Freeze Frame in Camtasia 2018

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Hi everyone. Been enjoying the new Camtasia but I've run into a problem with creating a freeze frame. I'm making an instructional video and in order to sync up my audio and video I need to hold on a section of the video for a few seconds.

I've tried using the Freeze Region and have the region take up the entire screen but it doesn't seem to work. 

I tried cutting the video clip and extending the end of the clip but all that does is reinstate the video I (thought) I had trimmed. 

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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ccampb4

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You're on the right path.  After you cut the clip at the frame you want to extend and have made space on the timeline so you can extend the frame, hold down the option key then click and drag out the end of the clip.  This will do what you want.  Note that you can extend either end of the clip, whichever you need to.  Without the option key, you are just trimming out the video and as you have seen, this is not your desired effect.

If you know how far you want to extend the frame, you can also place the playhead where you want the frame to end, select the clip (or clips) you want to extend, and then in the main menu choose, Edit->Playhead->Extend Frame To Playhead.

The Freeze Region effect allows you to freeze part of your video so that that frozen section will replace the playing part of the video for the duration of the effect (which you can drag out longer or shorter as needed).  This is useful if, for example, you get a notification popping up while your are recordings.  You can select the area where the notification shows, and place the Freeze Region effect so that it starts just before the popup occurred, and size the region to just cover that area of the video.  You can then extend the effect until the popup goes away.  If nothing else has changed in that region of the video during the duration of the effect, then this effectively masks out the notification popup.  This can be really useful in such cases.
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Thank you so much! I thought I was close to figuring it all out but I just needed those couple extra explanations to make it all come together. I've got it working the right way now. Thanks again for the quick response.