What's the best way to 'stretch' a screen capture by splitting it and filling the gap?

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Recently I found my screen capture recording wasn't long enough to give me enough time for my scripted narration. So I decided to split the screencapture track, make a gap in it, and fill the gap with a screen shot of the screen just before the cut was made. However, I couldn't find an easy way to do this. In the end i cut and pasted the last part of the screen capture many times until it filled the gap. This worked OK but took quite a long time. How could I have done this more easily? Is there a simple way to add a screen shot to the clip bin?
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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Thanks for your question Alec. I'm not sure which product you are referring to, but I will answer for both Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac. Yes, there is an easy way to do what you are requesting.

In Camtasia Studio, you can position the playhead on the video frame you want to extend to fill the gap. Right click on the media clip that you wish to extend, and select Extend Frame from the context menu. Alternately, you can just hit the E key. You will see a pop up appear where you can specify how long you want to extend the frame. Here is a video that shows how it works in Camtasia Studio: http://www.screencast.com/t/gB0Xa3hcd

If you are using Camtasia for Mac, create the space on your timeline where you want to extend the frame, then hold down the Option key and click on the end of the clip that you want to extend. You will see the cursor shape change to a square. Simply drag it out to the length you want the extend frame to be.

I hope this helps!
Shane Lovellette
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I watched the video, but in Camtasia Studio 8.4.4, I cannot shift-drag to extend the frame. Instead of extending the frame, shift-dragging moves the entire clip. That's not what happens in the video.

On the other hand, pressing E and entering a number of seconds works. But I can do that only once, so I cannot extend that frame again later, or even shorten it.

Update: Just now I tested this in CS 7.1.1, and I have verified that click-dragging does work. And I can do it repeatedly.

So, is this a bug in 8.4.4? Should I expect it will be fixed soon? Or is it a deleted feature? For me it's a major usability issue, and if it won't be fixed soon, it would make more sense for me to stay on version 7.1.1.
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It's not a bug. It's a new feature called stitching. The video above was made prior to the stitching feature in 8.1. Here's a short video (2:50) that explains the stitching feature in 8.1 and later: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

In this case, stitching is not helpful because the stitch on the right side of the extended frame causes it to move together with the next clip, defeating the shift-drag to adjust the extended frame.

If you want the old behavior back, you can uncheck Tools > Options > Program tab > Enable auto-stitching. When unchecked, an extend frame operation will result in splits on the edges, and the shift-drag of the right edge on an extended frame will adjust the duration as before.

The other option would be to leave auto-stitching enabled. In this case, an extended frame will be stitched on both sides. If you find that you need to adjust the duration of the extended frame, you can right-click on the stitch and select Unstitch. This will turn this one stitch into a split, and the shift-drag can again be used to adjust the duration of the extended frame.

Use whichever method is easier on your editing workflow.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the quick reply. That really helped. I'll probably use your second suggestion.

Is there a hotkey to unstitch a clip? (I find my keyboard is faster than my mouse.)

Is there a hotkey to toggle auto-stitch on and off?

Thanks.
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I watched the video an executed it successfully. However the track being stretched falls out of sync with other tracks! Is there a way to lock the tracks so that they all enlarge by the same amount?
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This is how I handle it and it works well for me. The key is to drag all the media to the right first.
Then extend the frame.
 Finally drag the media back. See Image Below, Click to Enlarge.

Regards, Joe

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Hi Shane,

Thanks a lot for the reply.
The link to the tutorial video shows me exactly how to do what I want. Brilliant!
Next time I'll know how to do this easily.
Thanks a lot

Alec
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Hi Shane,

Is there a way to edit and resize the screen for multiple clips without the call outs moving? I stupidly didn't record full screen, so I now need to get rid of the windows icons at the bottom and the task bar at the top - at the moment it looks rather unprofessional! Is there anything you can recommend? Resizing doesn't appear to work across all the clips so they end up looking very jumpy and mismatched when played as a video.

Thanks,
Vicky
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Thanks for your question Vicky. If I'm understanding your question correctly, you want to resize your video on the Canvas so that the top and bottom of the clips don't appear in the visible area. You want to apply this to all the clips on your timeline, but you don't want to move your callouts. One way to do this is to select all the clips that you want to resize, and then adjust the size of them on the Canvas. If they are all the same size when you start, then they will all resize equally. If they are different sizes to start, then they will be resized proportionally. For example, if your playhead is on one clip that is larger, and you have one selected that is smaller later on the timeline, when you resize the one you can see in the Canvas to make it bigger, the smaller clip later on the timeline will also get bigger, but proportionally to the size it started at. I hope that makes sense.

Another option is to group all the clips together by selecting them all, right clicking and choosing Group. Once clips are grouped, you can resize the group. However, the proportionality will still be the same. The advantage of the group is that if you added callouts, and you want the callouts to stay linked to their position, you can include them in the group. Then when you resize the group, the callouts also resize.

Here is a video that shows how this works: http://www.screencast.com/t/xCHQF8qHg5

I hope this helps!
Shane Lovellette