Allow frame-by-frame editing in the timeline using the mouse

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Lately I have had to do a lot of frame by frame editing to get the motion of png's or pip to match the motion of the rest of the software.  Even at full zoom the individual frame are very difficult to select.  Especially if I need to select a frame from in between other individual frames.  Using Visual properties is a great feature but doesn't cover what i need.  Yes I know about dragging the red or green handles along the play head and using the cntrl shift arrows about I find using the mouse in general is much faster.  
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Keith Ferguson

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lito-soft

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How many frames per second you're working?

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Keith Ferguson

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20-30 depending on the resolution we will produce at.  even at lower frame rates it is still a pain.
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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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HI Keith,

When working on the timeline, you can use the arrow keys (on your keyboard) to move the playhead frame by frame in either direction. And if you need to make a selection frame-by-frame, try holding the Shift key while using the arrow keys. 

Does that help?
-Josh
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Keith Ferguson

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Josh thanks but i said i use those techiques too.  Highlighting the section is not to tough, then getting the cursor to select it and not one of the edge is another story.  Usually i end up grabbing a couple move them to another track then move the extra's i grabbed back to their original location. 

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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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You say "getting the cursor to select it and not one of the edge", are you frustrated by the snapping to the edges of the timeline elements? If so, you can turn snapping off to eliminate that behavior. 
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Keith Ferguson

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aaahhhh, i will give that a try.  thanks
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Joe Morgan

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If you are referring to the "Tiny sliver" available when you are trying to select only one frame. I see your point 100%.

I am also hoping that more people will start using Camtasia to create and upload videos demonstrating what they are having issues with.  Because sometimes it's hard to picture what a person is trying to ask.


Regards, Joe

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kayakman, Champion

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I find that using keyboard shortcuts to locate and cut single frames works pretty well ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/Blc4HuRCEDj    35 sec
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David Patton, Employee

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Hi Keith,

I understand your frustration that you aren't able to do finite frame-by-frame editing with the mouse in the timeline. You mentioned that you are aware of the control+shift alternative. I am going to change this thread to an idea, because you would like to see frame-by-frame capabilities in the timeline with the mouse. I am interested in seeing how many people +1 this thread and feel the same way you do!

Best,
David Patton
Online Community Specialist

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