Camtasia 8 looks very impressive!!

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Just installed Camtasia 8 and initial impressions are that this is a quantum leap forward for Camtasia. So far, it is running much faster than 7.1, and I love the new features. Now, assuming it is not as buggy as 7.1, I will be a most happy camper.

BTW, I went through the tutorials, too, and they were EXCELLENT! Very nicely done, and very good info throughout.
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  • impressed--so far

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Actually I'm thinking of going back to version 7. Sure there's some cool stuff but for a lot of what I do things have gone backwards.

There's no basic title clips. e.g. black with some text. I now have to either use a black title clip from the library that has some animation or create a black image and add a text call out.

It's very hard on long multi segment videos to add transitions and then see whether you have a transition or not.

I'm no longer able to produce a custom swf format video. I do lots of these with short sequences of stills. I'm now forced with version 8 to create animated gifs. These are then restricted to 256 colours.

There is no longer an image callout. e.g. where you can add a png logo. This is just bizarre. Surely many people want to add a logo or something to their videos?
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@CBeck - Thanks for the kind words.

@3DKiwi - The basic title clips moved to the library in the Simple Title Clips folder. If you don't like the transitions on the ends, you can select + delete them. If you use these a lot, set up a title clip the way you like it, then right click and save it back to the library for reuse.

For long videos, you can zoom in/out on the timeline with Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel. Or, you can use the zoom control above the timeline. Or, if you prefer the keyboard, check out the hotkeys under the View > Timeline submenu.

There's a whole separate thread explaining why SWF was removed and with articles to help you migrate to a new format that will be supported going forward. Please post any comments or concerns in that thread.

Image callouts were not removed. Rather, images were promoted to first class citizens. You simply import your image to the clip bin and drag it to the timeline. So you can absolutely use a png logo if you like.

Thanks to both of you for your feedback. Please keep it coming.
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Thanks for the reply Dave.

Re images as callouts. That's fine now I know how their done now.

Looks like I need to create my own plain title clip and save it for reuse.

Re transitions. I'd still like to have a timeline mode where titles, videos and transitions are a block and all the same size (as you could get in previous versions). So much easier to quickly see what sort of transition you had or to drag and drop to add them. Zooming in and out is a pain.

Okay so if I use an mp4 video instead of swf can it be made to repeat like swf videos and animated gifs can?

Thanks

Nigel / 3DKiwi
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Nigel,

Re transitions: I'll pass your feedback on to our designer. Maybe there's a way we can make them more visible at low zoom levels.

Re looping mp4: yes, if you use the player included with CS8. There is a loop option in the player, as shown here: http://screencast.com/t/oe6xd4LXyl

Hope this helps.
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Thanks. Next time I need a looping video of image stills I'll try the loop option on mp4's.

Nigel.
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Looks like I might have to recant on a few of the remarks I made ten days ago...now that I've had a chance to actually work with it a bit. While there are still many, many things to love and a whole gob of really nice improvements in Camtasia 8, there are a lot of problems, too.

Most of my negative criticisms at this point have been well hashed over by other threads, so I won't repeat them here/now. The one thing that I do want to comment on, however, is the speed. Somehow, my initial impression of the speed improvements in 8 were grossly exaggerated. Fact is, CS8 is, if anything, even slower than CS7 was. Initial opening is in fact slightly faster if I open Camtasia with a fresh reboot and nothing else running. Any other scenario and all bets are off. Loading projects is slower. Rendering is definitely slower.

Also, because of several bugs in the new way the timeline works and the way the audio waveform displays have caused editing to be considerably slower in CS8.

So, much as I love the new features and a lot of the new functionality, I might have to revert to CS7, just because I can be more productive.
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I clicked this thread because I thought I would read a rare ataboy.
Techsmith please find a way to give us back "ripple"
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I'm slowly migrating from 7 to 8 but overall 8 has almost everything I did before (easily figured out), but a few things I need 7 for indefinitely like the old voice optimization feature. I just figured out that to add an extension to the frame I have to create it then move the remaining section(s) over then I can extend it- until then I used 7 because it moved everything for me... I like being able to do much more so the initial changes that seem harder are actually better and grow on you as you get used to a new way to use tools, but it's actually better, faster, and more productive.

I have no issues with using 7 for a few things (like easily tilting the screen, I can't figure out how to do it in 8 yet, my first go was a disaster)... but I think the two formats (7 and 8) compliment one another in a few minor ways, I just see it as a process I record and voice optimize in 7, render it and do everything else in 8. If I want to do deep audio edits I'll import into 7 to see the full wav form, 7 still works, just because 8 is out doesn't mean you throw out the last version!

As a producer I use several programs to network an end result, i.e. Photoshop, so using 7 and 8 is no big deal. 8 resolves ALOT of issues with productivity and with control over the content and I absolutely love it. It took me all of 2 weeks to rebuild my skill set dimensions (relearning how to do things in the new tools). At first it was cumbersome and uncomfortable because all I had learned and got used to was now in chaos, but persevering and just playing with it I got back to normal in a new more powerful and robust potential environment. 8 simply rocks!

I think most of what people are complaining about is their lack of wanting to learn to do it in a new way or using different tools- same result new canvas design, more control over the end result- why wouldn't you want to learn it. It's hard and slow at first but I think it works very well- nothing I've had to do including titles, is harder, the animation sequencing of a call out and saving it as a library asset is amazing and robust- so much potential and new ideas for animation sequences are saved for use as a template- brilliant.

I for one don't want to see the old format put back, the "ripple" just mimicks grouping and moving motions in 8, it's not that hard to click drag select everything to the right of where you want to extend a screen, you group it, move it over, set the other side, move it back, ungroup it- it's 3 steps you can build into a quick habit, do it a few times and it's easy, second nature.

I get why people want it, I wanted it too until I really got down and dirty and pushed myself in the new version and the things I'm finding I can do are incredible compared to the limitations of 7.

Jerrico

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