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If you are an Avid Xpress user and you plan on upgrading to Media Composer you'll find a new feature called TimeWarp.  The TimeWarp feature in Avid Xpress was limited in terms of its functionality.


The TimeWarp feature allows you to play video as variable speeds within the same clip.  Here is a short tutorial on how to use it.

For those of you who have not yet upgraded to Media Composer, you can create something similar by using the traditional motion effect within Avid Xpress to create a speed ramp.

Navigate to the effects palette within the Media Composer project window. 











Drag the timewarp effect icon to a clip within the Avid timeline.












Click on the Effects Editor buttuon  to activiate the Motion Effect Window.  The effects editor button looks like a pair of seatbelts.










The Motion Effect Editor interface will appear. Click on the image below for a full-screen shot of the Motion Effect Editor window.








speed_position_buttons.gifYou'll need to click on the two timewarp icon's for representing the speed and position graph's in order to see what you are doing. 



Click on these two buttons will open up the speed and position graphs.  Add keyframes using the pink triangle to plot speed changes.  It's a little confusing at first, but you'll eventually get the hang of it.  Here are a couple things to watch out for:

  • Set your Render Setting, for best results I recommend using Interpolated Field or Fluid Motion Rendering.
  • Be careful plotting keyframes, in this mode, it's possible to plot keyframes outside the boundary of a clip.
  • Keyframes can only be added within the speed graph.  The position graph helps you determine your keyframe's position within the clip.
  • To move a keyframe from side-to-side, hold down the alt/option key.




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