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Change clip speed and duration

  1. Adobe Premiere Elements User Guide
  2. Introduction to Adobe Premiere Elements
    1. What's new in Premiere Elements
    2. System requirements | Adobe Premiere Elements
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Guided mode
    5. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    6. GPU accelerated rendering
  3. Workspace and workflow
    1. Get to know the Home screen
    2. View and share auto-created collages, slideshows, and more
    3. Workspace basics
    4. Preferences
    5. Tools
    6. Keyboard shortcuts
    7. Audio View
    8. Undoing changes
    9. Customizing shortcuts
    10. Working with scratch disks
  4. Working with projects
    1. Creating a project
    2. Adjust project settings and presets
    3. Save and back up projects
    4. Previewing movies
    5. Creating video collage
    6. Creating Highlight Reel
    7. Create a video story
    8. Creating Instant Movies
    9. Viewing clip properties
    10. Viewing a project's files
    11. Archiving projects
    12. GPU accelerated rendering
  5. Importing and adding media
    1. Add media
    2. Guidelines for adding files
    3. Set duration for imported still images
    4. 5.1 audio import
    5. Working with offline files
    6. Sharing files between Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements
    7. Creating specialty clips
    8. Work with aspect ratios and field options
  6. Arranging clips
    1. Arrange clips in the Expert view timeline
    2. Group, link, and disable clips
    3. Arranging clips in the Quick view timeline
    4. Working with clip and timeline markers
  7. Editing clips
    1. Reduce noise
    2. Select object
    3. Candid Moments
    4. Color Match
    5. Smart Trim
    6. Change clip speed and duration
    7. Split clips
    8. Freeze and hold frames
    9. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Color - Guided Edit
    10. Stabilize video footage with Shake Stabilizer
    11. Replace footage
    12. Working with source clips
    13. Trimming Unwanted Frames - Guided Edit
    14. Trim clips
    15. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    16. Artistic effects
  8. Applying transitions
    1. Applying transitions to clips
    2. Transition basics
    3. Adjusting transitions
    4. Adding Transitions between video clips - Guided Edit
    5. Create special transitions
    6. Create a Luma Fade Transition effect - Guided Edit
  9. Special effects basics
    1. Effects reference
    2. Applying and removing effects
    3. Create a black and white video with a color pop - Guided Edit
    4. Time remapping - Guided edit
    5. Effects basics
    6. Working with effect presets
    7. Finding and organizing effects
    8. Editing frames with Auto Smart Tone
    9. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    10. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    11. Best practices to create a time-lapse video
  10. Applying special effects
    1. Use pan and zoom to create video-like effect
    2. Transparency and superimposing
    3. Reposition, scale, or rotate clips with the Motion effect
    4. Apply an Effects Mask to your video
    5. Adjust temperature and tint
    6. Create a Glass Pane effect - Guided Edit
    7. Create a picture-in-picture overlay
    8. Applying effects using Adjustment layers
    9. Adding Title to your movie
    10. Removing haze
    11. Creating a Picture in Picture - Guided Edit
    12. Create a Vignetting effect
    13. Add a Split Tone Effect
    14. Add FilmLooks effects
    15. Add an HSL Tuner effect
    16. Fill Frame - Guided edit
    17. Create a time-lapse - Guided edit
    18. Animated Sky - Guided edit
    19. Select object
    20. Animated Mattes - Guided Edit
    21. Double exposure- Guided Edit
  11. Special audio effects
    1. Mix audio and adjust volume with Adobe Premiere Elements
    2. Audio effects
    3. Adding sound effects to a video
    4. Adding music to video clips
    5. Create narrations
    6. Using soundtracks
    7. Music Remix
    8. Adding Narration to your movie - Guided Edit
    9. Adding Scores to your movie - Guided edit
  12. Movie titles
    1. Creating titles
    2. Adding shapes and images to titles
    3. Adding color and shadows to titles
    4. Editing and formatting text
    5. Motion Titles
    6. Exporting and importing titles
    7. Arranging objects in titles
    8. Designing titles for TV
    9. Applying styles to text and graphics
    10. Adding a video in the title
  13. Disc menus
    1. Creating disc menus
    2. Working with menu markers
    3. Types of discs and menu options
    4. Previewing menus
  14. Sharing and exporting your movies
    1. Export and share your videos
    2. Sharing for PC playback
    3. Compression and data-rate basics
    4. Common settings for sharing

