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Remember back in the days of Fit-to-Fill Edits?  The newer speed controls nowadays give new solutions to old problems.  Check out this update about the new speed controls in Final Cut Pro 7:

In our 5-Day Final Cut Pro class, our students always got frustrated by the way Final Cut 6 handled speed control. While changing a clip's playback speed was easy enough if you wanted a constant rate of slow- or fast-motion, common tasks like accelerating or decelerating a clip were painful: unlike Avid's velocity-based time graphs, Final Cut's position-based time graphs were anything but intuitive. Unless you were a whiz at high school calculus, visualizing the relationship between position graphs and acceleration (its second derivative, calc whizzes)
took a heap of effort.

Speed Change Dialog

The new speed controls poke their heads up in a few places.  For starters, the basic "Change Speed" dialog box (Modify -> Change Speed or Cmd+J) has a shiny new look: in addition to the old percentage-based and duration-based speed controls, you can instantly add eases to the speed change.  These quick-and-easy controls let you avoid a lot of the reasons you'd formerly need to use a Time Remap graph: to smooth out speed changes, for example, simply adjust the clip's speed then use one of the curved ease options for the clip's Start and End interpolations.

The Speed control dialog box also introduces a "Ripple Sequence" option, which allows you to toggle whether or not the remaining clips in your sequence automatically adjust to fit your new clip.  It's on by default, which is normally the behavior that you expect -- but if you've already got a sequence edited to an audio track, this little option could save you some headaches.
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