Camtasia needs to improve the method for removing green screen background color. Zoom's virtual background feature works perfectly.

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Camtasia needs to improve the method for removing background color such as a Green Screen. Zoom has a virtual background feature that works perfectly. Very difficult to remove a green screen in Camtasia.
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Literally the only time I ever had a problem with this was when my green background wasn't completely flat, therefore caught the light differently, and so ended up being different shades of green. Nonetheless, I managed to adjust it to get it mostly right, and then just overlaid a black-out the one little bit of green left.
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Thanks for the reply but it is not very satisfying.  I have put together a short video contrasting the two methods (Camtasia and Zoom)  but not sure how to get it to you. Here I have pasted a link to the video  https://1drv.ms/v/s!AgtEj5D79IYqhPNGH1Uc_wgHThe_3Q

Hope you find this useful and will investigate Zoom's virtual background.   

                      Brian Putt
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Thanks for that. Yes, I see what you mean, and your green-screen had very similar unevenness to the one I used that day! That said, somehow I didn't manage to make Camtasia go as mad as you did :-)

I tend to want a plain black background when using green-screen - the idea being that I then bring photographs in & out beside the person, changing during their talk - so a different background wouldn't work well, but I assume Zoom can just give you a plain back background if that's what you want? It's amazing quality anyway.

I couldn't find the Zoom software package on Google, so I can't check it out yet. I guess Zoom is such a commonly used name, for everything from conference calls to TV channels it seems, that the software gets lost in the mix! Anyway, given your video, I may like to add it to our software arsenal if I can find it. That said, while looking for Zoom, I found a program called Pinnacle 22, which looks really good and only costs £89 for the full-featured version, and the GUI looks easy to use, just like Camtasia, so I'm going to check that out too. They only do it for Windows though, which will be fine for work, as we're moving over from Mac in the next few weeks, because they don't do 17" screen MacBook Pros any more, but I prefer Mac at home, where I have an upgraded MacBook Pro 17" from 2011, that flies like a new one.

By the way, I love the little bottom-corner picture-in-picture you used. I'm wanting to do that for an event someone in our company shot, where a Powerpoint presentation was being given, and a guy talking about it, but the picture quality isn't up to much, due to the size of the auditorium, distance from the camera, etcetera, and of course, the PowerPoint presentation being projected, so what I wanted to do was just single the guy out in a circle in the bottom corner and play the actual presentation alongside, just like you've done there. I've not tried that before, so how did you do it?
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Ah, so no wonder I couldn't find the software, as it's a conference call service. :-)