How to Speed up a Video in Premiere Pro in 2022 (Definitive Guide)

Last Updated: Apr. 11, 2022

Want to use Adobe Premiere Pro to speed up a video to add rhythm and style to your video project? We've got you covered. In this tutorial, we will walk you through how to easily speed up a video or parts of the video in Premiere Pro in 3 ways with lots of practical tips. Let's dive into it now!

Here’s what you’ll learn:

Here is some quick giveaway on how to speed up a clip in Premiere Pro:

  • Speed/Duration Command (basic): You increase the percentage of the playback speed to speed up a video. You can use this Speed/Duration Command to speed up an entire video or parts of the video with the help of the Razor tool.
  • Time Remapping Feature (advanced): This feature allows you to add one or multiple keyframes to the clip to increase the speed of a portion of the video from point A to point B. It's a more flexible and professional way to speed up a video in Premiere Pro since you don't need to split a clip multiple times to speed up a video.
  • Rate Stretch Tool (quick): This is a quick way to speed up a video in Premiere Pro. You drag the edges of a clip to increase or decrease its speed. The drawback is that you have no control over how fast or slow the speed of the video is changed.
  • How to Speed up a Video in Premiere Pro by Speed/Duration Command

    Speed/Duration Command is the most common tool to speed up a video or portions of a video in Premiere Pro.

    Step 1
    Import a Clip onto the Timeline and Select it.
    Step 2
    Right-click the Clip > Select "Speed/Duration" (keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl/Cmd +R).
    Step 3
    Increase the Percentage of the Playback Speed and Hit "OK".
    Increase the percentage of the playback speed to speed up a video

    Increase the percentage of the playback speed to speed up a video

    For example:

    100% = original video speed

    300%= 3x faster

    600%= 6x faster

    Besides, three things are worth mentioning:

    3 important settings in Speed/Duration Command

    3 important settings in Speed/Duration Command

  • Make sure the little chain is toggled on. So, the clips' duration changes along with the change of the speed of the video.
  • You may also use the Razor tool to cut off a portion of the video and increase its speed using Speed/Duration. After you do it, its video duration will be contracted. And there will be a gap between the two clips. To close this gap, check "Ripple Edits".
  • If a video has audio, to speed up a video without changing its pitch, you can check the "Maintain Audio Pitch". Another option is to right-click the clip and select "Unlink" > speed up the video alone > trim the audio track to match up the length of your video. Check how to mix multiple audio tracks online.
  • How to Speed up a Video in Premiere Pro by Time Remapping

    Time Remapping allows you to place one or multiple keyframes in a video to speed up parts of a video. Due to its versatility of speed controls, many professionals love using Time Remapping to speed up or slow down a video in Premiere Pro. Highly recommended.

    Step 1
    Double-click a Video Track to Expand It.
    Step 2
    Right-click the Clip > Select "Show Clip Keyframes" > Time Remapping > Speed > Drag the Playhead to Find the Moment in the Clip you Want to Speed Up.
    Use Time Remapping feature to speed up a video in Premiere Pro

    Use Time Remapping feature to speed up a video in Premiere Pro

    Step 3
    Add Two Keyframes on Either Side of the Moment You Wish to Speed Up.
    Add two keyframes to the video

    Add two keyframes to the video

    Step 4
    Increase the Speed of the Video by Dragging the Bar Upward.
    Drag the bar upward to speed up parts of the video

    Drag the bar upward to speed up parts of the video

    Step 5
    For a Smoother Transition, Split the Keyframes to Create a Ramp.
    Split a keyframe to create a speed ramp for a smoother speed transition

    Split a keyframe to create a speed ramp for a smoother speed transition

    How to Speed up a Video in Premiere Pro by Rate Stretch Tool

    If you only want to speed up a video and don't care much about how fast the video speed changes, using Rate Sketch Tool can be another viable solution in Premiere Pro.

    Step 1
    Select a Clip on the Timeline.
    Step 2
    Click the Third Tool on the Toolbar > Select "Rate Stretch Tool". (keyboard shortcut: R)
    Select the Rate Stretch Tool

    Select the Rate Stretch Tool

    Step 3
    Drag the Edge of the Clip Inward to Speed Up the Clip.
    Use Rate Stretch Tool to drag the edge of a clip inward to speed up a video

    Use Rate Stretch Tool to drag the edge of a clip inward to speed up a video

    Step 4
    You Can Drag the Adjacent Clip to Close the Gap.

    Bonus: How to Easily Speed up a Video Online by FlexClip

    Well, if the Premiere Pro is currently unavailable and it's a simple video project, a great alternative is to speed up your video online using FlexClip online video maker. With FlexClip, you can speed up a video or split a video and increase the speed of parts of the video at 1.5x, 2x, and 3x faster in clicks away.

    Speed up a video or parts of a video online by FlexClip

    Speed up a video or parts of a video online by FlexClip

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    Now, It's Your Move

    So, now you know how to speed up a video or parts of the video by Premiere Pro. If you only want to speed up a video, using the PR's Speed/Duration Command will suffice. If you want to speed up multiple portions of a video with more controls, using the Time Remapping feature (i.e. Keyframes) will be a better choice. While the in-browser video maker, FlexClip can also be an option to speed up a video online. Enjoy it.

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