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8 Ways to Change Clip Speed: DaVinci Resolve (+ Fix Issues)

In this article, you’ll find every way to change clip speed in DaVinci Resolve.

(And also how to fix common issues.)

There can be a ton of reasons you want to change the clip speed, therefore I’ve tried to answer every possible scenario you might be facing.

If you just want a quick answer on how to change the clip speed, here you go:

To change clip speed in Resolve, you have to be on the “Edit” page. Then right-click the clip in the timeline, and select “Change Clip Speed“. In the menu that appears, adjust the percentage next to “Speed“. Then check off the box next to “Ripple Timeline“, and click on “Change“.

Here are the different ways of changing clip speed listed in this article (+ common problems)

There are videos included in each section.

(Simply click on the links above to skip ahead to what you’re looking for)

How to Speed Up a Clip in DaVinci Resolve

1. Go to the “Edit” page inside Resolve.

go to edit page

2. Right-click the clip, and select “Change Clip Speed“.

Right-click clip and select Change clip speed

3. Increase the “Speed” to above 100%.

If you set the clip to 200% you have doubled the speed of the clip etc.

You can adjust the percentage by either hovering your mouse over the number, clicking your right mouse button down, and dragging it to the right. Or you can simply type in the number!

change speed to above 100

4. Check off “Ripple Timeline“, and click on “Change“.

Toggling on “Ripple Timeline” is very important if you have trimmed your video etc.

If not toggled on, the clip will try to maintain its duration in the timeline. For example, if you speed it up to 200%, the clip will just double its length to have the same total duration.

In contrast, if it’s toggled on, then the duration of the clip will be only half the length if you speed it up by 200%.

type in percentages to speed up and make sure to check of ripple sequence

When it comes to the “Pitch Correction”, this will fix the audio if you don’t want to sound like a mouse. Sometimes that’s cool as well.

Once you have clicked “Change” it will get this icon:

icon telling us clip is adjusted
How to Speed Up Clips in DaVinci Resolve (Correct Settings)

How to Slow Down a Clip in DaVinci Resolve

1. Go to the “Edit” page inside Resolve.

go to edit page

2. Right-click the clip, and select “Change Clip Speed“.

Right-click clip and select Change clip speed

3. Decrease the “Speed” to below 100%.

Everything below 100% is slowing the clip down. Meaning at 50% it’s only half the speed.

set speed under 100%

4. Enable “Ripple Timeline“, and click on “Change“.

If you have trimmed down your clip it’s important that you check the box next to “Ripple Timeline”. By doing this you prevent the clip from trying to maintain its length in the timeline.

This is very frustrating if you don’t want the cut-out parts to suddenly be included in the project…

TIP: “Pitch Correction” prevents your voice from sounding super high-pitched.

set percentages to lower than 100 and ripple timeline checked off

Once you have clicked on “Change” you will see this icon, meaning the clip speed is adjusted:

icon telling us clip is adjusted

5. Select the clip, open the “Inspector”, and go to “Retime and Scaling”.

Step 5 and 6 are optional.

(Refer to the image below for both steps.)

By doing this your video will get more smooth. This is because Resolve will add some additional frames to the clip if it gets choppy/laggy.

6. Set “Retime Process” against “Optical Flow”.

inspector and optical flow

Summary:

To slow down a clip in Resolve, right-click it, and select “Change Clip Speed“. Decrease the “Speed” to below 100%. Then enable “Ripple Timeline“, and click on “Change“. To make it more smooth, select the clip, open the “Inspector” tab, and go to “Retime and Scaling“. Set “Retime Process” against “Optical Flow“.

How to Slow Down Clips in DaVinci Resolve

Speed Up Clip Without Extending Duration in DaVinci Resolve

This is the most annoying thing ever. Gladly it’s easy to fix:

To speed up a clip without the clip extending, simply check off the box next to “Ripple Timeline” in the “Change Clip Speed” menu. This prevents the clip from trying to maintain its duration in the timeline.

change clip speed without changing or extending duration
Speed Up Clip WITHOUT Extending/Changing Duration [Solution]

Change Clip Speed of Multiple Clips in DaVinci Resolve

1. Change the clip speed of a single clip.

If you don’t know how to change the clip speed of only one clip, click here.

