Mouse to extend duration by dragging (Camtasia 8)

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Problem 1: When you extend a frame, you may not always know how long it should be. But AFAIK, the only way to change that duration after the fact is by right clicking and typing a new number. Often, I just need to unstitch at the end of the extended frame, move everything to the right of it and then drag that extended frame to fill the timespan I need.

Problem 2: sometimes, I am trying to extend a clip so I am at the end of a video clip. But you cant just go to the end of a clip (AFAIK ..if I'm wrong, sorry ...my searching skills may have failed me). I have to go to the end and then back in one frame. Then I can extend that frame. But if I didn't extend it the correct length, like Problem 1, I then have to unstitch it from that last little itty bit that's to the right of it. Then I have to zoom in so I can select that little itty bit to the right of my extended frame so I can delete it. Then I can grab the right edge of the extended frame and drag it as far as I want.

I think these are both related problems that might find a single solution. Maybe not. The first might just be when you extend a frame, do a split, not a stitch. That could help with problem 2. Problem 2 though would be most lovely if you can go to the end of a clip and be able to right click and extend it. Then if you need to extend it further, you can just grab it with the mouse.

I can provide images if it's too hard to visualize.

Thanks!
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I am using Camtasia 8.4.1, When I extend the timeline to be fully zoomed. A one second clip is quite large. I can also grab the end of the extended frame and drag it out OR back when the double arrow appears. When that one second segment is just a sliver, it is almost imposable to grab easily. The extended frame I am indicating in the Image below is still stitched together. I believe timeline zoom is what you are missing.

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ha. well yah I know how to zoom. It seems that there are scenarios where being at the VERY end of a clip DOES give you the abilit to extend. So -- I use Camtasia a LOT LOT LOT & for many years. I'm surprised I never saw that before. Maybe it's a particular scenario but usually when I have the playhead at the end, I don't get Extend as an option.


But I'm getting it now! So problem b is moot.


What about problem a? Here is something I've extended in the middle.





This one I definitely have to unstitch if I want to drag it out. I guess my idea is to have a setting to define what default you would like when you extend a frame. Current default is that the frame is stictched always. I'd like to be abel to set a preference that says when I extend a frame, I'd like one or both sides split.


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I was not trying to imply anything by posting an Image better suited for someone new to Camtasia. I try to keep in mind that these questions can be viewed by several people with  varying degrees of editing skills and similar questions.
I see your point about being able to apply a preference to how the extended frame is applied. Exactly 1 or more seconds never seems to work. But that also requires stitching before applying effects across the split.
Anyway, if you do find yourself extending frames a lot you could disable the auto-stitch feature. Then select blocks of clips or any combination ,  right click and select "stitch selected media" as you move through your project. 
I know that's probably not as good as selectable options but it is an option.
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hey, that is a really great approach -- answering my question but trying to put clear info for anyone else who might be reading. Thumbs up. And ....oh, I can turn auto-stitch off? I do like it for all but that one scenario. I'll try disabling it and see if that flows better.

So while my idea is maybe a little nit-picky (enable/disable stitch specifically for extend frame), you've basically solved all of my dilemmas. Perhaps these should have been questions not suggestions. I really thought I had covered my bases. So much to learn ... always.
Thanks a bunch!

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