Camtasia 8 SWF files

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I installed the version 8 Free Camtasia to test and time to produce the video has less options than the version 7 for flash files, unable to save in this format. Nor do I edit options allows ABOUT BOX OPTIONS, OPTIONS SCREEN STAR, etcc.
My question: In the original version I have those options?
if not, new updates I have them?
Because if it is not possible but the visuals are much improved version 7 perimite keep me flash files in SWF format with many more options than version 8

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josecanario@hotmail.com
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Glenn Hoeppner, Employee

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Hi josecanario,

Camtasia Studio is moving away from SWF and FLV formats in favor of newer technologies. Dave, the Camtasia Studio Lead Developer has a post about the reasons for this which you can read here:

http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi...

I'm not sure if your question about the about box options or "screen star" relate to this or not. If not, please feel free to post again. I have a feeling there is a language barrier here and screenshots might be helpful.

-Glenn
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Agreed with Glenn and Dave, MP4 output is a better production option in almost all cases.

I think only the older (pre-CS6) controllers had the 'about box'. The start screen options are available in CS 8, but moved to a different page: http://screencast.com/t/q7prLufq

Hope this helps
-Kevin
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I understand the reasoning behind the decision to drop SWF and FLV formats, however, this understanding is only from a technical point of view. Our clients don't have that understanding, nor should they be required to adapt simply because of technology trends. They want things to be compatible with what they've done in the past, especially if what they've used in the past isn't broken.

Support for SWF and FLV file formats were not broken in CS. They were not adding undue bulk to the application. They were not hindering further development of the application. They were simply coding objects tucked away that performed their functions only when selected as an OPTION by the user.

The removal also causes an incompatibility issue with Jing. Jing is SWF. Yet, we are allowed to click a button in Jing to edit the Jing video in CS. However, we cannot produced the edited results in a format compatible with Jing. That is a broken workflow.

Users should be able to produce in a format exactly as would be created by Jing. The resulting file could then be delivered to a client where they upload the Jing SWF file to their own Screencast.com account for their own purposes. The current workflow doesn't allow this for users and their clients.

It would be great if we could do this. So smooth and simple...even if it's undesirable from an Engineer's point of view. Our clients aren't Engineers, they just want what they want, and how they want it.

Thanks for your time.
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I agree limcid , Jing, also by Techsmith, makes swf! In CS 7 I was able to simply drag it in and it would convert to mp4. why take that way?
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I also agree with limcid, I am having the same issues with applications that shouldn't display the content if it's not published in swf.
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I also agree, by removing flash, Camtasia as shorted applications such as Moodle. This is not helpful and it means that until Moodle etc catches up, we cannot accept Camtasia updates for production purposes.
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He instalado el Camtasia 8 version Free para probarla y en el momento de producir el video tiene menos opciones que la versión 7 en cuanto a ficheros flash, no pudiendo guardar en este formato. Tampoco me permite editar opciones ABOUT BOX OPTIONS, STAR SCREEN OPTIONS, etcc.
Mi pregunta : en la verrsion original tengo esas opciones?
si no es así, en nuevas actualizaciones las tendré?
Ya que si no es posible aunque los efectos visuales han mejorado mucho la version 7 me perimite guardas los ficheros flash en formato SWF con muchas mas opciones que la version 8

Gracias y Saludos
josecanario@hotmail.com

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
opciones de ficheros Camtasia 8.
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Kevin and Glenn thank you very much for the quick reply.
Excuse my English but I'm from Spain and my English is Google.
Regarding deleting files in SWF format tell you the following:
A. - As you can veer in the attached picture were deleted many options.
2. - In the MP4 format while it is true that improvement in quality and size of files, this format does not allow me OCD, so I have to use html.
3. - SWF format "SINGLE FILE" I can have all the features of video, instructions and information, as well as markers as they appear in the image attached.
4. - In my opinion I think it is important to keep files in FLW or similar that I provide these benefits.
However, it is a personal opinion, but to use the Camtasia for training, presentations, etc. to have the option of a single file of all the resources I think this is the best option.
I beg your pardon if I have gone but I needed to tell you is demasiodo issues.
We also congratulate the effects of improvements in Camtasia 8, and if you can not change I will have the 2 versions utilzar the Camtasia 7 and 8

regards

josecanario@hotmail.com
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I think it is better to leave the decision to the user whether he wants to use html5 or swf / mp4, instead of forcing him. That's why I'm not satisfied with Camtasia Studio 8.

