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DaVinci Resolve Tutorial | 3 Ways to Help You Quickly Speed up Clip

by Christine Smith • 2021-07-22 11:51:31 • Proven solutions


When it comes to editing videos on Mac or Windows PCs, few apps can compete with DaVinci Resolve. This professional-grade app comes with a non-linear editor for color correction, transition management, cutting, and other advanced video editing tasks. But can DaVinci Resolve speed up clip or slow it down, depending on what you want to do? Of course, yes, but there is a problem. This tool isn't perfect for beginners. It's because of this reason that I'll show you how to use the DaVinci Resolve playback speed feature to apply motion effects on videos quickly and easily. Let's jump in!

Part 1: How to speed up a video in DaVinci Resolve? [3 solutions - from easy to challenging]

In this section, you'll learn how to create award-winning fast-motion video clips on DaVinci Resolve using three simple solutions. We'll use the Change Clip Speed, Retime Controls, and Retime Curve options.

Solution 1. Change Clip Speed

Let's start by discussing the simplest method to adjust the video speed on DaVinci Resolve. Here, you can create a fast-motion or slow-motion effect by merely adjusting the speed percentage on the Change Clip Speed dialog. Interestingly, this option allows you to maintain the original clip's duration or adjust it, depending on the playback speed you choose. Another thing, this option affects the entire clip.

Below are the steps to create a fast-motion or slow-motion on DaVinci Resolve:

Step 1. Download, install, and run DaVinci Resolve on your PC and then add a video to the timeline. Now select the clip on the Edit page.

Step 2. Next, right-click your clip on the timeline and then choose the Change Clip Speed option. Now change the percentage on the Speed box. As expected, a higher speed percentage increases the playback speed, whereas the opposite is true for a lower speed percentage.

Change Clip Speed on DaVinci Resolve

Step 3. You'll notice that the clip duration on the timeline hasn't changed. So, to extend the clip duration while preserving the spacing that you initially had, right-click the clip on the timeline, then choose Change Clip Speed. After that, enable the Ripple Sequence checkbox. You'll also see options for reversing the clip and freezing a particular section of the clip frame. And that is how to speed up a video on DaVinci Resolve effortlessly.

Sadly, the Change Clip Speed option isn't available in DaVinci Resolve17. Therefore, use Wondershare UniConverter if you don't want to sweat it out trying to change the video speed on DaVinci Resolve. With this beginner-friendly app, you only need a simple mouse click to apply a fast-motion effect to your video. It allows users to increase clip speed by 1.25x, 1.5x, or 2x and slow down by 0.5x or 0.25x. In addition to this, users can also perform basic video editing functions like trimming, splitting, cropping, merging, adding subtitles, and more. Plus, you can export the speeded-up clip to any video format.

Key features:

  • Easily apply motion effects like 0.25x, 0.5x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, and 2x the original clip speed.
  • It supports all common file formats, including MP4, MOV, MTS, WebM, FLV, and more.
  • Edit clips further by applying captions, logos, filters, effects, trimming, cropping, etc.
  • Download videos from 1000+ online channels like Vimeo, Viddy, Dailymotion, TikTok, and more.
  • Export high-quality videos in up to 8K resolution.
  • Best DaVinci Resolve alternative for macOS and Windows 10/8/7.

Apply these easy steps to speed up or slow down clips quickly on Wondershare UniConverter:

Step 1 Run UniConverter and upload the video clip.

Install and run UniConverter on your PC and then drag and drop your clip on the Converter window. An alternative way is to click Add Files to launch local media libraries and choose a video file to edit. Finish up by pressing the Effect sign on the video thumbnail.

upload video to speed up

If you find the procedure above time-consuming, simply click the Video Editor tab, then choose Effect. Then, proceed to upload your video clip from local storage. Just remember that this method doesn't allow multi-track editing.

Step 2Choose an appropriate video speed.

Choose wanted video speed rate

Next, click the Change Speed button beside the Filters button to see all available video speeds. To create a fast-motion video, choose any value greater than 1x. Do the opposite to make a slo-mo video clip. Plus, use the preview screen to find the right speed balance.

