Camtasia Assets - Green Screen video footage

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I am trying to place multiple assets at the same place in the timeline in my new video all with green screens in place of monitor displays and because all of the assets (footage) move and zoom and pan at different angles, I need guidance on placing my backgrounds so they actually look like real displays on the green screens.  Aaaand my project is due on Wednesday.  HELP!
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Can you post an example of what these monitors look like.
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Hi Joe - here's the screen I wanted to end with for this segment.  Each of these 4 boxes is camtasia asset - footage and they move.  I was going to  bring each of the 4 in separately and move them in place to the grid, but I cannot even get one recorded screen capture to line up well in one of the monitors.

 

 Any help offer would be greatly appreciated...I'm sweating a Wednesday deadline!!
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There’s been a recent barrage of members attempting to do pretty much the same thing you are. Unless the monitor is pointed/facing straight forward. Any media containing straight lines or planes, text and things of this nature. Won’t align correctly throughout the entire screen area, as you have already found out.

My best advice is either abandon what you’re attempting. Or seek other footage or still images that will allow you to succeed.

Here’s the deal. I know how to make what you’re attempting to do happen using other software. With the right program its not that difficult.

It appears all this footage is offered as part of the TechSmith payed for library assets. Even though they really weren’t designed for Camtasia’s editing capabilities. Confusing those trying to make the footage work.

The perspective problem is just one of the issues. I’m going to cover screens that don’t remain stationary first.  

 That footage of the Laptop with a woman typing. I found with no problem in the TechSmith assets website.

Well, in that footage the camera is panning around just a bit. So the monitor is constantly moving.Never in the same place from frame to frame. That’s why you’ll see 4 black X’s positioned in the corners of the monitor.

 Its so you can apply Motion Tracking. You see, manually adjusting the position of the media is a difficult process and very time consuming. I know I’ve done it. So because the laptop moves, and it’s professional footage. It has track points. You also show a man and woman laptop video, it features TrackPoint’s as well.Depending on the software.You may or may not need  trackpoints.

Anyway, here’s After Effects 4-point Corner Pin and Perspective trackers. And that laptop video.


After attaching After Effects trackers to the monitors corners. I quickly and accurately tracked the corners. You can see the 4 tracks and all the key frames generated on the timeline.  Its not a lot of motion. It took After Effects about a min. to track the video overall.Taking about 5 more minuets to deal with her fingers crossing through the path at the lower right tracker. It would have taken me hours to match the number of keyframes/adjustments manually.

After attaching media to that tracking data, you’ve got a nearly flawless result. I updated this post after completing a project/rendered a video using this technique and that video. I had to reacquaint myself with the procedure because I don't normally use it.   


Back in Camtasia. You still have monitors that are motionless in other videos. But tilted away, not facing straight at you. Camtasia cannot compensate for perspective. There’s no such feature, no way around it within Camtasia. The only way around it is use footage or images that have monitors facing straight at you. Oddly enough, that video with motion. Doesn’t come out that bad perspective wise.


The line at the top is pretty straight, and the one at the bottom “Doesn’t look as bad as my other upcoming examples”. It’s a shame it contains motion.

In this example one monitors facing forward and looks fine, the other is not. If anyone’s paying attention, the small monitor looks unprofessional. I for one, won’t produce videos with glaring errors. hoping no one catches them.


I couldn’t find the same videos you had. And I wasn’t about to search for hours looking for the matches. So I went with similar ones. You can really see the problem here.


You may be better off rethinking your approach altogether. Do something different?

Corner pinning in Premier Pro looks like this.



Theses a free Program called Hit Film Express. It has Quad Warp. Same thing.     https://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express

If you think you’re interested in going that route. I’ll even make a tutorial. Let me know if you want me to. You can export the footage from Hit Film, and import it into your Camtasia project.

Regards, Joe 

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This is an awesome reply, Joe!  Thanks for taking the time.

I think you're right.  I need to take a different approach for this project due Wednesday. I discovered the same thing- that I need to find images or footage with the screen straight on with no movement (Images).  I paid $200+ for the Camtasia assets because I made the stupid assumption these screen clips would be useful in Camtasia and that Camtasia had the features to make it work.  Like you, I will not produce a project with glaring errors, i.e.,  squonky (I think I just made that term up)perspective . 

I appreciate the link to Hit Film - I'll check it out before completely abandoning my initial idea. Does Hit do both perspective and tracking with Quad Warp? If it will only take me 15 min or so for each little clip, then maybe it is worth it.  But it's Easter weekend and I don't expect you to make a tutorial today...Maybe I can find something on youtube to guide me?

Thanks again,

Julie
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They don’t have any tutorials covering Quad Warp I could find. Just examples of it being applied.

So I made one.

Click on the You Tube Icon/Playbar/Whatever and watch it in full screen at YouTube.

It's a 2K video.No reason to squint along on this webpage at 480p.


The free motion tracker that comes with Express can’t do videos with moving screens. You’ll want to replace those with stationary monitors. I was looking around and TechSmith has plenty of other videos. My tutorial uses a 2 monitors. It’s a match to one of your video clips.

If you chose to go this route, you should be done pretty quickly. Other Camtasia users can benefit from this technique as well. So I was glad to put the tutorial out there. Let me know if do this, and if the video was clear enough.

Regards, Joe

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Hi jcampbell, great feedback on how you'd like to use some of the content from the TechSmith Asset Store, thank you for that! Joe gave you probably the best options for what you want to do at the moment, but this is definitely information we'll use to help guide us on ways to give you more capabilities in the future.

Cheers,

Kelly