extend frame in camtasia 9

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How can you extend a frame in Camtasia 9? I chose my frame, went up to " Modify" but the "extend frame" option is greyed out.

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Try moving the media to a track of its own. I believe that will be the case (extend being disabled) if other media exists farther down the track.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thanks Rick, this did this enable the extend frame option. I was able to choose the frame, extend, type in 3 seconds; however, it does not save my frame extension. Am I missing a step to save the extension?

Thanks!

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It puts the Extended Frames exactly where the Play-head is when you do Extend Frame.
It does not put the frames at the end unless your playhead is at the end.
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Rick is correct, also the keyboard shortcut to extend a frame is Shift + E.  It will save you a couple milliseconds using the keyboard shortcut.  ;-)
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There has to be room for it to Extend. Like Rick said you could move it to another track.

If you place the play-head at the end of your selected media and while holding the Shift Key drag the Play-head to the right to make space, all media on the timeline should move together to make space then right click the media you want to extend and the Extent Frame will not be grayed-out.

You can go to the end of the selected media by the HotKeys Ctrl+Alt+. (Ctrl+Alt+Period).
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This is broken (IMHO) in Camtasia 9. Having to move media to the right of a clip I want to extend wasn't an issue in CS 8...it extended and ripple moved the existing media down the timeline...
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Lon is right!  Between the interface being too dark to see, the font size of the interface being too small, and crippling "features" such as this... I am strongly considering going back to v8.  I may not have all the nice new text and cursor effect, but at least I'll be able to edit my work.
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Yup, can't make it work in 9. Thanks for fixing something that wasn't broken in 8.
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Argh! Why has this feature regressed? And why hasn't it been fixed yet? Any solutions?
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Simon

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9 added a lot i find useless and took away quiet a lot of the smooth work & useful features flow of 8 :-(
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Agree entirely.
Does 2018 add back? Since its a charged upgrade that would be a cynical move
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As near as I can tell extend frame acts the same now as it did in Camtasia 8.

Camtasia  9.1.0 update reads as follows.
  • New extend frame functionality to make extending your clips more intuitive
Which is nothing more that standard extend frame. 2018 operates the same way.
Regards,Joe
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Actually, the thing that was new in V9 was that you could hold down the Alt key and drag the frame out. Credit where it's due, I've found it to be quite useful.
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Thanks for the info, I rarely use extend frame. But that could come in handy.
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some techniques for working with frame extensions ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/sEg3DnNcg
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If I may ask a follow up question: What do you mean by "moving media to a track of its own"? It is on a track on its own already.

I have the same question. What I do: Move the head to the frame I want to freeze. Open the Modify menu, find that Extend Frame is gray. Of course, ctl-E has no effect.
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more on frame extensions ...

How To Relate Space On Timeline To Frame Extensions 2017-03-01
http://www.screencast.com/t/ruyURyLy6X
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Still can't get this to work for me. I moved clip to own track, put play head on end of track and went to "modify" menu and "Extend frame" remains grayed out.
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Is the clip video? 

Are you able and willing to share it? If so, I'd be happy to download it and add it to my own Camtasia to test. I'd be happy to record a video of it to share with you.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hey robert.maxim 

UPDATED POST  I read your problem more closely.

You said you
put play head on end of track and went to "modify" menu and "Extend frame" remains grayed out.


Is the video clip selected and highlighted?
Have you tried right clicking the video clip and selecting Extend Frame?
Is the playhead actually in contact with the video clip?



If it isn't, extend frame will not be available.



The frame that extends is the one the playhead is directly in contact with.

I don't know what your skill level is so I'm just covering the basics here.

Regards,Joe
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Drag the timeline needle over the desired frame. and Press the 'e' button on your keyboard.
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Nope, not in 9. "E" and "Extend Frame" are not options anymore. Did they change the naming of the function? No clue. I have to find a work-around.
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Hi jay.arr -

The secret is that you cannot extend a frame for any clip... that has a *different* clip directly after it - on the same track.  That is what an earlier commentor meant when stating that any subsequent clips need to be on a separate track.

I've now grown accustomed to this functionality (I don't necessary like it, but I can work with it).
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I'm a new Camtasia user  & I'm finding this a bit tricky. I have a multi-track into sequence followed by my slides for the rest of the project, call outs etc and narration on separate tracks. I was hoping I could select the components of my intro and extend them a bit pushing everything on the same tracks back a corresponding amount on the time line but I can't seem to  find a way. 
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How To Work With Frame Extensions
http://www.screencast.com/t/ssVv7GRY
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the easy way ...

How To Quickly Extend Frames In Multi Track Content
http://www.screencast.com/t/WkfssU1dUO
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Actually, the "E" for Extend Frame hotkey will work in CS 9 but you have to re-map the hotkey. There were several others also switched from CS 8 to CS 9. I talk about how I changed mine back to the ones I'm used to using in this video:
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I was just able to do this in Camtasia 9.0.  I wanted to extend a frame that is in the middle of my video. As others have pointed out, the 'extend frame' words off the 'modify' menu are grayed out if you place the cursor in the middle of a track, and select the track. For extend frame to work four things need to happen:
  1. the video track has to be selected
  2. the cursor has to be over a frame
  3. the frame needs to be the last frame of a secton
  4. there needs to be a gap (empty space) of enough room between that section and the next
Therefore, the first thing to do is to place the cursor where you want to extend. Then choose edit/split to split the current track at that location. Then move the second part of the track over to the right (select and drag it),  so an empty space is created. Then carefully place the cursor back on the very last frame of the first section. At that point go to modify/extend frame and type in the number of seconds and it will work.
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Very true. The problem is:

That process is busted and is not how it worked in Camtasia 8. You should not have to "make a hole".
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Been using Camtasia since version 2 or so. The Extend Frame feature is the one of the features I most used in Camtasia 8. And all other previous versions that included it. It's **invaluable** when you use other tools to record narration and need to extend frames to match your audio recordings, which a lot of people do. Audacity, for example - does things that the Camtasia recorder can never do.

