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How to Speed Up or Slow Down a Video in Vegas Pro

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Nov 19, 2021• Proven solutions

Most of youngsters these days love to create funny videos and upload them on social media platforms. If you are also thinking to do the same and entertain your friends but are not aware of the software tools that can assist you in video speedup or slow down process then spend a little time to read the information below. It is much easier to add time-lapse or slow motion to videos in order to make them funny with Vegas Pro as it provides easy speed adjustment features. All that you need to do is described by three methods as discussed below.

Vegas Pro is well known as a professional video editing tool and it a costly solution for beginners as you need to pay $599.00 for gaining its complete access. Other than this you can use Vegas Pro only on Windows platform so if you are searching for a cost effective solution that can work on Windows as well as Mac then it is good to go for wondershare Filmora . It is rated as one of the most powerful and easy to use video editing software tool and users can easily download the trial version from official website of Wondershare Filmora.

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You can check our detailed step-by-step tutorial about How to Make a Fast Motion & Slow Motion Videos with Filmora here >>.

3 ways to speed up/slow down a video clip in Sony (Magix) Vegas Pro:

Method 1: Set the PlayBack Frame Rate

It is one of the easiest tricks to make a funny video clip. You simply need to set the playback rate for frame and soon it will appear with interesting format.

Open your video on Vegas pro and then right click on it, go to Properties from drop down menu and the hit Playback option. Here you can edit frame playback rate as per need but note that the software allows you to speed it up by four times as well as slow it down by 0.25x.

 Set the PlayBack Frame Rate

Method 2: Velocity Adjustment for selected parts of video

If you wish to access the velocity adjustment option then simply right click on the video that you wish to edit and then select Insert/Remove Envelop option from drop down menu. From next menu you have to select Velocity option.

 Select Velocity option

And soon you will find a green line over selected video clip that represents velocity.

 Find a green line over selected video clip

If you want to adjust velocity for whole clip then drag your envelop upside for increment in speed and drag it down for decaying its speed. If you drag it to zero value then clip will automatically get freeze and a negative value of velocity will run frames in reverse order.

For those who wish to edit specific portions of video, double click on video timeline for generating anchor points and speed up or slow down videos accordingly from different parts of video.

Edit specific portions of video

Users can also take benefits from fade mode that appears with right click on any point.

Take benefits from fade mode

Note that: when we slow down or speed up any video with velocity settings then length of clip gets varied automatically and in order to avoid looping you need to adjust it manually. When you drag the velocity envelop then use Ctrl key to move all settings with fine adjustments.

Method 3: Drag Trim Stretch

Here is a fast process for executing method 1 where you need to hold the Ctrl key while dragging any end of your video for speeding it up or slowing it down as per need. In order to verify changes applied by you, prefer to use properties and check the playback rate changes over there.

 Drag Trim Stretch

Note that: users can also stack all these methods for creating unique effects. For example, you are free to speed up any video 4 times and then adjust the velocity envelop to 200% for another 2x speed up. That will end up with 8 times speed up. Once you have made all the required adjustments then save your project file and start editing another one in similar manner.

Above are the steps of how to speed up or slow down video with Vegas Pro, hope it helps you to making a slow motion or fast forward video with it easily. In case that you are looking for an alternative which has similarity features with Vegas Pro but has a modern user interface and most importantly, affordable price, we recommend you to try Filmora. The video tutorial below will show you how to edit a video in Filmora step by step. So, don’t miss it.

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Benjamin Arango
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