Photoshop: "insert blank frame" deletes all subsequent frames

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Layer>Video Layer>Insert blank frame deletes all subsequent frames/scrambles frames/ makes a huge mess of frames in the video layer.

I am using Mountain Lion
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Alex Austin

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Alex,

My guess is your blank video layers have different frame rates than the document/timeline frame rate.

I helped another customer with this issue a couple of weeks ago.

His blank video layers had a rate of 30FPS and the document was set to 12FPS.

It's likely you created a new document with a default frame rate of 30FPS, added a blank video layer (or two) then changed the doc frame rate to something different.

Changing the timeline frame rate doesn't change the frame rate for blank video layers

Ideally, you need to settle on a frame rate for the timeline at the beginning and stick with it. Adding blank video layers will inherit the document timeline frame rate.

To improve this we should probably pop a dialog warning or offer to convert blank video layers frame rates to match. The Timeline engineer is looking at doing this.

The workaround, to fix a small project, is to go to the blank frames that result, and for each, choose Delete Frame. With timeline keyboard shortcuts and by adding a shortcut key to Delete Frame, you could do this fairly quickly. Tedious on a large project, though.

See my attached project that has doc FR of 12 and blank video layers with FR of 12. It works as you’d expect:

http://adobe.ly/1lhwL8g
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Alex Austin

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Hey Jeffrey,

Thanks a whole bunch for clearing that up! Like you said, setting the timeline frame rate AFTER creating the video layer is what screwed it up. Creating a new video layer after changing the frame rate fixed the issue.

Fixing the work I've done so far will thankfully be a relatively easy task compared to re-doing it.

It problem is that while its great for preserving data when using an actual video, its unintuitive for frame-by-frame keyframe animation. I guess I've done too much flash!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Yeah. It was designed to work more in the video realm with frame dropping, etc. Although, as I mention, there are things we can do to make blank video layers for hand animation more user friendly.