Kathleen Martin uses speed ramps to add drama to videos. See how Martin slows down and speeds up portions of a video in Adobe Premiere Rush.

Kathleen Martin is an illustrator and designer working in the Adobe Studio. Ever the creative explorer, she traverses the digital landscape with an evolving toolkit of handy workflows. You can also find Martin as a host of Adobe Live on Behance.

What you'll need

This sample file has Adobe Stock images you can use to practice what you learn in this tutorial. If you want to use the sample file beyond this tutorial, you can purchase a license on Adobe Stock. Check out the ReadMe file in the folder for the terms that apply to your use of this sample file.

Import the clip

Martin found a video clip she wanted to use. She imported the clip, named the project, and selected Create.

Video editor create project screen open with selected clip and Create button highlighted.

Lay the track

To prep the project, Martin created five clips from the video source. She moved the blue playhead to the first spot on the timeline, then clicked the Split icon. Martin repeated this process to create three long clips and two short ones – 0:00-0:04.12, 0:04.12-0:05, 0:09.12- 0:10, 0:10-END. Then, she clicked the Speed icon to prep for the speed ramp step.

Adobe Stock video cut in smaller clips on Adobe Premiere Rush timeline.

Change your pace

Martin alternated speeds by setting the Range Speed to 1000% for the first, third, and fifth clips and 70% for the second and fourth clips. Then she added speed ramps to ease the transition between clips.

For each clip, she checked the Ramp checkbox and set the Amount to .2 seconds. For the first clip, she slid the range start point to the left edge of the clip and the end point to taper to 0. For the last clip, she set the start point to taper up from 0 and dragged the end point all the way to the end of the clip.

Video editing timeline at the bottom, first clip has range speed set to 1000%, the Speed panel shows on the right.

For the middle clips, she slid the start and end points to start and end at 0 for smoother results.

Zoomed in to middle clip on timeline, range speed set to 70%, speed ramps up from 0 at the start and down from 0 at the end.

Save or share

After she previewed the effect within Rush, Martin clicked Share from the top toolbar and saved the updated video to her computer. When she was ready to share her work, she had the option to export it to a variety of social media channels.

Share screen in Adobe Premiere Rush shows export settings set to save .mp4 to local machine.

Set a course for speed

Add creative effects to your video stories by speeding up and slowing down clips with speed ramps.

Static shot of blue and red ink mixing together displays on laptop placeholder set against a pink and yellow background.

Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.

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