Unless there's a real, compelling technical reason for the product managers to pretty much remove the effectiveness of this incredibly handy and fundamental feature, this was a bad move. Seriously. And I am a huge Camtasia (and SnagIt) fan. I don't want a large number of tracks in my projects - that just complicates things. I can imagine that the old "Extend Frame" feature created all kinds of headaches for the development of the software -- there's a lot to keep track of when you're inserting frames into video.  But I don't really want to have to split the tracks and insert space manually - that's one of the things I relied on the software to do. 

I've been in the software business now for 30+ years, and the teams I've worked on all adhere to a simple principle - don't delete features that your users need. 

I'm evaluating Camtasia 9 now. Without this feature, I may have to request version 8 or look for alternative software. You are regressing rather than progressing here. Any chance there's a patch going to be issued on this? It seems like more than a few people are in agreement here.
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I'm in total agreement. I relied on the [C8] extend frame/duration feature for matching voice-overs to system demonstrations. Without it I'm finding video editing painfully cumbersome and it's costing me considerable time (and money). It's been quicker for me to scrap a partially developed project in C9 and start again in C8.
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I am able to extend frame, but the 'frame' that is extended does not match the frame at the end of my clip or the frame that is currently highlighted. You have to have at least 2 frames in order for the extend frame to be able to pick up the content.
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The feature is still there, and it works great, but it's not obvious to the user. Someone at TechSmith needs to take some lessons in usability (maybe read The Design of Everyday Things). To extend a frame press and hold Alt, and click and drag the end of the clip to extend the last frame.
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Thank you sir, you saved my life. This works!
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This tutorial might help?  It demonstrates several techniques for accomplishing frame extensions in different circumstances ...

How To Work With Frame Extensions
http://www.screencast.com/t/ssVv7GRY
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I just upgraded to Camtasia 9. 
If I knew this feature is crippled, I swear I wouldn't upgrade.
The workarounds by kayakman are pretty smart, but I lost several hours in overall looking up information and struggling with this feature. 

Has anyone any news whether this will be brought back / fixed?
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Here you go @maciej.raczka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrpfUyaA2qk. This is the new way to use the extend frame.
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Brilliant!
This is in fact much better than the original "wild guess" extend method known in C8.
I am VERY grateful for your quick response, Naomi.
Thank you!
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You're welcome.  :-)
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I don't agree that it's simpler than the previous method (extend & adjust duration, then 'cut' any excess was extremely quick and efficient), but your instructions Naomi are very good and have helped me move on with C9. Thank you.
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This does not work with screen recordings (*.trec file types). Your video file MUST be an actual video file (*.mov, *.avi etc...)
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Actually it should work with TREC files. After all, the TREC file does normally have a video file inside.

What may be happening is that there isn't any "open space" in the TREC on the timeline. For example, consider the capture below. I've split the TREC, but there isn't a gap. So the ability to Extend Frame is disabled:



But if I click and drag to create a gap, it becomes available:



Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick beat me to the answer!  :-) He is correct.
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unbelievably frustrating.  i'm trying to do this on Mac with Camtasia 2018.0.7.

any helpful hints?
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Here is a extend frame video I did, should be able to help you. I think it is the same for Mac or Window.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrpfUyaA2qk

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This happened to me. I could not find extend or used shift + E. Then, I found the way. Just split the frame you want to extend, and then add clip speed. Then, you set the duration of the frame.
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Hi Team, when I did my left click with ALT key, the mouse cursor is not changed. What I did was hold down ALT key, then left click.

As a result, I couldn't add frame... Just extend the video's timeline.

Testing with Windows 10 + Thinkpad  Yoga 260. Camtasia version is 9.3.
I removed all of add-on running behind Camtasia. 

Suzuki


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hold alt, position cursor over clip end until you see a small rectangle, then left click to grab/move

note: cannot extend images, callouts, etc; those must be grabbed/dragged
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Thanks for the quick update Kayakman-san.

What I did was just you mentioned in your mail, so I had updated it to 2019 version, then the issue solved!


9.3 is not working fine on my environment somehow.


Really appreciate the support.

Have a good day, Kayakman-san!


Suzuki
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I am having the same frustrating issue in 2019.0.10. I tried creating space after the bit I want extended and moving it to another track which I should not have to do. The only way to extend a clip that I have found is to clip out the bit I want to extend and then use 'duration'.  I know I have been able to just extend frames at the point of the playhead regardless of where I am. 

Is this some 'new' way of doing things. I am finding this nearly intolerable. I should be able to place the playhead on the spot I want to extend, right-click and extend the frame. End of story. If there are other clips or whatnot to the right they should just move along. Please get this sorted out. Suddenly this tool has become nearly unusable. People are resorting to absurd workarounds.

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any chance you're trying to extend frame on an image clip?
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I don't believe so. It is a recording of my screen using Camtasia's own recorder.
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I should add that sometimes extend frame is not greyed out. It just seems unpredictable. I guess I will try to play with some test clips to see what it is that disables the extend frame feature. I wonder if Camtasia has an official technical description of pre-requisites that allow for the usage of the extend frame feature.
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Camtasia 8 would move media to the right for you.

Have you recently updated from Camtasia 8 to 2019 by any chance?



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another possibility ...

if an extended frame has already been applied [even for only 1 frame], can't do another

but if so, can then grab end of clip and drag it out ??
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How To Work With Frame Extensions
http://www.screencast.com/t/ssVv7GRY