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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #21

Time Remapping in Final Cut Pro 4.0 By Stephen Schleicher
Woohoo... The Final Cut Pro Quick Tip series turns 21! Finally legal. What better way to celebrate than with a tip covering Time Remapping in Final Cut Pro 4.0.

If you dont know what Time Remapping is, it basically allows you to manipulate the speed of a clip. Also known as Variable Speed, Time Remapping in Final Cut Pro 4.0 gives you the ability to speed up and slow down a clip (even play it in reverse) at will.

Previously if you wanted to do a time change you had to make multiple subclips, each with a slightly different speed change, and then edit those clips together in the Timeline. This was very time consuming and there were often visible ?jumps in the final sequence where the edit points were. The other alternative was to export your clip and do all of your Time Remapping in another program like Adobe After Effects.


Time Remapping in Final Cut Pro 4.0 removes these problems by allowing you to move a frame in a clip to a new time relative to the Timeline thus creating a smooth motion from one speed change to the next.

When you are doing Time Remapping, one of the first things you should do is bring up the Speed Indicator area.

Turn on the Speed Indicator


This area appears in the Timeline and displays a series of tic marks below the clip. The spaces between the tics represent the speed of the clip and the colors of the clip represent the playback direction. The closer the tic marks, the faster your clip is playing. If your clip begins playing backwards, the tic marks will appear red.




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