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How to Easily Add GIPHY’s GIFs to a Video on PC and Mobile Phone (iPhone/Android/iPad)

Posted on: Aug. 31, 2021

Adding an animated GIF to your video is a smart strategy to bring an extra fun flair to a mundane video. Very often, it works like magic for grabbing people’s attention.

So, whether you wanna poke fun at your friends’ embarrassed smile, make a hilarious video for YouTube, or create a brief in-stream video ad on Instagram or Facebook, etc., adding one or multiple GIF overlays to your video could be a game-changer to get more views and a higher click-through rate.

In this post, we will walk you through how to easily add a GIF (from GIPHY) to a video on pc using an online video editor, Adobe Premiere Pro, or even directly add a GIF to your video through iPhone, Android, and iPad.

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Here’s What You Will Learn:

How to Add a GIF to a Video on PC

To begin with, since not every video editor can support an animated GIF file, chances are when you import your GIF to the video editor, the original animated looping GIF could become a still image.

So, to successfully add a GIF to a video as a GIF overlay, you are expected to either convert a looping GIF into an MP4 file beforehand or select a flexible video editor that is compatible with both GIF and video file format.

Sounds complicated? No worries! Here are our GIF hacks that can help you easily add a GIF to a video on PC.

Directly Add GIPHY’s GIFs to a Video by FlexClip

The easiest way to directly add a GIF to your video would be using a free online video editor that integrates with GIPHY’s trending GIFs assets and has versatile tools for both GIF and video editing.

The answer to that is FlexClip, an all-in-one online video editor that perfectly integrates GIPHY’s hottest GIFs and sticker assets and enjoys dozens of editing tools for both GIFs and videos. It’s free for use, free of download, and watermark-free.

Directly add a GIF from GIPHY’s assets to your video by FlexClip

Directly add a GIF from GIPHY’s assets to your video by FlexClip

Step 1
Create a Video Project in FlexClip

Directly access FlexClip’s online video editor, then you can drag and drop your video and GIF files to FlexClip’s media library. If you don’t have a GIF, click on the “Photo” in the left sidebar where you can enter keywords in the search bar to find a GIF or sticker directly from GIPHY and add it to your video project. Fantastic, isn’t it?

Upload video and gif assets or find a GIF from GIPHY within FlexClip

Upload video and gif assets or find a GIF from GIPHY within FlexClip

Step 2
Add GIFs to the Video and Customize Them

Next, hit the “+” button to add a video to the storyboard. Then, click on the GIF to add it to the video. You can place the GIF anywhere you want in the video; apply a filter to give the original GIF a different vibe to match the theme; crop it into a circle or square shape; or animate the GIF with different motions or adjust GIF’s duration to make it appear at a particular frame. You can have full control in your hands.

Add a GIF to a video and customize the GIF

Add a GIF to a video and customize the GIF

Bonus Tips
You may also add multiple GIFs to the same video or use an animated GIF as the background and then add another GIF over it to create hilarious effects. Do give full play to your inspirations.

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Besides, you can explore FlexClip’s royalty-free music library on the left sidebar and add funny sound effects to make your GIFs pop out or add more animated elements to make it to be second-to-none on Instagram or Facebook, etc.

Add sound effects to a GIF in a video by FlexClip

Add sound effects to a GIF in a video by FlexClip

Step 3
Preview, Export, and Share

Once you’ve done with the editing. You can playback to check if everything is in place. Then, export the video as a GIF or MP4 to your local computer or directly post it to your YouTube channel or save it to your Dropbox. Find out how to post a gif on Instagram.

Use Adobe Premiere Pro to Add GIFs to a Video

If you happen to have Adobe Premiere Pro on your pc or laptop, you may also use it to add a GIF file to a video. However, since Premiere Pro doesn’t support GIF format, you have to convert the GIF file into an MP4 file in the first place.

Use Adobe Premiere Pro to add GIFs to a Video

Step 1
Download a GIF from GIPHY to Your PC

Head to GIPHY.com and pick a GIF you like and then hit the share button, which looks like an airplane. Next, click on the Instagram icon, then GIPHY will allow you to enter your Email address and send you a 15-sec MP4 file of the exact GIF to your email. Then, you can save the video version of the GIF to your pc.

Download an MP4 version of the GIF from GIPHY

Download an MP4 version of the GIF from GIPHY

Step 2
Add a GIF to a Video by Premiere Pro

Launch Premiere Pro >go to “File” > “Import” > select a GIF in MP4 format from a prepared folder > drag and drop a gif to the exact frame you want on the timeline. You can adjust its duration as well.

Bonus Tips
If your GIF has a black or green background color, you can remove the background color to create a transparent GIF. To do so, go to “Effects” > “Keying” > select “Ultra Key” for the GIF > move eyedropper to click on the background color of GIF, then background color will be removed from GIF, leaving you a clean and transparent GIF.

How to Add a GIF to a Video on iPhone/Android/iPad Using CapCut

If you are always on the move with only an iPhone, Android, or iPad available, you can also add a GIF to a video with ease. All you need is GIPHY’s mobile apps and the other is a free and feature-packed video maker and editor called CapCut, which is accessible to both IOS and Android users.

How to add a GIF to a video by CapCut on iPhone/Android/iPad

Step 1
Directly Save a GIF to Your Device
  • For iPhone/iPad users: Launch the GIPHY’s mobile app > select a GIF > then long-press the GIF > select “Save to the Camera Roll”.
  • For Android users: Launch the GIPHY’s mobile app > pick a GIF > tap the “Share” button, which resembles a plane > hit the Instagram Icon > then an MP4 file of the same GIF will be saved to your photo gallery.
  • Step 2
    Add a GIF to a Video in CapCut

    Launch Capcut > add your clips first > hit “ add overlay” > GIF from live photo> add it to the video. That’s it. It couldn’t be easier.

    Of course, you can add multiple GIFs to the same video as well by CapCut. And there are more advanced features like keyframe and background removal tool, etc., waiting for your discovery.

    Step 3
    Preview and Export

    Final Thoughts

    Human eyes are built to capture moving objects. While adding an eye-catching GIF to your video can help you instantly convey the humor and make a tedious video come alive. Of the 3 options to add an animated GIF to a video, FleClip, with its flawless integration with GIPHY’s GIFs assets and versatile editing tools, has the edge over others. So, start adding your first GIF to a video now. And don’t forget to share this post on your Facebook and tell us your inspirations when adding a GIF to a video. Much appreciated!

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