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Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 36 of 65

Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds


Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 36 of 65

Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds


Lesson Info

Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds

There are instances where either you need to export a video frame as a still image because you need to use it in another program or maybe you want to just use the freeze frame more freely within your show. So there's a couple ways to do that, there's actually a little button right here that looks like a camera. And if you click on that button or hit Shift E, it will export that and you'll get a dialog box when you do that, I'm going to hit Shift E, and the dialog box is asking you what do you want to call it, it will also ask you what format you want that to be in. So you can make it a JPEG or a TIFF or a PNG and by the way referencing a question from an earlier class, if you had something with transparency in your timeline, and wanted to export that out and maintain transparency in the image, export it out as a PNG that transparency information would go along with the freeze frame, so maybe you hit a title and you just want to shoot that out. It's very useful, we're going to go ahead ...

and we're going to do this as a JPEG. I'm going to hit one more button and that button says import into the project, so not only is this saved, and I should give it the proper name but I'm not going to for not 'cause it'll be deleted in a moment, when I hit OK it creates that as a pit file and then it imports that so I can go ahead and use it. Our PNG in this case and of course if you do need to find it and you didn't know where you put it, you can say Reveal in Finder and it'll locate it for you but this is another way maybe I want to use this as part of a graphic element later on in the show, so I just want to grab the freeze frame, it will also if I've stacked things up like we learned with the graphics, whatever's in that window and you say make a freeze frame or make a still image, it grabs everything, which is great if you want to do a sample from your show and say okay here's a piece of the title, take a look at it, do you like it, you want to send it off to your producer, very useful tool. Shift E for export or just hit the little camera button. I'm going to wrap up with variable speed. It's a very useful tool, we're going to actually do it again with the dancer, so I'm going to delete everything in my timeline, select all hit Delete, and let's find that shot again. The challenge of it being completely in black is you can't see it, there we go. So I have my shot here, going to go ahead bring in just the video and keep existing settings. So what I wanted to do here, let's go ahead and make sure she fits in our spot, set to frame size. Is I want this to go at a faster speed, it's going to slow down and then we'll do a faster speed again. So you can control a lot of your speed under the effects control, you might've seen it here underneath time wrapping and you will see the net effect but really to work with speed, I like to do it inside the timeline because I want to see how it relates to everything including my audio. So we saw in a previous lesson that if you see this little X there's controls you have, if I click on that, by right clicking, I can look at, we looked at motion key frames, I can look at my time remapping key frames, so I'm going to switch to that, click on it, now we see our time remapping, there it is. Let me go ahead and make this a little bit thicker. So this bar here is my time remapping and I'm going to zoom out just a little bit so you can still see and what I want to do is, I want it actually right here, I'm going to speed it up before so I'm going to put a key frame in and sometimes you do the reverse where you normal speed and then slow it down she's already slow, maybe we'll slow it a little bit more. I'm going to go ahead and put a key frame there by holding down the Command key. The Control key on Windows so you see that's the key frame it looks a little different and then what I want is her to pick up speed right about here, so again hold down the Command or Control key and I click and it creates key frame. So if I want this to go faster, before I grab this bar and you'll notice that if I go up it's going to move everything to the left because it happens quicker because I'm speeding it up. And then I could go over here and I'm going to zoom out a little bit so you can kind of see what's happening. So we're speeding up the back end, we're speeding up the front end. If I go ahead and I hit Play, actually not too fast, this is really slow but let's see we'll speed up. Ah she's pretty good there, but I'm going to really try to push it. This is just hard to grab. We'll fight with this just for a... There it is okay, speed that up okay. You'll also see that this is reflected up here. If I go down here and I open this up, there's my faster speed, this one's just being really difficult, there it goes hopefully. Doesn't want to speed up as quickly as I want but I want to show you one thing that you can do. These are very quick jumps from one speed to another, these little key frames here if you grab one side you can split them apart and what that will do is it will give you a gradual change from one speed to the next speed, so if you want things to gradually slow down or gradually speed up, that's how you would do it. You'll put the key frame in and then depending on how far apart you pull them would be how gradual or rapidly it changes speed and you can even kind of ramp that up a little bit if you look really closely, you have access to a handle that you can control. So it's a very quick overview of working with speed changes but you can do this and if you completely mess it up and trust me you will completely mess it up and you'll say I need to get back to normal, remember go back to the stopwatch, boom, click on the stopwatch, it'll delete all your key frames and you're ready to start all over again.

Class Description

Short on time? This class is available HERE as a Fast Class, exclusively for Creator Pass subscribers

Join one of the best editing instructors, Abba Shapiro, to learn how to work effectively in Premiere Pro®. In this series, you'll learn the tools that allow you to build a story with video.

Abba will cover essential topics such as creating time-lapse videos, building a rough cut, working with audio, and incorporating motion and titles in your videos. Abba will show basic color correction techniques, as well as incorporating filters to enhance the look of your final video.

