Adobe After Effects CC 2023: How To Create Freeze Frames

This tutorial will show you how to create freeze frames to ‘freeze time’ in Adobe After Effects CC 2023.

What is a Freeze Frame:
A still image create by ‘freezing’ a video or animation and taking a snapshot of one frame that can be used as a still image or graphic.

Keyboard Shortcuts Used:
Split Layers: Shift + Cmd/Ctrl + D
Trim Layer to CTI: Opt/Alt + Right Bracket

00:00  Intro: About This Tutorial
00:13  What is a freeze frame?
00:26  Drag CTI
00:37  Split Layer at CTI
01:05  Create Freeze Frame
01:26  Note: Hold Keyframe
01:52  Example: Camino de Santiago Footage
02:13  Resume Video After Freeze Frame?
02:52  Trim Layer To CTI (Opt + Right Bracket)


Software Used:
Adobe After Effects CC 2023 (Click To Try or Buy)

How To Create Freeze Frames in After Effects:

  1. Open After Effects
  2. Create a Composition
  3. Add a Video or Animation
  4. Drag CTI to place in video to ‘freeze’
  5. Split Layer (Edit Menu…Split) or Cmd + Shift + D
  6. Select layer to be ‘freeze framed’
  7. Right-Click
  8. Select ‘Time’
  9. Select ‘Freeze Frame’
  10. Drag out Freeze Frame to control duration
  11. Drag out Original Video to play after Freeze Frame Duration