Bars, graphs and diagrams for comparisons

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I am in the process of making videos that have technical comparisons between hardware components such as graphics cards and CPUs. To show the performance differences more clearly, graphs or diagrams would be extremely helpful to include in Camtasia. As of right now I haven't found an alternative way to do this in Camtasia, and I bought the full version of the software + maintenance plan so I definitely didn't cheap out or anything.

These bar/block diagrams could be as simple as what you'd find in Excel and you could just put them up for download as add-ons or something. But I'm not here to tell the developers how to make them happen, for all I care the feature could also be included in a 2GB software update. But I was actually very surprised that this isn't in Camtasia already, neither in the standard desktop software nor online as add-on.
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have you tried doing your graphs/diagrams in an external program, like Excel, then grabbing the graph with something like a Snagit screen capture, and then sharing that capture with your Camtasia project?
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That's the way I will be doing it, yes, but it's quite complicated to do so. Not necessarily the part of cutting out the diagram and putting it into Camtasia, but for example if you put in the screen capture into Camtasia and find it to be too small, and upscaling it makes it go unsharp. So you have to go back to Excel (or equivalent) to change the original size of everything, try again, make sure the size is right and it lines up right, and repeat until it's right. 
I think it would be much easier having it built into Camtasia itself, for example like the Annotations. If the size isn't right, grab it, drag it to rescale, done. Literally takes just a few seconds, as opposed to several minutes (or hours, depending on how many times you have to go back and forth).
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Have you considered using Powerpoint in your mix.

Powerpoint has many graph designs already which you can customize only limited by your imagination.

Powerpoint, Excel and Camtasia can all work together.

Powerpoint and Excel are connected where formulas in Excel can be shown as graphs in Powerpoint and updated on the fly and with the Camtasia add-in in Powerpoint can be recorded.

Dubie:)
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I agree with @Dubie and @kayakman that there are other programs better suited to creating graphs than a video recorder and editor. Their comments are on point and more constructive than mine would have been.
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I don't have an Office license, though and I don't want one either. Google's alternatives are free, and for the most part okay but terrible at making charts. Also, why would we have to use several different programs/apps in conjunction when other video creation/editing software can do all of this (and also much better than Excel/Powerpoint)? 
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Really?
other video creation/editing software can do all of this (and also much better than Excel/Powerpoint)?
I'd be interested knowing what video editors those would be.

I have to say I find it hard pressed to know how a boring bar graph is better than a visually
represented graph.

Not saying you have to use Powerpoint or Excel or whatever but you don't need to bash them if you are not really aware of their potential to enhance your videos and in the end make the creation of your videos easier and more appealing.

Here's a example of what graphs can be. Doubt any video editor could do the same.



But hey, To each their own.
I hope you find a solution that works for you.


Dubie:)
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There's always Open Office's  Calc (spreadsheet) which I prefer over Excel for hyperlinking. But if your in a "tech" business and I were your "tech" customer I would expect you to use MS Office products else, I find someone who could speak my language.
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Okay, I was holding back on this before but I've gotta say it now: I bought the full license for Camtasia, well knowing that there's other video editing software that can do most of the things Camtasia does for free. The license was 250€. The maintenance plan is 150€ per year, so that makes 400€ so far but if I want all the new content I gotta keep paying every year. 

Now I'm suggesting a feature, having paid a fair amount of money for this software that can't do what I need it to, and the response is basically "Well, go buy an Office license instead".  Office is another 150€ by the way, or alternatively 100€ per year.

I think you're missing the point that the idea behind buying a licensed software for content creation is that the software allows you to make good quality content that can eventually pay back the cost of the software and return profit. I know this sound stupid coming from me after just having said that free editing software can get you by for the most part as well. But I thought I was buying something premium here, and that the maintenance plan gave me something extra but as of right now I feel like I was sorely mistaken. Hell, for all I care I could even get Vegas, initially pay 10-12€ per month to see how I like it, then buy the full thing later and stop my Camtasia subscription if this is how my requests are received.
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I can appreciate your request. I think the reactions you got may have been more of a knee-jerk reaction to the fact that this is a little outside of Camtasia’s wheelhouse. I could be wrong about this as well. That being said.

I’ve been a member of this forum for many years. I don’t recall anybody requesting this feature in the past. Unfortunately, that doesn’t bode very well for its chances. If people haven’t been requesting it, people won’t be voting for it either.

I’ve never had to create graphs myself. I would think the best approach would be to export still images from Camtasia.Import those images into whatever program you're going to ultimately use to create the graphs.Then create the graphs on top of that image.  At least that way they will be properly scaled in size.

Because I’m afraid if you’re waiting for Camtasia to offer the feature. You probably going to be waiting for a very long time.

I looked online and there are free programs for creating bars and graphs. I know that’s not what you want to hear. But that’s all I got.

Regards, Joe

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I appreciate your response, Joe, thank you for your understanding. I realise that Camtasia may not include bar graphs, charts and stuff like that in the future. Thankfully, I found an online chart making tool named visme, it's free for the basic version but that was enough for me. You can get more content/features if you pay monthly for it, but for my purposes the free version was good enough. 

Don't take my previous message the wrong way, though. I do like Camtasia, it's very user-friendly and has a pretty interface. But I'm gonna have to wait and see what the updates will bring in the coming year to see if the maintenance plan was worth paying for. It might be, but I'm kind of unsure if maybe Vegas would have been the better buy. 
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Yes for you, Vegas would have been much, much better. Actually, anything free is much, much better, right?
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Not sure what you mean with that last part. For one, I never said anything free is better, and for two Vegas isn't free. All I'm saying is that, as someone who is just starting with the whole content creation thing, at least on a somewhat serious note, it's hard to justify extra expenses before there is any sort of meaningful income since starting out on Youtube is hard. Not the video-making part, but building up a community and a sort of trademark, a recognizeable image. Something that people will want to come back for.