Lesson Plan

  • Understanding Editing 
  • Tour the Interface 
  • Building a Rough Cut 
  • Refining Your Edit 
  • Working with Audio 
  • Transitions 
  • Filters & Effects 
  • Motion and Animation 
  • Titling and Graphics 
  • Speed Changes 
  • Color Correction 
  • Finishing: Prepping for Output 
  • Sharing and Exporting 
  • Ingesting Media  
  • Media Management & Archiving 
  • Multi-Camera Editing 
  • Creating Timelapses 
  • Advanced Editing Techniques 
  • Thinking Like an Editor 
  • Green Screen, Warp Stabilizer and other Special Tools 

By the end of this class, you will feel proficient in creating video with this complex program. If you've been paying for Adobe's Creative Cloud, this is your guide to understanding and using one of the best tools within your subscription. You’ll be able to bring your images to life, organize your media and begin to build stories to share with your family, friends, and clients. If you’ve been thinking about expanding your business to include video, this class will give you the tools to successfully start creating quality products that will impress!  

For more interaction with Abba during the bootcamp, you can join his Facebook group: 

Abba Shapiro CreativeLive Facebook Group 

"Great class -- wasn't ready to take the leap into Premiere Pro until I had a framework. Not only did Abba give me that framework, but he gave me the tools to manage and balance the story, the editing process, and the start to-finish workflow to create a finished product. And it was fun!" - Creative Live Student 

Software Used: Adobe Premiere CC 2017


  1. Understanding Editing: Bootcamp Overview
  2. Understanding Editing: Overview
  3. Understanding Editing: Video Examples
  4. Tour The Interface: Digital Video Workflow
  5. Tour The Interface: Project Panel
  6. Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot
  7. Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over
  8. Tour The Interface: Video Tracks
  9. Tour The Interface: Edit Markers
  10. Building a Rough Cut: Cut Planning
  11. Building a Rough Cut: Selecting Media
  12. Building a Rough Cut: The Edit
  13. Building a Rough Cut: Edit Points
  14. Refining Your Edit: Preparation
  15. Refining Your Edit: Making Cuts
  16. Refining Your Edit: Using Markers
  17. Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts
  18. Refining Your Edit: Replace Edit
  19. Working with Audio: Overview
  20. Working with Audio: Levels
  21. Working with Audio: Music
  22. Working with Audio: Mixing And Syncing
  23. Transitions: Overview
  24. Transitions: Effect Controls
  25. Filters & Effects: Overview
  26. Filters & Effects: Using Multiple Filters
  27. Motion & Animation: Motion And Animation Overview
  28. Motion & Animation: Movement With Still Images
  29. Motion & Animation: Picture In Picture
  30. Motion & Animation: Motion Effects
  31. Titling & Graphics: Overview
  32. Titling & Graphics: Advanced Tools
  33. Titling & Graphics: Roll And Crawl Effects
  34. Titling & Graphics: Working With Photoshop
  35. Speed Changes: Overview
  36. Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds
  37. Color Correction: Overview
  38. Color Correction: Lumetri Scopes
  39. Color Correction: Contrast
  40. Color Correction: Advanced Tools
  41. Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip
  42. Finishing: Prepping for Output
  43. Finishing: QC Edit Points
  44. Sharing & Exporting: Overview
  45. Sharing & Exporting: Size And Quality
  46. Ingesting Media:
  47. Ingesting Media: Transferring And Importing
  48. Media Management & Archiving
  49. Multi-Camera Editing: Overview
  50. Multi-Camera Editing: Creating A Sequence
  51. Multi-Camera Editing: Switching Multiple Cameras
  52. Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing
  53. Creating Timelapses: Shooting Strategies
  54. Creating Timelapses: Editing Images
  55. Creating Timelapses: Importing Strategies
  56. Creating Timelapses: Animation
  57. Advanced Editing Techniques: Take Command Of Your Timeline
  58. Advanced Editing Techniques: Transitions
  59. Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts
  60. Advanced Editing Techniques: Preference Hacks
  61. Thinking Like an Editor: Editing Choices
  62. Thinking Like an Editor: Telling the Story
  63. Special Tools: Warp Stabilizer
  64. Special Tools: Morph Cut
  65. Special Tools: Green Screen


a Creativelive Student

I've never even tried video editing before this class. I opened the program once and panicked. After only 9 lessons I was able to throw a short video together (basic of course, but still pretty cool). I wish all of my teachers growing up were just like Abba. He goes over everything without dragging anything on for too long. He repeats things just enough for me to actually remember them, and he is funny. He keeps it fun and shows that even he makes mistakes. I can't even believe how much I have learned in less than a quarter of his class. I have a long way to go and am very excited to learn more. This class is worth every penny and more! I was hesitant on buying the class because I have CS6 and he works with CC, but I have already used what I've learned in his course to create a video. The first 9 lessons were already worth what I paid for the entire course. Thank you, Abba! You are an awesome teacher! You have me absolutely obsessed with creating right now! I highly recommend! You won't find this thorough of a course for this decent price!

Patricia Downey

Just bought this yesterday and cannot stop watching!!!! What a FANTASTIC teacher-- just love the way he explains everything. For someone like me (who has a zillion questions) it is perfect. As soon as he introduces a feature, he explains several aspects in such a way that's easy to grasp and remember. So, so happy I got this. Thank you Abba and CreativeLive!

a Creativelive Student

I am only on lesson 19 and I am so glad I bought this class, so worth it and Abba packs so much information into these lessons its crazy. I will for sure have to come back and watch again when I need to remember to do stuff or need a refresher. He is funny and quirky and a great teacher. I so recommend this to anyone wanting to become a better video editor!! I am coming from being self taught and using iMovie and he makes it so simple and understandable. Can't wait to learn more :)