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Slow, Fast, Reverse, and Freeze Motion in Sony Vegas Pro

Speed ramping is a snap in Sony Vegas Pro By Jeffrey P. Fisher

Changing the playback speed of video clips is a versatile way to either condense or extend them. You can accelerate sequences to show more in less time and you can slow down a section to reveal more detail. Even slight increases or decreases can be useful, such as slightly slowing down a clip to make a pan seem smoother or to lengthen a stock footage clip to fill a specific duration.

As with most effects in Sony Vegas Pro there are several different ways to affect clip playback speed. This tutorial shows you several methods:
Properties Playback Rate
Adjust the playback rate for a single video event on the Vegas Pro Timeline by selecting and right-clicking the event and choosing Properties from the pop-up menu.


 



This displays the Event Properties dialog box. Adjust the Playback rate spinner near the bottom of the dialog box as needed. You can adjust up or down by a factor of 4 i.e. have the video play up to 4 times faster (4.00) or down to 4 times as slow (.25).


 

Ctrl+Edge Trim
You can adjust the playback rate on a video event directly on the Timeline, too. Hover the mouse near either edge of the video event. Clicking and dragging this way would normally edge trim the video. However, if you hold down the Ctrl button while you drag, you change the playback rate instead. Drag in to both trim and play faster and drag outward to play slower.

When using this technique the cursor shows a wavy line underneath to indicate you are adjusting the playback rate rather than just trimming. Also note that once you use the Ctrl+Edge Trim method a wavy line also runs through the clip. This helps you identify any video clips with playback rate changes.

If you need to change the rate of several clips, group them first and then use the Ctrl+Edge Trim method. To select multiple clips, hold down Ctrl as you click select them. Once selected, press the 'G' key to group them. Finally, use the Ctrl+Edge Trim tool on the last clip and watch the whole group shrink (play faster) or grow (play slower) together.

You can use this same method (Ctrl+Edge Trim) to change the playback rate of audio events, too.
 
Reverse
Need a video event to play in reverse? Right-click it and choose Reverse from the pop-up menu. Done. You can also apply the reverse effect to audio events using the same method.

 

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