Change video speed fast & easy

Whether you need a sped-up video or a slowed-down clip, you can use Descript to create a perfectly paced video clip. Just a couple of clicks, and you can land on the playback speed you’re after — for free, in Descript.

Change the video speed

Some scenes call for slow motion. Sometimes you need to speed up the action. Either way, Descript’s video editing software puts the pacing in your hands, so you can easily speed up or slow down your videos with just a few clicks.

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How to change video speed

Step 1

Open a new project in Descript and drag and drop or upload your video file. Descript will automatically transcribe your video — you can edit the video by editing the text, or turn the transcript into subtitles in a single click.

Step 2

Click on the Track Inspector to adjust the playback speed. Click and drag to the left to slow down your clip, or drag to the right to speed it up.

Step 3

Once you have your perfect clip, click Share, and then Export. You can save it or publish directly to YouTube.

Change the video speed

Some scenes call for slow motion. Sometimes you need to speed up the action. Either way, Descript’s video editing software puts the pacing in your hands, so you can easily speed up or slow down your videos with just a few clicks.

Download the app →

Create amazing videos with Descript

With Descript’s speed settings, you can easily get to the perfect video playback speed. Whether you’re making something for social media, your YouTube channel, or another platform, Descript gives you the power to play with the speed of the video, add transitions, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What video formats can Descript make playback speed changes to?

Descript works with a wide range of video file formats, including AVI, MOV, MP4, MKY, and even GIFs and video files from other platforms like iMovie. Descript can also change the playback speed of videos taken by your iPhone or Android device.

Can Descript make playback speed changes directly on iOS and Android devices?

Descript is currently not available on iOS and Android devices, but it is available on Mac and Windows.

Using Descript on desktop, you can take video clips sent from your mobile device and change the playback speed. You can make a time-lapse video or slow-motion video, or change the video playback speed in any way that you want.

How can I speed up a video for free?

Descript’s free video editing tool lets you make the type of video content you want to create. Change the speed of your video, making it faster or slower for free with Descript. For free users, Descript video projects will export with a watermark, but Pro and Creator level exports are watermark-free.

Will slowing down or speeding up my video change the file size?

No, converting your video to fast-motion or slow-motion won’t change the actual size of your video file. If you want to make adjustments to your video’s quality, that will change your video file size. This is something that you can do using Descript’s export tool.

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Create a podcast, a video, and all your social assets using Descript. It’s as easy as editing a doc.