Cartoon Animation/ Modern Edge Library

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I would love to see Camtasia have a library of animated cartoons, backgrounds, moveable imagery, etc similar to powtoons.com and moovly.com where videos become more 3D and lifelike rather than a presentation format (similar to PowerPoint). Our office is looking at getting a 3D account with one of these vendors because our members want more interaction with the videos...and them to be more fun rather than a stagnant video. If these tools are already there and we don't know about it, please let me know. However, the animation we are speaking of is beyond simple zoom in/out, etc. Thank you for listening.
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

While we wait to see if TechSmith might add this at some point, you might pop over to Adobe and check out a tool called Character Animator.

https://www.adobe.com/products/character-animator.html

Keep in mind as well that you can use PowToons and Moovly stuff (or really, any animation tool) by just recording them using Camtasia recorder. If you are hoping to composite them with other stuff in Camtasia, I'd suggest recording them against a solid odd colored background such as lime green or hot pink. That way you can use Camtasia's "remove a color" option to basically make the background transparent and leave behind only the animation.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Agree with Rick that Adobe's character animator and Powtoons are both great tools (although Powtoons, being web based, can be frustratingly slow). GoAnimate is another good one. Camtasia is great for the things it's great for (screen captures, interactivity, navigation), but character animation is not its focus.

Word of caution about recording Powtoons content and compositing it into Camtasia - while definitely possible, you may want to check out their terms and conditions (link below).  They own a lot of their characters and graphics, and if you're using them elsewhere outside of a Powtoon, they may frown on it. 

https://www.powtoon.com/terms-and-conditions/

You can actually do some pretty amazing things in PowerPoint - create characters, animate them. It can be tedious and time consuming, but it's possible. To my knowledge, Microsoft does not limit the way you use the things you create yourself.  Check out this video on creating animated characters in PowerPoint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFEB9Yw-f9A