Default the "during" behavior to "none" (I would like to hear from a Camtasia developer on this)

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It's nice to have text or an image pulsate in/out or jump in/out but it's poor design to have something wiggling, blinking or hopping when people are trying to read text or view the image. 99.9% of the time that I use a behavior I manually set the during to "none."

I'm loading Camtasia onto a 3rd computer and here we go again. On my main computer I have some defaults in my library. I've got to make them again for this new laptop. And the primary reason is to set the "during" to "none."

Camtasia's claim to fame is the screencapture and ease of making tutorials. How many tutorials are effective with hopping text?

PLEASE!!! It's a waste of productivity to add a bunch of text, shapes, highlights, and images, and manually have to change every one of them to "none" for the sake of the audience that I'm trying to teach. 

I've had to re-render videos that I thought were complete but I missed changing a "during" to "none."
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Oz du Soleil

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susannemistric

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I don't know anyone with any instructional design training who wouldn't agree with you. All those bouncing and bobbing text options are a nightmare. Fine as an option, horrible as default. I definitely hope this will be addressed.
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"On my main computer I have some defaults in my library. I've got to make them again for this new laptop"

Why not export your defaults in your main computer library and import them to the new computer ?


"I've had to re-render videos that I thought were complete but I missed changing a "during" to "none."

Part of the editing process is reviewing and select rendering before a final rendering. 
Hardly think this is Camtasia's fault
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The bottom line is that it's annoying to have these behaviors default to  settings that make no practical sense.

Having a bullet-point list pulse in and pulse out is a nice touch. To have it keep pulsing as a default? WHY? No reason.
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Why not export the defaults from the main computer? In this situation, the main computer was at home while I was 2000 miles away on a laptop for 6 days.

Also, I bring these points up not to blame Camtasia, but because Camtasia asks that when we submit an idea we should also point out how the idea would make life easier. It'd make life MUCH easier if the "during" defaulted to "none." Or, offer an advanced option to choose to default all durings to none.
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I'm not debating your idea at all. I agree with many peeps here that Techsmith came at this new version backasswards and messed up workflows.
On the flip side I also think they did some cool things too.
Just got to roll with the punches so to say and keep it real.

No software will be a "Do All - Be All" . All we can do is hope:)
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Yeah. There's a lot that I like. The behaviors were a stroke of brilliance. I like the black interface and the play button on both the canvas and main interface. Going 64-bit was a huge positive. I haven't had to worry about crashes.

Overall I've been much happier with C9 than C8.

Now if they'll straighten out these behaviors, life would be grand. 
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susannemistric

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I think the point being made is that options like these should default to basic settings to make editing more efficient for what I would assume is the majority.
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I just thought about this today:
If I publish a video that has text jump in and it keeps jumping, to the viewer that looks like a deliberate decision rather than a failure to change a setting.

However, if text suddenly appears with no transition or animation, that just looks abrupt or like a forgivable mistake, but the text is still readable.

This "during" default needs to go to "none." Seriously.
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Oz, thanks for sharing this idea. I can see how that creates extra work especially when you are using it extensively in projects. Being able to set defaults for behaviors to a preferred setting was something we considered for the original release for behaviors but give time constraints it didn't make the release. We can include this idea in the next idea round up to see if it gets voted up. for now, it's not currently planned.
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Thanks for the response.
Here's my concern.

A lot of people might not be using Behaviors thus, hoping this gets voted higher than other feature requests is probably not likely. My argument is that the current Behavior defaults are just plain wrong and should be fixed.

There's absolutely no reason to have text default to "jumping" in the "during" phase of a behavior. This would be like having a word processor that defaults all numbers to italic, orange Papyrus font. Is there a case to be made FOR doing something like that?

My request could take two different directions:
1.  You could install a mechanism for users to set a default. As you say, that would be time-consuming and I understand that should be held to a vote. Or,
2.  You could change the software so that the default is "none."

I'm getting to a place where I'm abandoning the behaviors and just using transitions like I did in Camtasia 8. With projects that are really involved, like a 10-hour 80-video course, changing all durings to none  is a lot of work that ought to be unnecessary.


I'm in Camtasia DAILY, making complex videos. I'm trying to teach people Excel.
The behavior default is becoming a deal-breaker.
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Hi there

I seem to recall suggesting that as users, we could create our own behaviors and save them as such. I'm thinking along the lines of say... CSS where you define a style, then just apply that style to the element of the page to influence changes.

I further recall seeing mention that it's planned for my suggestion to be implemented at some future point.

So if this were the case, It would hopefully be a piece of cake to define your own desired behavior, then perhaps update all instances of the behavior to match what you have defined.

Although I have version 9 available, I find myself constantly resorting to version 8 to actually do productive work. Hoping to see a version emerge that allows changing the UI colors to something more readable.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Oz du Soleil

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I like the idea of a CSS-like mechanism.
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Joe Morgan

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You can apply a text behavior to any text callout you want. 

Apply a Behavior to taste. Save that Callout to the library and name it accordingly.

Drag that callout to the timeline.Right click and select "Copy Effects" Then "Paste Effects" into your "Text".

I know it's a work around,  but it might be quicker.

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Thanks yes. I've got that for the things that I use over and over again. Very useful.
It's definitely a workaround.

I'm thinking now that the behaviors would be better as new transitions or animation options. Completely unpackage them and let users select, for example, just "bounce out." No in, no during
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I'm giving up on behaviors.

I do too many varied videos to clog my library with behaviors that have none as the default during action.  I just completed about 20 hours on my last video and not a single behavior/transition needed to be jiggling, fading or hopping. PEOPLE NEED TO BE ABLE TO READ the stuff I'm bringing in.

Back when Camtasia 9 was released I was in love with behaviors. Today, this one default makes the behaviors more work that they're worth. 
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