We've all had the fantasy of becoming a part of one of those beautiful, slowed-down videos that use slow-motion editing. It is not surprising that slow-motion videos are quite popular. Slow motion can be quite attractive at times, be it in animated videos, motion graphics, etc.

Let me introduce you to the Twixtor plugin in this blog, which will be quite useful for you. I have included a step-by-step guide on using Twixtor in After Effects for your convenience in understanding how to use Twixtor.

What is the Twixtor Plugin?

RE: Vision Effects' Twixtor is a plug-in for video effects. Its primary function is to convert standard-frame-rate video into slow- and fast-motion formats. To be more precise, with Twixtor, you can convert an ordinary video into slick slow motion without sacrificing quality.

If you slow down regular frame rate footage in your editing software, the program must compensate for the frames that were lost. Twixtor accomplishes this by making appropriate estimates about the content of the missing frames based on the content of the frames that came before and after them.

Many different types of post-production software can be used with the Twixtor plug-in. These include a wide range of popular programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve.

Here is how you can make use of Twixtor in After Effects. 

How to use Twixtor in After Effects?

  • Step 1: The menu bar and Tool panel, as well as the properties panel for the active tool, are located at the top of the working screen on two ribbons. The project panel on the left side of the section, the Composition window at the center of this section, and the Parameters panel on the right side of this section are the three sections that make up the middle of the working screen. 

At the end of the working screen, two sections make up the timeline panel on the left side of this section and the Layer panel on the right side of this section. Using this program, you may customize your working screen by repositioning the panel to the location of your choice on the working screen.

  • Step 2: Using the Twixtor plugin, you can now input video footage into this program in order to create a slow-motion version of the video clip you imported. You may utilize video material from your own camera or obtain it from the internet.

In order to import this video material into the After Effects program, first, navigate to the folder on your personal computer where it was saved. Use the pick-and-drop method to move it into the Project panel part of this software.

  • Step 3: Now use the shortcut Ctrl + K to adjust the frame setting window for your composition.
  • Step 4: Adjust your video size for your footage and apply slow motion to your video footage. Now you can drag video footage from the project panel by dragging it with the help of the left mouse button.
  • Step5: Move your pointer to the effect menu at top of the working screen. Then go to RE, check for the drop-down list and click on twixtor option. Download & install it from the internet if you are not seeing the option.
  • Step6: Now, look at the frame rate of your video footage. To check the frame rate of video footage, open the folder of your personal computer where you saved it earlier, just right-click & see the properties.
  • Step7: Check the frame rate of the video from the project panel of this software.
  • Step8: Now, set the frame rate the same as the frame rate of video footage in the input frame rate option of twixtor option. You can find it in the effect option of this layer.
  • Step 9: Check if the properties of this layer are open. Click on a small arrow icon of the effect option of the main layer. Once again, click on the twixtor option in the effect option.
  • Step 10: Now, adjust the layer speed option of the twixtor option for this layer. To animate this, click on the icon for speed property and place the keyframe at the starting of the timelines.
  • Step11: Now, place a keyframe at some distance using the keyframe timeline panel. Add a new key in the keyframe section to adjust speed property in the twixtor option.
  • Step 12: After placing the keyframe in the timeline section at some distance, add another key for decreasing the speed of the video footage by changing the value of the speed.
  • Step13: By increasing the duration of video footage from the composition setting, go to the composition menu in the menu bar, at the top of the working screen. Click on the compositing setting of the drop-down list and use Ctrl + K shortcut for adjusting the composition setting.
  • Step14: The composition setting box will open, change the value of the duration of animation from this dialog box and press ok and apply the setting.

Wrapping Up

Twixtor helps pros retime footage. It excels at difficult tasks like keyframed speed scaling but can also produce fluid slow-motion video. Now that slow motion videos are quite aesthetic and used in many ways, this plugin is quite useful. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Twixtor is a paid plugin known for its advanced frame rate conversion and slow-motion capabilities. While some users may attempt to find free versions or workarounds, it's essential to note that attempting to use Twixtor for free through unauthorized means can lead to legal and ethical issues. It's strongly recommended to purchase the plugin from reputable sources to ensure you have a legal and fully functional version.

To use Twixtor, you typically need to install it as a plugin in your video editing software, such as Adobe After Effects. Once installed, you can apply Twixtor to a video clip in your timeline. Adjust the plugin settings to control the speed and smoothness of the slow-motion effect.

To download Twixtor, you can visit the official RE:Vision Effects website or authorized resellers. After purchasing a license, you will receive download instructions and a valid activation key. Be cautious of downloading from unofficial sources, as it may result in an unsafe or non-functional plugin.

People use Twixtor for various purposes, primarily to create smooth and high-quality slow-motion effects in their videos. Twixtor excels at slowing down footage while maintaining detail and reducing motion artifacts. It's a valuable tool for filmmakers, video editors, and content creators looking to enhance the visual impact of their videos with impressive slow-motion sequences.