Make Extend First or Final Frame of a Clip Easier

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I often need to extend the very final or very beginning frame of a clip. This is currently quite fiddly to do in the Camtasia UI (I'm using Camtasia 8.1), for a couple of reasons:

1. In order to extend the frame, you first have to position the playhead at exactly the right position. Even with timeline snapping, it's very easy to get the playhead positioned slightly out, and find you've extended a frame a fraction of a second away from the end of the clip instead.

2. Extending the frame always moves subsequent clips on the same track further back in time. I almost never want this, and so end up either having to move them back again, or temporarily putting the clip I'm about to extend in its own track just to extend the frame.

3. When you extend the frame, you get the textbox popping up asking how long you want to extend it for. Again, I almost never want that - because I almost always need to judge the time by matching to other clips, rather than by specifying a time in seconds.

It seems to me that these three issues between them make extending an end frame quite a chore - a lot harder than it should be.

Any chance of addressing these issues? There are probably a few ways to do that, but I'd suggest: Fix issue (1) with two extra context menu options on each visual clip to 'extend first frame' and 'extend last frame' - these should not depend on positioning the playhead. And fix issues (2) and (3) with Camtasia-wide options to switch off moving clips and displaying timing textbox when extending frames.

(Or are there any easier options already in Camtasia that I'm not aware of?)

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Has there been any response to this elsewhere? I am also struggling with extending the final frame of a clip and would like to know if there's an easy way to do it.
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try inserting time then extending the frame

you could also use save frame and put that image on timeline to use as needed

also, first zooming in using ctl-F11 before placing playhead at end of clip to be extended can help
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Ah thanks for the reminder about saving frames - I'd forgotten about that. I still think it would be great to have built-in options to extend the first and last frames though.
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Mary Vivit

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I often export the frame for more control. That said, I use the duration dialog all the time: I spend a lot of time editing long videos, chopping them up. Too many times the transition to the next title would overlap content. The duration dialog box allows me to control the extension length for continuity within the project and across a suite of projects.

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