Final Cut Pro: How To Make Speed Changes in the Timeline

By using the Timeline in Final Cut Pro, you can use keyframes to apply speed effects to clips. The most common speed effects created in the Timeline are slow motion and fast motion. You can also use the Pen, which is located in the Timeline, to create speed segments. This guideline will go over how you can use keyframes to make speed changes in the Timeline.

Step 1: Understand Timeline Speed Indicators

Before you begin making speed changes in the Timeline, you must first understand how to read the Timeline speed indicators. The Timeline uses tick marks to display the speed of your clip. When no speed changes have been made, the tick marks will be evenly spaced. If you apply a slow motion speed effect to your clip, the space in between the tick marks will grow. If you apply a fast motion speed effect to your clip, the space in between the tick marks will shrink.

Step 2: Adding Speed Keyframes in the Timeline

To add speed keyframes in the Timeline, you will need to click on the Clip Keyframes control, which is located in the lower left corner of the Timeline. You can also access the Clip Keyframes control by pressing Option + T. Once you have done this, the keyframe graph area will be displayed. Within the keyframe graph area, you will see speed indicator tick marks. When you move your mouse over one of these tick marks, the Pen tool will appear. To insert the speed keyframe, click the tick mark to indicate where you want the speed keyframe placed. Speed keyframes are displayed as blue markers.

Step 3: Adjusting the Position of Speed Keyframes in the Timeline

Before you can adjust the position of a speed keyframe in the Timeline, you must first have already created a speed keyframe. Follow the above directions for adding speed keyframes in the Timeline. With the speed indicator area displayed in the Timeline, you can adjust the position of a speed keyframe by dragging the blue marker to the left or right.

Step 4: Using the Shortcut Menu in the Timeline to Adjust Speed Segments and Keyframes

You can also use the shortcut menu to adjust the speed of a speed segment or speed keyframe. To do this, Control-click a speed segment. A speed segment is the space that is between two speed keyframes. When you do that, a shortcut menu will appear. The options in that menu will be change speed, remove speed, change speed segment, add keyframe, remove speed segment, speed from segment start and speed to segment end.

The above directions will also work for adjusting the speed of a speed keyframe by using the shortcut menu. The only difference is that you will Control-click on a speed keyframe, instead of a speed segment. The shortcut menu will display the same options as listed above. Keep in mind that when you make changes to a specific speed keyframe, Final Cut Pro will automatically apply the same changes to the speed segments that are located to the left and right of the speed keyframe.

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