Final Cut Pro: How To Use the Speed Tool

In Final Cut Pro, the Speed tool is designed to change the speed of adjacent clips that are located in the Timeline. The Speed tool allows you to change the speed of those clips by rolling their shared edit point. By using the Speed tool, you are able able to move the In or Out points of a single clip to change the speed of that clip only. When you use the Speed tool to change the speed of adjacent clips in the Timeline, you are simply slowing one clip down and speeding the other clip up.

No clips actually move when you use the Speed tool in Final Cut Pro. The duration of the sequence that you are editing will never change. Instead, the duration of the individual clips will change. When you roll edit in Final Cut Pro, which the Speed tool does for you, one clip will get longer and the other will get shorter to compensate for the new speeds that you have set. Below you will find directions for using the Speed tool to change the speed of adjacent clips and of a single clip.

Changing the Speed of Adjacent Clips in the Timeline

To change the speed of adjacent clips in the Timeline in Final Cut Pro, you will need to have the Timeline open. With the Timeline open, go to the Tool palette and select the Speed tool. You can also open the Speed tool by pressing SSS on your keyboard. With the Speed tool open, select an edit point between two clips. Depending on how you want to adjust the speed of the clips, you will need to drag the edit point to the right or to the left.

You will notice that as you drag the edit point, the speed of the adjacent clips will change in the form of a percentage. Once you have decided where you want the edit point, release your mouse and you will have successfully changed the speed of adjacent clips in the Timeline.

Changing the Speed of a Single Clip in the Timeline

You will need to have the Timeline open to change the speed of a single clip in the Timeline. To access the Speed tool, you can either click on the Speed tool in the Tool palette or press SSS on your keyboard. With the Speed tool now selected, you will need to click on the In point or the Out point of the clip that you would like to edit.

To change the speed of a single clip in the Timeline, simply drag the In or Out point to the left or to the right. As you are moving the In or Out edit point, Final Cut Pro will display the new speed that you have selected as a percentage of the original speed. Once you have positioned the In or Out edit point, release your mouse and the new speed will be automatically applied.