Automatically adding intro and trailer

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I have a standard intros and trailers that for each video need to be slightly modified. But I also need an easy way to add them to a Camtasia production.

Aside from doing this manually and having to shift the main production around to fit it in the middle or trying to custom modify the tscproj file, is there an easier more automatic way to "wrap" an existing Camtasia file with a header and footer that are also Camtasia files?
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kayakman, Champion

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put your intros and trailers into the Library; reuse/modify as desired
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I still have to move the content around to fit in the middle content. This is easy if there isnt much, but if there is a lot moving that much stuff back and forth is often problematic. This is why I'm looking for something more automatic.

I can render output then include the output which is easier as it treats it as one chunk, but then I have yet an additional step to do and must use uncompressed output so as not to loose quality by reencoding a second time.
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make/use separate Library assets: for intros, and for trailers

make your middle; put the middle in Library

in new project, add intro, add middle, add trailer

render the combined items just once
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Or, have the intro and outro in the library as standard items. 

Then create a new project, add intro first.  then create middle. Then after middle is created and edited, put the playhead at the end of it (since you should already be there) and right-click the LIbrary outro and add to timeline at playhead? ;)
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Rick that is essentially what Im doing now but the middles are not a simple one piece thing and often are dozens of pieces and I have to modify the intro and it can change length. Moving those dozens of pieces often made of mulitiple tracks is error prone in Camtasia (not because of bugs but because sometimes not all pieces get selected etc)

Putting the middle in the library is a PITA too because then I have to go remove it again. Im potentially doing several short videos a day and this becomes error prone then as well.

This is why I'm really looking for something better. Camtasia is great but sometimes the things its missing are glaring... like this and the lack of command line options etc despite numerous requests from users spanning years.
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Hello ziloni,
Adobe's Premiere Pro can do exactly what you seem to be describing.

What you do is create a title or intro as a "Nested Sequence", this is essentially a separate project. Yet contained in your current project.
All elements,settings,effects,etc. Are contained in this nested sequence. It's much like grouping in Camtasia. With more control over the grouping.Selecting it opens a new timeline, containing just the sequence. 
You can import this sequence into any project.Change as required. Save several different versions, or keep modifying the one. Streamlining the process.

Using the "Insert" function. Premiere will cut the media at the timeline indicator location. It will ripple move all the media to the right. Inserting the media to a uppermost track.It can be dragged to the track of you're choice seamlessly.The opening created is the same duration.
As 1 example.It does this so you can make adjustment to other media on the timeline.Like dragging a still images side edge. To fill in the gap in-between if needed.

A lot of people don't have the stomach to learn programs like PP. Yet, there not that complicated. If you approach it one step at a time, like any other program. You'll find the functionality you don't understand. Rarely effects or hinders your workflow.There hundreds of features. You only need to learn the ones you use.There are a lot of features I'm aware of, yet don't require.I'm at a loss as to how to use many of them. This doesn't matter in the long run.

Once you've gotten past the learning process.Which can be challenging, don't get me wrong. The rewards can be numerous.
Theres subscription costs to consider. Among other things.

Hit Film Express can create compositions. Which is the same thing overall.
Express is a free version of the editors "Pro" version. https://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express
Yet highly functional. I'm not an in-depth user of the program.So I can't provide specifics.

I expect Camtasia's timeline editing features and UI will improve over time.

I produce videos in PP to import into Camtasia all the time. This process has some drawbacks as well. You need to determine which workflow is best suited for you.
Theres no cut and dry answers.In my opinion.  
 
 Regards,Joe


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So, in the workflow I described, why wouldn't one just plop the intro on as a first step, make any desired modifications to it as a first step, then begin working on that middle piece?

Note that in my reply I never suggested that the middle would be a single piece of media you would place in the library.