Rate Stretch Tool

How to use the Rate Stretch Tool in Premiere Pro

Check out the new Rate Stretch Tool brotorial for precise clip retiming as well as how to use it with the commands in the Clip Speed/Duration window.

This #brotorial demonstrates how to use the Rate Stretch Tool with the Clip Speed/Duration window in #PremierePro.

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Premiere Pro's Rate Stretch Tool is perfect for retiming a specific part of a clip to fit within edit points on your timeline. It totally eliminates the guess work of manipulating speed keyframes in the Effect Controls panel or experimenting with speed percentages in the Clip Speed/Duration window. Retiming footage with the Rate Stretch Tool is as easy as clicking and draging.

However, what if you wanted to retime a clip with the Rate Stretch Tool but take advantage of the controls in the Clip Speed/Duration window? For instance, what if you wanted to slow down a clip but maintain audio pitch? This is how you can combine the ease and precision of the Rate Stretch Tool with the deeper control of the Clip Speed/Duration window:

Using the Rate Stretch Tool to achieve the desired speed percentage for your edit, you can then use that speed percentage in the Clip Speed/Duration window in order to access the reverse, ripple edit, and maintain audio pitch commands. 

Sean Schools

Sean Schools is Premiere Bro, the Premiere Pro User Blog and Fansite, dedicated to enriching the Premiere Pro editing experience and user community. Sean is a Full Sail University alum and the award-winning video editor for JK Design, a New Jersey advertising agency.