I have tried both ways, and I could make my conclusion about it.
In fact, there is not an effective way for generating a still frame from something that’s in the timeline.
The best way to do it, was to duplicate it, apply a TW effect and finally cut it.
I found that generating an one frame from something that’s in the desktop view (using the OPTION + E + DRAG shortcut) will be same as cuting a frame from the source clip. Why? If you place it in the timeline and trim it to make it larger, it will add back all the frames that are present in the source clip.
I know that it should act different, as it does in Smoke 2012, but it simply doesn’t.
So could you try Alt + C +drag on thumbnail view?
It’s Copy Clip (Single Frame) with FX.
It would be great if when you extract a single frame and edit it back down it becomes a still frame that you can trim out. But as you say it simply brings back in the existing frames.
I have mapped “repeat” to a hot key, so that after I do the extract frame (alt+e) I run the shortcut for repeat (in my case command+R) and generate a 20 second still frame to edit back to the timeline.
With the added bonus that you get your desktop tools back.
If you hold down ALT+E over a clip you will get a red Box with an arrow. Click, hold and lift up. This will pull out a single frame.
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