Camtasia 9 for Windows - remarks from a video editor

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First, congratulations with the new version. Looks nice!
Some remarks to make editing easier:
- I miss navigation keys. Common keys are: J (backwards) K (pause) L (forward) and arrow left/right for frame back forward.
- Titles: the drop shadow effect appears around characters but a border appears around the whole textbox and not around the characters. Characters with a border are better readable.
- I (inpoint) and O (outpoint) keys to select a segment of a clip and delete to remove the segment would be very handy.
- Home and End key to navigate to start and end of your movie.
- When I detach my canvas to my second monitor the text 'Canvas is detached/Reattach canvas' is shown in my former canvas. Can I get rid of that place-holder on the first monitor?
- I would like sound effects in the media library, to add to my animations.  

Allard Bon,
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Hello there,

in regards to the feature.....- I miss navigation keys. A lot of the keyboard shortcuts have been changed. You can see all them here.
All the Camtasia Hotkeys
https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/222245387

I would like to see a border option"Stroke" for text as well.

Regards,Joe
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The customizable hotkeys in C9 Preferences > Hotkeys are just a fraction of what could be set differently.  A.G. Bon is right, it would be nice to follow standard shortcuts OR to add the ability to customize them ALL.
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Hi,
Thanks for your feedback.

When you say (the following) why would you would want to remove the placeholder?:

"When I detach my canvas to my second monitor the text 'Canvas is detached/Reattach canvas' is shown in my former canvas. Can I get rid of that place-holder on the first monitor?"


Also, over the years, we have had a few requests from people who do want total control over every hotkey in Camtasia. However, the demand has been quite limited. We were asked for more hotkeys so we have beefed up on those.

Can you tell me why you would want to control every hotkey? Is it because you want to match those functions with other software that has similar actions? Or, for better ease of use under 508 Compliancy, etc.?

Also, how do you see yourself remembering and keeping track of 100+ shortcuts?

Thanks for any information you can share on this subject.

Kelly
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Hi Kelly, (1) when I move the canvas to another monitor, there is no need for a placeholder. It occupies a significant amount of space on the first monitor. It is not possible to increase the media-window to the right-side or the properties window to the left-side.
(2) I do not need 100+ hotkeys. I ask for the ability to change your hotkeys to the common hotkeys in editing-software. All major editing software works with JKL, I/O, PgUp, PgDn, arrow-left, arrow-right, but Camtasia invents it's own.
(3) A new one: rightclick on a text-clip and choose: edit text would be handy.
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- If you work with an application on a daily basis you can learn even the more sophisticated ones. I vote for customizing all all shortcut keys, the current hotkey customization options are very-very limited.
As you incorporate really silly fixed options like "Zoom to see all media on timeline - Ctrl+Shift+7" (??????)  please make it available to change...

- Please follow the industry standard hotkeys like A.G.Bon mentioned above. There is no need to make a different one and Camtasia adoption could be higher even among the pros.
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I tried out Camtasia 9 and I will NOT be "upgrading"
to this version.

Not sure why EVERYTHING had to be changed.

There are a number of "callouts" that I used
very frequently and they are not available - or
named "Callouts" in the new version

I was not able to change the direction of any of
the "callouts"  (don't remember the new name)

The "record screen" would close each time I
stopped a recording.  I leave it open most of
the time because I do frequent screen recordings
Pain In The Bum to have to keep opening Camtasia
to open screen recording.

Didn't give me the option to name the recording
or do anything at all with it.  Just stuck it into
clip bin and I had to figure out what each was.

about the only thing that didn't require a tutorial
was how to use the edit/remove key.

It was not easy to figure out how to add text or
change text colours or font sizes - yes, they did
resize depending on the area - that was mildly
nice.

I had to keep going to find tutorials to learn how
to use most of the features. 

Camtasia 8 is VERY intuitive. 

My motto is: "When all else fails, read
the directions"  Hate having to follow tutorials
or read pdfs on how to use things.

So, NOT LIKING 9 AT ALL...won't be changing
anytime soon.

Just my two cents worth.

Karen
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Hi Karen,

Thanks for giving Camtasia 9 a try. I'm sorry it isn't to your liking but I am glad that V8 is working for you.

I will address several of your comments below for others who might come to this topic looking for information on V9.

1. Camtasia 8 Callouts.
If you need these to ensure your new V9 videos have the same look as V8, we have you covered. Just look under Annotations tab > Callouts sub tab > Style > Legacy.



2. If you like the worklow of being able to preview your video and save it BEFORE it goes to Editor, you can still use that! In Recorder > Tools > Options > Program tab.
Uncheck the Hide Preview option here:


3. We now have a universal Properties panel that gives you more ways to change and customize callouts, media, images, effects, etc. So, select your clip on the timeline, and click the Properties button. All the available options for customization can be found in the tabs at the top of the pane.



Kelly
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Karen

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Hi Kelly

I did see "Legacy" and only the one callout -
the blue boxes/arrows, etc. 

were the others hiding in there somewhere?

Why could I not click on any of the new ones
and modify the placement/direction of the
arrows, etc???

Camtasia 8 Callouts are so incredibly easy
to resize, change direction and move to any
spot.  I also really love that some of them
draw themselves onto the screen - nice
animation.

Where was this black box with settings
located?

I saw one of these to the right and it had
a video icon and an audio icon  I didn't see
this one.

Thank you for the information.

Karen
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Hi,
I am not sure about you not seeing all the Legacy callouts. If you don't see them as pictured in my post above, maybe it is just a refresh issue. Have you restarted your computer since you installed V9?

Here are a few short videos that might help:

Moving tail for callouts:
http://screencast.com/t/sx5lR4RHQ

A look at Sketch Motion callouts. (Sorry bit of an audio fragment in here.)
http://screencast.com/t/RNleoUya

A look at all the Annotations:
http://screencast.com/t/gtgK34JrjJ5x

A look at the Properties Panel:
http://screencast.com/t/a4dK08aOVy9

A look at how to use the Properties Panel:
http://screencast.com/t/s6sNgy23

So, what all of this gets you is a LOT more options for customization.
Plus, you can now use these options to change the look of your media using an animation.
For example, you can begin a callout in your video with one look and position and animate it to change over time to a completely different callout. This is especially nice when using arrows.


Let me know if you have other questions. We're here to help.

Kelly
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Official Response
Hi there!

I wanted to thank you again for submitting your thoughts on Camtasia, it is appreciated! I brought your thread before our Camtasia product team and while I cannot say that all of these changes/recommendations for Camtasia will come (nor when, if they do), I can say that we are looking into revisiting the hotkeys and may take this post into consideration.

Make sure you stay tuned!

Thanks again,

-Robert