A different kind of transition

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I would like to see transitions have the ability to "crossover" or "blend" from one scene to the next without stopping the action. For example, if I have a video clip running (clip 1) and I transition to another scene or video clip, currently, clip 1 starts to fade out as the transition starts but stops as the transition progresses until it is gone. Then the next scene comes in, stopped, until the transition completes. I would like to see clip 1 keep moving until it is gone during the transition and when clip 2 comes in, start moving while the transition completes.

You could also omit a special effect transition (i.e. page turn, cube rotate etc) and physically overlay one clip on top of another. This would really give a smooth transition from one scene to the next. I have seen this option work both in Premier and Vegas Pro and would really like to see it here.
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David Frazier

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Posted 5 years ago

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Brad, Camtasia Studio QA

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Hi David (and others viewing this thread),

I think you’ll be happy to learn that our latest release of Camtasia Studio (version 8.0.0) now has transitions working exactly as you described in your above post! By default, transitions now allow the video to continue playing during the transition. Not only that but they also have the ability to use pre-roll and post-roll from your videos if you create it via trimming. This means that when you have one video transitioning into another, both videos will play for the entirety of the transition as long as content exists for it to use.

We also have an option called “Use trimmed content in transition” that can be accessed for a single transition by right clicking on a transition on the timeline or globally in the Tools > Options menu. This option is enabled by default and is what allows the pre-roll/post-roll workflow to work. However, if you disable it, creating pre-roll and post-roll will no longer allow the video to play through the entirety of the transition, it will always pause/unpause at the halfway point (This option is to prevent unwanted trimmed content from showing up during transitions).

Transitions can also be used on a single video to transition to or from black. In CS7 this was only possible by using a black Title Clip and the video would still pause during the transition. The above three workflows work the same way in this case as well (except you’re transitioning to/from black and not another video).

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!
Brad