Freeze frame or frame hold is a dramatic video editing technique that makes a moving frame of a video stop to draw viewers' attention. It's widely used for showing the detailed sequence of a fast-moving subject or for a tutorial video or often serves as the closing credits in filmmaking.
Though looked pretty professional, creating a freeze frame effect in videos is much easier than you thought. In this post, we will walk you through how to freeze frame a video online, on PC and phone using online video editor FlexClip and Adobe Premiere Pro and CapCut.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
How to Freeze Frame a Video Online by FlexClip
Well, the easiest way to create a freeze frame effect is to edit it online. A worry-free option we recommend is FlexClip. It’s an easy-to-use and feature-packed in-browser video maker.
Freeze frame a video by FlexClip
With FlexClip, you can freeze frame a video in secs and add text animations and elements and royalty-free music and sound effects to spice up your video. No software download and experience are needed.
Step 1: Upload Your Clips to FlexClip
After you upload your footage to FlexClip, you can add it to the timeline.
Import the footage onto the timeline
Step 2: Find the Frame You Wish to Freeze and Make a Screenshot
You can use the “Fit the Screen” tool to zoom in on your clips. And move the playhead to see which frame you want to freeze. Then make a screenshot of that frame and save it to your hard drive. Next, click the “Split” tool to cut the clip into two parts.
Make a screenshot of the freeze frame and split the footage into two
Step 3: Use Screenshot to Create the Freeze Frame Effect
Upload your screenshot to FlexClip and place it between two clips and set “Animation” to none. Then as you playback the video, the exact frame in the video will halt as it moves across the still screenshot image. So, the freeze frame effect is created. You can drag the slider of the screenshot image to adjust the duration of the freeze frame.
Place the freeze frame image between two clips
Step 4: Add Other Elements to the Freeze Frame (Recommended)
As freeze frame video effect is often coupled with animated texts or elements to help viewers know the context, you can use FlexClip’s animated shapes and text animations and royalty-free music or sound effects to jazz up your video.
Spice up your freeze frame video with more elements
Here is the resulting video from the above example:
Freeze frame effects created by FlexClip
Step 5: Export and Share
Done with the editing. Hit the “Export” button to down the video or GIF to your local drive. Or save it to your Google Drive, Dropbox, or YouTube. FlexClip will also generate a clickable link and embed code for your private sharing. Super handy.
How to Freeze Frame in Adobe Premiere Pro in 3 Ways
To freeze a frame in a video, Adobe Premiere Pro offers us 3 ways to achieve the different freeze frame video effects.
Freeze a frame in 3 different ways by Premiere Pro
Option 1: Use " Insert Frame Hold Segment"
Right-click on the clip and select "Insert Frame Hold Segment". Then Premiere Pro will add a 2 secs freeze frame to the clips. You can move the second clip away for more room and extend the freeze frame to the length you want. Check how to slow down a video in Premiere Pro.
Option 2: Use "Add Frame Hold"
Right-click on the clip and select "Add Frame Hold". This option will cut this frame into two and the second part of the clip becomes a frame hold or static frame. It is useful for making closing credits or staff rolls at the end of a video or film.
Option 3: Use "Export Frame"
Scrub through the playhead and find the perfect place for making a freeze frame. Then left-click "Export Frame" or use the keyboard shortcut "Shift-E". Premiere Pro will export a simple frame as JPG/PNG and add it to your project. Then you can drag this screenshot over your clips to blend it into the clips as a freeze frame video. You can add a caption, sound effects, or arrows to catch viewers' attention. That's it, nice and simple.
However, there is a prerequisite for freezing a sequence of continuous movements:
Guide to freezing a sequence of a moving subject using Premiere Pro
Select the second layer of the track and move to the "Video Effects" control panel and change the "Blend Mode" in Opacity option to "Darken". Then do the same for the rest of the video tracks.
How to Freeze Frame a Video on Your Phone
If you want to freeze frame a video on TikTok on your phone, a free and powerful app you may use is CapCut, developed by ByteDance, the same company that owns TikTok. CapCut is available to both iPhone and Android users in App Store or Google Play Store.
Step 1: Import the Footage into CapCut
Open Capcut > tap “New Project” > import the footage from your camera roll or photo album on the timeline of CapCut.
Import clips to CapCut
Step 2: Create the Freeze Frame Effect
Move the clip till the playhead stays at the frame you wish to freeze > tap the “Edit” button > move the editing slider to the right and tap “Freeze”. Then CapCut will insert a 3-sec still image between two clips. The freeze frame effect is created. You may also trim the slider of the freeze frame to decide its duration. Or add texts and other video effects.
Create freeze frame effects by CapCut
Step 3: Export the Freeze Frame Video
Finally, you can select video resolution (480P-4K) and FPS (24-60FPS) to export the video. And directly post freeze frame video on TikTok.
Now, It's Your Move
So, now we're sure you know how to freeze frame a video online, on PC, and phone yourself. If you find this post helpful or have better solutions, don't forget to share it and leave your comments on our Facebook or Twitter. So, let's start creating your first freeze frame video by FlexClip or Premiere Pro now.