Animated GIF Preview

Give your viewer a little preview of your video's content ⏯

Previewing your video with a GIF animated cover is a great way to grab your viewers' attention. It conveys far more emotion and information than a static preview, and entices your viewer to click play. 

In the same way, an email subject line helps preview what's to follow, your Loom GIF preview will spark your viewers' interest on what they're about to see.

You can simply enable our 'Animated Preview' feature from your video settings. Once enabled, Loom will take the first few seconds of your recording and transform them into an animated video cover.   

When scrolling through your My Videos page, you'll also see the animated preview upon mouse hover, making your recordings that little bit easier to identify.

Here's how to enable this: 

  1. From your My Video page, select the video you'd like to add the Animated GIF Preview to. 
  2. Click Settings, then toggle Animated Cover to the on position. You can also choose 'Use as default' to apply this to all your recordings.
  3. And that's it! 🎉 Your GIF preview is enabled. It'll be the gif that keeps on gifing. 😉

Some quick tips for a great animated GIF preview:

  • Smile before you start recording. 😁
  • Wave or gesture at the start of your video to add movement.
  • If you're not happy with your GIF, a quick trim will provide a new GIF.

...which one are you more likely to click? 😉

Please Note: For Loom Basic users this setting will only apply to newly recorded videos.

For Loom Pro users you can generate GIF thumbnails for older videos, enable this via the Custom Thumbnail button, as shown below:

If you have any questions, reach out to us at support@loom.com and we'd be happy to help!

Happy Recording! 😄🎥

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