Sorry for my bad english
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Hey there,

I'm curious, what do you use SWF files for? Any feedback would be great! Our development team is always keeping a close eye on these boards.
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wr21

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Our website backend does not support mp4 but does support SWF. We will not be upgrading to Camtasia 8.
The other option is to upgrade our website software, but that's not going to happen anytime soon.
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another option is to run both CS7 and CS7; use CS8 to do edits, produce to AVI; use CS7 to produce the final SWF
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Any update on this? We use SWF studio to create production CD's for our customers. We'd love to upgrade to 8, but the lack of this feature makes it impossible to implement in our work flow.
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Version 7 had the option to chose, weather you produce in mp4, swf or flv.
After that two or three files were issued: The controll.swf and associated flv or mp4.

Now you have folder as scripts and skins xml and css files.

I think it is better if the user can choose whether they want to transpose it in version 7 with flash or in version 8 with html5

I run a phpbb3 board and there is no bbcode for html5 integration. The classic flash should be given a chance.
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Thanks for the feedback! It's always good to know how our users are using certain files and outputs. The link up in Glenns post at the top explains why we decided to drop the format, but the feedback is always appreciated!
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Jing, also by Techsmith, makes swf! In CS 7 I was able to simply drag it in and it would convert to mp4. why take that way? I am not sure I want CS8 if you are not compatible with Jing
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I read the text of Glenn and I understand the motivations of Dave O'Rourke. But I still think the user should be able to decide whether he preferred the "old" Flash integration or the new html5. As it is now, the user will be patronized. An update would be nice.Thanks for your attention
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The default in version 7 was to produce an MP4 video which was played back via an embedded Flash player (the controller.swf). That's also true with version 8. The difference is, if Flash is unavailable, we fall back to an HTML5 implementation of the player.

There are a number of production files that are specific to the HTML5 implementation. We don't currently have a Flash-only production option as the total size of the files necessary for HTML5 playback is comparable to the size of the Flash player and the combined size of both of these is usually small compared to the size of the produced MP4.
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josecanario

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Thank you all. But as I wrote in my first review, the most important are the possibilities of giving the display options, information ... as shown in the images you send.
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Quite illogical to remove the only .swf file format from Camtasia Studio 8.
Why not let the user decide which format he/she wants to use. My client only wants .swf files. N when I even try to convert .mp4 to .swf the quality is not good.  I dn't know what to do now. Please help anyone.
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I am having the exact same problem here. Our clients use IE 8 and cannot view mp4. What would be the best option to get a swf or flv file? Encode to AVI, then AVI to FLV?
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Its been a year since my last post on this, and we're still using 7.1.  If anyone out there is listening, our org has five licenses that will be upgraded to 8, if you ever get this fixed. We would love to have the multitrack capabilities, but we still need the swf player for our production process. 
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Jonathan

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Has anyone figured out a way to create the SWF file with player controls?
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Ok Listen everyone. I have went through this thing of .swf format. I did all the recording changes everything in camtasia 8 and exported in a video format of mp4. And one fine day the client woke up from his sleep and demanded a .swf format. I was quite shocked to see that camtasia 8 does not support exporting in .swf format. 

This is how i achieved the .swf format for all the 13 videos i prepared in camtasia 8.

1) The only file that can be reused in camtasia 7 of camtasia 8 is the .camrec file(the original recording). The .camproj file is of no use(In short whatever changes u applied on the .camrec file is lost if you wanna import files in camtasia 7, that includes your cutting and stitching(pain in the a**), zoom in zoom out and mouse settings)

2) Hoping that you havn't made a lot of cutting and stitching in the original .camrec file, import the file as 'Import Media' in camtasia 7.

3) Apply the changes(Zoom in and zoom out should take a little time, Mouse Settings take some seconds, Import the audio if any(or the best part is to record again coz of the timing mismatch is cutting and stitching is involved.))

4) Once all the changes are done export the file in .swf format from camtasia 7 :) .

I know its a bit time consuming but its the only solution. Because if you try to convert your video file in the .swf format using some converter then the quality is very very poor.
Also if there are a lot of cutting and stitching(More than 6). Then i really advice you to re-record the entire thing because it will be much easier than finding out the cuts in between.

I hope it will be useful to some.

Thanks 
Danish
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I was only concerned with the swf files from Jing/screencat to be able to convert them to mp4  in Camtasia 8, not vice versa (like Danish's scenario, where he needs swf). But let me ask, if you need swf, is there a way to upload an mp4 (etc) to screencast, which I assume would convert to .swf, then download in .swf?