Create a Device Frame

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(This idea comes what we’ve heard here in this community as well as from other customer feedback methods we utilize. The feedback we gather here will help us gauge how well it fits our users’ needs. Please let us know what you think)

The Problem
New device frames provided by TechSmith don't fit the context or branding of my video. Provide ability create a device frame from with own image or video.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Using own Device Frames.

While I do like the included Device Frames and also the added ones with 9.1 I would love to have the ability to simply add my own device frames for Drag & Drop Usage.

My idea is to have a PNG with transparency where the Video should be when the Frame is dragged & dropped onto the timeline.

This way we would have the freedom to use any kind of Frame we can think of while keeping it simple in usage.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Old device frames.

I have been working on some new mobile app videos, I gave the new device frames a go, however, they are very limited. This mainly applies to the phone frame, as having the ability to position it to the sides of the screen creating space for annotations etc is very helpful. Also embedding background video that relates to the context of the video playing in the device frame is a lot more helpful. So I would like to request the old device frames are maintained. 
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I think both are important that I voted on because of the high use of mobile now in the last year. It's important for its flexibility and ease of use. 
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Official Response
We've updated the status of this idea to Under Consideration.

We are considering a few ideas to improve the device frames we released with 9.1/3.1. Given the number of items we have ahead of this one we don't anticipate we'll address this in the near future but we will be considering it as capacity frees up in future development cycles
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Rick Stone

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Thanks David! Really appreciate all the good communication on these things!
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Rick Stone

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Out of curiosity, does TechSmith have any kind of a database page that lists things like this along with the status?

Other than here in the forums, that is.
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi Rick!

We don't have a repository / database, though I plan to put together an Article for here on the community forums that shows the 2017 results with counts and statuses.

-Robert
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After upgrading to Camtasia 2018 I discovered the Device Frames and love the concept. Unfortunately only two of them are useful to me in my work and use of the software.

I would like to be able to creatively create my own custom Device Frames.

1. The ability to swap out the background from the Library would be nice.
2. Ability to choose an image or video and have it fall behind the device frame itself without having to create an overlay image with a transparent cutout etc.
3. Ability to have actual free transform ability to allow quick and precise alignment and arrangement of corners of video such as a shift click and drag etc.

Currently if I wanted to create an overlay with a transparent cutout of the device screen... laptop, ipad etc... and it is skewed in the photo, it's a real pain to get the perspective to align properly even with the available controls. Currently it is impossible to simply shift click and drag the resized video corners to nicely fit the transparent cutout area of the overlay image. Having the ability to do so would be AWESOME!
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How To Make Custom Device Frames 2017-09-20
http://www.screencast.com/t/o6LpoMlb

How To Make Custom Device Frames-iPhoneExample  2017-10-07
http://www.screencast.com/t/QtxuqgqS
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Britt

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I'm not talking about a generic device facing the screen. Please read my post.
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kayakman, Champion

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I did read your post; you said ...
I would like to be able to creatively create my own custom Device Frames
that's what the tutorials demonstrate; sorry they don't address your needs

perhaps someone else can help you
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Kelly Rush, Product Manager

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Hey @Britt, thanks for the feedback about Device Frames for Camtasia!

So let me see if I'm understanding you correctly on your three points:
  1. You like the idea of the backgrounds in the current Device Frames (i.e. office setting, etc), so we you want to continue that general concept, but you'd like DIFFERENT backgrounds available in the library (i.e. construction site, out in nature, on a boat...whatever).
  2. You still like the general workflow of Device Frames where you just choose your screen content, and it automatically "figures out" how to fit in the Device Frame.
  3. In lieu of point #2 working, you'd like it to be much easier to transform your screen content to match the Device Frame (something like corner pinning)?
Is that pretty close? And are you hoping to bring in your own device frame content, looking for just a bigger selection of content available from Camtasia's asset library, or both/something else?

Cheers!

Kelly
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Britt

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Hi Kelly,

I do like the concept of Device Frames. However, I also understand the need for Camtasia users to be able to have more creative control over them. I also recognize it's impossible for you guys to create device frames that will make everyone happy. And that's another reason why I would like to see the ability to create our own. Having a large variety of base device frames to start with would be great. Currently there are only two that I would ever use... Win and Mac. And the issue with those is although they are both great, I wouldn't want to use them repeatedly in say content I add to my YouTube channel. I want to keep things fresh and new. They are great the first time people see them. But not for repeated use... unless they were used to create an intro or in totally different applications and for different audiences etc. The issue you guys face is trying to create a one size fits all that will work with every niche. It's impossible to do. Therefore again I suggest making it easy for Camtasia users to create our own custom device frames. This way we can create what we need to fit our niche and match our brand etc.

Yes I love the workflow and how it figures out how to fit the content. That's awesome. It would be 1000% better if it could also do the same for skewed devices such as ipads, laptops etc.

Yes corner pinning would be great but I don't believe it should be an either or situation. I believe we should have BOTH options.

There are also applications where a person would just need to create a simple overlay image with a transparent device screen cutout... a PNG image. Next it would be dropped on the timeline and a video background placed below it etc. The issue is getting the content to look right in the cutout. It's easy if it's direct and straight on. However, as you know it's very tricky when the device is being held at an angle for example.

I would like to be able to have a large drop down menu of device frames to pick from which would also each allow me to swap out the backgrounds. Examples...

1. Office environment with windows which can show any chosen content etc.
2. A news environment with multiple monitors, each with the ability to show custom content.
3. Flat screen TV on a wall at home, conference room, store window etc.

There are obviously tons of creative examples. By giving us the ability to also create our own custom device frames by swapping out the backgrounds and also choosing direct facing or skewed device screens etc., Camtasia would shine as an application that allows more creative flexibility.

