You may find yourself on the receiving end of a project that has a lot of still images. Recently I had the task of creating a video in the style of a slideshow projector. The task itself was easy enough. However, the mind-numbing part came from having to take each still image and shorten the length down to three seconds, as the default duration of a still was five seconds.
Of course, there is the standard option to change the duration of a piece of media within the project panel. You can do this by right-clicking the media item and then selecting Speed/Duration in the sub-menu. This is a great temporary solution to changing an images playtime. However, as soon as I added more stills into my project window, they would automatically import at a five-second duration, to which I would then need to shorten.
This was happening because of the default import settings laid out in the general preferences menu. To rectify this, go to Edit>Preferences>General. Here you can set out the Still Image Default Duration. Although the duration is not laid out in seconds, it is instead displayed in frames. You need to take your frames per second and multiply it by the number of seconds you want your default still image length to be. For example, a three-second clip at 24fps would have a default import length of 72 frames.
It is the little things like this that are really going to increase your efficiency while editing.