Camtasia 8.5 no guide number in quality option

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Before the quality option there were a number indicating the percentage of quality, being able to change and go testing results. Now that I've upgraded to version 8.5.1 the numbers have gone.

It is an installation problem or the new version removed that option?



Thanks

... sorry for my bad english
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It was removed. I reverted back to 8.4.4 because of it.

Regards, Joe
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thanks, I'll have to change version
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I initially missed it, but after I made a good number of productions where I set the slider to about the same % as when using the number value, the resulting videos looked the same
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@kayakman,

The difference between 70% quality and 74% quality? 
 
The 74% file will create a larger file when 70% quality is all you actually seek. 74% quality takes longer to upload than 70%. It's a guessing game as to where the slider has been  placed.

A HD video of a hawk in a tree, on a mountain, in the distance. Will upload to you tube with acceptable Quality "My Standard of Quality" when rendered at 70%. It could be better, but Acceptable is the key here.
66% is Unacceptable for the same video.

60% is good enough for most still Images and lower quality video. Even lower settings work for some things.

I can Guess my way to a high enough render setting every time, that's easy.
But for the reasons above and more, It's less than an acceptable trade off. I didn't see any benefit to myself by upgrading to 8.5 anyway.

Regards, Joe
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you can actually set the slider pretty accurately; on my 24" display [1920x1080], the slider line is 2" long; centering the position index at 1 & 1/2" = 75%

personally, this works great for me; and the slider position is remembered between productions

I make everything at about 70%, so I don't have an issue with the loss of the exact number

I did use it when it was there, but now I just have to use a ruler once

but I would not object to its return either ...
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Well, enjoy your tape measure. I'm not from the school of close enough /OR/ One size fits all.
With variable bit rate rendering. How do you confirm that a 1 & 1/2 inch setting actually matches 75%. How do you know that slider still represents percentage? Does the Scale start at 1 and end at 100? And if it does, why remove the digital readout??? What could possibly be wrong with that feature? Aside from no longer being relevant. 
 
 If the information it provided no longer applied, that would make sense. A good reason to remove it. 

I don't know what compels people to try and convince others that adapting to TechSmith  changes is what you do. To each his own. Version 8.4 had a lot of good features. @ very good ones are listed here.  
    • Added the ability to turn tracks off, which hides the visuals and mutes the audio on the track
    • Added a timeline context menu option to remove all empty tracks
These are great new features, but you also get stuck with the .trec format, like it or not. If your still using Windows XP "Which is Not Ideal and I wouldn't recommend it" However, Support for XP ended with this upgrade.

This is the last two upgrades,

17 March, 2015: Camtasia Studio 8.5.1 Maintenance Release
  • Bug fixes and improvements
24 February, 2015: Camtasia Studio v8.5 Minor Release
  • You can now sign in to your TechSmith account in-product and on the website
  • Added My Places, which includes OneDrive for Business integration, and import and export from OneDrive for Business
  • Bug fixes
Not much there for me.
Good features get  dropped by TechSmith far to often, No warning.

Adobe adds new features without taking away others. A feature available in Premiere Pro CS2 is probably still available in CS6. Photoshop retains features most people quit using, but they don't remove them. The same keyboard shortcuts work, nothing to adapt to.

I get tired of the "Just Adapt Mentality." It's the go to response in this forum at times. As if it were meant to be somehow.

 Changing from one upgrade to the next is not something users should be forced to do.  "Just Adapt to the Changes" 
I'm sure it makes life easier for TechSmith. It doesn't make life easier for the user. If Adobe can do it, why can't TechSmith?

This is my opinion kayakman, I'm not saying your wrong.
I'm pointing out what disturbs me. Far to often,  there's a complicity in these forums,
If Techsmith changes things, Just Adapt.
   
  Adobe knows better, they've also enjoyed being a company that's been on top for many years now. I don't require free support for my CS6 programs. They just work, without issue. Well, there's a lack of  user knowledge that gets in the way at times. LOL

Regards., Joe
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I agree - with 8.5 and the most recent 8.5.1, it seems a trivial change to add this back in. I have documented this setting when passing along directions on creating a specific type of video. Having only a qualitative measure of "quality" is not acceptable. 

Please restore the actual quality number for the many of us who rely on that piece of information!
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for the record ...

re "How do you confirm that a 1 & 1/2 inch setting actually matches 75%." ...

I don't know for sure; but in the last version that had the num value control as well as the slider, the default value was 50 [slider was centered]; with slider at far right [as I recall], num value was 100; so splitting the difference is probably about 75

re "How do you know that slider still represents percentage?" ...

I don't, nor do I care; re the num value text box, I often think of such values in terms of % as it lets me do the math easier; I've also seen other threads here where a TechSmith person has referred to the num value of the slider as %; it's the resulting outcome that is important, not the scaling 

re "I don't know what compels people to try and convince others that adapting to TechSmith  changes is what you do." ...

I post on this form to offer assistance with ways I've found to handle or get around existing Camtasia Studio behaviors [i.e, how to "cope" and keep on working]; I did not say one should "just adapt"

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