How to end video on last frame vs. black screen?

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I would like to have the last frame of my video be showing when the video ends rather than the automatic transition to a black screen.

I have version 7.1.1 of Camtasia.

How do I go about doing this?
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Lisa Gillispie

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What file type is the video source in project; MP4?

In project, navigate to end of project, use ctl-F11 to zoom in max, and then use arrow key navigation to walk back [to left] from end of project, frame by frame.

If you see any black frames in Previewer, cut them out before producing.
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Hi Lisa,

Did kayakman's suggestion help you? As far as I know, the last frame of the video should show instead of a black screen. In fact, lots of users have to go through annoying workarounds to get their videos to fade to black.

It's also possible that your audio is extending beyond your video on the timeline by a few frames.

Alternatively, you could use the Extend Frame functionality on the last frame of the video. That would allow you to extend it as long as you need it (just 1 frame if you want), and it should guarantee that the last frame shows up at the end.

Hope that helps,
Randy
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Hi everyone,

My apologies for the delay in responding to you!

kayakman - yes, it's an MP4 file. There aren't any black frames to cut out unfortunately.

Randy - thanks for following up. I emailed tech support directly and was told that because I'm using Screencast to host the video there's not a way to have an end screen.

I like everything else about Screencast so I'm making peace with the black screen :).
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Ah, ok. I misunderstood a little bit then. Hopefully we can take care of that issue in the future :-).
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I have the same problem. When I produce a video in MP4 it always end with some black frames. If I open the produced clip using Camtasia, trim the black frames at the end and produce, the produced video will also have black frames at the end. If iproduce the same clip in SWF where will not be a black end to it.
I am trying to play a few clips one after the other, using Camtasia Theater. Because of the black screens at the end of each clip, there is an annoying "blink" between clips.
Anybody knows how to get rid of these black endings in mp4?
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Has anybody been able to prevent the video from ending up on a black screen? I'd like it to either end on the last frame rendered, or white, but not black.

Thanks!

Steve
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This behavior can be caused by audio clip [or other object] extending beyond video clips in the project; it only takes a 1 frame difference to end with a black frame. Be sure and examine end of project on timeline at max zoom in [ctl-F11].
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We haven't been able to find a solution in the video codec for this. When we play it in QuickTime it stops on the last frame okay. When embedded in HTML it ends on a black frame - strange.

Our workaround has been to add some HTML5 that displays a thumbnail of the last frame when the video ends. Its a bit dirty but at least the user doesn't have to look at a bloody big black rectangle.
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what browser?

when I play in Chrome, I sometimes get the end on black frame; this seems related to changing view to/from full screen just before video ends

it never happens in IE9

alternative ...

place a hotspot, stop at end, before the actual end of project
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Did this issue ever get solved. No matter what I do my produced mp4 videos have been ending on a Black Screen and I would rather have it end on the last frame or a thumbnail of my choosing at the end of the video. kayakman your work-a-round works but is taking extra steps as having this option added would save time and work better for video production. Thanks kayakman for the suggestions though. Much appreciated.
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Even with all of the workarounds (which worked in v7 for me), I can't get it to work on v8.0.4

What I have to do is finish it and render it in v8 as an .mp4, then bring into v7 and then I can chop the black final frame off. Since part of my product is the final frame, I can't live with the black/white frame.

What a nuisance for me.
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Mark, even adding an transparent hotspot maybe a second before the true end of the video doesn't work? Is the video not being played back on the web? I can see if the MP4 is playing locally the hotspot won't work, however if it's still not working in a browser, I would definitely want to follow up with support.

Mike Curtis
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Hi Mike -

Thanks for your input.

The video is being played back on the web, it just has the blank last frame. I tried the hotspot, but that didn't do anything. Cutting off the last few seconds didn't do anything. My audio ends about 5 seconds before the end of the videos, so that doesn't have anything to do with it.

I have the same problem occasionally on v7, but cutting it back a few frames has always worked.
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Hi Mark, how long is the duration of the transparent hotspot set to pause at the end? I'm wondering if it's just a few frames long, perhaps the player is skipping over the keyframe. What happens if you make it a ridiculous 3 seconds long? It can even "appear" early because the viewer won't even know it's there. This longer duration should trigger the keyframe for sure.
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Yes, I use the hotspot and select the "pause at end of callout" option. The video will pause, but it is over, so most people won't pick play again. This will leave it on the screen in the last frame or so.
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I am pretty new to using this tool (just downloaded a trial today), but through a combination of this question's replies and that to a similar question, I think I've identified the solution for you both.

Everything in this convo thread about making sure audio doesn't extend beyond video AND highlight the portion of the project you want to produce before selecting "Produce and Share."

Worked for me anyway. Though oddly, while in IE it stops on the final image, in Quicktime on my laptop it still goes to white at the end. Fortunately I only care about how it plays on the web.
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It is two years later and I'm on Camtasia 2.9.2 and still trying to not get a fade to black. The video is getting sent to geeks so stopping to read won't be a problem, but I do wish it were more direct without hotspots and such -- just a simple set of choices like black, white,  fade, no fade, and such.
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I am using 8.4.4 recording power point and I cannot get rid of the black screen at the end of the presentation. I see this thread is 3 plus years old and am astounded that there is not an easy way to ensure that this does not happen. My video and audio files are the same, extending the frame disrupts my audio. How difficult is this?
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when editing a project, if you send playhead to the very end of that project, you'll see a black frame in the canvas, because the playhead shows the frame at that position [end of project = nothing there]

when you produce, the black does not appear when the video stops at end [produced to MP4 with controller]

are you getting the black frame in the produced video?
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if you remove the last [end-of-project] transition, and, with playhead 1 frame to left from end of project, and you see an image in canvas, then you should not have to trim any off end of project material
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I don't know why it would ever end on a black screen. It does for me all of the time too. Camtasia should never end that way, what is the point of it ending that way? Is it ever behavior you want to see? I am creating recordings for a client and it should end on the last image or slide (if I am using powerpoint). If will try the recommendations but it seems to me that Camtasia should just fix it so whenever it ends it ends on the last image-the jury rigging should be for is you want the behavior to be different then that.

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I agree - ending on the last graphic should be the default and we should not have to be trying to figure out how to work around a black screen
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just to be clear ...

when you play a project on timeline all the way to the end, the playhead will stop past the last frame, that is why you see a black canvas view [or whatever background color is set in the Editing Dimensions controls]

move the playhead back 1 frame and the last frame in the timeline media will display in the canvas

however, if there is a transition at the end of the project, it will affect the display at the end of the project, and, it will affect the display in any production from the project; no transition means that, for example, when a MP4 with controller production is played, the last image frame should display when the video stops at end [assuming end action was set to stop at end with no click to continue button]
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Extending a few frames back from the end, then selecting only the video up to that point before producing worked to end on that frame instead of the background.

I agree that we shouldn't need work arounds like this. It should default to end where you end. If you want to go to background, that should be the option you have to select.

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