How to Freeze Frame a Video in 2022 (Online, PC, Phone)

Last Updated: Apr. 07, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Bonus Tips:How to Create Cool Freeze Frame Sequence Effects by Premiere Pro
Not only can you freeze a single frame of a video by using the "Add Frame Hold" feature of Premiere Pro, but you can even freeze different movements of a sequence of a moving subject, like a jogging woman.

However, there is a prerequisite for freezing a sequence of continuous movements:

  • You need a tripod to shoot the video footage to keep a smooth movement with camera vibration.
  • It's advisable to shoot at a higher framerate (60-120FPS recommended), which will yield the best result because it gives no motion blur of the moving subject.
  • Keep an ideal lighting or color separation between the moving subject and the background. It could be a darker subject and lighter background or vice versa.
  • Guide to freezing a sequence of a moving subject using Premiere Pro

    Step 1
    Use "Alt + Left-click" to duplicate the clip and drag the duplicated clips over the layer of the original video track. Remember how many duplicated clips will determine the number of frozen movements in your video.
    Step 2
    Scrub through the timeline for the ideal freeze frame and right-click the second layer of the clip and select "Add Frame Hold". This creates two clips, the first one is a moving frame while the rest becomes a frame hold. Then, delete the first part of the clip of the same video track.
    Step 3
    Move to the next duplicated video track and find another proper freeze-frame and right-click and select "Add Frame Hold" and delete the first part of the clip.
    Step 4
    Repeat the same procedure till all the replicated video tracks are added with a frame hold.
    Step 5
    Blend all the video tracks

    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

    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

    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.

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