, you can spend a lot of time dealing with pixel resolution, file size, and frame count. With Descript, you can make many more (and potentially more relatable) GIFs in the same amount of time. And it’s a whole lot easier.

Can I edit a GIF for free with Descript’s online GIF maker

With Descript’s free version, you can export unlimited GIF animations and get three hours of video transcription. If you upgrade to our $12/month Creator package, you’ll receive 10 monthly hours of transcription and watermark-free exporting. You get 30 hours with the $24/month Pro package. Contact us to negotiate the 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.