The Dark UI for Camtasia does not appeal to everybody and for some, it makes working in Camtasia unproductive due to issues with contrast and text legibility.
An option in Camtasia to choose a lighter UI or choose your UI color.
For 8.X/2.X, you can download shortcut sheets from the web that show all the shortcuts on a single page. I have a laminated version next to my keyboard. I don't think anyone has pulled all the 9.X/3.X shortcuts together, not even Techsmith. Does anyone have this?
Was I complaining? I said I was 100% behind having shortcuts for everything. By the look of it, you are showing Apple Mac screen dumps there. To be honest, I had looked for the list in the wrong place - just checked again and the list can be found at https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000336311?utm_source=product&utm_medium=cs&am... (it is mentioned in the Help drop down list - on Windows machines anyway). Needless to say, thye list is pretty extensive
I also notice there is a way to change the Hotkeys, which I hadn't noticed before. - To customize the Windows hotkeys, select Edit > Preferences > Hotkeys tab
There's also a way to change the Recorder Hotkeys.
Sorry if my comment upset you. Yes. Hotkeys are there in profusion. Perhaps Mal Reynolds should be told as well! :-)
Now try reading what I actually wrote.
The shortcut for adding an audio point is... where? The command to set the audio level by typing in a value rather than playing clicky-clicky-draggy-draggy of the volume line is... where? The command to move to a specific time location and set it as the starting point the way you can in Premiere Pro is... where? The command to move to another time location and set it as the end point without playing clicky-clicky-draggy-draggy is... where? The closest you can get to that is to get to approximately where you need to be then use , or . to adjust the start position, then hold down shift + . to tick your way slowly along to the end point but if your start point is just slightly out, you get to go through the whole process again. (Golly gee Mike, it seems like I do actually know some of the shortcuts, I know them almost as well as I know that for any extract that is longer than a couple of seconds in length it takes at least twice as long to do this in Camtasia as it does in Premiere Pro.) Of course I know that almost as well as I know that I can find the right starting point in Premiere much more easily because Premiere has at least bothered to include the ability to play back at varying speeds. Space bar, then Shift Plus L to go faster, Space plus J to go slower, Miike. Perhaps you'd like to point out to me where the equivalent is in Camtasia; oh, that's right, that ability doesn't exist in Camtasia so you either sit through the whole thing at normal speed or you follow some ridiculous kludge of a workaround to compress the time of the actual content and hope that you don't break any of your clips in the process.
The command to type in an exact pixel size for a callout rather than the stupid, inconsistent "scale percentage" is... where? The command to simultaneously remove a section of a video AND split the timeline so that you can add a transition (because they can only be added between splits) is... where? The keyboard shortcut to add your preferred transition without needing to clicky-clicky on the transitions tab is... where?
The place where you customise shortcuts in Camtasia Studio, not the recorder, is... where? Oh, right, of course... you can customise a whopping 8 of them. 8. One more than 7, even. And even those don't work properly because if you hit, for example, Shift + T to add a transition you get the last transition that you added, so hey, great if you work with only ONE transition, pretty easy to get wrong if you work with two or three since you can get the wrong one quite easily. Unlike, say, oh, I dunno... allowing you to set hotkeys for the specific transition that YOU want to assign to that hotkey.
Point them out to me Mike, so that I can become as enlightened as you.
I did not at any time say that Camtasia had NO shortcuts, but that in terms of what it does have there are some ridiculous omissions like the audio ones, and with the exception of the recorder, Techsmith does not believe in allowing customers to customise commands to fit their own way of working. The lack of customisable UI is just another reflection of this, incidentally.
8 programmable shortcuts is all you get in the editor. After that your at the mercy of whatever TechSmith assigns as a shortcut.
Pretty much anything you do with your mouse, should have a keyboard shortcut available for it.
"Within reason" trimming a clip to length and certain things like that, a shortcut isn't practical.
Premiere Pro is a different animal, it's unfair as a direct comparison to Camtasia because Premiere Pro has more features.
But it's still a perfect example of what keyboard shortcuts are all about. And what Camtasia could offer.
I'll let the image tell the story. Premiere Pro is featured below.
