Cam 8 - Increase Play Speed in editing

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In Camtasia Studio 8, can I edit like a 2 minute segment (in the middle of a 4 minute video) to speed up so it ends up only being 1 minute ?
So that segment speeds up all the captured moved and sound...?
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Steve Dougherty

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Kevin Mojek, Employee

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In CS 8, clips with both video and audio can have clip-speed adjustment from 50 to 400% (video-only clips do not have the range limit). However, we do not currently do any pitch adjustment, so it will sound chipmunky at 200% speed.If it's a short segment, re-recording the audio via Voice Narration to match the adjusted length might be an option.
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Steve Dougherty

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Sounds great Kevin.

This sounds exactly like what I'm looking to do. I want the chipmunky sound to go with the faster video play.

So how do I do this clip-speed adjustment?
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Kevin Mojek, Employee

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The clip-speed dialog is available via a context menu on the clip. Once it's set to something other than 100%, it will have a green bar and 'handles' at either end that can be used to fine-tune the speed. Those can be helpful if you're trying to fine tune the length to match up with some other media. Here's a quick example: http://screencast.com/t/zmJ8NMejLhFc

The dialog will also work with more than one selected clip, provided that the adjustment wouldn't cause any collisions on the timeline.
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Steve Dougherty

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Kevin, you ROCK!!

Awesome and thank you for the video guide - it sealed the deal.

I did it and actually I did the process twice because of the 400 limitation. So I got the Alvin and the chipmunks effect I was shooting for AND at super fast speed.

Thanks again Kevin.

- Steve D.
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Also you can separate the audio from the video prior to increasing speed then just edit where necessary, so you don't need to record again. I found this useful when working with voice actors.
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Steve Dougherty

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Thanks for the extra tip Daniel.
I've learned a lot in the last 3 years since I first posted this question - Yikes!! I can't believe it has actually been 3 years already.

The "limitation" of 400% is only with the settings - after using that you can simply 'grab' the right edge of the adjusted segment and drag it to the left for an even greater speed increase. 

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