DaVinci Resolve terms

Speed Warp

A feature powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine that intelligently smooths out motion during speed changes.

What is speed warp in DaVinci Resolve?

Speed warp is a feature in DaVinci Resolve, a professional video editing software, that allows users to manipulate the speed of their video clips. This feature is part of the software's Optical Flow technology, which is designed to create smooth slow-motion effects by generating new frames in between the existing ones in a video clip.

Speed warp is particularly useful for creating high-quality slow-motion or fast-motion effects, as it can make the transitions between frames appear smoother and more natural. It does this by analyzing the motion of pixels between frames and then creating new frames that blend seamlessly with the existing ones. This can greatly enhance the visual quality of a video, especially when dealing with high-speed action or movement.

How to adjust speed warp in DaVinci Resolve?

To adjust the speed warp in DaVinci Resolve, you first need to select the clip you want to modify in the timeline. Then, navigate to the Inspector panel on the top right side of the screen. If the Inspector panel is not visible, you can enable it by clicking on the Inspector button located on the top right corner of the interface.

Once the Inspector panel is open, click on the 'Video' tab and scroll down to the 'Retime and Scaling' section. Here, you will find the 'Speed Warp' option. Click on it and adjust the speed according to your preference. You can either increase or decrease the speed by moving the slider left or right. After adjusting the speed, make sure to click 'Apply' to save the changes.

Why is my speed warp not working in DaVinci Resolve?

There could be several reasons why your speed warp is not working in DaVinci Resolve. One common issue could be that your system does not meet the minimum requirements needed to run the software. DaVinci Resolve, especially its speed warp feature, requires a powerful GPU to function properly. If your system's GPU is not powerful enough, it may struggle to run the feature.

Another possible reason could be that your footage is not suitable for speed warp. Speed warp works best with footage that has a consistent background and minimal motion blur. If your footage has a lot of motion blur or a changing background, the speed warp may not work as expected. Additionally, ensure that you have the latest version of DaVinci Resolve installed, as older versions may have bugs or compatibility issues that can affect the performance of features like speed warp.

How to use speed warp for slow motion in DaVinci Resolve?

To use speed warp for slow motion in DaVinci Resolve, you first need to import your footage into the software. Once your footage is imported, you can select the clip you want to slow down in the timeline. Right-click on the clip and select 'Change Clip Speed'. A new window will open where you can adjust the speed of the clip. You can either enter a specific percentage or use the slider to adjust the speed.

After adjusting the speed, you need to apply the Speed Warp. To do this, go to the Inspector panel and click on the 'Retime and Scaling' option. In the 'Retime Process' drop-down menu, select 'Speed Warp'. This will apply the Speed Warp effect to your clip, creating a smooth slow-motion effect. Remember, Speed Warp is a more advanced feature and may require a powerful computer to process. It uses optical flow technology to create smoother slow-motion effects, especially when slowing down footage significantly.

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