Camtasia for Mac Tutorial Ideas

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Would you like to see a specific Camtasia for Mac topic covered in our product tutorials or Tips & How To's blog posts? Post your ideas here, and you may just see them featured in our future content.
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Cait Ryan

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92506

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Is there a way to subscribe to the screencasts in iTunes?
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Cait Ryan

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Currently we don't make our tutorials available in iTunes, though it's an interesting idea. For you, what is the value added by accessing the videos via iTunes rather than YouTube or our website?

Thanks for posting!

Cait
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I would be able to subscribe to them and have them automatically downloaded to my iPhone. I have a playlist that is only video podcasts that I watch while exercising. I like to have a mixture of podcasts to watch.
The benefit to your company would be the added exposure that being on iTunes would give you. Especially with a tag of "flipped classroom" in your description.
On a side note is there any chance that your company will be at the CUE Conference in Palm Springs in March?

Thank you for your quick response.

Jerry
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Greg West

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Keep up the good work with the videos for Camtasia 2 for Mac users. I really liked the LEARN MORE ABOUT CAMTASIA FOR MAC training video, as I am always up for ideas on lower thirds...(volunteer at local cable TV station editing etc.
greg west
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keybounce

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Alright, this is a follow up on the mask effect for a spotlight: http://blogs.techsmith.com/tips-how-tos/create-custom-stoplight-effects-in-camtasia-for-mac/

What I want to do: Make an area brighter. Make a rectangle brighter, to draw attention to things.

What I can do: The technique in that video has a black area being masked, to "de-highlight" the area you don't want people to see.

I tried using the highlighter effect; that just adds a color tint to an area, but cannot make it brighter.

I tried a mask with a white background area. But that can only give me a "faded/semi-bright" outside of the mask; inside the mask it is either perfectly normal, or perfectly white. That "faded/semi-bright" is what I want in the center (not a very sharp amount, just a little).

I tried putting colorize, or spotlight, or glow, inside the mask -- nope, mask is not itself somthing that you can put an effect inside of. Heck, mask doesn't even have a timeline presence -- it applies to the whole annotation that has the timeline presence.

What I think I want is an "inverse mask". What I think I could do -- really painfully -- is to make a mask of everything except what I want to highlight (takes 4 masks, to mask around the rectangle I want -- thankfully it's not a circle that I want), and then those masks can be clear, and the rest could have a white fade.

But ... as I think about that, I'm not sure that the multiple stacked masks would actually work how I want or not.

Is there a better way?

Double bonus points if it can work in 2.7.2 -- I *need* that 32 bit QuickTime .mov file support and *want* that better quality color match of the Export to QuickTime Movie.
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(Website issue: so after attempting to enter an idea that I had in the feedback box, when I hit submit I was told "unable to log you in". When I went to the login, and logged myself in, I could not go back to my suggestion. The only page in my browsing history after a blank suggestion form was https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith

There was no page in the browsing history for my actual failed submission that I could simply hit reload on; going back to the submission page did not result in Firefox showing me the text I had entered, but showing a fresh blank page.)
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I am having issues trying to apply the same mask affect multiple clips.

I am working with several clips where I have a WebCam visible, and it is too dark. I am trying to lighten it.

My first issue is then working with approximately 30 clips.
My second issue is that I'm working with 2.7.2. Some of my clips are variable rate QuickTime .mov files, so I have to use the 32-bit versions. Additionally, the color matching on the 64 bit exports is just too poor.

My actual problem is that due to a bright background and a recorder that doesn't let me adjust my webcam, my face is too dark. (NB: Camtasia as a recorder is a non-starter because of audio issues. Sadly, it doesn't have this issue with the same webcam setup.). What I want to do is apply a gamma adjust; since that does not exist, I can get acceptable results with color adjustment, and playing with brightness and contrast.

My first question: is the mask affect the right thing that I want to be using? Right now the only way I can get this to work, is to duplicate the video track, apply a mask to the duplicate, and then apply the color affect to the mask.

My second question: how do I get a large number of masks in the same position? If I select all on track, and then drag a mask to the right position, it only gets placed on the first clip.
If I select all on track, and then drag the mask to the timeline, the mass will be on all of the clips the mask will be on all of the clips (good), but it will be in the center of the clips (bad); trying to drag the mask only drags one of them, not all of them.

So how do I managed to move all of the masks, and resize them all, and apply the exact same effect to all of them? As I said, I am working with approximately 30 short clips, so trying to do them one at a time is no good.