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How to Create a GIF in Premiere Pro CC (2018)

Learn to Create a GIF in Adobe Premiere Pro CC
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GIFs and Memes have quickly taken over the internet. You can’t visit a forum without finding one of these somewhere on it. Many people use something like Photoshop to create a GIF.  Did you know you can actually create GIF’s in Premiere Pro? Why learn an entirely new program, when you can create a premiere pro GIF? In this tutorial we go over how to create GIFs in Premiere Pro CC. (NOTE: This method does NOT work on MAC’s)

How to Create a GIF in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

  1. Click on your footage, drag and drop it in to create a new sequence.
  2. Go to Sequence -> Sequence Settings. Then click on custom, time base of 15.00 frames/second, frame size 500, set horizontal to 500, set pixel aspect ratio to square pixels, set fields to no fields, set display format to frames
  3. Now go in to the position controls in “effect controls” to adjust the positioning of the GIF.
  4. Locate how you want your footage to loop. Then cut off the front and back to make it this.
  5. Click loop button in the preview panel so the GIF will replay (if you need to add this button, click on the plus sign in the bottom right side of the preview panel)
  6. File->Export Media, set format to animated gif, set preset to animated GIF (match source), click on output name and you can rename file.
  7. Find the file and enjoy. Can also adjust the previous settings to adjust the file size.

Optimizing the Premiere Pro GIF

There you have it, how to create a GIF in Adobe Premiere Pro. The premiere pro GIF you have created can also be optimized. The lower the frames, size, and the quality will all create smaller file sizes. Experiment with creating a 300 by 300 GIF and compare it to the the 500 by 500. Try reducing the amount of frames, or lowering the aspect ratio Look at how the file size changes with each one of these. By manipulating these different parameters, you can create a GIF that fits your situation!

If you’re still itching to create a GIF in Photoshop, check out this article by Adobe.

Post in the comments below your favorite GIF you have created.

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  • Sheena Sheikh says:

    I created a gif to welcome my new little niece into the world, I play cello so added The Swan for music. Thank you for giving such clear instructions on how to make a quick and simple but very touching gif!

  • Thomas says:

    Thanks, this helped me create a GIF from a video to publish on my Instagram page!

  • gloda says:

    I’m happy to report that this does work on macOS after all, at least with 10.14 and Premiere Pro 2020.

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