How to add sound to GIF files

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GIF files are a great way to communicate your mood and reaction. You can put popular songs on GIFs to make them more fun, more emotional, and even more entertaining. In this article we explain how to add music to your GIF files using a free online tool called Kapwing. It is an online editor for casual creators that helps make modern media formats. You can use Kapwing on any device for free to add sound to your best GIFs.

Add sound to your GIFs with Kapwing

By definition, the GIF file format does not support audio, so a GIF looks more like an image than a video. While a video file can store sound, location, timestamp, and more, a GIF only stores a series of images. Therefore, to add music to a GIF, you will also need to convert it to a video file format such as MP4.

The first step is to upload your GIF to the Kapwing platform for processing. Most GIFs are only a second or two long, so you will want to choose a GIF long enough to match the music. To add music, click the "Audio" button on the Studio toolbar. After that you can upload a music file or paste the link to the YouTube video with the music you want.

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Kapwing supports MP3 or MP4 uploads , it will also extract the audio if you upload a video file. To specify a section of the music you want as a chorus or specific lyrics, click the "Trim audio" button to set the start and end time. You can also adjust the time in the GIF when the music starts playing and the volume of the music.

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Kapwing also allows you to add visual elements like stickers, text, borders, custom watermarks, and more. Feel free to try the Kapwing tools, you won't lose your audio.

Once your GIF looks and sounds good, click " Publish " to process the file. The Kapwing servers will process the file in the cloud and return a wonderful GIF with the embedded music. You can share the URL with your friends or download the MP4 file to post it on social media.