Pick up the pace of your videos to keep your audience truly engaged. With a little help from talented filmmaker Daniel Jensen (aka @danielsjensen), you’ll learn how to use speed ramping in Premiere Pro to make your films energetic and enchanting. Follow along with his tutorial below.

What you'll need

Set up your project

First up, you’ll need to open Premiere Pro and add in the clips you want to edit. Drag them into the Timeline panel to get started.

Work with Keyframes

To access the speed ramping settings, right-click while you’re in the Timeline and scroll down to Show Clip Keyframes. Then choose Time Remapping and Speed. A white box should appear at the bottom of your clip. To start using this feature you need to make your clips appear as thumbnails within your Timeline. So, hover over the left-hand side of your Timeline (near ‘Video 1’ etc.) and wait for a double-arrow icon to appear. Then drag upwards to reveal your footage previews. Keep dragging until you can see the Keyframes options below ‘Video 1’.

Tip: Use speed ramping to connect clips that have a similar sense of direction or motion, this will create an effective faster pace.

Ramp up the speed

Work out how you’d like to transition between the clips and then select a point in your first clip which you want to speed up. Click on the Add-Remove Keyframe button, under Video 1, and you’ll see a grey marker appear. Drag the line that sits beneath it upwards to speed up the playback from this exact moment in time. You’ll be able to see the percentage showing beneath it. Try something like ‘350%’. You’ll notice the clip immediately appears shorter on the Timeline, this is because everything past this marker will be played at 350% speed.

Smoothen out your edit

At the moment it goes quite abruptly from normal pace to fast pace. To make this smoother, simply hover over the grey marker and a two-way arrow will appear. Drag this sideways and play it back – you’ll notice a difference. But you can go further with this.

Make it super smooth

Click again on the arrow between the two markers and you’ll see dots appear either side of your speed ramp. If you drag these out to the side, you’ll see the curve goes from straight and linear to an accelerated S-curve. Now watch your clip back, you’ll see it speeds up towards the end and is now far smoother. To join this up with your next clip, follow this same process, but this time edit the start of the clip. Play around with it to make the transition as smooth as you can. And keep going until you’re happy with how all of your footage slots together.

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