Edit Camtasia Marker Thumbnails

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Spitting out a lot of training videos for work now.  Using Markers to give us a nice TOC right in the videos.

I can't figure out how to change the thumbnails for each section at the maker?  The best image is pretty much always several seconds into the section, not the blank screen at the marker spot. 

I found on the hard drive a "First Frame" PNG, so I can go a long way around to at least editing that, but even that is truly cumbersome.

Am I missing something obvious?  Is there a simple way to edit the video FIRST FRAME thumbnail and the MARKER thumbnails?  Shouldn't there be if there isn't a way?

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Jerry Beaucaire

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

Yep, it would be nice to have some ability to choose the thumbnail you want, but unfortunately that's not exactly possible out of the box.

You didn't say what version of Camtasia you are using and darned if my crystal ball isn't on the fritz. So I'll advise on Camtasia 9 and perhaps you can extrapolate from there.

When I produced content with markers and a TOC from my own Camtasia 9, I find a file named [OutputFileName]_Thumbnails.png. I opened this file in SnagIt and I see that it is 375 pixels wide by 42 pixels tall. I'm guessing the width will vary, based on number of markers. My guess is the height will remain constant. So, if you are determined to change the thumbnails, you could export the desired frames, scale them to 42 pixels tall, then edit the file using something like SnagIt. Once saved, you should see the thumbnails you want.

Perhaps a brighter bulb than I am will have a better suggestion.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Camtasia 9

Editing the first frame file is mildly cumbersome. Doing microsurgery on the actual thumbnails file is the definition of prohibitively cumbersome.

TechSmith, please consider adding this missing feature. The thumb nail is visible directly above the marker name, clicking it to choose a frame position shouldn't be that hard, no?

Or perhaps a matching green marker to go with each blue one where you can mark on the timeline where you want the thumbnail for each marker. That at least would build on the existing functionality of markers, and then it would be simple to drag. You could even make a green marker near the start of the program but before the first blue marker would designate the first frame. Tada.
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