Setting time duration when importing images as a video layer

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Hi all. 

I was trying to solve this issue today with one of Adobe advisers. After much trying and even helping me remotely, we were able to find out that what I wanted to add to my workflow is not available in photoshop. 

He advice me to add a formal request. And that is what I am doing with this post. 

I am a storyboard artist. And I've been trying to implement the time line work flow to my process. 

What I am trying to do is to be able to import a sequence of images into the time line but with a predetermined time duration for each. 

When I import  a sequence of images into the time line by using the "plus" button, the images come with duration of 3 seconds for each image clip. While in the process of developing a story this is not an issue, but it's an issue when you render a video that has a bunch of repeated frames.

Generally, a story department lead will simply look at the images using the film strip tab in adobe bridge. But, in the creation process, artists have been stuck for a long time using single frames that then they export one by one. Which is stupid. 

One way to fix this issue is by manually use the move clip tool to reduce each clip length to be exactly one frame. And it works, but doing this for lets say a 100 clips will take me 3 hours or cause me carpal tunnel, who knows. 

I found a work around by simply continuing to work with the defaulted time duration of 3 seconds and at the end, just before rendering each frame, I transform the video clips into animation frames. Then, I can select all frames, and change the time duration all at once. And finally render the images.

Simply adding the same capability of changing time duration for multiple frames that the  "frame animation" tool has; and implementing it to the "video group" tool will fix the problem. 

Why you wouldn't use the frame animation workflow? Simply because in the "frame animation" work flow, currently there is no support for hotkeys to move in the time line, add frames, etc. And because there is no formal onion skin process. Also, you can not properly see the time line and there is no cursor except the selected image. 

Finally I implemented to my work flow the "animator's tool bar pro" plugin for photoshop. Which enhances the timeline efficiency more. I want to also suggest adding the features this tool has. 

Thanks  to all for your time and consideration regarding this issue. 

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