2. Right-click the clip, and click on “Copy“.

Copy the clip you’ve changed the clip speed of:

speed up and copy clip

3. Select all the clips you want to change the speed of.

You can select multiple clips, by either dragging over them like in the image below.

Or you can hold down CTRL (Cmd on MacBook), and just click on the ones you want to change the speed of.

select all clips

4. Right-click one of the clips, and click on “Paste Attributes“.

paste attributes

5. Enable “Retime Effects” and “Ripple Sequence“.

“Retime Effects” means that you are pasting the clip speed from the clip you copied.

“Ripple Sequence” prevents the clips from trying to maintain their timing in the timeline. This is usually what you would prefer.

retime effects and ripple sequence

6. Click on “Apply“.

Once you’ve clicked “Apply” you have changed the clip speed of all the selected clips.

You can then see these icons on the ones adjusted:

clip speed changed on multiple clips

To change the clip speed of multiple clips, first, simply change the clip speed of one of them. Then right-click it, and select “Copy”. Now, select all the clips you want to adjust the speed of, right-click one of them, and click on “Paste Attributes”. Enable “Retime Effects” and “Ripple Sequence”, then click “Apply”.

Change Clip Speed of MULTIPLE Clips (Quick Tutorial)

How to Speed Up Certain Parts of Video in DaVinci Resolve

1. Right-click the clip in the timeline, and select “Retime Controls“.

right-click and select retime controls

2. Place the timeline playhead where you want the speed adjustment to start.

place playhead where you want to speed up clip

3. Open the retime controls menu, then click on “Add Speed Point“.

add new speed point

4. Add another “Speed Point” where you want speed adjustment to end.

add another speedpoint

5. Change the speed by dragging on the gray handles.

In the image below, you can see how to adjust the speed. Simply, drag on the gray handles to adjust the speed.

increased speed of one point
Speed Up Only Certain Part of Clip: DaVinci Resolve

How to Speed Ramp in DaVinci Resolve

1. Add the clip to the timeline on the “Edit” page.

go to edit page

2. Cut the clip where you want the speed ramp to start and end.

select blade and cut of clip
cut start and end

3. Right-click the cut-out part, and select “Retime Controls“.

right-click clip and select retime controls

4. Click on the arrow next to the percentage > “Speed Ramp” > “Down to 0%“.

choose speedramp

5. Adjust the speed by dragging the gray handles.

In the image below you can see two ways to adjust the speed ramp:

how to adjust speed points

To make a smooth speed ramp, watch the image below.

As you can see I have made the clip first go slow down, then speed it up again. Which is something you can do by just playing around with the handles.

To make it even more smooth you can add even more “Speed Points”. I wrote about how to add them earlier in the article here.

example of a smooth speed ramp

TIP: If your video gets choppy/laggy when slowing it down you can easily fix this by using “Optical Flow“.

Simply, select the clip in the timeline, click on the “Inspector” tab (top right-hand corner), and go down to “Retime and Scaling“. Then set “Retime Process” against “Optical Flow“.

optical flow to make it better

If you want to make the slow motion even better, check out this tutorial where I’ve written every way to do slow motion in DaVinci Resolve!

Summary:

To make a speed ramp in Resolve, simply right-click the clip and select “Retime Curve“. Then on the right-side of the speed percentages, click on the black triangle. In the menu that opens, click on “Speed Ramp“, and then “Down to 0%“. You can adjust it, by dragging on the gray handles on the clip.

