How To Slow Down A Video In Premiere

INTRODUCTION

Whether you’re working on wedding footage or an action film, there are several reasons why you might want to slow down footage. In this article, we’ll discuss how to slow down a video in Premiere. 


If you’re into video editing, you either use or might have heard about Adobe Premiere Pro. It is a timeline-based video editing software and can be used for all everyday video editing tasks necessary for producing broadcast-quality, high-definition video.

You can use it to import video, audio, and graphics, and then create new, edited versions of video which can be exported for distribution. 

STEPS TO SLOW DOWN A VIDEO IN PREMIERE

SELECT THE CLIP

how to slow down a video in Premiere

Select the clip that you want to slow down. It is essential to note that footage shot at a higher frame rate is better suited for slow motion. It is also better to shoot in frame rates that are divisible by at least half of your intended frame rate.

For instance, if you are working with a 24 fps composition, try to shoot in 120 fps, 240 fps, or 60 fps to keep the slow-motion footage consistent.

ADJUST THE RATE

There are two ways to change the duration of your footage in Premiere Pro.

Rate Stretch Tool

This tool is easy to use but can lead to imprecise frame rates and awkward drop-frames.

Click on the rate stretch tool from the toolbar or just hit the R key on your keyboard. Grab the end of your clip. The clip will extend to fit the duration of the new clip automatically.

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Speed/Duration setting

This tool is highly precise and has a reverse speed option. However, it will take a few seconds longer to use compared to the rate stretch tool.


Right-click on the clip you wish to adjust and select Speed/Duration in the pop-up menu. You can manually adjust the settings from this menu. You will see the following settings: -

SPEED/DURATION SETTING
  • Speed: This shows how your newly timed clip will compare to the original. If you set it at 50%, the clip will be twice as slow.
  • Duration: This is the actual duration of the new clip. You can manually adjust the duration down to the frame.
  • Reverse speed: This option reverses the clip.
  • Maintain audio pitch: It keeps audio levels consistent when you slow down audio clips.
  • Ripple edit, shifting, trailing clips: If you select this checkbox, adjacent clips will be pushed forward in the timeline to fit the new clip duration.
  • Time interpolation: (See the next method)

ADJUST TIME INTERPOLATION

Once the clip duration has changed, you need to take at one last setting, i.e., Time interpolation. It relates to how Premiere Pro will interpret your newly slowed footage.


Right-click on your clip and access the time interpolation menu. You will find three settings there : -

  • Frame sampling: Current frames will extend to accommodate the new clip duration.
  • Frame blending: It will cross-dissolve two frames together, depending on the duration of the clip.
  • Optical flow: It analyses your footage and creates entirely new frames based on the original clip. It is best suited for footage shot on a tripod.

CONCLUSION

A software application like Adobe Premiere Pro has a steep learning curve. It will take a while for you to get the hang of the features. All you have to do is keep experimenting and exploring. I hope that after reading this article you know how to slow down a video in premiere. If you have found this article useful, then give it a big fat thumbs up and share it with your friends. Cheers!

Nicolas Gilli
 

Hi, I'm Nicholas Gilli, I'm a blogger who is very much interested in blogging about film-making gadgets. I have experience as a cinematographer in the film industry for more than 15 years. My blogs would comprise of articles about film making gadgets and guides on how to use them. Even if you are a beginner you will learn a lot about cinematography here. Happy reading.

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