Clip speed adjusted by clip length

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I think it was far easier, and intuitive to adjust clip speed by holding a hot key and adjusting the clips length.  Longer = slower, Shorter = faster.  This is not only faster but allows you to fill gaps between clips where you wish for a time lapse to happen.

Dan
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Daniel

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Leif, Employee

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You can do this.  You have to first add clip speed to the media you want to change (as with most of the effects, if you have a lot of clips you want to adjust, you can select them first and then when you add clip speed, it will add the effect to all of the selected clips at one time).  If you then click the arrow at the bottom of the clip, the effect tray will expand to show you the effects that have been added. When you click and drag on either end of the clip speed effect (which is always at the bottom of the list of effects so you don't have to search for it), when you drag you are actually adjusting the clip speed. Note that there are limits on the speed for audio and at some point the audio will no longer play (it would not be intelligible anyway).  When this happens, the audio waveform dims as well so you have a visual that audio will not be rendered for that clip.
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great tip, Leif

FYI, I fooled around with a narrated trec clip; drastically changed the speed in both directions; never got a "no audio" situation, nor did I see grayed-out waveform

what am I missing?
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On the Mac side, as you adjust clip speed, the audio is processed to maintain the same pitch.  This gets unusable after a certain point so we put limits on it.  You can still change the clip speed to whatever you'd like but once it is outside the range [0.1, 3.5], the audio will be muted (and the waveform is drawn dimmed).
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That's awesome. However, in the long run (well I am asking for it almost for a decade), it would be nicer to interprete SHIFT/CTRL keys when resizing a clip or when changing the size of a selection:

1. Without modifier -> cut the left/right side of the clip or selection

2. With CTRL key pressed -> Speed up/slow down clip or selection correspondingly.

3. With SHIFT-key pressed -> Extend last/first frame of clip beginning/end or selected frame.

Camtasia could translate that by applying the corresponding "effects".

Benefits: Pros can edit rocket fast and nubees wouldn't be distracted as it is a hidden feature. I am still in hope (just like SnagIt finally adopts the unparalleled amazing Jing workflow). :-)
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For extend frame, you can do this.  Option+drag (Alt+drag on Windows) extends the frame of a video media.  The cursor changes as well so that you know the functionality of the drag will be different. You do have to press the key before you start the drag.  Ctrl isn't a good option on the MAC side since Ctrl + mouse down brings up the context menu.  I like your idea though of using a modifier to automatically add (if not already present) and adjust clip speed in one operation.
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Thanks for the reply, thats good to know I can drag the speed clip.  All thats needed is to not have to manually  add a speed clip effect  and separate the audio from the clip.  Just hold Ctrl key, grab the end of a clip and drag it, speed is adjusted and at a certain point audio is automatically removed.

Dan