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I have done this for a long time in v7 for split tracks to retain its current pan and zoom position when a clip continues into the next cut clip. For example I split the video, apply a faster clip speed with pan and zoom, then copy that pan and zoom to the nexp clip which is at normal speed, this way the pan and zoom keeps its position and zoom level?
That sounds like a great way to work!
I've also found that I will need 7 back for some things - our online learning module tool only supports FLV format, which 8 does not support.
1. copy/paste zoom/pan keyframes.
2. copy/paste transitions
3. Ability to move all audio clips
How can you missed this very important workflow features that people used to it for a very long time.!!?? other than that i can see some excellent improvements. especially the new techsmith codec..wow it just reduces my files more than half.
I'm sorry you are disappointed with the new Camtasia Studio.
However, I just want you to know that you are able to do both of these tasks with the new version.
You can quickly add an animation to any media to have it move.
You can also add a transition to a clip that is preceded by nothing on the timeline which will give you the look you desire. You no longer have to have transitions only between two clips.
I hope this helps!
How did something as simple as "copy and paste" of such a key feature ever get dropped from the list?
Maybe it's a good thing that CS 8 conflicts with some other essential software on my machine, I've stopped using it.
Up until now, Techsmith had very loyal customers. This loyalty is now being very severely tested - how quickly and effectively you are able to rectify this will determine the fate of this otherwise brilliant product. Right now it is effectively useless and I regret upgrading to v8 - it has already cost me a huge amount of time and frustration and is impacting on my clients too.
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I've never worked for a software house that would consider this level of development "good enough" to release it to manufacturing. The top-level managers I've worked for would, without remorse, demote or even fire the division managers who were responsible for releasing an inadequately developed UI like this. That's a very harsh statement I know, but it's true. There is no other way to say it: this is simply unprofessional. Based upon my 30+ years of programming experience I'd say the negative feedback being levied against this release should serve as a sober wake-up call to the managers at TechSmith--and particularly for the manager who signed off on the timeline UI for this version.
Believe it or not, I'm not saying this to be a jerk; I'm saying it because I believe an earnest reality check is necessary at this point for the product managers at TechSmith. Whether they choose to acknowledge it or not, the company's reputation has been tarnished by this release. As a consumer, it is evident to me that TechSmith believes it is okay to release inadequately-developed software to the public. It is not.
If TechSmith continues to release inadequately developed products like this one, the company is doomed to failure. Period. I've seen it happen many times over the years. Consumers do not tolerate, nor do they develop brand loyalty for products they deem inadequate; they expect/demand a certain minimum level of quality and utility, and rightly so.
So I'm hoping TechSmith will do more than just a cursory review of this failure and then carry on "business as usual." That is a recipe for failure, IMHO. I'm hoping there is a serious evaluation of, and systemic improvements made to, the company's quality control mechanism so as to ensure this sort of quality failure cannot reoccur in the future.
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1. There are some major bugs in this release. We know that. The easy functionality of dropping and Camtasia knowing what to do is gone with this version.
2. HOWEVER, my zoom looks really smooth. There are more effects and it's easier to move things around now.
3. AND the biggest advantage is that I can do HOUR videos and edit them and produce them whereas before I didn't have enough memory or the file was too large. Now, it's not. So they did fix that problem.
Just a few more to go and I'd say Number 8 will be great.
TSC ditched the awful DirectShow technology and built something very remarkable from the ground up in an industry they basically defined. I've been with the product since its inception, and I've now written five (going on six) editions of the premiere book on this application.
While I agree that perhaps a few things could have been kept to ease the transition for those who were used to v7, I'm sorry, but v8 is the best release of Camtasia Studio they've ever done. I'm amazed at the massive leap forward in technology. And despite what some above have said of its "beta" status, I actually find it pretty damned polished considering the underlying engine is almost a total redo, and certainly far more stable than its predecessors.
I too would like to see the ability to copy and paste of zoom points back in the product. In the grand scheme of things, I don't consider it an immediate dealbreaker, though different people obviously use the product in different ways. TSC actually IS one of the companies out there who listen to their customers, but the development of updates takes a bit of time. But I'm sure they're listening, and planning accordingly.
As for those breaking out the torches and the pitchforks, and actively wishing to destroy the livelihoods of talented developers and product managers who had the audacity to prioritize a different feature set than the exact one you had in mind, I have two words for you: Grow up. Have enough respect to engage in courteous discourse, and the patience to let this team of hardworking people assimilate your feedback and make adjustments.
If pastable zoom points are a dealbreaker for you and your own personal workflow, fine, go back to v7 for a while. Or even better: inquire about becoming a beta tester and contribute your (respectfully worded) feedback while the product is still in development. But for the love of god, quit stomping around in a huff as if pastable zooms were your birthright.
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