Tip #1140: Create a Hold (Freeze) Frame

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Tip #1140: Create a Hold (Freeze) Frame

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Hold frames work both in the middle and at the end of a clip. Motion supports both.

Note this hold frame starts and ends in the middle of a clip.

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As long as I’m thinking about speed changes (Tip #1139)
let me describe how to create a hold, or freeze, frame.

  • Put the playhead on the frame you want to freeze, then apply Behaviors > Retiming > Hold Frame.
  • This freezes the frame under the playhead until the end of the clip.

NOTE: However, any synced audio linked to that clip continues to play.


To play a clip, pause in the middle, then resume playback:

  • Put the playhead in the mini-timeline where you want the pause to take effect
  • Choose Mark > Mark In from the menu bar. (Typing “I” won’t work.)
  • Move the playhead to where you want the freeze to end and choose Mark – Mark Out. (Again, typing “O” won’t work.)

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