1. I absolutely HATE the new ALL BLACK UI. I know that many Adobe products have a dark interface but we can set up whatever interface we want. Is there a way to do this in Camtasia 9? If so, I have not found it yet.
2. Why did you remove the ability for us to produce am MP3 file format? I use this ALL THE TIME when making recordings for my church. Now, all I can do is produce the same thing as an ANTIQUATED WAV file. Normally when software is upgraded any company does not remove more advanced features and force its users to go backwards in time.
3. When I edit a file I often use markers to note where a particular segment begins and ends. I add the marker (now, unnecessarily complicated by forcing us to use either Shift or Ctrl M to add a marker rather than just hitting M), and then I type in a name for the marker. I have not found a way to do that for markers. Is this yet ANOTHER feature that you have taken away?
4. I frequently use Zoom In and Zoom Out in my videos. Now I have to follow a series of mouse clicks to select a Menu item, then a sub-menu item, then ANOTHER sub-sub-menu item to do the same thing. Have I missed something or is this a deliberate attempt by Tech Smith to force us to spend more, not less, time editing our videos?
I have only been working with Camtasia 9 for approximately 9 hours or so and I have watched countless training videos trying to figure out what is going on. I also downloaded and printed the PDF titled Moving from Camtasia 8 to Camtasia 9 and poured over it. It was somewhat helpful but, once again, I found that I have to now click on two or move menu items rather than simply clicking on the much more friendly tabs on the left of Camtasia 8 to accomplish the same work.
I am EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED in Camtasia 9. Please hurry with Camtasia 10 so that you can correct the many problems I have found with Windows ME...er, I mean Camtasia 9.
If you're on PC I highly recommend FLICFLAC. Really lightweight and fast converter (no installer necessary) that will turn WAVs into MP3s.
I like a lot of the changes in 9 (particularly the new menu for transitions, behaviours, etc.). I have found a couple of small annoyances though;
Screencaps no longer get automatically placed on the timeline. Only in the media library.
Also screen and audio are no longer automatically linked/grouped. Not sure why that's changed.
Overall I think I prefer it. Haven't really done anything with it yet though. Interested to see what the new render speeds are saying. Although 8 wasn't exactly slow.
1. I absolutely love the new interface. It has a black style that looks very professional and the monitor is in the center, so it is more easy to see. However, users should have the possibility to configure the Interface color. This is not only about tastes, also about people having visual problems. They have the right to use the product in a way they can operate better.
NO COMMENTS ABOUT WHY WE DON'T HAVE THE SOFTWARE IN FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH, JAPANESSE AND MANY OTHER LANGUAGES. I love Techsmith products, but the monolitics politics about English and only English, must change.
2. WAV is not obsolete, in fact, is a format for high quality recordings. Gravity, winner of many Oscars was recorded in WAV format, for the Audio. However, it is fine if a mp3 works for you, and if Techsmith removed the feature, they should give more freedom to the users. Many concerts are played with mp3 files when the artists cannot grab the high quality WAV.
3. When I edit I observe also problems. The timeline should be also configured in colors. I many times need to cut the recording where the graphics show a flat line... that is because I needed to rest when talking, suddenly someone is speaking and I don't want that be recorded etc. The sound wave in the timeline is very short... I should be able to increase the way I look at it, and also I should be able to configure the color of the tracks, so I can have a better access to the post-production workflow.
4. The zoom did not change. You have missed all. However, they re-arranged the interface, so you will need a bit of time to find again the same tools. TechSmith should create some introductory videos explaining this.
I think Camtasia 9.1 should be released in less than 6 months, also having in mind the complains from many users about text justification, text alignment, spacing, kerning, tracking, etc.
HOWEVER, I love Camtasia 9, it was a big step toward a new system in which we have fly in, stay in, fly out effects. That is wonderful and really change many things.
Camtasia is going the right way, but need to improve.
I guess they hurried to release the version 9... but I guess they have already in mind the version 9.1
Sure MP3 is the new "common" format for electronic delivery, and should be easily output from Camtasia, but it is the format that you "publish" to, for certain uses.
MP3 should never be thought of as a "preferred" format in terms of "quality".
