Customize Hotkeys

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(This idea comes what 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:  

Editing video goes faster when you can use hotkeys or keyboard shortcuts.  But, the current Camtasia hotkeys might not make sense for your workflows or be different than what you prefer.  

Potential Solution:

An option to customize the available hotkeys (https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000336311)  so you can navigate and edit videos faster
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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training

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Ha, ha. Can you edit the dents out of your car?
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mark.moeykens

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This would definitely be AMAZING!
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elmurray

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This would be helpful!  I'm still moving media on the canvas when I mean to move the playhead by a few frames.
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi elmurray and thanks for stopping by!

If you're looking for frame stepping (moving the playhead frame by frame) you can currently do that with the < and > keys. Is that what you are looking to do?

-Robert
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Yes.  I remember to do that, but only after I move the canvas around a bit first.  It would be nice if it had stayed consistent with Camtasia 8 (and other editing programs).  I hardly ever move media around on the canvas, but I move the playhead using the keyboard all the time.
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And that works on Mac? Doesn't on mine, have to use the frame buttons with mouse. Annoying.
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Michael

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I can't get used to using the < and > keys to move my cursor in Camtasia 9. Please, please, please make it possible to remap that function to the arrow keys, where - IMHO - it belongs. All of my other video and audio editing software use the arrow keys. Camtasia should, too!
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How do your other editors handle moving objects on the canvas?
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I use about four callouts. That's it. And I always use the same transitions for the callouts. I would like to be able to create my own quick-access button (like I do in Word and Excel) to create those items. This takes too many steps now.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hotkey for transitions.

I would like to create hot-key buttons to perform repeated tasks such as adding a fade in and fade out transition. I use only one type of transition, and it takes three steps to add it to each clip.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Camtasia Feedback Feature Request Round-Up.
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Mikey Schreurs

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For is professional video editors who create tutorials for NLE's like Premiere Pro, having the ability to change keyboard shortcuts to mirror what I/we use daily would be a huge boon to efficiency. e.g. a key to make cuts similar to what I use, or even the dafacto JKL for navigating. Being able to change the keys would be a godsend. 
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Official Response

We understand the importance of having a consistent workflow that fits your style of working. We also understand that breaking that workflow and having to learn a new, possibly less efficient, workflow is frustrating. For many of our power users and those familiar with other video editors, customizing their hotkeys is desirable solution. Given the number of ideas that are planned ahead of this idea, we can’t commit to a plan for this idea. We will keep this idea in mind for the future. As priorities change and we work through our ideas we’ll take another look at this idea.


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Hello all;

Please note that the status for this Request has changed (see here for details on Statuses) from "Under Consideration" to "Not Planned." Feel free to reply here if you have any questions. In many cases the Status change may mean that the feature request no longer aligns with the current workflow, has been selected to be worked on by the Product team, or that other work, such as bug fixes, has taken priority. Please continue to follow the thread as the status may change again.

-Robert

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Added content stating what the status was changed from, and what it changed to (from "Under Consideration" to "Not Planned").
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Oh for the love of...

Look, I really don't get off on being negative, OK? As hard as it is to believe from my recent posts I prefer to have something to praise than to be annoyed about, and I was actually actively looking this morning for something that has been done well to give some positive feedback on. Instead, all I find are things like this.

First of all, the link that David D posted in his original post is now "Ooops, you're not authorised to access this page".  The link that I had bookmarked for all of the Camtasia keyboard shortcuts (and which I used regularly since I didn't find all of them to be intuitive) is now also "Ooops, you're not authorised to access this page". The current page is here, who knows for how long.

But if we were given options to set our own hotkeys at least we could get around some of the most annoying, time-wasting things in Camtasia such as but not limited to:
- Want to set an audio point? Neh, we won't give you a shortcut for that because with audio it's All! Mouse! All! The! Time! Make sure you don't nudge the volume levels as you zoom in on the two pixels that will put the point where you want it, now!
- Want to add a transition? That's right, swap from the media tab to the transitions tab, then drag the right transition down. None of this "one key to add a transition" for you, no sir! Oh, now you need to add a different clip? Back to the media bin, it's fast and easy! Just don't add up the amount of time that this endless shuffle costs you over say a year's worth of editing.

But hey, making the product more efficient to use "no longer aligns with current workflow", so...
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Apologies on the broken link to the hot keys in the original post. I updated the original post with the correct hot key link.
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Short reply: I am on Mac and you can’t edit them on a Mac.


Long Reply: Well it’s all fine and dandy for PC users, cause you can edit or customize your shortcuts, but for MAC users there is no option to edit shortcuts. I think the same functionality should be planned for Mac.
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Mal Reynolds

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hotkeys Discussion.

