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Slow Motion Effect in Final Cut Pro

Slow Motion Effect in Final Cut Pro

There are times in life and film when you want to slow things down and enunciate every movement of an event. Creating such a scene through Final Cut Pro slow motion effect is easy and quick. Follow these steps and change the speed of your footage to your desired feel while maintaining the audio pitch, or not. 
Understand the Effects of Speed Changes 

You can apply variable and constant speeds to your clips in FCP. If you make a constant speed alteration to a clip or a selected section, the playback speed of that clip will change at a uniform rate. So, lowering the speed by 50 percent will create the effect of slowed motion. 

Select a Preset Speed in FCP

Make a selection in the timeline by choosing a clip, set of clips or a range that you would like to alter. Click on the Retime Pop-Up menu, which looks like a speedometer located under the preview window. In the dropdown, you will see the options to go slow or fast at different speeds of 10 percent, 25 percent and 50 percent. Set the slow speed to your desired level of slow motion effect.  

Choose the Custom Speed Setting

The custom setting allows you to choose the forward or reverse direction and set the speed rate and duration. For this, select Custom from the Retime Pop-up menu and set either the duration for your clip or a speed percentage.

Select a Manual Speed 

To adjust the speed of your clips manually, click on the Retime Pop-Up menu and select Show Retime Editor. You can also use the shortcut Command-R to bring up the editor in the timeline. For a slow-motion effect, drag the retiming handle to the right. The timeline selection bar will turn orange and the time of the selection will lengthen. 

Check or Uncheck the Ripple and Preserve Pitch Boxes

The ripple edit offers the ability to slow a single clip that’s in the middle of the timeline. You can change footage without causing the downstream to ripple. If you uncheck the ripple box, the subsequent clips in the project will stay in their places, and the chosen clip will cut off at a different point. For example, if you have chosen to slow down the action of someone picking up an apple and taking a bite, then slowing down the clip may cut off the scene before the bite takes place, depending on the speed. You can also deselect the default position of Preserve Pitch to match the sound of your clip to the slowed movement.

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