Video Editing

How to slow down a video

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If you want to emphasize a clip's emotion (or prolong an embarrassing moment!), speed up or slow down video effect is the tool you’re looking for.

While the video editing technique was originally developed exclusively for expensive cameras, we have created a cost-effective way to slow down video without the price tag using our free online video editor.

Learn how to change the speed of your video with our video speed controller effect in this step-by-step tutorial.

  • Tutorial on how to slow down a video

  • FAQ 1: Can I slow down only a section of my video clip?

  • FAQ 2: Can I use Clipchamp mobile app to slow down video on the go?

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Walkthrough Tutorial: How to slow down a video

To assist our much-loved Help article Speeding up or slowing down a video, we have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to slow down a video using our new and improved video editor. 

Step 1. Log into Clipchamp or sign up for free

To slow down video using our video speed controller, you will first need to log into your Clipchamp account. If you do not have an account, sign up today for free. 

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Step 2. Create a new video online project

Select the + Create a Video purple button at the top right corner of your screen. Once clicked, the editor will automatically open. You can change the video ratio by clicking on one of the 6 video ratios. We are using widescreen 16:9 for the purpose of this tutorial. Rename your video project by clicking the Untitled Video box. 

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Step 3. Upload your video clips or select stock footage

Stock Footage

Select the Stock Video button on the left sidebar. The Stock library tab will open. Search a specific genre using a keyword or scroll through our folders. To add the video to My Media, click on the + add button at the bottom right corner of the preview video. The stock will automatically download to your timeline and also appear in the My Media tab. 

Personal footage

To upload your personal footage, click on the + white button on the editor. Select the video clips you would like to use in your promo video. You can also Drag and Drop your video file into the library.

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Step 4. How to slow down a video using Clipchamp speed controls

Click on your timeline clip so the entire video is highlighted green. Six different tabs will appear above your video preview. Layout, Transform, Filters, Adjust colours, Fade and Speed. To slow down video and adjust the speed, you can find our video speed controller under the Speed tab. Click on the Speed tab to open the speed controls, then click Slow. You can choose between 0.1x - 0.5x speed controls. Drag the white cursor left and right. Adjusting the video playback speed will increase the length of the clip in the timeline.

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FAQ 1: Can I slow down only a section of my video clip?

Yes! Users can change the speed of a single clip multiple different times. All you need to do is split your clip into different sections using the Split tool. Move your cursor down the timeline and split the clip into 3 different sections. Select the newly split clip and adjust the speed accordingly. 

For further help on how to use our speed controller with split clips, head over to How to use Clipchamp’s Video Speed Controller blog. 

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FAQ 2: Can I use Clipchamp mobile app to slow down video on the go?

Definitely! Users can use the video speed controller app instead of the Clipchamp desktop editor. The mobile app is perfect for creators wanting to edit clips on the go. Create professional videos from your mobile device with our video speed up and slow down app feature. All you need to do is download Clipchamp for IOS from the app store to start creating your new project. Adjusting the speed of your video has been made easy with Clipchamp. 

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Time to get creative with our video speed controller

Now you can adjust the speed of your video clip with the help of our video speed controller. Speed up or slow down your video today. Don’t forget to share your creations on social media!

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Written by Christie Passaris on April 5, 2021
About the Author

Christie Passaris is a freelance writer by day, and fashion designer by night. While she enjoys creating iconic looks and teaching others about Clipchamp's latest features, her true love is for her dog, Billy the Beagle.

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