How to Change the Speed and Duration of a Clip in Premiere Pro

Does this matter? Do people even need to use this?


Being able to change the speed of a clip is an important tool to have when video editing. This enables you to speed it up so that movements are fast and choppy, or slow it down so that movements are long and drawn out. The most famous example of this is the tried and true slow-mo run across the finish line shots. Another example of this is also seen in tv show comedies where characters are on some sort of wild goose chase and they are running everywhere.

Easy as Pie

To change the speed of the clip, open your premiere pro file and highlight the clip whose speed you want to change. Right click and select speed/duration.



A box will pop up and give you options. You can make the speed change through a percentage of what it was or also change the duration by frames.





Different Ways to Change the Video

To change by percentage, type in the desired percentage.

To change by frames, type in the desired frames you want. Note: frames do not equal time! Videos have certain designated frames per second that are automatically detected in Premiere Pro. Use that number and multiply it by the number of desired seconds.


For example, I know my frames per second are 30 and I know I want a clip 30 seconds long. Therefore, I will multiply 30×30 to get 900 frames for my clip. Remember, if you choose a number of frames lower than what you have, the video will speed up. If you choose a larger number of frames, the video will slow down.


Remember, this is important when you want to adjust the time or distort the video itself. This is not the equivalent of cutting a clip.

Questions? Comments? Feel free to ask or comment below!




~ by cs3309 on March 30, 2014.

One Response to “How to Change the Speed and Duration of a Clip in Premiere Pro”

  1. Great blog post! I think it is very clear for the most part, however, I would divide up each step a bit more. I think it would also be helpful to explain the why behind some of the steps. That way the reader will understand the process behind what they are doing rather than just the steps. The photos help a lot!

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