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How to Add a Freeze Frame to a Video on Your Devices

Sofia Albert updated on Mar 15, 2023 | Home > Video Editing Tips

A freeze frame is a still image shown in a video. When a frame or an image is frozen, the author probably wants to highlight them. Thus, when you want to attract viewers’ attention to one point, you may need to add a freeze frame to your video. But how to realize such a special effect?

Here we offer you software that can help you accomplish this task. No matter what kind of device you use, there is a steady hand for you.

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Part 1. How to add a freeze frame on Windows

As many PC users equip their computers with the Windows system, we offer two APPs here. They are professional video editing software with frame-freezing function. If you are a Windows user, we believe it is helpful to you.

1. Add a freeze frame with EaseUS Video Editor

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Windows 11/10/8/7

EaseUS Video Editor is a software designed for video editing amateurs. This free special effects video editor intends to help users edit a video, including crop, cut, rotate, add filters and so on. This software is quite user-friendly and suitable for beginners without professional skills. With EaseUS Video Editor, you can add a freeze frame easily with only four steps.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Video Editor and choose the aspect ratio compatible with your device.

choose an aspect ratio

Step 2. Import the file you want to edit and drag it on the timeline.

import a video

Step 3. Play the video you choose, and click the “a freeze frame” button on the toolbar. You can select which frame to be frozen by drag the yellow square on the timeline.

add a freeze frame

Step 4. After adding a freeze frame, click “export” to save the edited video on your devices or share it on media platforms like YouTube.

export file

2. Add a freeze frame with Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a professional all-in-one video editing app. It has everything you need to edit a video. You may add cinematic openers from “After Effects”, cut in stock footage, adjust audio, or integrate with resources from third-party to create outstanding content.

adobe premiere pro

Step 1. Select a clip on the timeline.

Step 2. Open the clip in the “Source Monitor”, and set “Marker 0” (zero) to the frame you want to freeze.

Step 3. Choose “Clip”, then choose “Video Options” and “Frame Hold”.

Step 4. Select “Hold On”, and select the frame you want to hold from the menu.

Step 5. Specify “Hold Filters” and then click “OK”.

Part 2. How to add a freeze frame on Mac

iMovie is one of Apple’s products. With iMovie, it’s easy to browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac.

To add a freeze frame with this software, you need to open the file for editing in iMovie on Mac and then follow these steps to add a freeze frame.

Step 1. Select the video clip on the timeline.

Step 2. Click “Modify” and “Add A Freeze Frame” from the menu bar.

Step 3. Select the clip on the timeline and then click the hand icon in the center of it.

Step 4. Drag the edges to change the duration of the freeze frame.

iMovie a freeze frame

Part 3. How to add a freeze frame on iOS

Time Freeze - Movie Maker is a video editing software for iOS system. Although it has a limit on compatible devices, handling it on the phone is quite easy. When adding a freeze frame to a video on iPhone, you need to open the video in Time Freeze - Movie Maker and then follow the steps below.

Step 1. Select the video clip on your movie timeline.

Step 2. Tap the “Speed” button at the bottom and select “Freeze”.

Step 3. Preview the results and save.

time freeze movie maker

Part 4. Conclusion

With the development of personal media, more and more people are trying to make little movies on their own. To create outstanding videos, people usually add special effects. However, without professional software, adding special effects is a tough task. Under the help of the software above, adding a freeze frame is quick and easy. For most Windows users, EaseUS Video Editor is definitely the best choice.

Part 5. FAQs

1. How do I freeze a frame in After Effects?

Put the play head on the frame you want to freeze. Select “Split Layer”, then the layer is duplicated and split at the play head. Right-click the top layer, and select “A freeze frame”.

2. How do I add a freeze frame in Final Cut Pro?

Method 1. Move the skimmer or play head to the frame you want to freeze.

Method 2. Choose “Edit” then click “Add A freeze frame”.

3. How do you add a frame in iMovie?

If you want to add a freeze frame from content in your iMovie library, move the cursor to the point in the clip where you'd like the frame. From the contextual menu choose “Add Still Frame”.

4. How do I add a freeze frame in Premiere?

Position the play head where you want the freeze frame to start, then right-click and select “Add Frame Hold.” A freeze frame will be made at that point through the rest of the clip's duration.

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