This has been bugging me for a long time. I frequently am unable to use the Extend menu because it is disabled everywhere (right click, and under the Edit menu. The "E" shortcut doesn't do anything either.
At other times, though, I can extend with no problem.
This happens even though the clip is selected.Are there situations where "Extend" should not be available or is this a bug. If the latter, is there a work-around?
There are times that the Extend Frame option would not be available; primarily it is if you have content to the right of a split and you have not moved that content "down" the timeline (to the right) thus making space. When you try to extend the frame, is there space to the right? Also, are you trying to extend callouts (which would not work), or are they images and videos?
Rather than disabling features, programmers should leave them enabled. If a user tries to use a feature in
an context that in the past would have been disabled, the software should pop-up an explaining
why they can’t use it.
That doesn't sound like a known bug. Are you seeing any pattern to when you see it... particular type of clip, etc?
It has not been working the way you describe. At times, over a clip that unlocked, the option is disabled. I haven't seen a pattern. The clips are always trecs.
However, contrary to what you said, Robert R. in a support ticket told me earlier today:
If there is open space to the right of where you are trying to extend the frame, but it is not large enough, it will disable to feature; additionally you can not be extending the frame when your playhead is on a split; instead move it to the frame just before the split; that should work for you.
In my tests just now, I confirmed his description of when it is disabled. I concluded that the space I on occasion deliberately opened to the right of the clip was causing the problem.
The other issue I had extending was using a video from a PowerPoint slide deck via the plug in. I split the video by slide but when I dragged each split clip they showed up the other slides which I didn't want so extend frame menu option was the only way to go.
Now I have Extend Frame working, request for improvement:
It would be great if there was an option to automatically extend selected clip to the max remaining space, i.e. extend all the way to the next clip on the right.
Today the experience is type a big number in the extend box (that is bigger than remaining space), the pop up shows min and max values (nice feature btw) So I enter the max value manually.
If you could quickly select the max (or min) value to extend automatically would save a lot of time when extending a lot of clips from a slide deck for example, me thinks :)
I cannot just drag the clip out because that adds back in the continuation of the original video. In this case the original shot was a moving/panning shot of an office. If I drag the clip out it continues the pan shot which I cannot use.
An alternative would be some way to grab a still frame at this point in the video and then insert that into the timeline. But I don't see any way to do that.
What's so very frustrating is this feature worked for a while then crashed.