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Speed Ramp effect for Final Cut Pro

There are a couple of ways to create a speed ramp effect using Final Cut Pro.  One way is to use the 'speed tool'.  This speed tool will allow you to ramp up / down the speed of a clip without changing it's duration.

As an alternative, you may want to view this changing speed tutorial for FCP that does not use the speed tool.

Check out this short tutorial on how to do this....

continue reading for a full text transcript of this Final Cut Pro tutorial.
It's easy to create a speed ramp effect using Final Cut Pro.

To do this edit a clip to the timeline.

Then move over to the tool palette and hold down the mouse button while clicking on the slip tool.

Underneath the slip tool activate the speed tool.

Next,  click on the Toggle Clip Keyframes button in the bottom left corner of the timeline window.

Add control points by clicking  within your clip in the sequence.

Next, drag these controls points so they are further apart.  

This means the clip will play slower in the middle, but faster at each end.

Back and to play the sequence so you can see the results.

Then move over to the tool palette and click on the selection tool.

Next, double click on the clip in the timeline to load it into the Viewer window.

Within the Viewer window click on the Motion tab.

Twirl down the disclosure triangle for the speed parameter.

You can right click on each speed control keyframe to smooth out its motion.

Okay, so now check it out.

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