Photoshop: Crop Feature "Moving Crop"

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I was using Adobe Photoshop to make .gif. Easy thing to do. Usually the process involves Holding shift to make perfect squares then cropping the pictures and resizing down to perfect 100 by 100 or 50 by 50 pixels. However, it isn't easy to make .gifs that involve the primary frames panning left to right. For example, I would like to have the crop focused on a particular character that moves within the pictures. A "moving crop" feature is sort of needed. There is a manual way to do this, but it takes way too long reediting each frame, especially if there are about 100 frames. Even 20 is annoying enough and takes forever.

So there needs to be a "moving crop" feature that can be used to focus on the object that is being used within the crop. A character that moves from left to right in a picture is no longer within the normal boundaries of the original crop. Maybe a sliding scale for a crop feature or a bar that allows you to change the time or by how much the crop pans from left to right(by pixels) for example on the original picture per frame. Maybe a feature that allows you to determine by how many pixels a crop moves over the frames or just a small feature that allows you to crop frames individually.

Whatever the case, I have not found a way to do this quickly. Maybe one already exists within Photoshop. However, I have yet to find such a feature.
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I’m not sure I follow, but if you are working on video could you not simply crop the image and then animate the video Layer’s position?