Difficulty Selecting the Right Spot on a Clip (Very Sensitive)

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I want to perform a "SHIFT+ drag" on a clip. If I first select the clip, it turns yellow. Then I attempt to select the right end of just this clip so I can drag it to the right. The issue is that is very easy to select BOTH the yellow clip and the the clip to the right (at the location where the two clips meet). Just a few pixels seem to separate the correct picking position. Because it is so sensitive (and nearly zero margin for error in the mouse position), it is really slowing my workflow to a crawl (I need to perform this thousands of times).

Any ideas? I was hoping there might be a way to force the yellow clip (in this case) to be the only clip that could be "active" or stretched (without the possibility of affecting the clip to the right).


Camtasia 2019.0.7 (Windows)
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Hello analyst12,
I agree with your comment, with one glitch about "stretching."
You won't be able to move one clip on a line if there's another to its right - it will stop you because there's no room to move - Camtasia will not push the next clip forward. The second clip has to be moved first, in order to create room for the first to be able to be stretched. At that point it will be easier to grab the end of the 1st clip.
But your comment remains valid. Sometimes it takes several tries to "grab" the end of the clip you want in order to move it (e.g., to shrink instead of stretch, when two clips are butted up. I spend a lot of my time at maximum magnification of the timeline, and also increase Track heights when I need to do audio volume editing and clipping.

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If you use SHIFT+drag, then you can move all clips to the right, which is what I want.

Right at the interface between the left and right clip, the mouse will turn to a double arrow. The issue is that there are 4 possible outcomes within about 4-5 pixels. Moving from left to right, we have:

1. too far left (no double arrow)
2. double arrow and the left clip is selected (my goal in this case)
3. double arrow and both left and right clips are selected
4. too far to the right (no double arrow)

Since all 4 of these scenarios are possible within about 4-5 pixels wide, it is very difficult and time consuming to capture the intended behavior. I have never seen another program this sensitive (there is usually a range where user can have some error in their picking region).

Unfortunately, zooming in/out doesn't help this issue. There are still 4 possible outcomes with a very small picking range.
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As I said, you're absolutely correct.
I understand that Camtasia staff do not routinely check the user forum - it would be better to open a Technical request so that it gets forwarded to the development staff
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Thanks for the response. It seems I am not missing an opportunity to improve my workflow so at least that is accomplished.

I opened a ticket some days ago and have been going back and forth with the support team (I don't think understood the issue at first). Once they did, they have said that this is by design, but that others have raised concerns and that there might be room for improvement.

They suggested I post in the forum as well, so hopefully someone will see this. I have never seen a program this sensitive to picks. So their idea of design seems to be different from most others.
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I also have this issue, happy to 'vote' for any  change request.
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This subject/problem dates back to the release of Camtasia 9. Others have posted saying they have the same problem.
There was a support ticket opened by lausianne
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/edge-of-clip-hard-to-grab

That was 3 years ago.
If you scroll through the other posts.You will find many others reporting the same problem.

What differentiates which users are effected the most???

For the most part. I can drag the appropriate clip and drag without much difficulty.
Although, it can be a little tricky at times. I haven't considered it a big problem for myself, or opened a support ticket.

Regards,Joe
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Example Video uploaded by john,



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How To Use Visual Cues When Selecting And Moving Clip Ends 2019-09-05
https://www.screencast.com/t/H1i4Q07ZuHM5

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Incredible, man! How come I never picked up on this in the Camtasia teaching videos? You've made my week!
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Even this video shows how hard it is to catch the edge. Whoever doesn't suffer from this probably never used a video editor that does it properly.
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I proposed improving this functionality as an Idea. https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/grabbing-the-edge-of-media-placed-on-the-timeline-sh...

For what's its worth, you can vote for the idea.

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Thanks for the great breakdown! Hopefully this will get the attention of someone. It seems like such an obvious issue that needs to be addressed.
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Looks like we are all in the same boat. I wouldn't be too much of an issue if you only had to do this a handful of times. In my case, I need to do this an estimated 2,000 times. And edits will be fun. So the workflow is probably 3X more time consuming than it needs to be. A very odd "design feature" as Techsmith calls it. I would guess its just poor design and something they haven't bothered to address.