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3 Approaches for Time-Remapping in Adobe Premiere Pro

Caleb Ward

Here are a few easy ways to adjust speed/duration in Premiere Pro.

Whether you’re wanting to artistically manipulate time, or simply want to change the speed of a clip, the following 3 methods are an easy way to manipulate clip speed in Adobe Premiere Pro. All 3 methods take only seconds, but each one has it’s own benefits and disadvantages.

First let’s tackle some of the semantics of time remapping:

What is Speed?

Speed is the rate at which a clip plays back usually displayed in percentages. For example, a clip that plays back at 200% is twice as fast as an unaffected clip.

What is Duration?

Duration is a measure of time from the in-point to the out-point. Whereas speed deals with playback, duration only deals with how much time a specific clip takes up in the timeline. Just because you adjust a clip’s duration does not necessarily mean you are adjusting the clip’s speed and vice-versa.

The Speed/Duration Command

1. Right-click your clip in the timeline & navigate to Speed/Duration.

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2. Select your desired command.

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3. Click ok

The Speed/Duration Command consists of a few very easy to understand parameters and checkboxes. When Speed/Duration is linked, a speed percentage of less than 100% will slowdown playback and increase duration. Alternatively a speed percentage of more than 100% will speed-up playback and shorten the duration.

You can link/unlink speed and duration by clicking the chain icon in the viewer. You can reverse clip playback by selecting reverse speed. Instead of having your audio sound like The Chipmunks (or the Tree Ents from Lord of the Rings!)  you can select ‘Maintain Audio Pitch’. Premiere will try to make your audio sound more natural when played back at a different speed. By selecting ‘Ripple Edit, Shifting Trailing Clips’ your adjacent clips will be moved in the timeline to match your changes.


Rate Stretch Tool

1. Select the Rate Stretch Button or click the ‘R’ button

Rate Stretch Button

2. Click and drag the in-point/out-point of your clip

Rate Stretch Button in Action

The speed and duration will match any adjustments you make to the clip. It’s that simple.


Use Time Remapping

1. Right-click on your clip and select ‘Show Clip Keyframes>Time Remapping>Speed’

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2. Increase your speed

Time Remapping In Action

Simply drag the ‘Rubber Band’ on your clip up and down to increase/decrease the clip duration. You can Command+Click on a Mac or Control+Click on Windows to set keyframes. There are actually a lot of really cool ways to manipulate clip speed using this feature. The video tutorial below outlines a few helpful ways to use the Time Remapping Tool.

3. Time-remapping can be keyframed in the Effects Panel

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What method is your favorite for adjusting speed/duration in Premiere? Share in the comments below.