How to Make a Time Lapse Video in Final Cut Pro
It will be more interesting to change the speed of a video to give your project a total different feeling, for example, by speeding up a video of a city’s traffic or the flow of clouds. Final Cut Pro offers users multiple options to adjust video speed easily, including timelapse.
In this article, we are going to show you how you can easily increase the speed of your video from 2X up to 20X with Final Cut Pro. Also, you can choose manual custom speed as you like.
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How to make a timelapse video in Final Cut Pro
Step 1 Import the Clip
Choose File > New > Event. Name it. Click OK. Label the project Timelapse. Go to File>Import Media. Browse to Source clips folder. Click Import Selected. Drop the clip onto the timeline.
Step 2 Apply Timelapse effect
Click the Retime pop-up menu below the viewer and choose Fast (or you can go Modify>Retime>Fast), there are 4 preset options you can choose: 2x, 4x, 8x, 20x. Or you can customize the speed by selecting Custom.
You can set any speed by adjust the Rate. Reset the speed by clicking on the little arrow on the right side of the window.
You can also drag the retiming handle to adjust the speed: dragging to the left increases the speed, and dragging to the right decreases it.
Note: to set speed separately for different parts of one clip, you can choose Blade Speed first, then blade the clip where you want to set different speed.
Video tutorial on how to make a timelapse video in Final Cut Pro:
This is a basic tutorial about Apple Final Cut Pro X, professional video editing software. However, if video editing is new to you, consider Wondershare Filmora for Mac(Originally Wondershare Video Editor for Mac). This is a powerful but easy-to-use tool for users just starting out. Download the free trial version below.
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