Add color balance

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NONE of these are as important to be as color balance and being able to achieve a natural skin tone.  That  is the ONE reason why I'm now doing more and more work in Premiere Pro.  If Camtasia wants to be a professional video editing program, this is a MUST HAVE feature.  

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Camtasia Feedback Feature Request Round-Up.
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doug

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Naomi Skarzinski

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It would be nice to have a grey neutral, or select neutral color feature add to the color adjustment feature.  I have a work around I just produced a training video on YouTube; however, having the ability to pick a neutral color and then have the system do an initial color correction based on that would be fantasitc.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Official Response

Thanks for your idea. We can see that color balancing could be beneficial. The idea don’t get quite enough votes in this round up. As a result we’ll are going to mark it not planned. If this comes back in a future idea round-up we’ll see if it gains more votes.


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mollydst

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Hi David,

How does one "vote" for these kinds of changes? Or do you mean you took an internal vote?

I too desperately need a white balance tool. Currently I have to open all my raw footage in Premiere Pro, use the white balance slider for two seconds, export (which takes hours), then bring that footage into Camtasia. Literally the only tool I need in Premiere Pro that I don't have in Camtasia is the white balance slider, although I strongly prefer the Camtasia interface.

I make tutorial videos shot from above on a white background. I can't use the trick others have suggested of colorizing with white, because that affects my hands and the materials I'm working with.

If it helps, I am a Skillshare teacher who is part of a large Skillshare teacher Slack group where we swap behind-the-scenes advice. Most of us use Camtasia and I know that every single one of us would vote for this change!

Thanks so much —
Molly
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Naomi Skarzinski

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Molly, I have one quick question, possible solution outside of Camtasia, in-camera. What do you shoot your videos on? Do you have the capability of creating a custom white-balance with your camera? if so, you may want to use a "warm" or "cool" card (dependent on your lighting), take an image of the card in your lighting, then select that for your custom white balance. There would be much less work post-production and you may be able to get away with using the raw footage with the custom white-balance you had set directly in Camtasia.
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Mal Reynolds

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@mollydst; take a look up in the top right corner of the page. On any post that is an "Idea" you can vote by clicking on the Vote button. This is a very important step to ensure that ideas can get a couple of hundred votes, and then be ignored anyway.

This sort of thing has become so regular that some regular posters have given up on voting completely, but for mine it's still important to speak up by voting.
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mollydst

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@naomi — Thanks for mentioning this. I should have addressed it in my initial post. I shoot with a Canon 6D, which is not the best but also far from the worst for basic tutorial videos. I set the custom white balance quite carefully, as well as all the other exposure settings, however issues still come up. For instance, my videos are usually shot using natural light over the course of many days. When I want to stitch them together, I'm fine if the color isn't perfectly matched, but I really do need to tweak the WB on some videos to make them look more like others. Perhaps with more time spent on trial and error at the start of each filming I could get the light color differences to be almost imperceptible — but perhaps not. I honestly feel this is not only easier but quite common to do in post production.

@Mal Reynolds — Thank you! I don't know how but I have always missed that VOTE button! I've used Camtasia for years but never posted on this forum, and all the many times I've come here looking for answers, I guess my eyes have just gone straight to the body text!
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jlittle888

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Wow! This has been mentioned for YEARS and it still doesn't exist! How can this not be important? Camtasia is a great quick editor for some of us that shoot with a camera and want to put up a quick video with some text/graphics and all of the other benefits that Camtasia has to offer.

But the color correction is a MUST! I guess I will have to go back to Premiere for this very simple video that needs the color fixed. 

Too bad. I guess that I will use Camtasia for just screen capturing edits. So sad.
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I agree that adding a white balance tool to Camtasia would really improve workflow.  I shoot training video with 3 webcams for various camera angles.  Currently I need to preprocess the video files in Shotcut to white balance the colors and bring every video into closer alignment.  Then I import the balanced files into Camtasia for editing.

Including a white balance tool in Camtasia would save several import/export steps, speed up workflow and elevate Camtasia's usability.  The current Color Adjustment color effect is pretty limited and a poor substitute for white balance.

Thanks!
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antti.koo

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Please add white balance asap.