Searching for the method to slow motion a video in PowerDirector then you have landed on a correct place. In some videos, there are some interesting shots but they pass by so fast that the viewer is unable to view the beauty of the shot. So slowing down the video at that particular moment impresses your audience.
Confirm that the video you chose to slow down have higher frame rate this is because higher will be the frame rate slower you can go without affecting the quality of the video. In this section, we will discuss three methods to slow motion a video in PowerDirector.
Steps to Slow Motion a Video in PowerDirector:
Step 1: First check the Timeline frame rate and video clip frames per second to which you need to slow down in order to determine up to what percent of original speed, the video speed can be slowed down to keep the motions in the video smooth enough.
For Timeline click on the gear icon in the menu bar as you can see in the image below:
A Preferences window will appear where under General you will get the ‘Timeline frame rate’. In my case, it is 24 frames per second.
For Video to which you want to slow down, you can check its details just right click on the video in the media room and View Properties.
In Properties window you will get the frame rate of the video. The frame rate of my video is approx. 30 frames per seconds.
Now let us determine up to what percent of the original speed the video can be slowed down so that motion in the video still appears smooth.
So, for the video I have selected, I can reduce the speed up 0.8% in order to keep the motion of the video smoother.
Method 1: Slow Down Entire Clip
Step 2: Drag the video on the Timeline to which you want to slow down. Select the video and click on Tools.
Step 3: From the options displayed by the Tools menu click on Power Tools.
Step 4: In the Power Tool Settings you have to enable Video Speed.
This would prompt the Speed Adjustment button, click the button to proceed further.
Step 5: Now, in Video Speed Designer window you have to stay to ‘Entire Clip’ tab.
The Entire Clip tab displays the ‘original length’ of the video. You can slow down the speed of the video either by increasing the ‘duration’ of the video or by manipulating the ‘Speed multiplier’.
For me, it is easy to manipulate the Speed multiplier as I have calculated the % up to which the speed of the video can be reduced without affecting its motions.
Method 2: Slowing Down Selected Range Only
Step 2: From the Power Tools enable Video Speed and in ‘Video Speed Designer’ window you have to select the Selected Range tab. Now, in the Selected Range tab click on Create time shift.
Step 3: The Create time shift would prompt the yellow time shift frame on the video strip as you can see in the image below:
You can drag and adjust the time shift frame to a point from where exactly you want to slow down the video and where you want to end the slowdown.
Now in the panel on the left side of the window either manipulate the duration to slow down the selected range or the speed multiplier. I have manipulated the speed multiplier. The Selected Range tab also lets you enable ‘Ease in’ and ‘Ease out’ to smoother the change in speed. Click on OK when done.
Method 3: Using Action Camera Center
Step 2: From the Tools just select Action Camera Center.
Step 3: In the Action Camera Center window select the Effect tab. Extend the ‘Time Shift Effect’ and click on the Create Time Shift button and adjust the time shift frame to a position from where you want to slow down the video and end the slowdown.
Step 4: Now extend Speed and either adjust the ‘duration’ or ‘speed multiplier’ to slow down the video. After adjusting the setting click on OK.
So these were the three methods you can use to slow-motion video in PowerDirector. Hope you find the content useful. Keep reading.