Changing clip speed of a group

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I have created and rendered a video. The video is quite long with many zooms, captions etc. I have had feedback from the person that requested the video that they like it very much but everything is just a little too quick and would like it all slowed down. Is there an easy way of extending the clip speed of everything or do I have to extend the clip speed of each individual object?

Thanks
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Rick Stone

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What version of Camtasia?

Note that you should save a backup copy for our dear friend Justin before doing any of this.

If it's version 9, you can try selecting all media on the timeline, then adding a speed adjustment and slowing it down. I tried this with an existing project and it mucked about with other elements, so it wasn't as "clean" as one would have hoped.

If it's version 8 OR 9, you could try taking the produced MP4 (or whatever format you produced as) and dropping that into a new project and adjusting the speed of that. I might think that if there is audio, it could affect things though.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thanks Rick! :)
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Take your Rendered Video and put it in Camtasia on the timeline, select the media on the track, right click and select add clip speed. Adjust in Properties as needed then re-Render.

Maybe someone else knows a better way. This has worked for me.

This works if there is no audio otherwise it changes the Tempo of the audio which adds a few more steps to make the audio seem normal.
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Using Camtasia v9 here. It would be nice if Camtasia we could add clip speed to a group.

I often find myself producing short clips (no audio, and containing animations or annotations). Only after the fact, do I have to decide to speed it up. Audio track usually gets laid over everything after the video is done.

I end up having to Ungroup everything, speed up the video clip, then re-align all the effects to match the video.

If I attempt to add clip speed to a selection of videos and effects, everything is poorly aligned -- which is really bad when you're trying to redact private information from a video. This matches what Rick found.

If we use the suggestion (render the video and put it back on the timeline) we lose the ability to control the animations or annotations. That doesn't really help in my situation.

Can we have our cake and eat it too?
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finish editing the section you want to add clip speed to; select that section using the red/green playhead controls; right click selection and do a "produce selection as" to MP4; use that MP4 to replace the original section; apply clip speed to the MP4
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Hi Kayakman!

Thank you for the reply, but as mentioned, we lose the ability to control the animations or annotations, so your suggestion doesnt help in my situation. I want the ability to control the animations and annotations with a sped up clip.

If producing a piece of the timeline didnt force the user to go through a wizard and save the file everytime, it might be more useful.

Best Regards,
Jon
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guess I don't understands what you mean by "we lose the ability to control the animations or annotations"

with the new MP4 on timeline, you can add animations to it, with/without clip speed changes; annotations [callouts] could be added to project after the speed is adjusted

what an I not understanding?

re producing the selection, you could create a production preset; that would greatly reduce steps required
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I dont want to have to produce a clip everytime I need to adjust the speed of a group. I produce a lot of small clips, and its a lot of mouse clicks (even with production presets) just to adjust the speed of a group.

If I produce a group of clips and effects into a MP4, I can overlay effects on the top but I cant edit the original effects. I'd have to go back to the group, add or edit my effects produce a new mp4; all just to speed it up.

Does that help at all? Sorry if it's not clear.
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thanks, that helps

unfortunately, current editor behaviors do not support clip speed adjustments to grouped objects, and the only solution is to use the approach I've described

I empathize re all the mouse clicks; I produce thousands of videos a year, and work in Camtasia 6 hours a day; I don't care for some of the current editor behaviors, but it is what it is

all I can suggest is that perhaps you try and do all editing [audio, annotations and animations] to perfection, at original speed; then produce to MP4; then do a new final project with the new, full length MP4; do any desired clip speed adjustments [so no more producing], and add in any interactive objects [markers, captions, hotspots, quizzes], then make a final production

otherwise, I know of no other way to shortcut the process