A way to make a precise selection

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I'm sure this can't be a new idea. I frequently wish there was a way to enter the precise time co-ordinates for a selection I want to make. As an exampIe, I would first use my mouse to select the approximate selection area and then hit some shortcut key (something clever like "P" for "precision") and a dialogue box pops up with the current selection start and end times inserted. But I can then modify those times by TYPING in the exact settings I need. Trying to make a precise selection using the mouse, even after zooming in on the timeline, is just plain crazy!

[ Using Camtasia 7.1 for Windows. Waiting for someone to tell me the feature I want is already there and I'm the one that's crazy! ]
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Ryan Eash, Instructional Designer

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I wish I could tell you that you were crazy...but I can't. :) Zooming in on your timeline is definitely the way to go when trying to make a precise selection. This allows you to select a single frame at a time. I made a quick video that shows a couple options you might try (if you haven't already).

http://www.screencast.com/t/r00Ihhi1iI (1:31)

1. Use Shift + Right/Left Arrow keys on your keyboard to make a selection on the timeline.
2. Add Markers at the beginning and end of the selection, and then when you drag your in/out points on the playhead to make the selection it will (snap) to the Marker.

Hope this helps.
-Ryan
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Thanks (Mr. Speedy Reply) Ryan. I understand your method a bit better now -- had been using tip 1 but didn't realize the "snap-to-it" property of markers which will be helpful. I think there are also a bunch of other useful ideas at the link you provided and will be checking them out when I get a chance. Thanks.
... Ron
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Happy to help, Ron. The folder on Screencast.com contains a variety of tips that I send out via Twitter on occasion. If you have other ideas for video tips, please let me know and I'll try and put something together. Thank you!

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