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.
For a precise selection, drag the Zoom slider to zoom in or out on the timeline content.
|Select Media on Timeline||
Click to select media. Shift+click to select multiple media.
Rearrange Media or Insert Space
Automatically remove the spaces between media on a track to insert or rearrange media on the timeline.
|Enable Magnetic Track
Click the magnet icon to the left of the track.
Spaces between media are automatically removed.
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.
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
Spaces can be added between media on the track.
Divide media into two clips.
To Split Media:
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:
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.
A cut removes a selection from the timeline and adds it to the clipboard.
To Cut Media:
Select media on the timeline and click the Cut button .
To Cut a Timeline Selection:
|Delete Media or Selection||To Delete Media:
Select media on the timeline and press Delete.
To Delete a Timeline Selection:
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.
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||
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).
Other Editing Tasks
To Stitch Media Together:
Right-click the location where the two media clips touch and select Stitch Media.
To separate media, right-click on the stitch and select Unstitch.
|Replace Media on the timeline||
Quickly replace media on the timeline, while preserving properties, transitions, effects, audio points, and animations.
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