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Chapter 6. Editing in the Timeline > Creating a Freeze Frame

Creating a Freeze Frame

Using the Frame Hold command, you can specify any frame of a clip to display for the entire duration of the clip. Because the held frame is based on the clip’s current In point, Out point, or zero marker, it’s easy to change the held frame. On the other hand, you have to be careful not to change the held frame inadvertently.

The corollary to how Frame Hold works is that you may need to take extra steps to achieve certain effects. For example, if you want the frame to hold longer than the clip’s duration, you’ll have to use more than one copy of the clip with the same Frame Hold effect. Creating what is commonly known as a freeze frame—playing the video at normal speed, and then halting the motion and holding on that frame—also requires two copies of the clip. The Out point of the first clip must match the held frame of the second clip. Because the match-frame edit is undetectable, it appears as though a single clip plays and freezes on a frame.


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