I also would suggest allowing Camtasia users to submit how they creatively use device frames with these new suggestions. This would give you guys even more ideas of how they are most being used and how to creatively offer even more included ones in the drop down menu options.
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Thanks for the detailed feedback Britt, I think you have a lot of good insights for us there. We're definitely looking into ways to continue expanding how Device Frames work in Camtasia, so it's extremely important for us to get a sense of how folks are both already using them, as well as how they would like to use them in the future.

Device Frames are obviously a tricky proposition, as far as striking a balance between making them very easy to people to use vs. making them extremely flexible and customizable. We have had lots of conversations in both directions, and I'm sure those conversations will continue as we work to expand the feature.

Thanks again for the insights, definitely appreciate them!

Cheers,

Kelly
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Britt

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Kelly,

I've got over 30 years in the marketing game and am very hands on creatively in the design and development phase of everything I do. One area I am very excited to expand in with regard to Camtasia is in my web design. I have creatively used video in a large variety of ways on web design projects and Camtasia allows one to step outside the box of what most web designers would think to do.

Yes Device Frames are tricky but hey that's what makes the creative and development process fun and keeps things interesting!
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Kelly Rush, Product Manager

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Right on Britt! As we continue to evolve what is possible with Device Frames in Camtasia, I'd love to hear some of the ways you are using them. Please keep us updated!

Cheers,

Kelly
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Britt

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Sounds good Kelly. When should we expect to see some more Device Frames from you guys?
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Kelly Rush, Product Manager

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Hey Britt, no timetable as of yet; at the moment, I'm just trying to see how people are using Device Frames / hoping to use them so we can make sure we're building them in a direction that provides value for you all!

Cheers,

Kelly
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Food for thought.

If you’re that hands on.


I'm still recommending the free program Hit Film Express.  https://fxhome.com/express
You'll be doing perspective corner pinning in no time. Some of the things you describe above. I don't know how much experience you have at this type of thing.
But if you can’t distort the image, you have device frames pointed directly at you in Camtasia and nothing more .



A year+ ago this particular request had 256 yes votes. It’s currently "Under Consideration" as a feature.  Which means it’s currently going nowhere.

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/add-audio-meter

The requests here are much more complex to implement than an audio meter. There are currently 35 votes on this idea.

I use Premier Pro, After Effects, Audition, Crazy Talk Animator 3, Crazy Talk 8, Photoshop, Illustrator, Camtasia, SnagIt and then some.
No one program is enough, and each program complements the other. 
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Hi Joe,

While I do appreciate your input and frustration, my post was and remains about CAMTASIA only. I have no interest in having to use any other tool. I want to see Camtasia expand the already introduced Device Frames feature from within its application environment.
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Britt

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Joe the post is not about audio. It's about the Device Frames. I would like to stay on topic and FOCUS.
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Britt

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Joe,

Again, I appreciate your input. I have been around a long time. I know there are many other tools available. That's NOT what my post was or is about.
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I downloaded the new Camtasia 2019 Device Frames and also want to be able to create Custom branded Device Frames for my company training. I noticed that the .tscdf format is basically a zip file which can be unzipped. All that is in the Zip file is an MP4 short video clip with a Chromakey green block where the frame goes. I replicated this with my own 20 second MP4 video and used the exact same green color used in the .tscdf video. I zipped my MP4 video and then changed the file type from .zip to .tscdf and it changed to the tscdf icon. I double clicked on it and got the message that the Device Frame has been added to Camtasia Studio. When I go to test it, the Device frame does not show in the list. Is there a correct way to do this?
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A device is much more than just an mp4. So no, you can't add an mp4 to the device frame menu through a backdoor method then have it function.
It might even introduce instability?.I would delete the file.

In short, Camtasia can takes a project of any pixel dimensions. And place media of any  pixel dimensions. Then scale and fit any media to fit within a given Device Frame.
So theres a lot actually going on under the hood. You can't see those files, and the file you downloaded doesn't need to contain that information.

These Device Frames don't move, it would be very simple to use these videos in a 1920 x 1080 production. Resize media to fit the devices screen yourself, covering the green screen. Or mask out the screen with remove a color. Placing media behind the device frame.
So, a couple of ways to go about it..
Save this to your library. Later, Swap the inserted media at will with like content.

If these device frames were animated,resizing, rotating,etc. I would be more impressed with them.
As is, They save users the most basic in picture in picture settings/editing.
A nice feature, don't misunderstand what I'm saying.Drag and drop and done. That's as simple as it gets!

Regards,Joe
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Wow, good investigative work Darren! At this time, we don't support the custom creation of Device Frames in Camtasia (there is some additional work happening in the background that makes it so the steps you utilized won't quite get what you need).

I'd love to hear more about what you're trying to do, so I'll be in touch!

Cheers,

Kelly
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perhaps make your own device frames; easy to do ...

How To Make Custom Device Frames 2019-05-22
https://www.screencast.com/t/fi8I04le

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Hi, thanks for the link. That is basically what I have been doing, which takes a lot of steps and it works fine. But I wanted to get the ability where you apply a device Frame to the video on the times as is the case with Device Frames and it automatically applies.
Thanks again though.
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was just sharing

but once you've created a custom device frame, and have it in Library, it's easy to change the framed "video" and/or background, using the update media function ...
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if curious ...

How To Customize Your Own Device Frame Assets 2019-05-22-60FPS
https://www.screencast.com/t/G5IjpD3V

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creating device frames would be great.  OR... provide device frames that have no/transparent backgrounds with masking.  this would allow me to place a device or multiple, on any background.  thanks