Step 3Customize the video clip further (optional).

custom the video

It would be wise to leave your video clip unpolished despite the plethora of editing tools at your disposal. With that in mind, you can complete these editing tasks:

  • Add video filters and effects - While on the Effect function, you can adjust features like brightness, contrast, white balance, and saturation by merely dragging the sliders. Also, tap the Filters tab to add 30+ unique filters to your clip.
  • Crop, rotate, and flip the video - Click the Crop tab, then turn the clip clockwise or anticlockwise. Also, users can flip videos horizontally or vertically. This is helpful if you'll be watching on your tablet or mobile phone. And yes, you can crop the video frame by entering the exact crop area.
  • Apply custom watermarks - UniConverter allows users to add beautiful images and text logos to their video clips. Just click the Watermark tab and then select whether to use a picture or text logo. This will make your video more unique.
  • Change the volume level - It's normal for the audio or narration to sound weird after adding a motion effect to your video. Luckily, UniConverter allows you to mute the clip or adjust the volume level. You can also remove the ambient noise.
  • Trim and split the clip - Do you want to cut the video to remove some unwanted sections? Close the Effect window and then press the scissors (Trim) icon. Then, move the play head on each end to cut the video. A more precise method is to enter a starting point, then click Cut. Do the same to create an ending point. In no time, you'll have three video clips to rearrange and merge.

Step 4Save the video clip.

Save speed-up clip

If you want to export your new video to a different file format, click Output Format, choose Video, and then select a format and resolution. Users can also save a video to device-ready formats like iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Samsung, Blackberry, etc. Either way, press Start All to convert and save the speeded-up video. Wasn't that fun and easy?

Solution 2: Retime Controls

As the name hints, retiming means changing the playback speed of a specific video section. It's much like splitting a section of the video and speeding or slowing it down individually. So, without much ado, below is how to use DaVinci Resolve to speed up a video using the Retime Controls option.

Step 1. After dragging your video to the timeline, select it.

Step 2. Now right-click on a clip, then choose the Retime Controls option. You'll see blue fast-forward arrows on your video with the clip speed percentage visible on the lower section of the video clip.

Retime Controls

Step 3. Next, go ahead and edit the clip speed by dragging the end of the timeline to the right or left. In that case, the blue forward arrow will change to yellow.

Step 4. You can add additional speed points to your video clip. To do that, place the playhead on the particular region of the video, then click the Speed dropbox. Now choose Add Speed Point from the available options. You can add as many speed points as you want.

Step 5. Drag the playhead forward and backward on a particular speed point to accelerate or decelerate it. Alternatively, click the speed point drop-down menu, then choose the Change Speed option. You can now select the acceleration or deceleration percentage. It's that easy!

Change Speed

Solution 3: Retime Curve

Lastly, use the Retime Curve option, which is more of keyframing. This tool gives you the visual representation of the video speed, allowing you to create stunning motion effects with a mere click. Follow these steps:

Step 1. Right-click the video clip on the timeline, then choose the Retime Curve option.

choose Retime Curve

Step 2. Now right-click the Retime Frame dropbox below the video timeline, then choose Retime Speed at the very bottom of the options available.

select Retime Speed

Step 3. Drag the red Retime Speed line up. You'll notice the video clip getting shorter. In other words, dragging it up makes your video faster, while dragging it down slows down your video.

Step 4. Interestingly, users can also set speed change points. To do that, place the playline on the section you want to set the point, then click the dot button on the bottom-right side of the timeline. The new speed point will appear as a dot on the Retime Speed line. Now drag the right or left side of the speed point to adjust the speed.

Even better, you can highlight the point and then change the type of speed point. For instance, a sloped speed point can be used it create motion effects for easing in and out effectively. Overall, the Retime Curve option is the best method because it offers users more speed control options.

Part 2: Bonus guide: how to make a slow-motion in DaVinci Resolve?

Up to this point, I'll assume that you can easily add slow-motion effects to your video. But if you still doubt your abilities, this part has you covered. I'll show you how to split the video and slow it down or speed it up on DaVinci Resolve.

Step 1. Drag the clip to the timeline and then click the red Blade tool. After that, click a part of the video you want to trim to create smaller video clips.

trim unwanted video sections

Step 2. Select the trimmed video clip on the timeline and then right-click it. Then, choose the Change Clip Speed feature.

Step 3. Put the clip into slow motion by reducing the speed percentage. For example, if you enter 50%, your video clip will be twice as slow as the average speed. Remember to enable the Ripple Sequence checkbox.

Step 4. Lastly, click the Change button. Your selected video clip will now play in slow motion mode.


As you can see, it's not an easy task to change video speed on DaVinci Resolve. But with the tips above and some practice, you'll find this tool easy to walk around. In fact, DaVinci Resolve can do so much more than create motion effects. But as you still try to learn the ropes around this app, use Wondershare UniConverter to convert and edit your video clips without breaking any sweat.

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