How to Make a Velocity Edit on CapCut?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Make a Velocity Edit on CapCut?

Velocity edits are one of the most impressive things you can do on CapCut. Pure cinematography at its finest… Interested in learning how to do them yourself?

Then, follow my instructions:

  1. Create a new project and select a video
  2. Go to the “Edit” option in the bottom-left corner
  3. Select “Speed
  4. Select “Curve
  5. Select “Custom” and click on “Edit
  6. Adjust the velocity points up and down
  7. Add or remove velocity points
  8. Save the changes

Below, you’ll find a detailed step-by-step guide on making velocity edits with screenshots to help you out!

1. Select “New Project

Select "New Project"
Select “New Project

Begin by opening CapCut and uploading a new video (select “New project” in the top-left corner).

2. Select the video you want to edit

Select the video you want to edit
Select the video you want to edit

Once you get to the “Albums” page, select a video you want to edit and then tap “Add” in the bottom-right corner. See the picture above for more details!

3. Tap on “Edit

Tap on "Edit"
Tap on “Edit

After selecting the video, you’ll be redirected to the edit screen. But you’ll need a deeper layer of editing for this, so select the “Edit” button in the bottom-left corner.

4. Tap on “Speed

Tap on "Speed"
Tap on “Speed

Selecting “Edit” will reveal several other options on the bottom-side menu. Tap “Speed” and see the next steps:

5. Tap on “Curve

Tap on "Curve"
Tap on “Curve

After selecting “Speed“, you’ll have to choose between “Normal” and “Curve” editing. The “Normal” speed editing lets you adjust the speed of the entire video. You don’t need that for now!

True velocity editing is when you adjust the speed of individual segments of a video. That’s what “Curve” editing is for, so tap on it.

And prepare to dabble in arcane editing…

6. Tap on “Custom

Tap on "Custom"
Tap on “Custom

Next, you can either use one of the preset velocity edits like “Montage“, “Hero“, “Bullet“, and others. Tap on them and see what they do.

Or you can use the “Custom” option to create your own velocity edit. Do that now!

7. Select “Edit

Select "Edit"
Select “Edit

Once you tap on “Custom“, you’ll need to tap on it again because you’ll be asked to confirm your choice. The button will say “Edit” this time, so tap on it to proceed. Weird but necessary.

8. Move the dots up and down

Move the dots up and down
Move the dots up and down

This is where the velocity editing (aka magic) happens. Do you see those dots? With them, you can control the speed of the video.

Moving the dot up increases the speed of a segment of the video. By moving it down, you decrease the speed.

The line between the dots is also important to understand how velocity editing works. An ascending line means that a specific video segment is playing faster.

A descending line means the segment of the video is playing slower. Play around with those dots, replay the video, and see how it changes.

9. Add other velocity dots or save your changes

Add other velocity dots or save your changes
Add other velocity dots or save your changes

In CapCut, the velocity dots are called “Beats“, and you can add others to customize the video’s velocity even more closely.

Once you’re done editing the velocity of the video and are satisfied with it, save your settings by tapping on the checkmark icon in the bottom-right corner.

How Can I Add a Flash Effect on the Velocity Edit?

If you want to add a flash effect with the velocity effect, follow the steps below:

1. Select “Edit

CapCut video editing screen where the "Edit" icon is highlighted
CapCut video editing screen where the “Edit” icon is highlighted

Open your velocity-edited video on CapCut and select “Edit” in the bottom-left corner.

2. Split the video before the velocity edit

CapCut video editing screen showing the "Split" option highlighted
CapCut video editing screen showing the “Split” option highlighted

In this menu, make sure you select the moment in the video before the velocity edit starts or right in the middle of it, depending on your preference.

Then, select “Split” from the bottom menu.

3. Select the split icon

CapCut screen showing the split icon highlighted in red
CapCut screen showing the split icon highlighted in red

After you split the video, you’ll see that a new icon appears where you created the split. That’s called the Split Button. Select it and continue with the guide!

4. Select the “White Flash” option

CapCut video editing screen showing the "White Flash" effect highlighted in red
CapCut video editing screen showing the “White Flash” effect highlighted in red

Once you tap on the split button, a new menu will appear at the bottom of the screen. In the “Basic” tab, look for the “White Flash” effect and select it. Then, save your video and see how the effect pans out.

Experiment with it and see how you like it best!

That’s it! We are done…

In short, you can make a velocity edit on your CapCut videos by following these steps:

  • Create a new project and select a video
  • Go to the “Edit” option in the bottom-left corner
  • Select “Speed
  • Select “Curve
  • Select “Custom” and click on “Edit
  • Adjust the velocity points up and down
  • Add or remove velocity points
  • Save the changes

The velocity points (beats) control the increase or decrease in playback speed on specific video segments. Play around with them until you’re satisfied with the video playback. Save the changes, and you’re done!

Leave a comment below if you have questions about velocity editing on CapCut!

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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.

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