Solved Automatically adjusting length of slow-motion clip in timeline

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I've searched around online and in the Vegas 17 online help but I'm sure I am missing something quite simple here...

If I have a clip at 50fps and I wish to run it at 25fps, I add the clip to the timeline, right-click on it, select Properties and then choose 0.5 Playback Rate (or Conform to Project Frame Rate). So an original clip of 5 seconds will now take 10 seconds to complete.

However when I return to the timeline, the length of the clip on the timeline has not changed so I need to do some quick mental arithmetic and drag it out to double the length so I can see the whole clip to choose the best slow-motion sequence section.

Is there a setting that I can change or a way of changing the properties so that the clip would automatically be its 'natural' length before trimming? (Having seen some Premiere Pro tutorials, this seems to be what happens with this software...)

Thanks for the help!
07 Sep 2020 23:12 #1

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Hi toffeeboy

I am not aware of any automated method for doing this.
I must admit that it is something I would like to see as well.
I will send a message to Magix and add it to suggestions for new features in the future.

There is only one technique for adjusting the length of a clip, after changing the playback speed.
Drag the end of clip until it reaches a tiny notch in the top of the video - the "notch" indicates the true end of a video.
If you have "Snapping" turned on, it will snap to the notch.

If you have one of the newer versions of Vegas Pro installed, you can use a different method now to access playback speed controls.

1. Click "hamburger" button.

2. Select Edit visible button set

3. Select Playback Rate

4. To change Playback Rate, press new Playback Rate button in top of video.

5. Conform to Project Frame Rate

6. Drag end of video until it snaps to the notch (true end of video clip)

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08 Sep 2020 12:27 #2

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Many thanks for your reply, Derek. I'm glad to know it wasn't just me!

The hamburger tip and the notch were two things I wasn't aware of in the new software (I upgraded from MovieStudio 12 to Vegas Pro 17 so a bit of a learning curve) so that will definitely save a few clicks each time.
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08 Sep 2020 15:45 #3

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