Custom assignable shortcuts for Media Library Assets

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So here is an idea about an improvement of the workflow in Camtasia 9

When I edit tutorials or other videos, usually I have customised branded assets stored in my Media Library. In the editing process they are used a lot of times. It can be a Group of few Annotation elements (callouts, text, shape, arrow, blurr...) + some Animation/s or Behavior/s applied on those elements.

It would be very nice, if the user can assign a shortcut to these custom assets, so you don't need to go back to Media>>Library and scrolling down through your assets, or going back and forth on the timeline looking for a copy of the asset that you need. And if you have long tutorial/video to edit, and you have a lot of cuts and assets added on the timeline - you have a problem!

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So here’s the deal, unfortunately for you Camtasia 2018 was released six months ago.

So Camtasia 9’s ship has sailed. There won’t be any improvements or upgrades coming for Camtasia 9.

Personally, I don’t think assigning a keyboard shortcut to library assets would be the way to go. Not to say it couldn’t work, it just seems highly unusual and if Camtasia ever comes up with more keyboard shortcuts, they might conflict with whatever shortcut you may have assigned. That being said.

Camtasia’s library was never organized up until the new 2018 version. In the newer version you can create a library dedicated to customize branded assets and group them into folders. That would make them easily assessable so you could simply open a folder and drag them down to the timeline. In the image below I created some mock folders in a mock library. I would’ve added a bunch of shapes and callouts but that was too much work for a mock library.

These folders are not mixed in with the rest of Camtasia's other library assets.So you're not sorting through a never ending list of folders and assets the way previous versions worked.



I’m not suggesting that you run out and upgrade to 2018. I’m just pointing out the fact that it is possible in the newer version of Camtasia to accomplish this. Which means it darn sure isn’t coming to Camtasia 9.

I take issue with the way the new library is set up. You cannot move the library to another location other than the C drive.

Plus, anything you place in library will create a new file. So if you like selecting sections of a video and placing them in library. Your library’s can grow in a hurry. If I were seeking the redundancy of a duplicate file. I would place it on a backup drive and not my C drive.

There are reasons the library shouldn’t be stored on your C drive if you have multiple hard drives. I won’t go into at this time.

Regards, Joe


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Recommend you upgrade to Camtasia 2018; it has a  substantially upgraded Library that makes it well worth it

The 2018 Library has a powerful search function; makes it very easy to find any specific asset

No need to assign any keyboard shortcut keys ...

How To Search 2018 Library For Any Asset 2018-12-15
http://www.screencast.com/t/TGwjoRiRW

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I saw the announcement video for Camtasia 2018 and it doesn't improve a lot compared to Camtasia 9.

Search option and folder organization are not very helpful in terms of fast workflow without getting out of your timeline. I am saying this for editing long tutorials and videos where a lot of customized assets are used. It came out as a necessity. You now, when you notice that something is missing while you working.

For me it is very very important to have this assignable shortcut to an asset, there are many options for combining keyboard keys for a shortcut, they can be Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, etc. So the argument that it will have conflict with other shortcuts doesn't make sense. Also, the graphic assets are small sized (kilobytes or few megabytes) so you won't have problems with memory, C drive or something else.


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have you tried using the free Camtasia 2018 trial?

that might give you a hand's on look/feel for the new 2018 Library vs. the 9 Library, especially the search function; 
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No. Going to Library, typing the name of the asset or browsing through the folders and then adding it on the timeline, nope, no thank you. To many iterations 

I've tried to explain, but it seems that you don't understand me.
Anyway, thanks for the suggestions :-)
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I seem to recall there was a recent post by a TechSmith person indicating that they are working on adding flexibility to assign keyboard shortcuts?

maybe that will give you what you're looking for ...
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