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Fast Motions, Slow Motions and Other Reverse Gear in Pinnacle Studio

Fast Motions, Slow Motions and Other Reverse Gear in Pinnacle Studio By Le Papy - Last updated on Monday, October 27, 2014
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 20 & S16-S19 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014
Created on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:19 AM
 

If the speed effect could easily be found in older versions of Studio, it's not the same in Avid, Studio 16 and 17. The new user seeks absolute speed control in the effects editor. Indeed, that's to be expected, but he finds nothing and inexorably asks the question on the forum. We will take this opportunity to go into some detail about this speed effect because it has really been fleshed out with new versions and settings become more difficult to understand.

Step 1 : Accessing the Speed Effect
  1. The speed effect is accessed by right clicking on a video clip.
  2. If you select the "Speed" item and then "Add", you will access the settings window for the effect.
Access speed effect
  1. When a clip has the speed effect added, it is marked by a yellow hatched effects indicator.
  2. The "Speed" menu then offers the option to edit the clip settings or delete it.
Edit / Delete a speed effect

When you access the speed control settings window, you can choose between:

  • the Constant mode (refer to Step 2 below).
  • the Stretch mode (refer to Step 3 below).
Step 2 : Speed ​​Control in "Constant (%)" Mode

In "Constant (%)" mode, you set a percentage to slow down or speed up the video that will be applied from an "Anchor" frame that you determine.

  • If the clip is slowed (value of less than 100 percent), intermediate images are added to the part retained. The clips length stays the same as the original clip.
  • If the clip is speeded up (value of greater than 100 percent), intermediate images are removed from the clip and you will reduce the length and have a static picture of the last frame at the end of the clip that extends to the original video length.
 
  1. You can change the percentage of the speed effect by entering a value directly or using the mouse (100% = normal speed).
  2. You can reset to the normal speed by clicking the 100% button.
Defining a percentage speed
  1. After slowing the clip to 80%...
  2. You can reset to 100%.
  3. And you must choose an image to keep, either the first frame, the image under the cursor time (current frame), or the last frame.
Adjusting the speed at 80% and selecting an anchor
  1. The original clip placed on A/V Track (3) will serve as a reference for understanding the tutorial.
  2. Select the first frame as an anchor.
  3. When the effect is applied to the clip on A/V Track (2), the first image corresponds to the first frame of the reference clip.
  4. The last image is the image that is 80% of the total length of the clip from the first frame.

Setting the speed to 80% and choice of anchor on the first frame

The modified clip shows 80% of the reference clip in the same time, it will be slow.

  1. Reference clip placed on A/V Track (3).
  2. Select as an anchor the image that is under the cursor placed at the halfway, 50%, point of the clip. (Current frame).
  3. When the effect is applied to the clip on A/V Track (2), the first image corresponds to the image that is 20% of the clip length from the beginning of the reference clip.
  4. The last image is the image that is 20% of the clip length from the end of the reference clip.
Adjusting the speed at 80% and choice of the anchor to current frame
  1. Reference clip placed on  A/V Track (3).
  2. Select the last frame as an anchor.
  3. When the effect is applied to the clip on A/V Track (2), the first image corresponds to the image that 20% of the clip length from the beginning of the reference clip.
  4. The last image is the last frame of the reference clip.
Adjusting the speed at 80% and choice of the anchor to last frame
  1. Reference clip placed on A/V Track (3).
  2. Constant(%) set to 150%. Select the first frame as the anchor.
  3. When the effect is applied to the clip on A/V Track (2), the first image corresponds to the first frame of the reference clip.
  4. The last image is the last frame of the reference clip.
  5. With the clip being sped up to 150%, the last frame is shown as a still frame for 25% of the length of the reference clip (reddish area).
Adjusting the speed at 150% and choice of the anchor to first frame
Step 3 : Speed Control in Stretch Mode

In stretch mode, you don't set any parameters in the speed control window. You just select the mode.

  1. Reference clip placed on A/V Track (3).
  2. Select the "Stretch" mode.
  3. When the effect is applied to the clip on A/V Track (2), the first image corresponds to the first frame of the reference clip.
  4. The last image is the same as the last frame of the reference clip. You set a rough speed % change with the mouse by reducing the length of the clip. It's not as accurate as previous methods.
Acceleration speed at a guess about 150%, using the mouse
You get essentially the same results as the previous setting but you do not have a static picture to remove at the end of the altered clip. If you want to fine tune your speeded up or slowed video, I refer you to the trick revealed by Saby in his tutorial "Tips and tricks for Pinnacle Studio" Precisely Adjust the Speed Effect [published January 30, 2014]
  1. Reference clip.
  2. When the effect is applied to the clip on A/V Track (2), the first image always corresponds to the first frame of the reference clip.
  3. The last image is the same as the last frame of the reference clip. You set a rough speed % change to the slowed clip using the mouse to stretch the clip. It's not as accurate as the Constant (%) method.
Slower speed at a guess to about 200%, using the mouse
Step 4 : Reversing Video (Retrace one's steps ...)

You've all seen the trick that allows you to make the hero of your film go backwards. It is the "Reverse" video effect that allows you to achieve this trick. You should also know that he goes at the same speed in reverse as he does forward, in case you don't want to ask on the forum ... To use it is very simple, just check a box...

 

  1. Reference clip.
  2. Check the appropriate box.
  3. The first frame of the reference clip is the last image of the modified clip and vice versa.
Reversal of clip playback
  1. The user manual says : "This option applies a special transition technique to achieve maximum fluidity of movement from frame to frame." Test the option and then you can choose to use it, or not ...
  2. I quote from the user manual : "This option maintains the original pitch of the recorded audio even when it is played back accelerated or slowed. The function becomes less effective the more the speed is changed. Beyond certain limits, it is switched off completely."

To get some practice, you can have fun making a few fantasies like those shown below:

You will notice that after a certain threshold of slowing the video a the flicker becomes very noticeable.

After briefly reading this tutorial, I think you know a little more about the speed effect. If you have managed to remember where it hides you'll be ahead of the game in your quest for Studio 17 knowledge. wink

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

{Screen Captures were made with the help of Snagit 10 by TechSmith}

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