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Speed Effects

The most familiar types of special effects involve the manipulation of time. A speed effect is any modification to a clip's playing speed: slow motion, fast motion, ramping, and so on. As I mentioned in the previous section, speed changes tend to be one of the least disruptive types of effects.

You can change a clip's speed in Final Cut Pro by selecting the clip and choosing Speed from the Modify menu. This opens the Speed dialog box (Figure 8.2). You can enter a percentage of the clip's normal speed or you can simply define a new duration. In either case, only the frames between the In and Out points will be affected. If you want to play a clip backward, enable the Reverse check box. If you want it to play at double speed backward, check the Reverse box and set the speed to 200 percent.


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