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Chapter 2. Importing Footage into a Project > Setting Still-Image Durations

Setting Still-Image Durations

The duration of a still-image file is, by definition, one frame. However, when you import a still image as a footage file and make it a layer in a composition, you can set its duration to any length. By default, the duration of a still image matches the duration of the composition. However, you can also manually set the default duration for still images. This comes in handy when you plan to use several stills for the same duration, such as a series of title cards for a credit sequence. Of course, you can always change the duration (or trim) of the layer later. See Chapter 4 for more about adding footage to a composition as layers; see Chapter 6 for more about editing layers.

To change the default duration of still images:

1.
Choose Edit > Preferences > Import (Figure 2.36).

Figure 2.36. Choose Edit > Preferences > Import.


The Import panel of the Preferences dialog box appears (Figure 2.37).

Figure 2.37. The Import panel of the Preferences dialog box appears.


2.
In the Still Footage section of the Preferences dialog box, do one of the following (Figure 2.38):

  • Select Length of the Composition to make the still images' duration the same as that of the composition you're adding them to.

  • Select the radio button next to the Time field and enter a default duration for imported still images.

Figure 2.38. Set the default duration of still images to the duration of the composition, or enter a custom duration.


3.
Click OK to set the changes and exit the Preferences dialog box.


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