I found some very easy looking totorials on how to import an animated gif into a mockup.
I fololow the steps, but the animatio does not go into the 'timeline'. All the options in the timeline window are grayed out.
These are the steps a took- Have a mobile image, mark & copied the area wanted & converted to smart object. Double click that & in the new window I dragge the gif file. Opened the 'timeline' window & nothing appears there. If I insert a new blank video layer, then all layers appear in the timeline window.
I save the .psd file & go back to the main image, the timeline window is empty till I add a new blank video layer. Even then the gif doesn't play. Also not after saved for web as gif
Be happy if anyone knows the problem.
I did restart & quit the program. Didn't help
I am using photoshop 22.4.1 on macOS big sur 11.5.2
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What you wrote is vague . Dragging in a Animated gif into an opened smart object layer's Objects Work file will add A smart object layer into the work file. You should be able to double click on that Smart object layer's thumbnail in the layers palette the object's work file should open and the document should have all the animate gif layers in the layers palette and there should be a Frame Animation time line with the gifs animated Frames. This will not animate in your document you copied an area you wanted and converted it to a smart object layer which you opened for edit.,
As JJ has told you, an existing GIF will always be a Frame animation. As far as I know, there is no way to add a GIF to a video timeline 'automatically'. That is to say import the GIF directly to a video timeline and have it play the animation. It will show just the first frame as a static image.
What you can do is open the GIF as a frame animation.
Select all frames in the timeline (select the first frame and Shift select the last frame)
Click on the Timeline Options (top right corner) and choose Convert to Video Timeline
Note: This will create a seperate layer and Video Group for every frame in that GIF.
Render the new video to a knopwn location (from the Timeline Options — there is no shortcut AFAIK)
You can now open the original video and use Add Media to add the GIF you just converted to a video.
Note: the GIF/video will play much more quickly as a video than it did as a GIF (roughly twice as fast)
You can fix this by right clicking thhe video and adjusting speed (say 50% for argument sake)
You will also need to drag out the video clip to match the new duration. i.e. a five second clip set to 50% will now play for ten seconds.