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How to add freeze frame to your video from any device?

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Aug 11, 22, updated Mar 27, 24

Adding effects is an essential part of video editing to make a regular video look extraordinary. There are literally unlimited video effects available in popular video editors. You need to apply a video effect as per the trend and requirements of your video. Freeze frame effect has become extremely popular among video creators in today's world of social media. Use freeze frame effect to freeze a specific scene in your video so that you can draw the attention of your viewers to that particular moment.

For example, in a match highlight video, you freeze the frame moment before a goal to show the positioning of the players or strikers. Owing to the popularity of freeze frame effect, you will find the video effect in almost all popular video editor apps for computers and smartphones. In fact, even popular online video editors have included the effect in their video effects. We will illustrate how to add freeze frame effect to your video on any device.

In this article
  1. Part 1. How to Add Freeze Frame Video Effect on PC
  2. Part 2. How to Add Freeze Frame Video Effect on Mac<
  3. Part 3. How to Add Freeze Frame Video Effects Online
  4. Part 4. How to Add Freeze Frame Video Effects on Mobile

Part 1. How to Add Freeze Frame Video Effect on PC

If you are a computer user and you are looking for a video editor to add freeze frame effect to your video, we recommend Wondershare Filmora. Filmora is extremely popular among video creators for its wide range of video effects as well as its intuitive user interface. Adding freeze frame effect is super easy in Filmora and here are the steps to follow.

Step1Download and install Filmora for Windows PC. Launch Filmora and click on New Project button.

Step2Import your video clip under Project Media and then drop it into Timeline.

Step3Play the video and pause it where you want to freeze frame. Click on Snapshot icon to take photo of the frame. You will find the photo you have taken just now under Media library. In the meantime, you should split the video clip where you paused it to make space for the still image to get added and stay frozen.

Drag and drop the image on Timeline and stretch it to the duration up to which you want the frame to stay frozen. This image should be on top of the video clip in Timeline. You should place the image exactly where you paused the video.

Step4Double-click on the image in Timeline and adjust parameters as required. Play the video to notice the freeze frame effect. Click on Export button to save the video.

Part 2. How to Add Freeze Frame Video Effect on Mac

If you are a Mac user, the best video editor you can use to edit your video is Final Cut Pro. FCP is widely used by professional video creators and editors to edit their videos as per requirements. There are different categories of video effects available on FCP including freeze frame effect. Make sure your video is recorded with high frame rate and resolution for better outcomes. Here are the steps on how to add freeze frame in Final Cut Pro.

Step1Launch Final Cut Pro on your Mac. Go to File> Import> Files and select your video clip from the storage device. Drag it into the Timeline.

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Step2Grab and move the Playhead to the point where you want to freeze the frame. Click on the video clip in the Timeline.

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Step3Go to Edit menu and click on Add Freeze Frame. This will split your video clip and add frozen frame where you have placed the Playhead.

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The default duration of the frozen freeze is four seconds. You can stretch it as per your requirements.

Just for information, both Windows and Mac users can also Premiere Pro add freeze frame effect if they already have Premiere Pro installed on their computers. The freeze frame feature in Premiere Pro is referred to as Add Frame Hold effect.

Part 3. How to Add Freeze Frame Video Effects Online

If you do not want to download and install a dedicated video editor on your computer, you can apply freeze frame effect to your video online as well. This will save your space as well as put less pressure on your CPU resource. We recommend Kapwing online video editor to use freeze frame effect on the go from any device directly from web browser. Here are the steps to add freeze frame effect to your video online.

Step1Open web browser on your device and visit “”. Click on Choose a video button.

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Step2Drop your video file into Timeline and click on the video clip. Move the Playhead to the point where you want to add freeze frame effect.

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Step3Go to Timing tab located in the top-right corner. Click on Freeze Frame button to add still image of the scene in the video. You can click multiple times to add more still images of the same scene. The more still images, the greater its duration will be.

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Step4Play the video and you can have multiple freeze frame effects in the video clip.

This is undoubtedly the easiest way to add freeze frame effects for beginners.

Part 4. How to Add Freeze Frame Video Effects on Mobile

If you are using an Android smartphone or iPhone, you can apply freeze frame effect directly on your mobile instantly. In today's world, people capture videos through their smartphones thanks to high-quality phone camera. You can use CapCut video editor app on both Android and iOS devices to add freeze frame effects. Here are the steps you need to follow.

Step1Install CapCut app on your phone. Launch the app and tap on New Project.

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Step2Go to Albums and select the video to which you want to add the frame freeze effect.

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Step3Put the Playhead to the point where you want to add the effect. Tap on Edit option.

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Step4Search for Freeze option located at the bottom and tap on it to insert still image of the scene in Timeline.

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Step5You can drag the duration of the frame freeze effect as per your requirement.

The Bottom Line

Adding freeze frame to your videos before and during impactful moments can enhance your video content. We have illustrated how to add a freeze frame in Final Cut Pro for Mac users. You can also add it to your video online using Kapwing video editor. You can use CapCut app to use the effect in your video on your smartphone. We recommend Filmora to add the effect quickly and conveniently on your PC.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown Mar 27, 24
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