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Can you explain this in a little more detail. It is unclear what you are trying to do.
Eddie's nice FAQ organizes well what I already found in the manual.
These offered solutions are weak:
* Messing with playback speed is not very precise and it is difficult to extend the first clip to snap accurately to the beginning of the next clip in the timeline.
* Creating freeze frames bitmpas for EVERY required cut is pretty tedious.
It seems that Premiere surprisingly does not come up with an elegant solution and I wonder whether this is not a frequently required task?
Does anybody know whether this will be improved in CS4?
Craig: If I cut a clip and move them apart, the video is black within the gap but I want to have shown the last frame of the first clip exactly until the next clip begins.
Your basic issue is a technique workflow problem and I doubt you are looking for freezeframes.
Seems like you are using the razor tool to cut in the timeline instead of more "professional" techniques. ie In and Out points
What ever ... you can Drag out the end of the clip to meet the next clip and it will attach
Why are you moving the clips apart anyway?
I record the Windows desktop to illustrate how to use a software.
Sometimes, the action in these screencasts are faster than the audio narration requires to explain what is happening on the screen.
In other occassions I need to edit/cut out unnecessary actions from the video (unnecessary cursor movements, etc.).
Which approach would you suggest, please?
Sorry - could not open your link.
I would suggest you edit using in and out points from the original clip in the source Monitor and assemble them to the timeline.
You could then use your narration which I assume you record as you screen capture and edit that to cut pix.... or you could re record your narration to the cut pix
As said, the narration may take longer and I can't make them shorter. It's the video which needs to be extended. Therefore, I need freeze frames to halt the video until the audio explanation of a topic is finished.
Above video is actually straight forward Flash video embedded in a html page.
I guess you are stuck with creating freeze frames then (or grabbing/shooting cut away shots).
Link still will not open for me.
Yep, I will end up with cut away shots.
Too pity that Premiere does not have an easier solution. This is really an essential function and even specific capture tools do not offer such feature.
I will post a feature request.
Thanks for your help anyway.
The simplest solution is to cut the last frame and extend it on the timeline (drag its edge) until it meets the next video clip. Very simple and precise to the frame.
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>Sometimes, the action in these screencasts are faster than the audio narration requires to explain what is happening on the screen.
That's why both are often recorded at the same time. You do your thing with Windows, talk into a microphone and record both. That way if you need to explain something further, you just stop using the software until you're done explaining.
Eddie, if I slice the last frame and use it to fill the gap the frame is not frozen but it keeps playing the remaining part.
Here is a video to illustrate the problem:
> That's why both are often recorded at the same time.
You won't believe, how many errrhs and uuhms I am able to make if I try to do this simultaneously. Seems I am handicapped in this regard. ;-)
If you duplicate the preceding clip and apply hold on out point to the second instance, it should give you the effect you want.
Or you can use Marker Zero as an alternative in Frame Hold.
Or you can use Time Remap with a keyframe to hold the chosen frame, but for how long will depend on the handle available.
Or you can experiment with keyframing TimeWarp/Source Frame to hold at the frame of your choice, but that is rather less easy and quick.
BTW, wouldn't it be nice if Source Frame in TimeWarp worked in timecode rather than frames into clip.
How would you envisage a feature of the nature you need, working?
Actually, Craig, I also find this a bit annoying in Premiere (well, the whole implementation of frame holds in PPro has issues, but that's another story).
I remember my old //FAST NLE system had a great frame hold feature. You simply place the marker in the clip where you want to freeze it (kind of like Premiere's "Marker 0") -- but then the right handle of the clip becomes "elastic" and you can stretch it as long as you want, irrespective of the original clip's length (like when you place a .bmp on PPro's timeline).
It's seems a minor difference, but if you are working with a great number of framehold it's a HUGE timesaver.
TimeWarp with a keyframe isn't very different from Dan's Marker Zero method for FAST.
For this application, I would just stretch the clip with the rate stretch tool. Even faster.
I'm with you on this one. Frame Hold is not what it could/should be, in my book (only used it in CS2 and not CS3, so there might be differences). I usually do an Export>Frame and adjust it, however necessary, in PS. Maybe your model of Frame Hold could be incorporated into Premiere.
Yeah, Hunt. Frame hold certainly has room for improvement. It also suffers from the auto-deinterlacing bug wherein the held frame is (often?) deinterlaced whether you've ticked "deinterlace" or not, so it is totally unusable for me.
The workaround of exporting .BMPs is wretched also, as this forces a YUV->RGB conversion (for DV, HDV, etc.) that clamps the color range.
I don't like the rate changing method either, as there is a risk of inaccuracy -- especially if you need to tweak the ins/outs afterwards.
When I know I need to do lots of frame holds (such as with instructional animation, screen captures, etc.) I make sure I build in at least an extra second of no-mo where I plan to hold the frame. Then I copy/paste 1 second clips to fill the time. This sucks also, but it is the only way I have found around the other methods' limitations.
My PPro "frame hold fantasy vision" (based on my hazy recollection of my old NLE ca. 1993) is something like: Right-click, choose "Frame Hold at CTI" -- which would automatically set Marker 0 at the CTI, frame hold at Marker 0, and then allow you to infinitely pull the ends of the clip. The overextended regions should be indicated with grey diagonals on the clip in the timeline, just like when transitions run out of frames or nested sequences get shortened, etc.
I would like to see more options when moving the edges of a clip in conjunction with modifier keys (CTRL-, ALT-, SHIFT).
One option could be to change the playback speed. Another could add freeze frames.
Or for the freeze frame a specialized "keep last frame until next clip" option would be a nice extra and would be even more desscriptive.
I suppose that all serious screencast producers would appreciate this VERY much.
And it would cost only a minute for the developers.
>as this forces a YUV->RGB conversion
Most Premiere effects do that as well.