Changing video speed in

Adobe Premiere Rush.

Learn how to change the playback speed of your footage to achieve everything from slow-motion effects to impressive time-lapse videos.

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Find a new pace.

Changing the playback speed of your video is a creative decision that can add emphasis or interest to your footage. By slowing or increasing the original speed, you can change the flow of your video and alter the passage of time. Whether you’re crafting a time-lapse video of a flower blooming or catching a slow-motion shot of an animal running, changing the playback speed of your footage is a useful tool to convey your artistic vision.


Edit your video speed.

Slow it down.

When slowing down a video clip, frames are repeated, resulting in a longer clip. While there are advanced cameras specifically designed to create slow-motion clips by shooting more frames per second, any video can be transformed into a slow-motion video with Adobe Premiere Rush. Slowing down a video clip can help you to create a thoughtful mood or emphasize details that might be hard to see in fast-motion footage, like when ESPN slows down a sports clip.


Speed it up.

Speeding up a video clip removes frames and shortens the clip duration. You can use it to create a short video for social media that might otherwise take too long to watch (or be too long to post) or to speed up slower moments in your clip that you don’t want to edit out. Creating time-lapse videos is where this effect really shines. With a stationary or slow-moving camera, you can capture clouds speeding across the sky or use the feature to quickly speed up art videos or makeup tutorials.

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Smooth the transitions.

The Ramp feature adjusts the acceleration or deceleration of your video speed and can make the shift look more natural. Adjust the Ramp duration in your clip to gradually change the pace of your video to avoid jarring your viewer with a sudden change in speed.


Preserve your audio.

When altering your video playback speed, the pitch of your audio track changes. With a speeded-up video, the pitch rises, while a slowed-down video lowers the pitch. To help combat this, the Maintain Audio Pitch feature is automatically enabled in the Speed panel in Premiere Rush. While your audio is always speeded up or slowed down to stay in sync with the video, this feature ensures your sound isn’t too warped when the pace is changed. If the audio isn’t necessary for the clip, consider muting it and adding narration or music instead.


Dive in with Premiere Rush.

If you’re editing videos on your phone, Premiere Rush can help you quickly change your playback speed. Open your video file in the app and simply choose the section you’d like to alter using the Range Speed slider. Learn to convert long video clips into social media-friendly short videos in one quick step or make your speed changes subtle and gradual with the Ramp feature. If you don’t like the speed adjustments, simply remove them from the clip. Whatever your creative vision, with just a few clicks, you can make a professional-looking video right from your phone.


If you’re trying to speed up or slow down video footage on your computer or you’re looking for more advanced editing options, check out these insightful tutorials for desktop apps.

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Explore Adobe Premiere Pro.

If you’d like to go a bit more in-depth, try using Premiere Pro as your video editor on desktop. By using more advanced features like frame blending, you can smooth the appearance of a speed effect that changes the time or frame rate of your clip.

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Use Adobe After Effects.

If you’re looking to change the speed of your motion graphics, consider exploring After Effects. By using the time-stretching, time-remapping and the Timewarp effects, you can speed up, slow down or freeze-frame your video graphics.

With the right tools at your fingertips, you can create a stunning slow-motion or time-lapse video. Explore the tutorials, follow the steps and start editing today.

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