How To Slow Elements Down in Premiere Pro


Today we’re going to go over a situation that you may have come across from time to time. It’s when you have an animation or an element like a title card or lower third and you want it to last for a different amount of time than it exists in it’s current format.

Add Frame Hold

Right now our example here comes into frame, stays for a second, and then leaves the frame.  But we want it to hold for a little longer.  How do you do that?  Well believe it or not, you actually don’t want to slow down your whole clip. Doing so will make it unnecessarily choppy.   Instead, find the point at which it isn’t moving, usually in the middle after coming in, but before starting to leave.   And we’re going to freeze frame it by adding a frame hold.  

To do that what you want to do is take your blade tool and make a cut.  From here, you can make a second cut nearby the original and move the last piece farther back.  To add our frame hold, we’re going to bring our playhead to the point at which you want the freeze frame to actually happen.  Then right click the clip box and select add frame hold.  What this does is take your clip from a piece of your video and turn it into a still frame.  The reason we do this is now we can make this still frame last as long as we want.  Drag it out as long as you want your element to stay on screen.  

So you can see here that what we’ve achieved is we have our element animate onto frame, and then stay for much longer than it did before.  Because it’s not moving here anyways, we can’t tell the difference between the original clip and a still frame.  Now we butt our end clip back up to the end of the still frame and the whole thing looks something like this:

Nice! You can also use this exact technique to make it last shorter.  But instead of adding a frame hold, just cut out a section in the middle where the animation has stopped moving.  

What If Your Elements Move Throughout Their Duration?

But what do you do if you’re element has animated elements the entire time?  Like it’s moving around throughout the entirety of it’s duration and never truly ‘stops’

In our example here, we have a title that when the animation finishes, it’s still slightly shrinking in size.  So what we’re going to do is find a point at which the animation is not moving and the rest of the motion is least likely to draw attention.  Then make your incision and drag the back half away.  Now bring your playhead to the cut and drag out your clip a little bit more.  Then right click and add your frame hold.  The reason we did it this way is that now the clip freezes exactly at the place in between the entrance and exit.  So stopping half way between doesn’t make the footage hiccup at all, it just stops and starts back up again and looks like it was intentional.

Hold Elements Longer With Time Remapping

But lastly if you want this to have a little more flare there’s one last option for you to try.  If you have continually moving elements you can try speed ramping down just a little bit.  When you do this, your footage more gradually slows down instead of instantly stopping, making the change potentially less noticeable.  If your elements are exported at a low frame rate (like 24fps) it’s worth noting that the end result will look worse. But if elements are at 60fps for example, then slowing down can actually retain a nice look even if you drop the speed to 50%.

Depending on your elements, this can look a little cleaner.  Find the middle point where the entrance animation has stopped.  Then go to your time remapping section under effects controls and set a keyframe.  For time remapping, these keyframes will be a little different as there’s two halfs that impact how much time the speed change takes place over  

Then drag the keyframe slider back a few frames and bring the second half of this keyframe to 50% or whatever you decide you need.  Now what you should have is a longer amount of time that your footage lasts on screen.  But keep in mind, you need to add another keyframe before the exit animation.  Do the same process in reverse, bringing it back up to 100% speed.  Now what you should be left with is this, an animation that can stay on screen longer but still retains the movement that you have within it.

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