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The Time Remap Function in Final Cut Pro allows you to make the speed of a clip variable, either sped up or slowed down or both.  Variable speed allows you to create sophisticated motion effects in which subjects appear to smoothly shift across a variety of different speeds; kind of like the effects in the Matrix movie.  With Time Remapping you can show a punch being thrown at fast speed and the impact being slowed down to emphasize the force at which it was thrown. 

It's important to know that with Time Remap, the duration of a clip does not change.  If a clip is 20 seconds long, no matter how many times you speed it up, slow it down, reverse, and etc, the time for the clip will always be 20 seconds.

You can find the Time Remap tool in the Motion Tab in the Viewer Window.  Double-click on a clip in the Timeline to load it into the Viewer.  Select the Motion Tab and twirl down the disclosure triangle next to Time Remap; you will see that the default for Setting is Constant Speed.  You will also see that there are 2 keyframes, which act as anchor points at the beginning and the end of the clip.  It is the angle of the green keyframe line that determines both the speed of the motion of the clip, and the direction that the clip runs, either forward or reverse.

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You can change the Setting to Variable and set a keyframe.  Notice when you change the setting to Variable, you can't change the speed % because your percentage is going to be constantly changing.  Right-Click on the keyframe that you set and select Smooth.  The keyframe line turns into a curve, a gradual acceleration/deceleration.  There is also a Bezier handle on both keyframes if you want more manipulation of the curve.

timeremap2.gifCheck out this article on another alternative to using the Time Remap tool.
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