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Creating Beautiful Slow Motion in Adobe Premiere Pro

Brent Pierce
By Brent Pierce

Slow-motion video can be very beautiful if used correctly. In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at creating smooth slow-motion from 60p video in Premiere Pro.

Don’t make the mistake of slowing down standard frame rate video for slow motion.  It’ll look choppy and make you look like a total amateur.

Instead, to make smooth slow-mo, you’ll need to shoot your footage at a high frame rate and then play back your footage at a lower frame rate in your video editing app. Most DSLR’s have the capability to shoot 720p at 60 frames-per-second (fps). Shooting at 60 fps gives you the ability to play back your footage at a slower fps like 24 fps. So, in essence, your footage will be played back perfectly smooth with every frame accounted for at 40% speed. Still with me?  Good.

Take a look at this video shot completely in 60p and slowed down to 40%. Notice how there is no frame blending or skipping in the slow-mo:

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a similar effect by conforming 60p footage to 24p in Premiere Pro. Unlike other video editing applications that make it complicated to get smooth slow-mo, it is really simple to create slow-motion in Premiere Pro.

There are 2 ways to slow down your 60p video in Premiere Pro…

Technique #1 – Slow down in your timeline

This one is simple and straightforward. Create a 24p sequence.


Place a 60p clip in your 24p timeline.


Right click the clip and make sure frame blending is OFF.


Right click the clip and go to “Speed/Duration” (⌘R).


Set your speed to 40%.

Premiere Pro Speed change to 40%

NOTE: If you are working in a different frame rate other than 24 fps, you will have to determine your speed by dividing your destination frame rate by your clip’s frame rate. Ex: 24/60=.4

Now you footage is in smooth slow-motion. You’ll notice that every frame is played back and there is no frame blending. Beautiful!

Technique #2 – Re-interpret frame rate

This is the way I usually conform 60p clips into slow-mo. This is also a good way to make multiple clips slow-mo in one simple step. This will make the selected clips in your bin slow-motion, so if you want to keep your original 100% speed clips in your project, you’ll want to duplicate them before doing this.

Select your clips in your bin that you want to make slow-mo.

Premiere Pro close motion clips selected

Right click and select “Modify>Interpret Footage.”

Premiere Pro Interpret footage

Select “Assume this frame rate” and set the value to your timeline’s frame rate.


Done. Now, all the selected clips will play back in slow-mo. Pretty neat.

By using these simple techniques, using 60p video to create slow-motion in Premiere Pro is super easy. Slow-motion footage is a great way to add emotion and style to any video project.

Got Premiere Pro tips to share?
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