DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 29: Creating Speed Ramp Effects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe

In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we took a look at changing clip speeds in your Resolve timelines.  In this lesson, I want to talk about a cool and simple technique that you can use to create a motion effect, much like you see on Survivor or The Amazing Race.  A Time Ramp effect.

What we are going to be creating is a Ramp effect, but the difference between the ramp effect we’re going to create, and the “normal” ramp-style effect is the one we’re going to create is that we’re going to do ours without any keyframes.  Many people think that keyframing this “look” is the best way to do it, but for me I like to keep in clean and simple.

The first thing we need to do is choose a shot and drop it into our timeline. Once it’s there, we need to decide where we want our ramp to occur and add two edit points.  One where we want the start to be, and one where we want the end to be.

DaVinci Resolve 15 - Speed Ramp Setup

Now, keep in mind that I’ve only added one section where we’re going to do our speed ramp.  You could add multiple sections to do speed ramps, and this is exceptionally handy when working with drone footage, and shots are long then one minute long.  Go real-time over something interesting, speed up over boring sections, and repeat. Now, we’re going to adjust the speed of the “ramp” section. Right click on the clip and select “Change Clip Speed”, much like we did in the last lesson.

DaVinci Resolve - Change Clip Speed

Now, we’re going to make a pretty noticeable speed adjustment to our footage.  Somewhere around 500-600%. Once we’ve done that, we want to make sure we have “Ripple Sequence” selected, so that our tail “clip” will be pulled back and our speed ramp will be as one clip.

DaVinci Resolve - Ripple Sequence

That’s it.  Now you can simply hit play, and you’ll see your speed ramp looking exactly the way it does on just about every reality show on TV today.

DaVinci Resolve 15 - Speed Ramp

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