Ability to extend frame by dragging

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(This idea comes what what we’ve heard here in this community as well as from other customer feedback methods we utilize. The feedback we gather here will help us gauge how well it fits our users’ needs. Please let us know what you think)

The Problem:

Getting your voice and video to synch up is hard.  Extending frame is very common activity and it requires a lot of fine-tuning.

Potential Solution:

Allow extending frame at the end of a clip or after split with a hotkey or by dragging the mouse -- rather than with time duration.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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erik.groenhaug

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Shold have to be via toggle, since current dragging in end of clip also is needed.
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efigueroa

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Great point!
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Dragging to extend would be a big improvement.
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Rolias

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I'm on the Mac V3 and holding down the ALT key and dragging from the edge of the clip appears to extend the frame for me. Is that what's being asked for here?
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Rick Stone

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I believe it is. Too bad the Mac and PC versions aren't in exact parity.
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Rolias

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 I never even suspected the Mac had a feature that the Windows version didn't. Good to know next time I have PC feature envy. 
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Rick Stone

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LOL, if memory serves, there are a few differences like that. I believe another is the spotlight callout. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Mouse to extend duration by dragging (Camtasia 8).

Problem 1: When you extend a frame, you may not always know how long it should be. But AFAIK, the only way to change that duration after the fact is by right clicking and typing a new number. Often, I just need to unstitch at the end of the extended frame, move everything to the right of it and then drag that extended frame to fill the timespan I need.

Problem 2: sometimes, I am trying to extend a clip so I am at the end of a video clip. But you cant just go to the end of a clip (AFAIK ..if I'm wrong, sorry ...my searching skills may have failed me). I have to go to the end and then back in one frame. Then I can extend that frame. But if I didn't extend it the correct length, like Problem 1, I then have to unstitch it from that last little itty bit that's to the right of it. Then I have to zoom in so I can select that little itty bit to the right of my extended frame so I can delete it. Then I can grab the right edge of the extended frame and drag it as far as I want.

I think these are both related problems that might find a single solution. Maybe not. The first might just be when you extend a frame, do a split, not a stitch. That could help with problem 2. Problem 2 though would be most lovely if you can go to the end of a clip and be able to right click and extend it. Then if you need to extend it further, you can just grab it with the mouse.

I can provide images if it's too hard to visualize.

Thanks!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Extending a frame Camtasia version 8.6.

When I first started using CS years ago, extending a frame
resulted in all the assets to the right being shuffled along and kept in sync
with the video, it was great!

The current version does not do this and the only way I have
found to compensate is group select the assets and manually shift them. I
generally have so many that the response is far from smooth and it’s very
difficult to get them in the correct spot. I’ve been doing this for ages and
still bugs me.

Is there a better method?

I have tried group selecting all assets including the video
and adding this to the library, then deleting them from the timeline, extending
the video then putting the saved assets back where they belong. This works
quite well but it adds a huge asset to the library and when I subsequently try
and deleted the system complains that the asset is being used and can’t be
deleted. Why is this  When the saved
asset has done its job and is no longer required? Is there a way of deleting
this saved asset from the library?

Many thanks in advance

Murray
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Extend Frame Function Idea.

Since we all use this frequently, I suggest the following method to implement "Extend Frame."  Simply by adding a qualifier key (CTL, ALT, whatever), you can then drag out the mouse from the beginning or end of a clip in the required "Extension" direction.  CS would assume it is a still frame derived from the points mentioned.  Hovering over the created area of the clip would allow a popout field for entering the duration precisely if needed.  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Expand the "extend frame" functionality.

Perhaps a nice option would be to select the frame you want to extend, select the part of the track ahead you want to replace with the extended frame and then click ok. This can be an option from the right-mouse-click menu.

At the moment tracks get out of sync when inserting the time of the extend to only one track. When you can first select a part you want to overwrite (for more then a second) you will be sure tracks do not move horizontal relatively to other tracks. Also it would be easy to fill a gap in the timeline instantly. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Extend frame - please make a final solution.

Hi,

This "Extend frame" topic is a major source of CONFUSION in the Camtasia apps, including C9!

  • The earlier C8 Mac version could make different things than Windows version, 
  • The http://www.screencast.com/ is all over the with extend frame videos - all of these are actually just workarounds but NOT a real and simple solution! 
  • There are features that were disabled and even revoked in Extend Frame so this is a huge mess now even in C9 and does work very emabarrassing!

