Curiosity Question about 9.1 feature

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I've been experimenting and looking at the new "Device Frame" feature that was added to the 9.1 release.

For the one with the iPhone, there should be actually two. One with the phone in a vertically oriented state and another with the phone positioned sideways.

I found where the assets are hiding. For me, they are here:

C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia 9\Media\Studio\Camtasia-DeviceFrames

I tried duplicating and renaming one. It WA.  listed in the drop-down in the properties after restarting, but it still used a duplicate of the name I copied (even though I renamed the MP4) This makes me wonder if it's possible to create your own and add them. I'd love more info on that aspect. (Clutch your pearls folks, it's a hack!)

Also curious about the frame rate used. These videos seem to use a frame rate of 23 frames per second. I thought everything in Camtasia was 30?




Cheers... Rick :)
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How To Make Custom Device Frames
https://www.screencast.com/t/o6LpoMlb

I keep mine in the Library
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How To Make Custom Device Frames Tutorial In Horizontal iPhone example ...
http://www.screencast.com/t/QtxuqgqS
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Hey Rick,

Wow, some great investigative work on your part! Looks like you've got two points to address, I'll take them in order:

1. Correct, right now the iPhone device frame only has a portrait frame. We're certainly open to considering not only additional orientations for the devices, but additional assets (backgrounds, devices, etc) as well. If that's something that would be useful, by all means, let us know, so we can use the feedback as we move forward.

2. Good catch on the framerate, it is indeed 23fps, and Camtasia currently works better with 30fps content. We captured our source footage at 4K so that we'd have plenty of room left to compress it back down to 1080p, but in the process neglected to notice that it came in at 23fps (a standard framerate for film-style video). Fortunately, because there's very little motion in the background, it doesn't make a big difference; if anything, it likely ended up making the device frame footage a bit smaller. :)

Hope you're enjoying the new feature, if you have any feedback please let us know so that we can consider it for the future!

Cheers,

Kelly
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My first thought when I looked at that feature last night was that you should have a transparent background available. Any background you provide will be the same old background after one or two usages.
I like the fact that it can be rotated and scaled.I wanted to put two monitors side by side but you can only apply the effect to one track of media as well. So, there's some functionality additions that could be considered.
It might be asking to much for what Camtasia has to churning under the hood to provide.I come from a long background of FX work and I think FX by default.
 I know it's not Camtasia's focal point and I don't believe it should be.

Regards,Joe  
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Hey Joe, thanks for the feedback! Obviously, this is our first pass at doing these higher-fidelity device frame visual effects, so it's great to hear some ideas about how you might hope to see them evolve in the future. Definitely hear you on the risk of these assets becoming "stale", and we're certainly brainstorming ways to mitigate that going forward!

Cheers,

Kelly
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Yes, Kelly,  to use the iPhone Device Frame I would need a Landscape version.
Thanks for the DeviceFrames!!
And to chime along with Rick, can we be given the specs to make our own?
Thanks,
Bob
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Hey Bob,

Glad to hear you're enjoying the new Device Frames feature! If you want to give me some additional details on what you'd hope to do in regards to making your own, I'd be happy to listen to them so we can use them as guidance as we talk about how we might expand the feature in the future.

Thanks for the feedback!

Kelly
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 Kelly,
I would like to be able to take my own picture of anything that would make a frame and use it.
That way I can personalize each one.
Such as old picture frames, fancy picture frames, windows in a house or car, port holes, etc.
Anything that I see and think would work.

I like  kayakman and Joe Morgan's ideas as to making our own. I thought it might be a good idea to have customizable Device Frames in the drop-down to just add your own picture to somhow.

Thanks for asking.
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Awesome, thanks for the feedback Bob! Certainly gives us great insight on what to think about.

Cheers,

Kelly
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I tried to add a custom Device Frame video also into C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia 9\Media\Studio\Camtasia-DeviceFrames

It doesn't show up in the Drop-down List so I assume there is some super secret tool or formatting that is used to create them.

I also tried Rick's duplicate trick with the same results he got: The copy DOES show up in the list but is still named the same as the original.

It would be SWEET if Techsmith would release some of the tools and/or techniques for us to create our own Device Frames and Motion Elements exposing the Quick Properties.

A robust 3rd party video asset development community would help expand the Camtasia universe greatly!

Microsoft didn't become Microsoft by developing ALL the apps for their platform. They expose the dev. tools and encourage developers to do amazing things...just sayin'... 

- Lon Naylor
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if you create your own custom device frames as Library assets, as described here, you can then use update media to hot-swap both the background clip and the embedded media clip ...

How To Use Update Media To Modify Custom Device Frame Assets
http://www.screencast.com/t/QOhAizeU4 

once you have a collection of different device frames, you can use several at the same time, resizing and re-positioning as desired ...

Example Multiple Custom Device Frames
http://www.screencast.com/t/WEe3HcKT9