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Posted on: Apr. 28, 2020

Slow-motion video can be beautiful, only when executed correctly with Adobe Premiere. As one of the best mainstream video editors, it is equipped with professional video editing tools. However, newbies many get confused about its complicated interface and terms like frame rate are huge headaches.

Here in this post, we will take a look how to slow down a clip in Premiere pro. If you want to create a slow-motion, it also works. Check it out. In case you find Adobe Premiere pro is hard to operate, we found an easier-to-operate tool to help you slow down a video for you. Refer to the part you need.

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Part 1. How to Slow Down a Video in Premiere

    Note Most cameras shoot 720p or even 1080p videos at 60 fps(frames per second). To slow down a video in Premiere, the video has to be in 60fps and above.

You can use three methods to slow down a video in Premiere. They are changing the play speed, changing the frame rate or changing key frames respectively.

Method 1. Slow Down a Video in Premiere Pro by Changing Play Speed

Here is an example to understand the speed mechanism. Image there is a one-second clip at 60fps. When it is played at normal speed, any software or platform will show you 60 frames in one second. If you want to make a video play 0.5X slower, then, each frame will be played twice. As a result, you only see 30 un-repeated frames in second, and you need 2 seconds to finish the clip. No quality loss would occur.

To slow down a video in Premiere by changing speed, you will need to find the Speed/Duration option.

Step 1 Launch Premiere and drag your video file into your premiere project and then drag it to the Timeline.

Step 2 Right click the video footage, then tap Speed/Duration option.

Step 3 Change the speed percentage to less than 100%.

Slow Down a Video in Premiere Pro by Changing Video Speed

Image Board: Slow Down a Video in Premiere Pro by Changing Video Speed

Method 2. Slow Down a Video in Premiere Pro by Changing the Frame

As mentioned above, slowing down a video by changing play speed means skipping or repeating some clips. Slowing down a video by changing the frame means removing some frames from the video. But don’t worry, the video quality will remain the same. Here is how to slow down a video in Premiere pro by changing the frame.

Step 1 Drag your video to the timeline. Right click the mouse, select Modify > Interpret Footage.

Step 2 Change the frame information. Click on Assume this frame rate, enter a smaller number than your original video frame rate.

Slow Down a Video in Premiere Pro by Changing Frame

Image Board: Slow Down a Video in Premiere Pro by Changing Frame

Method 3. Slow Down a Video in Premiere Pro with Remapping Tool

Remapping tool is one of the coolest tool to create a slow-mo. It allows you to select a specific part of a video and then slow down.

Step 1 Select the exact zone you want to speed up.

Step 2 Right click the video clip, and show the “Key Frames” >”Speed”.

Step 3 Lock the area you want to speed up by ‘Pen Tool’( ), and drag the ‘Speed Line’ by ‘Selection tool’(), down to slow the video.

Part 2. An Easier Way to Slow Down a Video than Using Premiere

Find it too complicated to use Premiere to slow down a video? Try FlexClip. As an online video editing tool, it allows you slow down a video online in just clicks whether you need to slow down a whole video, or slow down part of a video. Easy, efficient, and free. Besides that, FlexClip allows you to export videos in 480p, 720p, and 1080p. No video quality loss would occur. Moreover, it also provides you many easy-to-use editing tools that level up your work, like transition effects, filters.

Now, follow us, visit www.flexclip.com, or click on the Create A Video button below to slow down a video.

Step 1Click on the “+” icon, choose From Local File to export your video to FlexClip’s storyboard.

Slow Down a Video with FlexClip - Step 1

Image Board: Slow Down a Video with FlexClip - Step 1

Step 2Go to the Speed icon as is shown. Choose 0.75X or 0.5X.

Slow Down a Video with FlexClip - Step 2

Image Board: Slow Down a Video with FlexClip - Step 2

Step 3(Optional) Add filters, transitions, texts, BGM, voice-over or watermark to level up the video at your wish.

Step 4Preview and export. If you are satisfied with the editing, download it to your computer or share to YouTube.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to slow down a video on Premiere Pro. If you have any questions, please do let us know via Facebook. By the way, FlexClip is also a great tool to slow down videos. It also helps you create all sorts of videos, for example, lyric video, Tik Tok video, Facebook video. Remember to give it a try!

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