Any faster way to extend clips?

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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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have you tried positioning the playhead where you want to extend a frame, selecting that clip on timeline, then using the extend frame shortcut shift-e
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Oh yeah for sure - I use the hot key. What I mean though is that say the gap between your clips is 3.54 seconds, unless you know the exact duration, you're either gonna end up with an extended frame that's too short, or too long (in which case it will push all the subsequent clips forward). So the way I do it is move the clip up to a spare lane, give myself a longer frame than I need, then shrink it down to the start of the next event and snap it back into place.

What'd be nicer is if I could just drag the end of one clip to the start of another and get a still frame automatically (by use of a modifier key or something). It's just an idea really. Maybe it's only useful to me haha.
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have you tried doing a short frame extension then dragging the end of that to fill the gap?
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I use this function a lot also (extend frame) and always I wonder why all subscquent material on the timeline has to move forward. Even if only that would stop to happen I would be a lot more happy.
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Extend frame has been improved.
I don't use extend frame very often but I just tested it using Camtasia 9.

Much to my surprise it extends the frame of the highlighted video and doesn't effect the other tracks at all.

See Image Below, Click to Enlarge

Regards,Joe


 
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That is just my problem.
If I had synced my video/audio and "inserted" and extend frame the timeline further gets out of sync. The particularly is a problem when you need to edit later after first synching the whole project. Then always the tracks get out of sync.

And in Camtasia 8 this was also happening this way so no real change for me I think?
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when you extend a frame, you add time to that clip; that time has to go onto the timeline somewhere; so other clips on that track get pushed down by the amount of time you add to the [extend frame] clip

one trick is to put the playhead at the point on timeline where you want to extend a frame; then,hold down the shift key, and move playhead to the right; this will shift down everything to right of playhead while creating some space

extend your frame, then, with playhead at beginning of stuff you pushed down, hold down shift key and drag back playhead until you touch the end of frame extension
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Thanks Kayakman. This is some handy way to sync the tracks after 'inserting' the extend. If there is no better solution this will help me out some. 
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Perhaps a nice option would be to select the frame you want to extend, select the part of the track you want to replace with the extended frame and the click ok. Then there is no tracks out of sync and instantly you can fill a gap also. This could be an option form the right-click menu op the selected part.

Would like to put this somewhere as a feature request. Where can I do this?
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Post it as a question in this forum and mark it as an "Idea."

Regards,Joe
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here is how I would accomplish what you described above ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/lldivdisnG

although not shown in this little tutorial, just lock any tracks that you do not want to affect with the described method
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Thanks Joe and Kayakman. 
I will put this as a request in the forum in a minute and make it an "idea".  

For the steps you demonstrate kayakman; I have things like that also to work around this. But most of the time there is not one but maybe 10 tracks with all kind of content on it. I know e.g. I can group everything but the track I want to extend and do it the way you demonstrate but if you need to do lot's of video's with lot's of cuts/edits this is not the help you are looking for. There are quite some people I think (and maybe Paul) to that have to do this too often...;-)

Still I think with all that's possible in Camtasia for now your example is great.
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