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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this chapter, we're going to look at several ways to adjust the speed of a clip, which is a really helpful tool in editing. We have here this footage of this dancing girl and she's just adorable as can be. That's my five-year-old little daughter there. What I'm going to do is right- click on a clip and I'm going to choose Speed/Duration. By default, the Speed/Duration value is set at 100%, meaning that it plays back at regular speed. We could type in 200 here and that will play this clip, if we click OK.
It will shorten it, because it's now playing twice as fast. So it's now half the duration. So again, there is this relationship between speed of the clip and the duration. If we play this back, we see it's almost like a little Charlie Chaplin movie or something, kind of adorable there. I'm going to right-click again, go back to Speed/Duration, and you'll see that still remembers that same speed. This is a nondestructive act that we're doing here. I'm going to type in 50%. That's going to make this clip play half as slow and be twice as long as its original values.
Now, if I hit the Home key and preview this, we could see that it is very cute and adorable. It really draws out the emotion of this scene. If it's played back at 100%, she just seems like a regular old girl, but at 50% speed, it makes her seem just kind of larger-than-life. It's just extra beautiful. So what I did is I recorded me playing some sappy, improvisational piano. I'm not very good, as you'll see here. But I'm going to turn this track on by clicking the speaker icon, which turns on the audio for this track.
Now, let's hear this with the sappy audio and prepare to have your heart touched. (Music playing) So, very cute, very adorable, and again, when you slow the clip down to 50% speed, it really pulls out the emotion of a scene.
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