Avid – changing the speed of video

Most of the speed effects found in Avid are variable speed effects, i.e. speed bumps, fast to slow or slow to fast. The most commonly asked for speed effect is a constant speed change. To create this effect you should use the Trim To Fill option found in the Timewarp effect. Although very simple, using this effect is not immediately straight forward and so here is an explanation on how to use it.

How to make a clip faster of slower

  1. Open your sequence.
  2. Open the Effect Palette and select Timewarp from the list on the left hand side.
  3. Click and drag the Trim To Fill effect onto the clip you want to make faster or slower in the sequence.
  4. By default the speed of the effect is always 100%. Unlike other effects where you adjust the options in the effect Editor, with the Trim To Fill effect you make the clip faster or slower on the timeline with the Trim Tool.
  5. Click the Trim Tool to go into trimming mode.
  6. Dragging the trim handles to make the clip longer will slow the speed of the clip. If you have Clip Names displayed you will notice the percentage of the speed change as the clip length changes.
  7. Conversely, dragging the trim handles to make the clip shorter will make the clip faster.
  8. Moving the trim handles does not edit the clip, only the effect is adjusted.

About shazmagill

I work as a Senior Technical Demonstrator and Lecturer in digital storytelling at Cardiff School of Journalism, Cardiff University. I teach and support any tools necessary for our students to function as journalists or media practitioners. This means anything from audio recording techniques, video editing, photography and print and mobile publishing. I have recently completed MA in Arts Practice (Fine Art) at the University of South Wales exploring the subjective and objective view and community storytelling through art of the Rhondda valley.
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One Response to Avid – changing the speed of video

  1. ulises says:

    Thank you for posting this.
    I have a problem with some titles that i created for a project, i dropped them on the timeline, the duration of them are 8 seconds each, it goes far too fast, how can i fix it? i created this titles through avid marquees and i have no pictures background, everything have been done there.
    again, i notice that these three titles and introduction go too far, i am hammering my head trying to find a solution, i think 8 seconds is even too much for a title, normally i never put it longer than 4-5 seconds.
    could you please help with any advice?

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