Creating Infinitely Looping Videos for Instagram With Just Photoshop

Looping videos without any noticeable sign of a start or end adds so much production value to your work. The cool thing is this technique only requires Photoshop and is so simple you'll be kicking yourself for not knowing how.  

Have you ever spent five minutes watching a video on Instagram only to realize it was on a loop? Maybe that's just me, but I must have wasted hours of my life being fooled by well-executed clips! Seeing the jolt of a video restarting defies the objective of making work look like it's infinitely playing. The illusion is instantly broken, which seems a shame to spoil all that hard work with such a minor detail. Russell Brown, a senior creative director at Adobe Systems, has made this useful video tutorial so you will never see the join in your loops again.

Using a time-lapse made with his iPhone, Brown drops the footage into Photoshop, where it appears in the Timeline. He goes on to explain how you borrow two seconds from the start of your sequence and place it at the end of your timeline. This two-second clip is now faded into the original using a transition, and as a result, the final video appears to be infinite.

Obviously, everyone’s footage will be different, so I would play about with the length of the clips you are using to transition.

Looping videos without any noticeable sign of a start or end adds so much production value to your work. The cool thing is this technique only requires Photoshop, and if done right, you won't see any repetition.

Just like the first and last paragraph of this article.   

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Simon Patterson's picture

This is the best, and the shortest, tutorial on how to do this.

Paul Parker's picture

Right? I love the way the guy teaches...

Simon Patterson's picture

I find it funny that he only has about 600 YouTube subscribers. He is a great teacher as you said, plus he's the top boss of the creativity department at Adobe, and he's one the founders of Photoshop! So he would have to be the world's foremost expert at Photoshop, yet he has hardly any followers for his brilliant tutorials. Go figure!

Paul Parker's picture

It's crazy. Like you say he's not only an awesome teacher but a world authority. It's criminal his numbers are so low!

Maybe he needs to show more flesh... ;)

Simon Patterson's picture

Ha, I suspect he already has enough on his plate! Thankfully, articles like yours help spread the word, which can only benefit the photographic community.

Paul Parker's picture

I'm following him closely and will report back any findings here!

Simon Patterson's picture

Excellent. I also follow him (have for a long time), but obviously the rest of the world needs to catch up! Clearly you're just the person to help them!

Paul Parker's picture

I'll do my best!!!