Add a "clip speed" feature to Camtasia for Mac

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I need to speed-up clips with typing in them.
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Posted 9 years ago

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Doug Troxell, Senior Software Engineer, Snagit:Mac

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Everyone, thank you for the feedback. We are listening.
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Lilly Vogelesang

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I just downloaded and tried Camtasia for Mac 2 and I'm really surprised this feature wasn't added, considering all the feedback you've had on the subject. Especially since it already exists in the win version, you must have the code done already.
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I was about to pay for the update because I thought they had added this feature, it was the logical thing to do, thankfully I reviewed it and it still doesn't have that option. Is a good thing I got ScreenFlow, don’t need this people anymore.
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I second that. TechSmith needs to add a clip speed feature to Camtasia Mac, for both audio and video tracks.
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I'm using this to process usability videos that are stored on our intranet. Generally I want these recorded at 1.5 or 2x playback speed so it's faster for other employees to watch them. Would be awesome to have this built into the editing tool.
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I need clip speed function! I make speed painting videos and did so on my PC with Camtasia Studio 7.1 and I switched to a Mac for obvious reasons and I downloaded the trial only to fin out there is no clip speed function. I don't just want it I have to have it to do my speed paintings. I can switch to Screenflow but I am already used to Camtasia and I liked how the trial felt on my Mac. Is there any resolve coming for this or should I just jump ship? Oh and check out my speed paintings on youtube to see how I used it! https://www.youtube.com/user/ethanasht...
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I really should have checked to see if this was a feature before assuming it was. I think I should have went with ScreenFlow. Can I get my money back?
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Paul Grant

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i'm also annoyed that this wasn't added in Camtasia 2 for Mac.
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Mark

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how is it possible?
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chippwalters

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I agree. Huge surprise for me as a longtime Camtasia user on the PC who recently switched to Mac. Will have to wait for an update and purchase ScreenFlow in the meantime.
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Yeah, I really agree here, I'll have to use Screenflow as well. I just bought Camtasia a few days ago, how can I get a refund?

Thanks,
J
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I was running a Virtual Machine to use Camtasia on PC, saw the side by side comparison of 2.0 for Mac and Studio 7 and figured it would note if this wasn't available. Just bought Mac version and realized it isn't there!
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Mitch, was the comparison you saw on this page: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...? I'm fixing that one now to include clip speed but want to know if we missed it somewhere else, too.

Thanks.
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It's definitely not there yet on Mac, but my experience with Techsmith is that they're really, REALLY listening to us, and this feature is likely to be very high on their priority list. I can't say that I have an inside track to back up this belief, but I would be very much surprised if this doesn't show up in a release (or two).

Also, let's remember that Camtasia Mac costs a THIRD of Camtasia Studio, so we can have realistic expectations. I tend to think of Camtasia Mac as more like a high-end iMovie whereas Camtasia Studio is more akin to a low-cost FInal Cut Pro.
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Conan is the feature going to be added? or are we going to have to go to a competitor? Why was it left off in the first place? It would seem to be the most basic.
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Doug Troxell, Senior Software Engineer, Snagit:Mac

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Fulloffroth, for reasons which I hope are obvious, we can not comment on when or if a specific feature will be added.

However, by reading Get Satisfaction, you could deduce that clip speed is one of the most requested features. It is well known that Camtasia for PC has clip speed. As noted in other posts, our worthy competition recently added clip speed. While we can not comment, I challenge you to consider these facts and draw your own conclusion.

As for why it was omitted in the first place... While your usage might require clip speed, thousands of people are using the current version of Camtasia:Mac without it. I can assure you that even when we make decisions that appear to ignore your needs it is not done so without thought and compassion for how it will affect our customers. Each release, whether large or small, is a complex set of trade-offs influenced by the data we have available, marketing requirements, technical requirements and intuition. For some customers we make the correct set of trade-offs and for others we do not.