Please Techsmith, GET this:
the major source of confusion comes from the fact that Extend frame works on only a SINGLE track, not on ALL track! To be more precise: as extend frame currently just affects only the selected single track, everything (other audio and video clips) after the extension goes out of sync in case of multiple tracks!

If I insert e.g. 5 sec at the middle of the movie with extend frame, it will extend the frame for the video, it is ok, but all other tracks are unaffected, they stay at the same position! They should have been moved 5 sec later, but now everything goes out of sync!

Sure, many of us know and have to use the workarounds every day
1. by moving everything back and forth with Shift and copy/pasting split clip / unstitching elements and extend these, and pulling out-of-sync elements forth and back. This is awkward and the source of possible errors.
2. Saving a frame and re-inserting.... meeehhh.... the last thing people want during work is to accomplish additional and unnecessary file management steps!

A snapshot of a timeline state in the memory would be perfectly enough, saved with the Camtasia project internally. Like e.g. the user drags a frame from the main canvas / preview window to the Project Bin or right to the timeline - so essentially drag it back wherever I want - so simple like this. People do not want to spend time to save it as an external file, just for using this snapshot image exclusively internally in this project only once...

Please make a
  • real easy-to-use
  • final
  • cross-platform solution
for this confused Camtasia topic finally.

Let the user decide if 
1. she/he want Extend Frame affect only ONE track
2. or ALL track.
3. Also, please make it easily draggable the borders after extension (maybe with a modifier, as it worked in Mac version with Shift), without the need of any push-pull tricks!

thanks,
Baci
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Any faster way to extend clips?.

Hey guys! So I just picked up Camtasia 9 (after having bought 8 just a couple of weeks ago). Love the new changes, including voiceover. One thing I was hoping would change, though, is the "extend frame" behaviour.

It'd be great if there was a hotkey that would allow me to simply drag a clip and have it extend the last frame. As it is, I have to move the clip up to a spare lane, snap to the last frame, extend by more seconds than I need, resize it to snap to the beginning of the next event and then slot it down into the gap, Tetris style ;)

It's not a huuuuge problem on its own, but I use a lot of markers in my videos so I can create cuts between actions and then slot voiceovers in afterwards and when you've got a couple of hundred edits it's really long!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Extend Frame.

It would seem only intuitive to construct the following behavior. Perhaps you have a video that plays and comes into view but remains static. In my own example, I have an intro video that slides some rocks in, then remains static for several seconds. I need to simply extend the end frame of the video for several more seconds. Sure, I am able to right-click the end of the video and choose to Extend Frame, but it would seem only intuitive to coax that to happen if I just clicked on the end and dragged the mouse to make the video longer.
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This is available in Camtasia Mac and it’s clear this one needs to be brought over to Camtasia Windows. Our plan is to bring into the next development cycle starting in July. If all goes well, we’ll get this out in the near future. We are considering pairing this work with the Copy frame to media bin idea as there overlapping use cases for both. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.


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Finally...eagerly waiting for both of these!
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Official Response
Hello,

I’m happy to report that Camtasia Windows 9.1.0 was released this morning (9/19/17). With 9.1.0 we’ve added the ability to extend a frame of video with a click and drag of the mouse.

Here’s a short demo.
https://www.screencast.com/t/iUgPyVK0Fgo

As always, we’d like to hear your feedback on this new feature.

Thanks for your patience on this popular idea.
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Mal Reynolds

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This is an excellent feature. I've already used it a couple of times and it works very well.
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Charles Welford

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You misspelled "beginning" as "begining" in your video.
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bacizone

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Finally, after waiting for so long on this on the Windows version...

A very nice and easy-to-use implementation that's actually working!

Thank you Techsmith!
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I just updated to the new 9.1 - in the past I could go in the MIDDLE of a clip, select extend frame, add the number of seconds and the frame extends and is stitched - I can't find that any longer. Ugh.  I get extending a frame at the beginning or end of the clip but I now have to split the clip in the middle then drag the clip out, and restitch it back.   Am I missing something? How is this better!
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bacizone

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I do not mind the additional split, after that it works like charm. Why should you restitch? You can leave it as is.
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you can still frame extend in the middle of a clip; there needs to be space at the right end to accommodate the extension; place playhead, select clip, shift-E, type in time
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Thanks - I think I figured out my issue. I had another clip adjacent to the one I was trying to extend the frame with.