How to Speed Ramp in DaVinci Resolve (+ Fix lag)

How to do Slow Motion in DaVinci Resolve

  1. Cut the clip where you want the slow motion to start and end.
  2. Right-click the cut-out part, and select “Change Clip Speed“.
  3. Adjust the “Speed” value to less than 100%.
  4. Enable “Ripple Timeline“, and click on “Change“.
  5. Go to the “Inspector” > “Retime and Scaling”.
  6. Set “Retime Process” against “Optical Flow”.

Here are some images of how to do it:

To cut the start and end of the slow motion, you can use the razor blade. Press shortcut B to use it or click on “Blade Edit Mode” in the toolbar above the timeline.

Once it’s activated, simply click on the clip to cut it, like this:

cut start and end of where you want the slow motion

Then right-click the cut-out part of the clip, and select “Change Clip Speed“:

right-click and select change clip speed

In the window that pops up, you want to change the percentage next to “Speed“.

To make slow motion set it to below 100%, probably below 50% as well (depending on what you prefer).

set speed under 100%

Make sure that the box next to “Ripple Timeline” is checked off. This way it will only affect the speed and not the duration.

Then, click on “Change“:

ripple timeline and change

BONUS TIP: If your clip gets choppy/laggy in slow motion you can easily fix this by using “Optical Flow”.

Simply, select the clip in the timeline, and click on the “Inspector” tab in the top right-hand corner of Resolve.

Then scroll down to the “Retime and Scaling” tab. If it’s not open, simply click on the name.

Inside this tab set “Retime Process” against “Optical Flow”.

inspector and optical flow

Summary on how to make clip slow motion:

To make a clip slow motion in Resolve, simply cut out the part of the clip you want to make the slow motion. Then right-click it, and select “Change Clip Speed“. In the menu that appears, decrease the “Speed” to below 50%.

How to Fix ‘Change Clip Speed Grayed Out’

When the “Change Clip Speed” menu is grayed out, simply uncheck the box next to “Freeze frame“. You should then be able to change the clip speed.

Here’s what the issue looks like:

grayed out change clip speed menu

Here’s how to fix it:

unable the freeze frame box

I’ve written a full guide on how to make the best possible speed ramp here!

Advanced Way to Make a Speed Ramp

If you want a quicker and even smoother way of making a speed ramp, this is it:

Simply right-click the clip you want the speed ramp, and click on “Retime Curve“.

right-click and go to speed curve

Then the clip should look like in the image below.

Now click on the arrow in the top left-hand corner beneath the clip, like this:

click on expantion arrow

By default, this menu is set to “Retime Frame” (Watch the image below).
However, we want the “Retime Speed“, so enable that one, and disable “Retime Frame“.
Like in the image:

check off retime speed

Then instead of a diagonal line, you should now have a horizontal one.

You can drag the line either upwards (to speed up the clip) or downwards (to slow the clip down).

By default, the line is positioned at 100% (normal speed), the bottom will be 0% and the top will be 300%. However, you can change the bot and top values by dragging on the number.

Watch the image below for reference:

showing percentages off the retime curve

Now, to make the speed ramp. Place the timeline playhead to where you want the speed ramp to start.

Timeline playhead=Red time marker.

You can simply drag the playhead to where you want it.

Once it’s positioned create a keyframe by clicking on the little “diamond” in the top right-hand corner, like this:

place playhead at start of speed ramp and create speedpoint

Then do the same for where you want the speed ramp to end.

By the end, I mean the point where you want the clip to be at normal speed again.

add another speedpoint

Next, hover over the line in between the points, click, hold and drag it downwards:

pull down to slow down part of clip

Now, instead of the clip instantly just getting slower, we want to smooth this out. This way it will look more cinematic.

To smooth the transition out, simply click on the points we have made (the white dots), then click on the symbol shown in the image below: (do this for both of the points)

smooth out the points

You can adjust how fast the speed is going to change by pulling on the two dots/handles on each side of the points like this:

(the points must be selected in order to see them)

how to make the curve even smoother

If you want to learn how to freeze a frame in Resolve check out this article. Then you can do the ‘freeze-frame effect’!