"Project" file for Batch Production

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I have created six template projects, of which five will be using the "Batch Production" feature each week. It would be great to have a "Project" type to store the settings for the batch production. Presently the only way to get a production going is to command Camtasia to Batch Produce, then add the projects you wish to produce and work your way through the dialogs.

So I'd love to see a way to configure the list of projects to produce and save those settings for repeated use where I can just point at the file and let it rip.

Thanks... Rick :)
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Joe Morgan

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Unless I'm misunderstanding something here.

The Batch Production wizard can create and save custom output profiles.



You can even assign various presets to individual files.



I'm not sure how you would improve upon this.
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As there seems to be confusion about how this process could possibly be improved upon:

To begin with, the first dialog that is encountered has issues. One first has to choose the different projects that are to be used as part of the batch.  Depending on where the different project files have been saved, that can result in many different clicks just to configure the list of projects one wants in the batch. Click Add files/Projects. Navigate to the first project. Click to select the project. Click Open. The project file is then added. Rinse and repeat for each project that should be part of the batch. Then click Next.

Then on the second screen it seems to always default to MP4 only (up to 480p). One has to click and choose the preset to use. Even if one chose to create a special preset, it would need to be selected. Then click Next.

On this last screen, one has to configure the output location. Again, more clicks possibly needed when it could be configured a single time in a batch project file.

So sure, I'm guessing it really cannot be improved upon since if implemented, it would only take perhaps four clicks to choose a batch project file that runs as you want as opposed to the roughly 40 clicks it presently takes me to accomplish the same task.

I may be off my nut here, but I presumed the "Batch Production" was created in order to save time and effort. Then again, only TechSmith can say for sure.
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You said you have 5 templates you will be batch producing each week.
These templates/projects could be consolidated into 1 folder.
If they were, you could select and import them in one swoop.
 
When you produce a video in Camtasia. You assign custom settings. Or apply a preset, to make the process faster.
Are you saying you want Camtasia to assign presets for you automatically. Based on what criteria?

Output location.... 
Batch Productions are saved to one location.

I have a "Camtasia Renders" folder.
As a result, I don't normally have to change the destination.
As Camtasia remembers the last location used.

I'm not sure what additional wizardry/workflow would reduce clicks by any significant margin?
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If you're saying you'd like Camtasia to have a way to load a special batch-production template, or run it from the command line, that remembers all the setting of a particular batch run so you can run that exact combination again (with, I assume, different content in the same-named projects), that seems like an efficient idea. I see your "Hopeful" emoji. Keep hoping!

Caveat for any batch production: Check to make sure that the output files are the correct length. I've had Camtasia make them all the same length as the first project in the list, truncating some and elongating others with blank space. Tech Support couldn't duplicate the error, so they closed the case. I don't know what magic combination caused that to happen, but now I individually specify the same output preset for each file in a batch, as when I do that they turn out the correct length.

Your mileage may vary.
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Thanks David. Appreciate the heads up on checking the length. And indeed, you are spot on with your assessment of my goals with consistent and repeatable batch runs.

However, I do believe that all the videos in the batch will be the same exact duration once rendered. Reason being, I created an initial template of 100 images timed at seven seconds each, added transitions, then I duplicated that template so I ended up with a total of six templates. All with identical duration but using a different set of images in each template project.

These are "advertising" images for a yoga studio. And I update the mix each week. I've been doing this for a few years now, but am about to move from using digital picture frames as the display medium to larger TVs with a small media player connected. Hence the new interest in using Camtasia for this. Prior, it was just a collection of images on a media card that you stuck into the frame.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Well, then, in your specific case, Camtasia's batch bug is also a feature. ;-)
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just ran quick test re batch = all came out at same length thing

I tested 3 projects, all different lengths, batch produced to MP4 w/smartplayer; all came out correctly
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Yeah, doesn't malfunction with me all the time, either. Like most of the Camtasia bugs I've encountered, it happens only sometimes.
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Ahhh the bane of the troubleshooter's existence. 

The intermittent problem!
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Despite the bugs, you want TechSmith to tweak it.
To save  yourself 12 clicks or so a week?

Considering the countless clicks, and time invested editing  5 Templates.
Those few extra clicks are trivial at best.

There is a long list of more effective time saving requests yet unfulfilled.

For what its worth 
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Oh, sorry. I was unaware that we should not make feature requests in the forums.

Is there another avenue you may suggest that we are all unaware of?
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Kindly point out where I've written you shouldn't have posted this request...........

"For what its worth" is not a condemnation of the request.
I even posted suggestions to improve your current workflow.

My bad?
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My initial question was well intended.Your request was vague to me.

After your ill mannered response to my initial question.

I felt your request will never come to fruition.
So I followed up with suggestions.Ones I felt could eliminate many of clicks you were complaining about.

Now I see you're complaining about me elsewhere.
Saying you faced backlash for this idea.
Yet, you've managed to create your own backlash just above, targeting me yesterday.

You didn't stop there. 
Today, I see this backlash has propagated into an unrelated thread.

My genuine thoughts to the request once I understood it?

For what I consider a reasonable price.
The most comprehensive batch producing engine/program that I'm aware of.
Is Adobes Media Encoder. Which I use frequently.
It doesn't offer the level of functionality you're seeking.

Therefor, I don't envision Camtasia ever going there.
If I were trying to torpedo your idea.
I would have led with that.
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My initial question was well intended.Your request was vague to me.

After your ill mannered response to my initial question.

I felt your request will never come to fruition.
So I followed up with suggestions.Ones I felt could eliminate many of clicks you were complaining about.

Now I see you're complaining about me elsewhere.
Saying you faced backlash for this idea.
Yet, you've managed to create your own backlash just above, targeting me yesterday.

You didn't stop there. 
Today, I see this backlash has propagated into an unrelated thread.

My genuine thoughts to the request once I understood it?

For what I consider a reasonable price.
The most comprehensive batch producing engine/program that I'm aware of.
Is Adobes Media Encoder. Which I use frequently.
It doesn't offer the level of functionality you're seeking.

Therefor, I don't envision Camtasia ever going there.
If I were trying to torpedo your idea.
I would have led with that.