Allow Rotation Point to be moved

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Presently, Camtasia Studio v8.5.0 (Build 1954) has an immovable point of rotation which is pinned to the center of the media with rotation activated through the Visual Properties tab or with the mouse hovering over the rotation grip point. At a minimum, any of the (9) grip points should be assignable by the user as the point of rotation.

Ideally, the point of rotation should be allowed anywhere in the canvas workspace including the area beyond the frame of the overall video. Its position could be defined either by dragging or through explicit coordinates.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Kellybellis,

Thanks so much for your suggestion.

I am wondering, could you explain what different rotation points would get you versus rotating then moving the clip into the desired location / position?

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Thanks again,
Kelly
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Joe Morgan

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In Adobe Premiere Pro they are called Anchor Points. An anchor point can be placed in any position of an Image or video. If you move the anchor point to the top left corner of an image you can rotate the media as shown in the Image below. 
Anchor points allow you to create an animation that rotates around the anchor point. You can even animate the position of the anchor point for a more advanced and evolving effect.You could even rotate the image in 3-D space 
Regards, Joe

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Hi Kelly Mullen,

I appreciate your reply and interest in considering the suggestion to allowing greater freedom is animated effects in Camtasia.

Kind regards,

V. Kelly Bellis
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Hello,

Is Camtasia going to release an update to allow us to move the anchor point in animations?

This makes animations very limiting and useless in certain situations.

For example, I'm working on a project in Camtasia at work where I would like a person's head to sway from side to side, but now I can't do that and have to stop the project because the anchor is in the middle of the person's head. To animate this correctly, I would have to move the anchor to the bottom middle, so the head will sway naturally (neck area)...
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That would be a nice feature.
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bas

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@Kelly Mullins:
On static positions moving and rotating can get you the same result, however on animations this is a different case, since the movement in part of the animation might be not alligned to the motion caused by the rotation.
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Also for perspective changes where a clip moves inward like an door opening a bit to make room for somebody pointing at the clip and explaining. Now this cannot be done smoothly. The transition with position and rotation in dept kinda moves the door out of it's hinges before moving back into the right location if you got what i mean.
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Bas, and everyone else:

I accept your challenge! :)

I tried to achieve both the tilting head and the door that opens on proper hinges. See them both here:
http://www.screencast.com/t/nfg36Kaq

First, let me say that both of these effects would have been much easier achieved had I the ability to change the anchor points, so I'll be adding myself to the "Like" list. 

Next, here's how I did what I did (assuming you actually want to try this yourselves, in lieu of the ability to adjust anchor points). 

1. For the door, the trick is to make an image that's twice as wide as the door. So if the door is 200 pixels wide, use an image editor (Snagit, Photoshop, etc.) to add 200 more pixels on the hinge-side of the door. These pixels should be transparent, and the image should be saved as a transparent PNG, something like this:
  
Now, when you animate a change in the Y axis, the door will rotate at the hinge. 

2. The tilting head was a little easier. I just rotated old Billy Joel on the center point, but then moved him back so his chin was somewhere near the original spot, and then repeated the motion back to the center, before making his head tilt the other way. 

Don't forget to use the handy multi-select of animations in combination with the copy and paste animations feature if you want the motion to "loop" for a while:


At first, I thought I was stuck on the door. Hope this helps, and please let me know if you have breakthroughs of your own!

-Josh
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Hi Josh, you beat the challenge ;-). however i was referring to doing the door thing with a screen recording (wich is also possible using many animation points). In code however it normally is very simple to change a rotationpoint of an object. So adding the feature would be very welcome and not too much work if you ask me. (i'm a programmer and interface designer so i know what i'm talking about ;-) ).

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