How do you use the blur tool in Camtasia that "moves" with the part I'm trying to blur out?

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Any #camtasia for #mac experts or @techsmith able to direct me to a method of blurring sensitive data that doesn't require ugly squares?
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Hi Daniel, I'm hoping someone in our user community might have some ideas for you!
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This is a great task for our Snagit for Mac program!

In Camtasia for Mac, use the File->Save Frame As command to export the current frame as a png file. Open that png file in Snagit, crop to just the area you want blurred, and use the Blur tool to apply the right amount of blurriness. Save the png and import that into your Camtasia for Mac project. Add the png file to the timeline on a higher track than your video so it covers the area you need blurred.

This general method works with anything you want modified in Camtasia, if the effects can be applied in an external graphics program.
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You are talking about replacing the image completely right? This won't work as I'm recording live action product demonstrations and tutorials and need to hide part of the screen whilst the video continues to roll.

If a transparent .png would work then I can see this having some validity but I get the feeling it won't. Not to mention how time consuming this would be when you need to build and create multiple pixel perfect blurs in a single video. Can you confirm/deny?

Surely it shouldn't be too hard to add a gaussian blur function that can be used as an overlay? Other "lesser" and similar products have been doing this for years but I can't seem to find similar in Camtasia for Mac.
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No, this is just placing a blurred copy of that small area on the timeline.

There is not a way to 'track" moving content in a video, so even with a blur callout, if your content moves onscreen then you would need to manually move the callout around to match. The method above is the same as using a callout, except its an externally formatted image instead of a callout object.

Your suggestion is certainly a good one for a future version of Camtasia for Mac. For now, this is probably the best workaround.
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Ok, thanks David. I will try this in my next video for now. And you can consider this thread a feature suggestion ;)
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Daniel, I changed the thread to an Idea so the Dev team can track it more easily. Also, I reworded the title. Do you think that's a decent summary of what you're looking for? - Mike Curtis
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Yes that's great. And for further clarification to any devs reading this it is very important if this is integrated that keeps the details fully obscured during this process as much of the data being blurred will often be covered under Data Protection act as well as including our own sensitive business & security data.
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Please Please Please add this ability to overlay a moving section within a video clip contained within a project. I often have to modify or blur sensitive information or names, titles, etc within a video clip. Using Camtasia's animation feature to do this is so very incredibly time consuming. This would be a fantastic feature that would certainly convince me to stay with Techsmith rather than moving to one of your competitors who are really generating some awesome time saving features.
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Thanks for your comment David. Can you clarify how the content is moving that you want to blur? Is it moving in the original recording, or is it moving because you are animating or zooming the recorded content? Also, is this screen content, or is it video footage from a camera? This will help us better undersand the problem you are trying to solve.

Thanks,
Shane Lovellette
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Please Add 2D And 3D Tracking To Camtasia Please Please Please Please
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Just an aside, remember that there are ways to "unblur" or deconvolute a blurred area of a graphic. If something is really sensitive, we recommend that you replace it with dummy data that is not a security risk.
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We did implement a blur annotation in Camtasia for Mac 2 which released last week. You can blur out information on the screen. In order for it to track something on the screen as it moves, you will need to add an animation to the blur and change its position to match the changing position of the object on the screen. It might require several animations to be added in order to maintain position with the area you are blurring. However, if the area you want to blur doesn't change too much, it should work well.

We are considering providing a better method for blur to track an area or object on the screen. No guarantees on when and if this will be implemented however.

Here is a written tutorial showing how to use the new Blur Annotation: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

Here is a video tutorial showing how to work with Annotations: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

I hope this helps!
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@Shane Lovellette - you mentioned "you will need to add an animation to the blur" - how is that done? I've tried every animation and none move an object directly from one location to another (without any fancy shrinking in and out).

In order to keep my blur following my screen, I'm having to do a dozen super short instances of a blur annotation, each moved painstakingly just a touch to fake an animation. I feel like an old-school Disney animator over here!

Please add a basic animation that moves an object from Point A to B.
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Hi Megan - Instead of using lots of blur annotations, you can add a blank animation to the blur. Here's a quick Jing video showing how: http://www.screencast.com/t/uFKntcPpD

You'd still need to tweak the animation to match the motion of the content on the screen...and possibly use multiple animations to get it just right...but this should be easier than the method you're using now.
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Thank you, Daniel, for taking the time to reply. Your video really helped me understand the effect and knowing how to use this feature will help me so much in my work.

Thanks again!
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Hey guys!

I think something broke, or was unintentionally removed, in Camtasia 2. I use this blur animation to hide a password field. I believe in the previous version, I was able to add multiple animations, so if my browser moved up & down, I could animate the blur with a "blank" animation and follow the password field around, and keep it hidden. Now, it appears I can only add one animation, so I will only be able to follow the password field with the blur for one 'track'. I will have to put a split in the track and add y second animation that way.

I can still achieve my goal with this one extra step, but though it would be good to point out that it *used* to work better.

-Anthony
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Thanks for your post Anthony. You should be able to add as many animations as you want to individual media clips. they just can't overlap each other on the same clip. You may need to zoom in on your timeline to get a more accurate view and spread out your clip so that more animations can fit. You can also adjust the length of animations by grabbing the tail or point of them and dragging to make them shorter or longer.

I hope this helps!
Shane Lovellette
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Hmmm.. I created a new vanilla version to test and it worked... Must have been user error :-)

As Gilda Radner used to say:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3Fnpa...

-Anthony
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Anyone know if you can blurr out faces in Camtasia?.


Is there a way to blurr out faces in Camtasia?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Moving annotations when panning and zooming.


Using Camtasia 2 for Mac how is it possible to use annotations (like blur) so that when zooming and panning the focus for that area of the screen move accordingly so that sensitive information remains blurred

Reading online this is resolved for the windows version but not Mac.

Thank you.

Ben
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I think "nesting" effects would help with this or "group" animations with the video/picture. This way it scales when you scale the primary footage/photo.
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whats nesting effect? Can anyone explain here?
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Just an educated guess here, but I think what was meant was that one applies an effect, then applies another effect so that the first becomes "nested" within the second. ;)