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Add Freeze Frame to Video

Add a freeze frame to your video with a still image in one click
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Draw attention with freeze frame

Creating a dramatic effect can be overwhelming when there are many video editing techniques to use, but adding a classic freeze frame effect can do the trick. With a simple freeze frame, creators are able to pause on a specific scene in a video to emphasize the moment or provide more context to their audience, drawing viewers' attention in.

Even if you've never used this video editing technique before, Kapwing's editor allows you to add a freeze frame to video easily in just a few clicks.

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How to Freeze Frame Video Online

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  1. Upload your video
    Upload a video directly from your computer to Kapwing, or paste a link to a video.
  2. Add the freeze frame video effect
    Move the playhead in the timeline to find the frame you want to hold still. Then, select the Freeze Frame button in the Timing tab to create a still image.
  3. Export and share
    Add other edits to your video, and hit Export when you're satisfied with your work. Download a file of your video or share it on social media directly from Kapwing!

Highlight a specific moment with a freeze frame

Let your audience fully process the scene and gain more context by adding a pause overlay in your video. With the power of today’s video editor, we can take a pause with a simple, but powerful, video effect: the freeze frame.

Countless TV shows and films have used freeze frames to highlight a significant moment in the plot. It’s even become a movie cliche and TikTok trend with the line from the song "Baba O'Riley" by The Who, “Yep, that’s me.” Some examples of TV shows and films that have used the classic freeze frame effect are Holes (2003), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Breakfast Club (1985), and many more. With a freeze frame shot, you’re allowing your viewers to take in that moment or filling them in with more context, usually with a voiceover narration.

By all means, freeze frames are a stylistic choice. But if you find yourself wanting to explore your own creativity and pause time by holding a still image in a video, you can do so and more with the freeze frame feature in Kapwing.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a freeze frame?

A freeze frame is a video editing technique that holds a moment in a video still, creating a static image within the video. The freeze frame effect is used to draw the audience's attention into a specific moment to add context to a scene oftentimes with the help of a voiceover narration, for example in tutorials, vlogs, memes, and more.

How to freeze frame a video on iPhone or Android?

Most video editors on iPhone and Android have the freeze frame feature, such as Kapwing. Simply open Kapwing in your mobile browser to edit videos and add the freeze frame effect in addition to other video edits like overlays, animation, transitions, and so on. Kapwing is free to get started with and you don't have to sign in or install any software to your device.

How do I make a freeze frame video?

Make a freeze frame video by taking one frame in a video and freezing it. You can turn a frame into a still image by splitting that one frame then duplicating it. The online video editor, Kapwing, has a feature that automatically generates a freeze frame for you in a click of a button. After you’ve added a freeze frame to your video, adjust the duration of the still image to your liking.

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