How do I "freeze" a video frame so I can animate callouts over it?

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I have a screencast video that I've already recorded.  I plan to add text callouts in several places that describe what is happening, but I don't want the original video to be advancing while the callouts are displayed.  I essentially want to "freeze" the video track at one point to display the text callouts, and resume the video track when the callouts are done displaying.

How can I do this?
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi David,

I think the best way for you to do this would be to make a split where you need to make the pause. Then, extend the frame to the duration you need.

If you only have one video track, this should be quite easy.
If you have media on lots of tracks, you will need to move everything down the line.

Others might other suggestions for you.

Kelly
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I figured out how to insert the split, but the next steps are unclear to me.

I carefully stepped to the point in the video track where I want the "freeze" to occur.  With that track selected, I inserted the split.  I would think at this point I would drag the "rest" of the video that resides to the right of the split further to the right, and then drag the right edge of the portion to the left of the split until it snaps to the edge of the portion that I just moved to the right.  This feels logical to me.

However, when I play only the selected portion before the split, I find that is including frames that had occurred AFTER the split.

I don't understand.
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OK. No problem!

Move your cursor to the last frame of the split where you want to create the freeze. Right click it, then choose Extend Frame. Choose the duration.

This essentially creates a stationary image of that last frame. Now you can drag that out to shorten or lengthen that little piece. This is the part where you will add your callouts.

Let me know if this works for you, okay?
Kelly
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I should note here that when you make a split, you aren't actually cutting your video in pieces.
You are splitting the video, and we show the section/frame you split at, but as you discovered, you can drag out the ends and the entire video will still be there.

This non-destructive method of editing is intentional. However, it is also why you don't want to make a lot of splits on the timeline since each time you split you add another whole video to the timeline. Doing this over and over again can impact timeline performance.

Kelly
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I believe Kelly gave you the best response.  For future reference, if you want to turn a video frame into a picture, Joe Morgan gave me this nice tidbit.  https://d2r1vs3d9006ap.cloudfront.net/s3_images/1384540/RackMultipart20160319-65553-1yv3ffg-Save_Ima...
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The "Extend Frame" thing was the key.  Thanks.