Experimenting With Keystroke Display

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A short video showing what I SEEK but what Camtasia CANNOT DO.

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I created each of the keys in a library and had to drag-n-drop each key into the timeline.  It was a VERY tedious process, and there are certain keys I CANNOT create because hitting them either stops the recording session, or does other strange things.  I cannot seem to create a <CLICK> or <R-CLICK> key, and the <F9> and <F10> keys also cannot be created.  There are a few others as well.

This would be a GREAT feature to add to Camtasia!  Each keystroke gets a separate time line.  it appears by a manual sync to the audio, and all of the keys in the display are stretched to the end of the last key, then they all shut off at once.

I do UNPAID and UNMONOTIZED training videos for this software as a HOBBY to help fellow PlasmaCam owners learn how to do more with their software.  However, in a 30 minute video that is a LOT of work to manually place all of those keys on timelines to get these results.  This short video took me 30 minutes to produce, and I didn't take the time to size the keys or align them perfectly.

TechSmith ... PLEASE give us this capability!!!

Joe  
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regarding the keys you can't make directly, try creating the text in a text editor, then, with a keystroke callout on timeline, selected, in the property box, right click the text box [for key value] and choose "paste"

does that work?
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I am not quite sure how to do that, but I will try to accomplish it.  

I am trying desperately to create a single '@' key to display, but all it will give me is 'Shift 2'

Joe
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I'm in the middle of a large production, or I'd just make a quick screencast

but ... in notepad, type the "@" character
copy it to your clipboard
in Camtasia, right click/paste into the keystroke property text box
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Kayakman!  YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!

That works perfectly!


I still need to consider the time it would take to manually place each keystroke into the timeline to produce the desired results.  Camtasia REALLY needs to allow a FULL QWERTY Keyboard Keystroke RECORD capability.

Joe
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glad it worked; technique was originally suggested by forum member Rick Stone a while back

has always worked great for me
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Well NOW I am adding keys as I wanted, but after a number of additions to the library, the program LOCKS UP whenever I attempt to add one more key.  Is there a LIMIT to the number of items a library may contain?  Is this a "trial version" thing?  I am reluctant to pay for a software KEY when the program locks up every couple of minutes!  I am running a fairly new PC with Windows 10.

For some reason, trying to add the colon [:] or the forward slash [/] or the BAR [|] along with some other keys CRASHES the software.  This is not instilling confidence in me to purchase Camtsia.

Joe
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Trying to add the "<" or ">" symbols also crashes the program. 

Joe
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combine the new keystroke callout with another callout [make it transparent], then you can add them to the Library; they will round trip from Library just fine

not sure but I believe that the Library naming schema does not like certain reserved characters

otherwise, I'm not aware of any limit to how many assets the Library can hold; I have a lot myself
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I found a website that has a whole assortment of SYMBOLS that are actually images that can be substituted for ASCII Characters.  I was able to add everything, and more.  The Copyright, the Registered, the "bar", the degree symbol, etc.  I can assign a smiley face, or even an Email address as a single key.

For those of you who are struggling with the crashes, try this site.

https://coolsymbol.com/

My uncle used to say, "There is more than ONE way to skin a cat!!"

Joe

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I got the full keyboard into the library, but I am sorry to report that the constant crashes of Camtasia are causing me to look for video editing alternatives.  I don’t know why it crashes, but it is frustrating to constantly reboot the program or the entire PC just to continue.  

I am no stranger to PCs.  I have 35 of them in my home and two workshops.  I am 61, and started with Windows 95 a long time ago.  Before that, it was the Commodore 64s and Texas Instruments computers.

I will give this a few more tries to settle down, and if the crashes continue, I will let this trial version expire and move to something else.

Joe



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Okay, I got the full keyboard into the library.  So I went ahead and spent the money for the software.

I hope several things will improve in the future, but for now, at least I am able to get it to do (almost) exactly what I want.

Joe