Diagonal Split Screen in Camtasia 8

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I saw in one of the  promos for Cam 9 that it offered the possibility of two screens, or two camera angles (two files) to be played simultaneously on a split screen where both files were diagonal to one another, creating a pretty neat effect.

I bought Camtasia 8, and it wasn't two weeks before Camtasia 9 was introduced and I feel a little ripped off, and until I get to where I really need to make some serious flicks, I'm going to do my  practicing on Cam 8.  I've learned a lot on Camtasia 6 and 7 and 8 is pretty much the same.

I'm rambling tho.  Can a diagonal split screen be accomplished in Cam 8?  If so, how.  And finally, without starting a new thread about a topic that I participated in which got people very riled up is this: Has the ability for Cam 9 to export audio as an .mp3 file been yet implemented.  Please don't make me create a separate post for this lol.

Thanks guys.  I appreciate it.
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first, if you bought 8 and 9 was publicly released 2 weeks later, you should contact free customer support

second, 8 supports multiple tracks; you can have split screens as you describe; you will need to make a diagonal mask if you want the 2 videos to display in a diagonal manor [as opposed to a side-by-side way]

this tutorial will describe how to make a mask ...

How To Make A Circle Mask
http://www.screencast.com/t/4Kfzg81ZcCH
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That is genius! Love it.
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Thank you very much for that information.  Just one question (I'm too tired to try it now and should have been in bed HOURS ago): Is the effect as cool as it is in Camtasia 9?  Just curious.  You don't have to respond to that.  I was watching several YouTube videos and they showed how to do side by side, but not diagonal like I noticed in one of the adverts for Camtasia 9.  So thanks again. 
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I just watched that screencast.  Pretty neat technique to use in the future, but I do not see how in the world I would make a diagonal mask.  How would I actually turn the videos diagonally to where they met in the middle like in Camtasia 9 with a mask.  I'm not new to Camtasia but I am new when it comes to doing tricks and things like that.  I will watch a little YouTube and also keep that screencast saved also for future reference.  Thanks!
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make the diagonal mask by using an enlarged callout object [the mask], rotated diagonally; you'll need to position the 2 videos on opposite sides of the mask when you produce the 2 separate clips for use in the final project
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Is this what you mean by split screen and two camera angles?

My definition of split screens, is 2 separate videos playing simultaneously.  

If you want 2 videos in the same canvas area you don't have to mask anything out.
You simply put them side by side or stack them top to bottom.

With Camtasia 8 your limited to a screen resolution of 2048 x 2048. So if your working with 1920 x 1080 footage you would have to scale down the footage a lot to fit them both into the canvas area. That degrades the quality of the footage.

Camtasia 9 handles 4k. So 1920 x 1080 footage could reside  side by side or stacked in full resolution. Making for a better looking production.

However, your still dealing with aspect ratios. You can fit 2 rectangles in larger rectangle.But you'll end up with black bars for viewing purposes.


  If your working with square footage from an older camera the game changes.But most people are not.

You could crop a lot of the footage away to make it fill more of the screen, odds are the footage will lose the content you want to see in the process.

You could add a lightly colored background with opacity lowered. Tilt the videos on an angle for effect.The outer edges would be cut off.Just a little bit, maybe 50 pixels tops.
 

4k videos downscale and look great on most 1080 monitors and televisions. The Camtasia 8 route will work as well, it just won't be nearly as sharp.

Regards,Joe
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How To Create Diagonal Mask Effect
http://www.screencast.com/t/cjm7IYKLql

tutorial made using CS9, but method works with CS8
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Hey Kayakman,
Your method is spot on to accomplish the effect but if I may offer a tip to save some render time.

Run through your method and render video 1 with the callout/mask. All good.

Now do a new project and import your second video that you will use.Import the first rendered video with the mask and place it on top of video 2.

Now just do a color remove on the remaining color from the first rendered video.
The second video will now be showing where the color was and you can move/adjust it's position to taste and then render the final.



Saves time of rendering the second video and then rendering a third time for a final.

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good catch Dubie; that does save a step :)

thanks for the tip
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Anyone have a link handy that shows the actual video that Chris saw?
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Rick I think Chris was referring to the video link that kayakman (Bob) provided for us. I could be wrong though. Have a great day/night.
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Thanks Fred, but the only links I've seen from Bob were to his own tutorials. I was hoping to see the video originally mentioned.
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@ Fred ...

how are you; haven't seen you post for a while; trust all goes well with you
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I am still alive and hanging in there Bob. Thanks for asking just been busy with other things in life right now. Going to try and post more in time. :)
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So Chris Kidd,

 A lot of good feedback here. I missed that you were after a diagonal split so my feedback was way off base.
I'll try to correct than now.

I don't know what type  of footage you're working with but remove a color is less than ideal in many cases.If you're standing in front of a green screen and not wearing green clothing you'll all set. Chose green. A white and black document piece of cake.
Documents with images. Standard video footage of a day at the beech, the great outdoors, etc. .Contain blended R.G.B. values. These blended values contain any color you can dream up. Removing them will leave holes or faded colors in the video.

A true mask is much better. There's a free program called VSDC. http://bit.ly/2w3FrLy

 I tested it myself this morning, I won't recommend a program if I don't test it first. It took me 15 minuets to create a vertical mask following a you tube video I found.I made a mistake first time around. The video moves pretty fast and I'm unfamiliar with the program.
I had to start over.The second time took me about 5 min.
I rendered it to avi.It looked good, it could be imported into Camtasia 8 without issue.

I did a variation of the You Tube Video. I wouldn't split the screen from corner to corner, it's to radical of a split in my opinion.
Here's the video in Camtasia 8.


When I exported the video.The program prompted me to buy the program for $20 and get the premium tools.I don't know what the premium tools are. I produced it without them.There's no watermark or anything like that.

Here's the tutorial.

This is the least complicated, free program. I know of that can do this. Plus you can play around with the mask.Move it until your sure it's positioned just right.

Kudo's to the remove a color approach.

Regards,Joe

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I appreciate everyone’s feedback very very much sir. And I appreciate you going through the trouble of testing the program and the YouTube link. That was a lot of trouble for you to go through to help me out. I’m getting ready to help my son post some videos of him with his guitar and I have two or three camera angles that I am working with. That looks very good though. I hope everyone reads this so they can see that I said I appreciate it... I appreciate everything everyone said and all the feedback And I am going to go through it and read all of it tonight. Thanks again everyone.