Yes, learning to use Premiere Pro well is as easy as climbing to the top of Everest from the wrong side. BUT... in PP I can go to an EXACT position by just typing the timecode in, I can go to another exact position by typing a further timecode in, I can mark both of those so that I get the EXACT length that I want, and I can copy that and paste said selection.

Techsmith, on the other hand, can't get its head around the idea that "all clicky-clicky-draggy-draggy all the time" is NOT the epitome of user-friendliness. That's why we're stuck with ridiculous things like having to use the mouse to mark audio points (no keyboard shortcut for you, nosiree! These mousy things are much cuter and more user friendly!), using the mouse to adjust audio levels (sure, getting it to within 5% of where you want it to be is almost impossible but hey, at least we're so user-friendly that you don't have to type a number in!) and why precise selection on the timeline is about as quick and easy as doing brain surgery while wearing welding gloves.

When you can do something as basic as these things in a monolithically complex program like Premiere Pro more quickly and more efficiently than you can in Camtasia, then something is wrong.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hotkeys Discussion.

Yeah OK.  You're right - I've been in and out of hospital these last few days so not really concentrating on what I'm reading or doing quite honestly.  Yes, there are thousands, millions even maybe, of shortcuts in Camtasia, that is the good news, but only a handful are customisable and that is the bad news. And very strange.   I mentioned I use Media Composer, which also has 6 million (give or take a few) shortcuts - and all of them as far as I am aware or have found, are customisable:   I have indeed customised the 80 or so that I actually use to make them easier and more memorable to me.  I think I did mention in one of my posts that only a few are customisable in Camtasia - when I first saw those - about half a dozen maybe - I thought that they were ALL of the shortcuts that were available.  Wrong of course.  Thing is, I use Camtasia only for the odd 'tutorial'  I do, and they are usually little more than a simple demo of a specific feature or two, so I happily use the mouse.  If I had many to do, or they were of any length - more than a few minutes long - then I would want to go the keyboard route.  Definitely.

So, in summation, I'm all for shortcuts, and all for having them (all) customisable, or the majority of them anyway.  Things like embolden and italicize and of that ilk (i.e. common to other programmes) I would understand if the option to customise wasn't available. 

Have I said too  much and upset someone again?  Probably.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hotkey Discussion.

I'm with Mal on this one,

8 programmable  shortcuts is all you get in the editor. After that your at the mercy of whatever TechSmith assigns as a shortcut.

Pretty much anything you do with your mouse, should have a keyboard shortcut available for it.
"Within reason" trimming a clip to length and certain things like that, a shortcut isn't practical.



 Premiere Pro is a different animal, it's unfair as a direct comparison to Camtasia because Premiere Pro has more features. 

But it's still a perfect example of what keyboard shortcuts are all about. And what Camtasia could offer.

I'll let the image tell the story. Premiere Pro is featured below.

Regards,Joe



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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hotkey Discussion.

Yeah, thanks Mike. I'm well aware of how many hot keys there are, notwithstanding that Techsmith moved the page that the hotkeys were listed on, the page which still comes up as the first item in a Google search, without bothering to redirect it. It's now on a page that gives no indication of the version number, notwithstanding the way Techsmith keeps changing shortcuts without giving you an option of customising them: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000336311?_ga=2.46759079.1015799305.1507628300-18...

Now try reading what I actually wrote.

The shortcut for adding an audio point is... where? The command to set the audio level by typing in a value rather than playing clicky-clicky-draggy-draggy of the volume line is... where? The command to move to a specific time location and set it as the starting point the way you can in Premiere Pro is... where? The command to move to another time location and set it as the end point without playing clicky-clicky-draggy-draggy is... where? The closest you can get to that is to get to approximately where you need to be then use , or . to adjust the start position, then hold down shift + . to tick your way slowly along to the end point but if your start point is just slightly out, you get to go through the whole process again. (Golly gee Mike, it seems like I do actually know some of the shortcuts, I know them almost as well as I know that for any extract that is longer than a couple of seconds in length it takes at least twice as long to do this in Camtasia as it does in Premiere Pro.) Of course I know that almost as well as I know that I can find the right starting point in Premiere much more easily because Premiere has at least bothered to include the ability to play back at varying speeds. Space bar, then Shift Plus L to go faster, Space plus J to go slower, Miike. Perhaps you'd like to point out to me where the equivalent is in Camtasia; oh, that's right, that ability doesn't exist in Camtasia so you either sit through the whole thing at normal speed or you follow some ridiculous kludge of a workaround to compress the time of the actual content and hope that you don't break any of your clips in the process.

