CapCut Slow-Motion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Cinematic Effects

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Written by: Alex Popa


CapCut Slow-Motion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving Cinematic Effects

Slow-motion is one of the coolest-looking effects you can achieve in CapCut, that much we can agree on. And even though pulling it off is tougher than it seems, it’s still doable with a bit of practice.

And that’s why I’m here, after all…

Follow my instructions to learn how to do it the right way:

  1. Select “New project
  2. Select your video
  3. Tap on “Edit
  4. Select “Speed
  5. Select “Normal
  6. Move the speed marker to the left
  7. Select the “Make it smoother” option
  8. Select “Better quality
  9. Tap on the checkmark icon to finish

If all of the above seems confusing, no worries…

Below, I’ve attached a detailed guide with helpful screenshots to help you get this done faster.

Summary: In this article, I provide a step-by-step guide on how to achieve slow-motion effects in CapCut. 

The process involves selecting “New project,” selecting your video, tapping on “Edit,” selecting “Speed,” selecting “Normal,” moving the speed marker to the left, selecting the “Make it smoother” option, selecting “Better quality,” and tapping on the checkmark icon to finish. 

1. Tap on “New Project

Tap on "New Project"

Begin by opening CapCut and selecting the “New project” button in the top-left corner. It’s big, it’s blue, and it’s very visible, so you should have no problems finding it.

Still, if it eludes you, try the screenshot above to find the little bugger!

2. Select a video and tap on “Add

Select a video and tap on "Add"

Selecting “New Project” will send you to the “Albums” page, where you should select a video to apply the slow-mo effect to.

Once the video is selected, tap the green “Add” button in the bottom-right corner and see the next steps below:

3. Select “Edit

Select "Edit"

Once the video is selected, you’ll be redirected to the main editing screen. This is where you’ll be doing most of your creative work.

Putting that aside, locate the “Edit” button in the bottom-left corner – that’s where you’ll find the slow-mo effect!

4. Select “Speed

Select "Speed"

Tapping the “Edit” option will reveal several other settings on the bottom-side menu, including “Split“, “Speed“, “Style“, and so on.

The “Speed” option is what you want – that’s the slow-mo effect you’re looking for. Go select it and look below for further instructions:

5. Select “Normal

Select "Normal"

Once “Speed” is selected, you’ll see two more options appear – “Normal” and “Curve“. Without going into too many details, the Normal slow-mo effect is best used by beginners, while Curve is a kinda a bit more complicated.

Select “Normal” for now and jump to the next step:

6. Decrease the speed

Decrease the speed

After selecting the “Normal” slow-mo effect, you’ll get to this page (see the screenshot above).

Here, you can adjust the slow-mo intensity, from 0.1x (10 times slower than the original version) to 100x (100 times faster).

Naturally, 1x is the original speed of the video.

You can play around with various numbers to see what speed setting you like the most, but I recommend somewhere around 0.4-0.5x to start things.

7. Tap on the “Make it smoother” option

Tap on the "Make it smoother" option

You might have noticed the “Make it smoother” option under the slow-motion bar. If you’ve been itching to see what it does, now’s the time for it.

Select it!

Select "Better quality" from the menu
Select “Better quality” from the menu

Once selected, it’ll reveal two options – “Faster process” and “Better quality“. Try choosing “Better quality” and see how it affects your video.

The smoothening effect should be quite noticeable as it basically removes frames and smoothens out rough visual elements.

The end result is a crisp and smooth slow-mo effect like in the movies (or close to that).

8. Tap on the checkmark icon

Tap on the checkmark icon

When you’re done playing around with the slow-mo effects, and you got what you wanted, tap the checkmark icon in the bottom-right corner to save your settings.

You wouldn’t want to lose all your chnages made just like that, I assume… Once the saving process is completed, you’ll receive a notification confirming this on the screen.

It looks like this:

Read the notification to see that the slow-mo effect was applied

Now that all this is done, you can export your video and post it on TikTok or any other Chinese (or USA-made) spyware social media app you like. See? That wasn’t so hard after all.

If there’s something amiss with the instructions above or you ran into a problem, feel free to contact me below, and I’ll troubleshoot your problem!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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