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Can't change clip duration Motion 5

741 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 11:29 AM by BenB RSS
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Nov 15, 2012 11:47 AM

I have tried all of the work arounds I have been able to find in the Support Commnity and still I can't change the duration of source clips in Motion 5.  I have trashed plist, rebooted, repaired permisions, changed timing of project, changed name of clip, used the Timeline clock instead of the Instpector window.  Cleared all In / Out points and reset them to slightly different values. I have changed Timing to Variable and back again.  I can open clips in a new project and change duration.  I have opened new project and copied some layers from working project, the problem persists.  Is reinstall the option left available to me?

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 8:39 AM (in response to E.Largo)

    Not exactly sure what you mean.  QuickTime video clips or still images?  Your clips in Motion 5 are limited to two durations.  The first limit is the duration of the Project itself.  If the clip is longer than the project, make the project itself longer in duration.  The second limit is the video clip's own native duration.


    Aside from that, there are no known bugs about clip durations.  So here's some questions to clarify what you may or may not be trying to do.


    What is the codec/format of the clip you're importing into Motion as a layer object?

    What is that video clip's physical duration?

    What is the duration of the Motion project you're working in?

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 11:29 AM (in response to E.Largo)

    That is odd, I've never seen that, can't replicate it.  Sounds like a bug.  Fill out the feedback page (link in the Motion menu) with details.


    Also, in Motion's preferences, make sure you have Auto Save set to save a copy every 5 minutes, 12 copies, and about the last 4 projects opened.  This way if you have an issue, you can go back between 5 minutes and 1 hour.


    The only think I can think of that would casue something like this is if the start of the clip is before the start of the project itself.  I'd drag the clip left a bit to leave blank space in the timeline before it, then try to drag the start of the clip to the left.  Otherwise, you have some sort of bug going on there.


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