The command to type in an exact pixel size for a callout rather than the stupid, inconsistent "scale percentage" is... where? The command to simultaneously remove a section of a video AND split the timeline so that you can add a transition (because they can only be added between splits) is... where? The keyboard shortcut to add your preferred transition without needing to clicky-clicky on the transitions tab is... where?

The place where you customise shortcuts in Camtasia Studio, not the recorder, is... where? Oh, right, of course... you can customise a whopping 8 of them. 8. One more than 7, even. And even those don't work properly because if you hit, for example, Shift + T to add a transition you get the last transition that you added, so hey, great if you work with only ONE transition, pretty easy to get wrong if you work with two or three since you can get the wrong one quite easily. Unlike, say, oh, I dunno... allowing you to set hotkeys for the specific transition that YOU want to assign to that hotkey.

Point them out to me Mike, so that I can become as enlightened as you.

I did not at any time say that Camtasia had NO shortcuts, but that in terms of what it does have there are some ridiculous omissions like the audio ones, and with the exception of the recorder, Techsmith does not believe in allowing customers to customise commands to fit their own way of working. The lack of customisable UI is just another reflection of this, incidentally.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hotkey Discussion.

Was I complaining?  I said I was 100% behind having shortcuts for everything.  By the look of it, you are showing Apple Mac screen dumps there.  To be honest, I had looked for the list in the wrong place - just checked again and the list can be found at https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000336311?utm_source=product&utm_medium=cs&am...    (it is mentioned in the Help drop down list - on Windows machines anyway).  Needless to say, thye list is pretty extensive

I also notice there is a way to change the Hotkeys, which I hadn't noticed before.  - To customize the Windows hotkeys, select Edit > Preferences > Hotkeys tab

There's also a way to change the Recorder Hotkeys. 

Sorry if my comment upset you.  Yes.  Hotkeys are there in profusion.  Perhaps Mal Reynolds should be told as well!  :-)

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hotkey Discussion.

have you looked at the CS9 help menu?  it has an option to display a web page of all its shortcuts

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@Mike Shaw, what is your complaint exactly? Keyboard shortcuts exist, and I think they are customizable on Windows (though not on mac)



For 8.X/2.X, you can download shortcut sheets from the web that show all the shortcuts on a single page. I have a laminated version next to my keyboard. I don't think anyone has pulled all the 9.X/3.X shortcuts together, not even Techsmith. Does anyone have this?

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Wishing they were customizable in Mac. I use Adobe Premiere Pro and it has “default” industry standard keyboard shortcuts. Going to Camrasia for Mac for to record and edit the recording to go over to Premiere is a pain because the Camtasia (Mac and PC) shortcuts are nowhere near what editors use and you cannot change them. I would love to change the keys on my Mac to match my NLE.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hotkey Discussion.

When I started to learn to use Media Composer, I came from a mouse-driven video editor, and MC was a nightmare.  The cry from the pundits all the time was - forget the mouse, use the keyboard shortcuts.  I finally succumbed to learning the myriad of shortcuts - and wow!  Editing was speeded up, made easier - and I was able to do things which simple mouse-clicking couldn't achieve.  So, I am 100% behind having keyboard shortcut options available for everything ... and including things which mouse usage couldn't achieve.  Not sure what those would or could be in Camtasia, as it is all pretty straightforward, but there is no doubt in my mind that once all the keyboard shortcuts are known, the mouse is a very slow alternative, doubling or even more than trebling the time taken to do anything.  Sounds unbelievable, but I have proven it for myself so now hardly ever touch the mouse.  Except when using Camtasia ....  :-)

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Having to take my hand off the mouse because I'm forced to press CTRL for many options interrupts my workflow terribly (I want to hit W so badly to return that damn playhead back to 0:00). Would love to watch a Camtasia employee work efficiently with Camtasia, showing us the most efficient way to work without customizable keys. I must be missing something. 

Please re-add customizable keys to your feature request to-do list, even if just for the functions that already have keyboard shortcuts. 

For now, I guess I'll have to use AutoHotKey or something.  :(
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Joining this discussion as well - a bit late it looks like. 
Basically - it would be great, in a polished product like Camtasia, to be able to change the default keyboard shortcuts. This is a core part of having a decent workflow in a tool like this. 

Thanks, 
Eugen. 
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Good news folks. We're planning on doing this and actively working on it. I can't promise it's going to solve every wish here--Camtasia is significantly different in it's underlying structure, from many pro tool NLES. That said, we're planning on making significant enhancements / improvements to hotkey customization.
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Love it. Thanks for the update!