Basic Timeline Editing

The timeline displays the sequence of all media in a video. To learn more about working on the timeline, see Timeline Overview.

 

Make a Selection

Select media to edit, move, or delete on the timeline.

Select Part of the Timeline

Click and drag the green or red playhead handles to make a selection. The selected area is highlighted in blue.

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For a precise selection, drag the Zoom slider to zoom in or out on the timeline content.
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Select Media on Timeline

Click to select media. Shift+click to select multiple media.
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To select all media in an area on the timeline, click and drag the cursor on the timeline.

 

Rearrange Media or Insert Space

Magnetic Track

Automatically remove the spaces between media on a track to insert or rearrange media on the timeline.

Enable Magnetic Track
Click the magnet icon c2020-magnetictrackicon_21x16.png to the left of the track.

Spaces between media are automatically removed.
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Insert Media

Drag media from the Media or Library tab onto the track. If you add media between two clips, the other media on the track automatically shifts to insert space for the new media.

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Rearrange Media

Click and drag media to a new location on the track. If you move the media between two clips, the other media on the track automatically shifts.

 

Disable Magnetic Track
Click the magnet icon c2020-enabledmagnetictrackicon_20x16.png to the left of the track.

Spaces can be added between media on the track.
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Split

Divide media into two clips.

  • You can move and edit each clip separately.
  • Split clips to insert transitions, title slides, or graphics between scenes.

 

To Split Media:

  1. Drag the playhead to the location to split.
  2. Click to select media to split. To select multiple media, Ctrl+click (Windows) or Command+click (Mac) to select the media.
  3. Click Split c2020-split_22x21.png or press S on the keyboard.

The clip splits into two separate clips.

Insert Space at a Specific Point (Ripple Split) Hold the Shift key and drag the playhead. Camtasia splits the media across all tracks and moves everything to the right of the playhead with the selection.

Move Media to Insert Space (Ripple Move)

Move Media on One Track:

Hold the Shift key and drag the media to a new location. Everything to the right of the clip moves with the selection.

 

Move Media on Multiple Tracks:

  1. Shift+click to select the first clip on each track.
  2. Hold the Shift key and drag the media to a new location. Everything to the right of the clip moves with the selection.

See Ripple Move and Extend Frame Tutorial.

 

Remove Unwanted Parts

Trim (Mark-in or Mark-out a Clip)

Remove time from the beginning or end of a clip. The mark-in/mark-out option hides a portion of the clip instead of cutting it.

  1. Click to select a clip on the timeline.
  2. Hover the cursor over the beginning or end of the clip.
  3. Drag the end of the clip in or out.
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Cut

A cut removes a selection from the timeline and adds it to the clipboard.

  • When using the Cut tool, no gap is left on the timeline and remaining media is stitched together.
  • If desired, paste the media elsewhere onto the timeline.
  • You can cut a single clip or across multiple clips.

 

To Cut Media:

Select media on the timeline and click the Cut button c2020-cut_21x20.png.

 

 

To Cut a Timeline Selection:

  1. Click the c2020-locktrackicon_16x20.png icon to lock tracks on timeline that contain media you do not want to cut.
  2. Click and drag the green or red handles on the playhead to make a selection. For a precise selection, drag the Zoom slider to zoom in on the timeline content.
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  3. Click the Cut button c2020-cut_21x20.png. The selection is cut and media on timeline shifts and is stitched together.
  4. To paste the selection on the timeline, move the playhead to a new location and click the Paste button c2020-paste.png.
Delete Media or Selection To Delete Media:

Select media on the timeline and press Delete.

 

To Delete a Timeline Selection:

  1. Click the c2020-locktrackicon_15x19.png icon to lock tracks on timeline that contain media you do not want to delete.
  2. Click and drag the green or red playhead handles to make a selection. For a precise selection, drag the Zoom slider to zoom in on the timeline content.
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  3. Press Delete on the keyboard.

 

Extend Media (Freeze Frame)

Extend the Frame of a Video Clip

Extend a frame in a video clip to extend the duration to match the audio or voice narration.

 

  1. Drag the playhead to the frame to extend.
  2. Click to select the clip on the timeline.
  3. Right-click the clip and select Extend Frame or press Shift+E on the keyboard.
  4. The Extend Frame dialog appears. Enter the desired duration of the extended frame.
  5. Click OK.

You can also extend the frame by holding the Alt key (Windows) or Option key (Mac) while dragging the end of a clip.

 

While extending the frame, hold the Shift key to move the media on the same track to the right of the extended frame.

Add Exported Frame
  1. Drag the playhead to the frame to add.
  2. Right-click the playhead and select Add Exported Frame.

Camtasia adds the frame to the timeline.

Save Video Frame as Image

Save the current frame (on the canvas) as an image file (BMP, GIF, JPG, or PNG).

  1. Drag the playhead until the desired frame is displayed on the canvas.
  2. Select Export > Export frame as.
  3. The Export Frame As dialog appears. Enter a file name and select a file location.
  4. Select a file format from the Save as type field.
  5. Click Save.

 

Other Editing Tasks

Stitch Media
  • Only sections of media created from the original clip can be stitched together.
  • Media must be next to each other to be stitched.
  • Media is automatically stitched back together when cut.

  • Media is NOT stitched and a gap appears on the timeline when deleted.

 

To Stitch Media Together:

Right-click the location where the two media clips touch and select Stitch Media.

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To separate media, right-click on the stitch and select Unstitch.

Placeholders
  • Convert to Placeholder: Replace media on timeline with a placeholder.
    1. Click to select media on timeline.
    2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) the media and select Convert to Placeholder.
    3. Edit the placeholder title and optional note in the properties.
  • Add Placeholder: Add a media placeholder to create a template or to replace content at a later time.
    1. Drag the playhead to the desired location on the timeline.
    2. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) on the timeline and select Add Placeholder.
    3. Edit the placeholder title and optional note in the properties.

See Create and Edit Video Templates.

Replace Media on the timeline

Quickly replace media on the timeline, while preserving properties, transitions, effects, audio points, and animations.

  1. To switch out media or placeholders on the timeline, drag the new media from the Media or Library tab onto the media or placeholder on the timeline. When a green outline appears around the media or placeholder, release your mouse button.
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  2. A menu appears with the replacement options. If the new media is a different duration than the original media or placeholder, select one of the following options:
    • Ripple Replace: Shift all clips on the track to the right to insert space for the entire duration of the new media.

    • Replace with Clip Speed: Increase the playback speed of the new media to fit the duration of the placeholder.
    • Replace From End: Trim the new media to fit the duration of the placeholder. If the new media is longer, the beginning of the clip is trimmed to fit the duration.
    • Replace From Start: Trim the new media to fit the duration of the placeholder. If the new media is longer, the end of the clip is trimmed to fit the duration.

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