By Kevin P. McAuliffe
In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we took a look at creating basic titles inside of our Resolve timelines. In this lesson, I want to talk about Speed Ramps or Speed Changes, and how you can work with them in your timelines.
In this lesson, we’re going to focus specifically on the “Change Clip Speed” command, and we’ll talk about a few of the other techniques, in later lessons. To access the “Change Clip Speed” command, with your clip selected, simply right click on your clip, and access the command about half way down the menu.
You’re now brought to the “Change Clip Speed” window, where you can access a few different ways to alter the speed of your clip, whether it’s making it faster, or slower.
You’ll be able to adjust your clips speed in one of three ways – the Speed Percentage, the shot’s frames per second, or the clips duration. For me, I’m normally adjusting my clip either by speed or by FPS. What my “rule of thumb” when making adjustments like this is to adjust by increments of 33% if at all possible. I’ve always found it’s just a smoother way of doing things. I’ll adjust my speed to either 66% or 33%, which works out to 16 FPS or 8 FPS, based on which one I choose. You’ll also notice over on the right hand side, there are a few more options to choose from, when it comes to adjusting the speed.
Do you want your speed change to ripple your sequence (push other clips up or down the timeline)? Do you want to reverse the speed of your clip (play it backwards) or even freeze it? You can do all of that right here from within the “Change Clip Speed” window.
One last thing that i really love about this window is that you can even adjust the timing of any keyframes you might have added to a clip, so no matter what animation you’ve created, it will (or won’t) be updated to reflect any time change associated with your clips.
In our next lesson, I want to show you how you can create a dynamic speed effect that is pretty simple and effective, and one that you’ll see used on shows from Survivor to The Amazing Race!
Meanwhile, check out our entire catalog of tutorials for DaVinci Resolve here.