Controlling movement on timeline when editing

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Is it possible to prevent items "down" the timeline from moving when I change the length of an item? For example, I want to increase or decrease how long an item is visible but don't want it to effect when later items start/stop. Conversely, is it possible to have elements on other layers move along the timeline when I move/edit items so that everything stays in sync? In both cases, I'd like the choice to control what does and doesn't happen.
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jotasprout

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Posted 4 years ago

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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,
Are you talking about items like callouts? So, changing the duration of a callout so it doesn't change the duration of the overall video?
Yes, this can be done.

But, what program are you using? You have both Camtasia's and Snagit listed and it makes a difference on what you want to do and what program you are using.

Thanks,
Kelly
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jotasprout

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Camtasia. I know I can "stretch" a callout or an image without affecting other items on the timeline but I'd like to use Rt-click > Duration (and still avoid the ripple effect of movement) because it's more precise when I'm shortening or lengthening multiple items. I need that last part because I haven't found a way to, basically, remove frames from multiple items. For example, (please see the screenshots), if I want to move all of the changes and fades in green (except the audio) to the left a few seconds, I have to adjust every piece one at a time, often removing transitions then re-adding them. I can't use Duration because the fade-ins and fade-outs don't stay at the start and end of each item--increasing the duration just adds more time after the fade-out.

What I want (in any app, it always comes down to, "I could do this in Flash"), is to be able to remove the frames (in red) in the middle of each item on all the layers. If I move one thing that is synced with the audio, I want all things synced with the audio to move as well (or not, if that's what I need at the moment).

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Joe Morgan

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Some things are easier to explain through video.Watch This, http://www.screencast.com/t/8cOdYYo8R0

If you have further questions just ask.


Regards, Joe
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jotasprout

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That was the most awesome thing I've ever seen. I'm so happy, I may have wet my pants just a little.