Add Markers... (FR)

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A couple of months ago, I suggested having a beats per minute (BPM) setting for the timeline. The idea was that for a music video, a promotional movie, a catwalk shot etc, one should be able to sync the video clips to the beat. This was evaluated by the Camtasia staff (thanks for looking into that!) but was not so easy to implement.

However, I have thought more about this and refined the idea. How about an Add Markers... option? I'm thinking that one could choose between adding markers according to an amount of seconds, BPM or possibly frames (in case that's of interest).

When the user has entered something and pressed OK, the desired amount of markers would be inserted. Note that even BPM won't match exactly with frames, the difference will never be more than 1.5 hundreds of a second, so it's not a matter for concern.

Doing it this way would be much easier to implement, I assume, and at the same time, the function would be much more versatile!

I tried to convey my idea in the mockup below. :)

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Petter Dessne

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This is good if the music your editing to is a standard, steady BPM song--which is not always the case. I haven't figured out how to add multiple markers manually without stopping play (I'm on Mac). I used to do computer-controlled multi-media (9 - 18 slide projectors), we would simply run tape and put markers into the music in the computer. Is there a manual way to do this?
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You're right - it's for sequenced beat-based music (like in a music video or music for a catwalk). It's also in that kind of music this makes the most sense; to a song by Beatles or so, timing isn't that crucial. Note that by defining a start point and end point, it would be possible to add several music tracks in a movie. Actually I think this is a rather clever feature (and unique as well). :)

Also note that this idea could be used for many more things, like a commercial info movie where each product view should snap to say 4 minutes and 13 seconds, due to some time constraint. In other words, this would have many more uses than just snapping to music tracks.

(I'm not really sure what you are describing, but you can put markers anywhere you want manually.)

Thanks for your interest in this idea!
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You're correct this only works for music with a steady beat. But for the purpose of music videos, promotional videos, etc, that would most often be the case anyway.
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Just an addition:

Nothing like this exists in Adobe Premiere (for example), so it would perhaps attract more customers to Camtasia. 

Also note that since this would simply be ordinary markers, they wouldn't necessarily need to control audio, but could just as well be there to make video clips of equal lengths, say for a tourist agency producing a movie with clips from tourist spots, or for a teacher/coach/parent/etc producing a movie where each child should be given the same amount of space.

I'm sure other people may come up with their own creative uses for this idea: let's say add an overlay effect every thirty seconds, or a popup ad every two minutes? Or just add markers to trim the start point, the end point, or the total lengths of video clips? etc, etc...
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you can essentially do this now my making a variable beats-per-minute Library asset template using the methods described in this tutorial ...

How To Make And Use Variable Beat Rate Template
http://www.screencast.com/t/sDH6FF9nzX

once you have made your asset with clip speed property, simply change the clip speed value to modify the beats-per-minute marker spacing
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Yes, you're right in that this is a clever workaround, but I assume you agree it would be so much sweeter and also highly versatile with the simple option window I propose.

Also, I think it would be very easily implemented. I could do the logic of the window in a day tops in Visual Studio (and would happily do it for the Camtasia dev's), but then again, I obviously can't code in the Camtasia solution per se, and I don't think it's possible to code extensions for it.
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