I assure you that from a technical stand point clip speed is not a "basic" feature. Please do not confuse the ease with which a feature may be applied with the difficulty of its implementation. Clip speed's implementation requires numerous small changes affecting the entire program. Trust me on that. :)

Finally, Your feedback on Get Satisfaction has a direct influence on our planning. I want to thank everyone who posts here for your time. We ARE listening. Your posts matter.
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I want to heartily endorse this answer, particularly with its excellent "draw your own conclusion" circumlocution: read between the lines, folks. I believe he's *telling us something*.

As a user experience director (and sometime developer), Doug's call for reason about the pace of development of specific features is a much-needed splash of realism. I often want VERY MUCH to see user features that I've designed and user-tested make it into the product, but I have to live in the real world, where MY priorities — even as a member of the product owner team — are not necessarily THE priorities.

Thank you, Doug. We all look forward to this feature when it appears in due time.
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Doug,
Thank you for your response very thought out and well written. Sometimes as end-users we forget what actually goes on 'under the hood' to make things happen. I wrongly concluded it was a basic feature since the only time I see screen-capture software in use is in drawing tutorials and the like. The vast majority of them speed up the process so you aren't watching 20 hours worth of footage. Many of them specifically mentioned using Camtasia (didn't realize it was the PC version) so when I got Camtasia for Mac I was rather frustrated. I have held off switching to the competion and have just been making shorter videos since I like everything else about the product. Keep up the good work.
Cliff Roth
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People use Camtasia for different reasons and a lot of them don't need the clip speed feature. Yeah there are some shortcuts for some people to get around this but unless I am that stupid (very likely) I need this feature for my drawings and that is the only reason I need the software. I don't have time to sort out facts from opinion so I will move on and buy software that has the feature (Screenflow). I honestly don't want to do it but I have no other choice. I do appreciate the attempt at easing our frustration.
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I use both Camtasia 7 (PC) and Camtasia 2 (just upgraded from 1.). I miss the clip speed. I use both MAC and PC daily. I loved the new Camtasia version for MAC but was so disappointed that the clip speed has yet to make it in the lastest updates. I have been patiently waiting since the 1st version for Camtasia came out on a MAC. I record my audio ahead of time and then match my video/stills/screenshots to my audio. Some things lend itself to speeding up the recording to match my audio. (ie... I was able to record typing an email and clip speed was great for that. )

In Camtasia 7 for Windows, I unlink my audio from my recordings. I then lay down on the track of a pre-recorded audio track. I am able to LOCK (another feature not yet in Camtasia 2 for MAC and yes I saw your suggested work arounds) the audio track and work away with my screenshots, screen recordings, callouts. I use clip speed to either speed up the recordings or slow them down.

Please know that there are plenty of persons out here that are familiar with the Windows version and would for it to be in the MAC version. Your competitor (screenflow) thought it was important enough to put it into their product. It is a hit in your windows version.

I am happy with the Techsmith products. Sad that I have to wait on something I am already familiar in another one of your products.
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Official Response
Approximately one month ago I posted to this Get Satisfaction thread attempting to assuage the concerns many of you had about the lack of a clip speed feature in Camtasia:Mac. While making no promises, I pointed to known facts that lead to the conclusion that some day Techsmith will add clip speed to C:Mac. I concluded my post by reaffirming our commitment to listen to you.

Therefore, on behalf of Techsmith, and the Camtasia:Mac development team, its my privilege to announce your long suffering is over. Introducing... Camtasia:Mac version 2.1, now with clip speed.
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Thanks! I upgraded earlier and it works great! Very easy to use....
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Mrs.Notetaker

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This is great. Thank you. It makes my job so much easier.
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Would love to see how you guys are making use of it!
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And there was much rejoicing.
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If awesome was a video clip you guys would be +250X.
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Thank you! :)
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Jairoebl

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How sad, I already bought Screencast while I waited for this feature :/
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Thanks and sorry for the whining!
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That wasn't whining. That was requesting with enthusiasm. :D

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