be able to tell from timeline when video is a static image or changing

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I have a crazy idea....Its easy to tell when audio start/stops with the timeline....Is there anything like that for video...ie can camtasia know when the screen is static vs changing? i want to try to cut out all the periods of no change on the screen...this would reduce my editing time by 75%
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have you tried scrubbing the timeline while looking at the canvas?  for me, that makes it pretty easy to see static sections
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Please explain how that helps you see hundred of static sections at once, and how does camtasia automatically remove them all, by using scrubbing?

Assuming it doesn't, your suggestion doesn't help at all or solve my problem...I'm obviously already doing that and i don't want to, cause it takes hours or days, and camtasia could do it automatically in 5 seconds

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i wish you thought about your idea first....it takes forever to scrub exactly to the point where the screen changes from static to dynamic...i literally have hundreds of these to remove...scrubbing? really? Really?  really?

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Hi there

In addition to what Kayakman offered, I'm wondering if perhaps the "Smart Focus" bit would help?

Cheers... Rick :)
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thanks for the idea, but that didn't help...

It added markers where the screen was moving, and didn't add markers where it was static.

looks like it randomly applied markers to the timeline
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@ Video Engineer

I've used the scrubbing method successfully for the past 16 years; you're correct in that it does not ID all static locations at once; but I find that each static location needs to be "scrubbed-examined" for context re the video's content, so that a needed section is not cut away automatically; even if Camtasia located and marked all such locations, I'd still want to look at each before cutting

one issue I'd anticipate is when a project contains both video and images; the auto-select-and-cut would remove most of the non-narrated image content
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I've been scrub editing for 6 years and its not enough

camtasia should be smart enough to not mark an image as a static section...it would only look videos

I agree about wanted to cut it sometimes not at the the exact place the video resumed, but 99 out of 100 i just did, i cut at the exact point the image started chagning....so i'd gladly take functionality that helped identify those 99% of cuts, since we already can scrub-examine