Yeah OK. You're right - I've been in and out of hospital these last few days so not really concentrating on what I'm reading or doing quite honestly. Yes, there are thousands, millions even maybe, of shortcuts in Camtasia, that is the good news, but only a handful are customisable and that is the bad news. And very strange. I mentioned I use Media Composer, which also has 6 million (give or take a few) shortcuts - and all of them as far as I am aware or have found, are customisable: I have indeed customised the 80 or so that I actually use to make them easier and more memorable to me. I think I did mention in one of my posts that only a few are customisable in Camtasia - when I first saw those - about half a dozen maybe - I thought that they were ALL of the shortcuts that were available. Wrong of course. Thing is, I use Camtasia only for the odd 'tutorial' I do, and they are usually little more than a simple demo of a specific feature or two, so I happily use the mouse. If I had many to do, or they were of any length - more than a few minutes long - then I would want to go the keyboard route. Definitely.
So, in summation, I'm all for shortcuts, and all for having them (all) customisable, or the majority of them anyway. Things like embolden and italicize and of that ilk (i.e. common to other programmes) I would understand if the option to customise wasn't available.
Have I said too much and upset someone again? Probably.
We just wanted to give a quick update on the UI Prototype Study. We are just about finished collecting feedback on our prototype. Based on the feedback we received thus far, we intend to make changes to the prototype. When that second prototype is ready, we'll ask our participates to give us another round of feedback on the new prototype. Thanks to those that are participating in our study for their time and candid feedback. It is much appreciated.
I came back to see what, if any progress had been made on this issue. Nothing in the past two months. Thus, the new release of CS9 still has the visibility issues.
I was very surprised to read that this is neither a "top tier" nor a "customer priority" issue. Given the large numbers of individuals who have responded, "me too!". I had looked at many months of feature requests and tallied the number of votes for suggested changes. None received as many votes as this issue. I'm not sure what that means about the other feature requests.
I will check back at every new update. JS, RS, KM, DM, & RR expect a private message from me when some future version suggests changes have been made. There is no reason to ask that question in a public forum.
Ok, saw a dead horse and decided to beat it.
It seems to me a compromise between those who like less contrast and those who need, or prefer, more would be a good idea. I will attach an image of CS8 with a mere two suggestions for change. One, is the grey area surrounding the video. Go ahead and make it black instead of dark grey. That provides greater contrast and gives it the dark look preferred by the marjority of CS users.
The other is the area where the Clip Bin, LIbrary, Callouts, etc. are presented. Allow it to be closed, hiddened, or simply made black so it provides the dark look. A simple click and it is back, usable and visible.
Thus, readable, decent contrast, yet dark.
Even Get Satisfaction has the text in this thread black on white rather than light grey on medium dark grey or dark grey on medium grey. Perhaps that is why the majority of CS users, who prefer low contrast, don't login to the forums.
We wanted to provide an updated to the UI color & contrast idea. Over the past few months, we've been testing prototypes with volunteers from this community to measure improvements to the UI contrast. After a couple iterations with prototypes and feedback, we've found marked improvements in usability with our most recent prototype as compared to the current production UI. Based on that feedback, we plan to implement those improvements on Camtasia Windows first. We expect those improvements to be released in the first half of 2018 if not sooner.
We are confident these changes will improve the experience for those that found the current UI fatiguing and difficult to use. As with any change, it may not be what some expect. At this time, we are staying with a single optimized UI and do not plan on implementing an adjustable or switchable UI (i.e. user adjustable UI colors or a switch between light and dark UI themes). We believe that the long term costs to maintaining either adjustable or switchable UI's is not as beneficial as focusing on a single static UI optimized for the larger majority of users.
We'll continue to listen to the community as we the implement and release the UI improvements. When these changes become available, we'll provide an update here.
I'm still not sure that it's going to work that well for those with deteriorating vision who find a dark text on light background arrangement (something that's only a couple of clicks away in Photoshop, for example) easier. Still, it only took, what, a year and a half to change a couple of numbers in a config file, so I suppose that it's possible that we'll see that some day.
But my bet is that this thread will now be marked as "Implemented" and that will be the end of it.
What the point of vertically stacking the Media Bin and Library tabs was... I have no idea. It means that you see fewer items in the media bin. How this is a good thing and what advantage this bestows on us, I'm not really that sure. Yes, certainly whichever one is active appears as the top icon. I'm always a big fan of "click in one place on the screen, and go to different places depending on context". I'm sure that's always a good thing. It improves the range of my profanity vocabulary endlessly.
I'm only looking at this on my notebook at the moment; I'll be interested to see how it looks on my much higher res desktop.
This one, however, seems to have gotten worse:
4.5:1 is the passing grade on this test.
Legally, the federal government and many state and local governments (including mine) should not be purchasing this product. Not saying they aren't buying it, but that they open themselves to the possibility of litigation when they do.