Thanks for your detailed feedback. Sorry for the trouble you have so far. I am trying answer some of the questions there and see if it makes sense to you:
1. We don't have a way to customize the UI to use lighter color for this release.
2. We provide a new audio format m4a which is as good as a MP3 usually can give us the same quality/size if not better and m4a is also widely supported.
3. As lausianne already mentioned above, hotkeys can be customized in Edit->Preferences Window.
4. The Zoom-n-Pan (if that's what you mentioned?) tab is now inside Animations tab.
Here are some links that may help as a reference:
Camtasia 8 to 9 - Where is it now? https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/227109847
Camtasia Hotkeys: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/222245387
Thanks for your feedback on the look of the UI. No, there isn't currently any way to change it.
We dropped MP3 because it was so infrequently used, and is hard to justify the testing, royalties, and support for when that's the case. The m4a format is the replacement for this; I hope it suits your needs just as well?
It sounds like not having focus in the name box of the marker after you create one is slowing you down. That makes sense, and I've shared that with the rest of the team.
For zooming, you CAN use the menus, but that does seem like the more complicated way to go about it. You could either use the Zoom-N-Pan control (it's under Tools), which works similarly to v8. Or, you can drag on the "Scale up" or "Scale down" animations from the Animations tab at the top of that tool. Or, just hit shift-A to add a custom animation and then adjust your scale to what you want it to zoom in/out to be. Does this help?
Jesús - Camtasia for Windows is available in English, German, and Japanese. Not French or Spanish, though. What language would you prefer to have it in?
Hi Paul, I would love to have it in Spanish. I was talking with Troy, 40 minutes about the version 9 and there were a lot of people in the conference room, Matt, David and more, and I remember we talked about the language. I speak english since I was 12, so I am not suffering when using Camtasia in English. This is about spread the system, this is about money. Not all people speak english since early age... so those people (non speakers) wouldn't love to use Camtasia, just because they fear the interface. 70 million people, speaking Spanish in the whole world... García and Rodríguez are in the top ten list of most popular last names in the US... so do the maths... how much money is Techsmith loosing for not releasing the spanish version? countless... a black hole...
To make this software multilanguage, you only have to load all the menus texts in variables which are stored in a language file, it could be perfectly a .txt... so we can have spanish.txt, english.txt, russian.txt and so on... you can hire a translation agency and suddenly camtasia will be speaking hundred of languages without programming effort. As soon you have the language files, the software will be able to load them and display the appropriate texts in the menus. It has to be less monolotic.
Camtasia 9 is going in the right direction. When we were talking, I said the importance of the fly in, stay in, fly out effects. You did it. That change everything. Is a new world, with many possibilities to grab the people's attention. However, we need more effects. It is a marketing tool...
Camtasia 9.5 with more tan 200 different transitions. Order now!
AND... big failure. Text tools.
I really don't know why people in Techsmith don't improve the text tools? A presentation video is not also about video, is also about text. I have read complains from an user asking for line spacing, we don't have that, we also don't have kerning and tracking... and we also don't have justification.
I remember when I was talking with Troy that I explained a text without justification is ugly, because don't follow the paragraph alignment and is doing zig zags...
So just imagine a Corporation wanting to make an impressive video, showing a product presentation and the text don't follow a nice aligment...
And finally, for the next versions.
Techsmith need a partnership with an effects provider like NewBlue or Boris.
That people only develop transitions, video effects, and so on. It would be nice, some packages from those companies can be integrated inside Camtasia.
I like the new interface, the goodies refresh, the new additions, all very nice, but I don't see where 64bit is helping. Certainly not the rendering engine. That seems to be as slow as ever. Plus, I am able to crash Camtasia 9 just as easily as I can with 8.1. I was really hoping Santa was bringing me a new version where the wheels don't fall off so easily. Pretty is nice, stable is better.
I have about 10 hours in to using Cam 9.
One concern on a 7 minute video where the size rendered on MP4 went up a whooping 73% in size!!!
Yes a 88meg mp4 in cam 8 is now a 143meg file in cam 9.
Now if that is a better more functional usable file then GREAT, but now many clients are saying they need many 5 second buffering spots to watch my video.
So is there a benefit to the larger file size??
gonna hae to rewatch how reduce this size again.