Inserting videos that have a shorter duration that the timeline
Jan 23, 2019
I’ve noticed that when inserting a video (MP4 file) that it can be a challenge to get the video’s ending to line up with it’s actual duration. For example, if a timeline has 20 seconds of content on it, but I insert a video that is 6 seconds, the video consumes the entire 20 seconds. I know its 6 seconds, and I want it to no longer exist after that point. Otherwise, the final frame of the video just remains onscreen for the rest of the slide’s timeline.
The usual solution that has worked for me is to, right after inserting the video, right click on it in the timeline and uncheck “Show Until End.” This results in the tail (end) of the video getting truncated on the timeline and is now exactly as long as the video’s actual duration. 6 seconds, not 20. Nice!
But an issue comes up when one doesn’t do this right away after inserting video, such as inserting the video and moving it (in the timeline) below some other items. After this, if I right click and select “Show Until End”, the video’s duration doesn’t get truncated, and still matches the length of the timeline. Once I’m in this situation, I’m not ever able to get the video to truncate to its original length.
What I’m looking to avoid is the work-around solution, where you manually drag the tail of the video to where you want it. That’s really hard to do when a video is several minutes long.
How can I properly truncate a video on the timeline so that it ends exactly at the end of the video (regardless of where it is on the timeline)? Is it a bug or a missing feature that this isn’t an option, or is this something I just don’t know how to do?