Creating a dramatic effect can be overwhelming when there are many video editing techniques to use, but adding a classic freeze frame effect can do the trick. With a simple freeze frame, creators are able to pause on a specific scene in a video to emphasize the moment or provide more context to their audience, drawing viewers' attention in.
Even if you've never used this video editing technique before, Kapwing's editor allows you to add a freeze frame to video easily in just a few clicks.
Upload a video directly from your computer to Kapwing, or paste a link to a video.
Move the playhead in the timeline to find the frame you want to hold still. Then, select the Freeze Frame button in the Timing tab to create a still image.
Add other edits to your video, and hit Export when you're satisfied with your work. Download a file of your video or share it on social media directly from Kapwing!
Let your audience fully process the scene and gain more context by adding a pause overlay in your video. With the power of today’s video editor, we can take a pause with a simple, but powerful, video effect: the freeze frame.
Countless TV shows and films have used freeze frames to highlight a significant moment in the plot. It’s even become a movie cliche and TikTok trend with the line from the song "Baba O'Riley" by The Who, “Yep, that’s me.” Some examples of TV shows and films that have used the classic freeze frame effect are Holes (2003), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Breakfast Club (1985), and many more. With a freeze frame shot, you’re allowing your viewers to take in that moment or filling them in with more context, usually with a voiceover narration.
By all means, freeze frames are a stylistic choice. But if you find yourself wanting to explore your own creativity and pause time by holding a still image in a video, you can do so and more with the freeze frame feature in Kapwing.
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