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Alternative To Using Time Remap Tool

If you have ever used the Time Remapping Tool to manipulate a section of a clip's speed, then you have realized that whatever speed change that you perform in the clip has to be made up elsewhere in the clip. For example, if you ramp down the speed at the beginning of the clip, the end of the clip will have to play back faster in order to maintain the length of the original clip. You will have also noticed that the speed ramp does not extend to the audio of the clip, meaning you will lose sync with your audio after you perform the ramping effect.

Perhaps a more practical way to perform time remapping in Final Cut Pro is to create through edits that encompass the section of video where you wish to perform the speed change and manipulate the speed of that particular section. The effect will also extend to the associated audio with the clip, therefore keeping it in sync and the time change does not have to be made up elsewhere.

1 Go to the FCP tool palette and choose the razor blade tool.

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2 Make sure the Link Selection icon is turned on in the timeline linked.jpg, then make a through edit in the select clip, within the timeline, just before the action that you want to manipulate with the speed change begins. You can do this by clicking the area of the clip with the Razor Blade Tool active. Make another through edit where you want the speed effect to end in the clip.

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3 Go back to the tool palette and choose the selection arrow.

4 Right cllick on the segement of video that you want to manipulate with the speed change in order to select it.

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5 Choose the Speed option in the pop-up menu and enter 200 into the percent field to speed up that area of the clip. Click OK.

Keep in mind that in contrast to using the Time Remapping tool, you will be changing the overall length of the clip depending on whether you are speeding the clip up, making the clip shorter, or slowing it down, making the clip longer.

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Try out both techniques to see which one is right for you.

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Working with nested PIP effects Avid Xpress was the previous entry in this blog.

Using Time Shift audio plug for Avid Xpress is the next entry in this blog.

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