Time remapping in Premiere Pro: The basics
If you are here looking for the most basic, quick and common technique you can use for time remapping in Premiere Pro, do this. Cut your clip into three sections. Thereafter you make the first and last sections at normal speed and the middle section at a different speed.
To do this select the razor tool (or press c) next to your timeline. Cut the clip where you want to make the sections. Select the selection tool or press v. Right click the middle section and select “speed/duration”. Enter the percentage in the “speed” field you want your clip to speed up or slow down. Play with this amount to get the right adjustment you think will look best. The downside with this “easy” method is that the speed change is too instant and can be jerky. So even though this is the quickest way to create a speed ramp I’ll recommend to follow the 3 steps above to make your video edit professional and smooth!
Watch here the instruction video for Basic Time Remapping in Premiere Pro
The basic time remapping technique is mostly used by beginners and most of the time you won’t get the desired result. If you now have the right result, awesome! But definitely take a moment to read further for the professional way to get even better results. Let’s get started with step 1 and learn how to use time remapping in Premiere in a professional way.
Step 1: Interpreting Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro
After creating a project and importing your shots in Premiere Pro, a basic time-remap can be performed by interpreting your footage. This way you can play the footage you’ve shot in a higher frame in slow-motion on your time-line.
In your project window, right-click on the video clip you want to remap, and right click Modify > Interpret Footage.
Next in the “Modify Clip” panel you can enter and adjust a large number of settings on a per-clip basis. Any change here will only impact the selected clip. If you want to make a bulk adjustment make sure you select multiple clips at once in your project window.
Under the Frame Rate heading, select “Assume this frame rate:” and enter 24 or 25 in the field, depending on the basic frame rate you shot your video.
With this step, you are time remapping. Interpreting footage you can use to speed- up and slow- down your footage but this is not the creative way editors use time remapping. This first step is important to have your different footage in the right speed before you start editing your video. So make sure you interpret all the footage you’ve shot in a higher frame rate in the basic one to get the right clip speed.
Watch here the instruction video of interpreting footage in Adobe Premiere Pro
Step 2: Create a speed ramp with Adobe Premiere Pro cc time remapping
First, adjust the height of the clip you want to work with. Do this by clicking and dragging the dividing line in the track title section. This step will help you to adjust the clip speed more precise because you see better what you are doing.
Second, right click on the top left of your clip, on the small box which says fx. In the menu that pops up, choose Time Remapping and then Speed. This will enable the time remapping bar which is a horizontal line spanning the length of your clip (also called rubber band). Click and drag this line up or down to adjust the speed of your clip. Take in mind when you speed up the clip, the duration will get shorter. The other way around when you slow down the clip, the duration will get longer.
Be creative with Speed Ramping in Premiere Pro
Remember, the best way is to use this tool creatively. You can create an impact or grab your audience’s attention by adjusting the energy level during the clip. This will result in different speeds during the same clip. First, we are going to speed up and then dropping it back to normal speed or even slow motion. This is what we call a speed ramp.
Now you’ve enabled the time mapping bar, the next step is to edit a speed ramp. Press P or select the Pen tool from the left hand toolbar next to your timeline. With this pen tool, you can break up the speed/duration horizontal line. Click on the line to add a point at the place where you want the speed adjustment to start.
Now you have separated the speed adjustment form each other. Press V or the selection tool from the left hand toolbar. You can now slide the two separate sections, apart from each other. You will see the speed percentage increase when sliding up and decreasing when sliding down. Adjust speed according to your likings.
Watch here the instruction video of how to create a speed ramp in Adobe Premiere Pro
Step 3: Make you speed ramp smooth, final steps
After doing this and playing back your clip you will notice the transition between the two different sections won’t be smooth. It will jump too instantly from one speed to the other. With a few final touches, you can polish this transition into the so-called “ramp”. This will result in that the speed “ramps” up or down between the 2 sections. Btw, I’m not sure if this is correct English grammar 😉
Look for the grey marker at the spot where you divided the clip with the Pen tool. This grey marker will turn blue when it gets selected. If you hover of the marker, you’ll notice the cursor change to a horizontal double arrow. Now click and drag your cursor horizontally, this way you shorten or lengthen the speed ramp. A longer speed ramp will result in a smoother transition between the different speeds. On the other hand, a shorter speed ramp will result in a more direct and aggressive transition.
To finalize this speed ramp you can make an S-curve in the ramp. Select one of the markers and you will notice a small blue vertical line appears. Click the top of this blue vertical line and rotate it between 30-45 degrees to change the speed ramp in a smooth S- Curve. With this final step, your speed ramp is finalized. Always check the transition multiple times if the speed change is in line with the music and visuals.
Watch here the instruction video of how to make a smooth speed ramp in Adobe Premiere Pro