Animated GIF animation inside video is not rendered

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In Camtasia Studio Windows, when I add an Animated GIF to a video, the GIF animation is not rendered neither in the preview nor in the produced video. How can I make this work?
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PeterBan

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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi PeterBan,

When you add an animated GIF to the timeline, it is imported as a static image. So, you will see the first frame/image of the GIF but that is all.

To actually use the video content of the animated GIF, you will need to record it using Camtasia and then bring that video into the Media Bin.

I hope this helps!
Kelly
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Hi Kelly, thank you for the advice!

But this is so cumbersome and time-consuming! Why should I do manually something which the program could do automatically? Please implement the automatic auto-rendering of imported Animated GIFs!
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Yes, I can see that it might be.

We had this capability up to version 7 then it was dropped. As far as I can tell, you are the first one to bring this up (at least here in Get Sat).

However, I appreciate your post as this has sparked some conversation on the Camtasia team about this functionality.

I can't say it will be put back in, but thanks to you, we are discussing this subject.

Kelly
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Why has such a vital feature been removed from the program? Why should an Animated GIF be imported as a static image? This seems irrational to me.

This would be a rational approach: Ask the user: "Hi user, this is an Animated GIF. It contains x frames. Do you want to import the animation or a single static frame?". Then two buttons: [Import whole animation] [Import a single static frame or a part of the frames as an animation]. With the latter button, a dialog showing the GIF frames would appear and the user could select a single static frame or a subset of the frames as an animation.

What advantage do I have from you discussing this subject with your colleagues?
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