Change a clip’s speed

To create a fast- or slow-motion effect, change clip speed. Changing clip speed changes the clip’s duration. Speeding up a clip removes frames, thus shortening the clip duration. In the same way, slowing down a clip repeats frames and thus adds to the length of a clip. For audio clips, a change in speed also changes pitch. The Time Stretch command includes an option to maintain the original pitch of an audio clip at any speed.

You can change a clip’s speed using the Expert view timeline only. Not the Quick view timeline.


When you change the speed of a clip containing interlaced fields, you may need to adjust how Premiere Elements processes the fields, especially when the speed drops below 100% of the original speed.

Change a clip’s speed by using Time Stretch

  1. To slow down a clip that has another clip on its right in the Expert view timeline, drag it to an empty track or to the end of the movie. This way, you can stretch it without bumping into an adjacent clip.
  2. Select the clip in the Expert view timeline.

    If you haven’t yet inserted the clip into the Expert view timeline, you can select it in the Project Assets panel instead.

  3. Choose Clip > Time Stretch. Alternatively, click the Tools panel on the Action bar and choose Time Stretch.
  4. In the Time Stretch dialog box, type a percentage for Speed. A value less the 100% slows down the clip; a value greater than 100% increases its speed.
  5. (Optional) To keep the pitch of an audio clip unchanged, select Maintain Audio Pitch.
  6. Click OK. Preview your changes, and then make adjustments as necessary.
  7. If you moved the clip in step 1, drag it back into place in the movie.

Change the speed and duration of multiple clips

You can change the speed and duration of multiple clips when you are in the Expert view.

  1. Do one of the following to select multiple clips:
    • To select non-consecutive clips, Shift-click each clip.

    • To select consecutive clips, click in the Project Assets panel and drag a marquee around the selected clips.

    • To select all the clips, press Ctrl-A.

  2. Select Clip > Time Stretch to modify the speed and duration of all the selected clips.

Time Remapping

Premiere Elements offers a guided edit for creating a slow or fast motion effect. Use this time remapping guided edit to add dramatic effects to your video. For more information see, Time remapping.

Set the duration of a clip

The duration of a video or audio clip is the length of time it plays from its first frame (In point) to its last frame (Out point). The initial duration of a clip is the same as it was when the clip was imported or captured. Most often, you change a clip’s duration by trimming frames from either end. But you can also trim the end of a clip by designating a specific duration.

Unlike video, still images are not limited to the length of the original clip. You can set their duration to any length.

  1. Select a clip in Project Assets panel or in the Expert view timeline.
  2. Choose Clip > Time Stretch.
  3. In the Time Stretch dialog box, click the Link button to unlink speed and duration. When linked, changing the duration also changes the playback speed of the clip.

    When you increase the speed beyond a certain limit, the duration changes even if you have unlinked speed and duration.

  4. Type a new duration, and click OK.

Reverse the playback of a clip

Reversing a clip plays the clip backward, Out point to In point. You can also reverse the clip and change its speed. In the Expert view, you can reverse a clip using the Expert view timeline. In the Quick view, use the Time Remapping feature to reverse a clip.

  1. Select the clip in the Expert view timeline.
  2. Choose Clip > Time Stretch.
  3. (Optional) To change the speed of the clip, type a percentage for Speed in the Time Stretch dialog box. A value less the 100% slows down the clip; a value greater than 100% increases its speed.
  4. Select Reverse Speed, and click OK.

    To both reverse the clip and change its speed with one action, type a negative percentage for Speed, where –200 plays the clip in reverse at double its normal speed and –50 plays the clip in reverse at half its normal speed.


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