Fast playback options?

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Camtasia should add fast playback options (x2, x4 etc) for a quick review of video and audio recordings on the timeline. With hours of footage to review it would speed up the work flow considerably if the functionality to fast play through timeline was included.
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try applying clip speed of 200% - 400% to all clips, then play

set back to 100% when finished previewing
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Still not a complete solution to the problem but a band-aid. A quick selection of playback speed at 1-500% seems like a no brainer, especially for editing. Would speed up editing tremendously and create a better user experience.  
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Nice work around/thinking outside the box, kayakman. I would hate to find out, though, that I forgot to set it back to 100% after rendering out a long video.  Also, when I have this function in other editing software, I watch a faster playback for review, then slow while editing an area. So the ability to quickly change playback speed in the review window is nice.

Karl
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The ability to play back faster while editing would be very useful when editing long recordings. A sort of high speed scrubbing feature would enable me to scan through sections of video recordings to check for timings and errors and then slow down and edit parts that need fixed. I find myself wishing for this type of feature every time I edit a video more than a few minutes.
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have you tried scrubbing using the slider on the canvas?
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Thank you for the suggestion Kayakman, I do use slider all the time, but the trouble with it is that it just skips through the video without playing the sound.

I would like to see something like the 'shuttle' control in Adobe Premiere which plays the video with sound smoothly at a faster or slower rate, forward and back, enabling the editor to fine tune sections of the video.



But even the ability to simply play back the video at a higher speed as Tobitski requested without changing clip speed would be useful for checking to see if the audio syncs with the video or to quickly identify parts that need more editing.
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PLEASE!

The other problem with trying to manually scrub -- this shows in iMovie -- is that you cannot maintain accurate speed while manually scrubbing.

I can search a video with vlc or mplayer, very fast, accurate audio. But I can't then say "Now I want to select this frame", or "This is where I want to cut the track". Nor is there any way to see where in the source material you are at a given point on the timeline (say, while in VLC, I realize that I want to do something at 1 hour, 27 minutes, 13 seconds, 5 frames -- there's no way to jump to that location in source clip X, regardless of where on the timeline it is).
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It seems that folks have been asking for this for years: editing with variable speed playback with audio, without using some awkward workaround like clip speed.   E.g., the Adobe Premiere JKL jog/shuttle keys, roughly:  J, reverse, increase speed w/ repeated keystrokes; K: stop; L, forward, increase speed w/ repeated keystrokes.

Come on, TechSmith, how hard can it be to program this? The basic functionality already exists in Clip Speed.  All (?!?!?) that's needed are some real time controls!!! 

Has anyone had a look at Filmora Wondershare???
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Filmora Wondershare Video Editor seems to have great reviews. Thanks for the info.
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Agree on Jeffs recent post...

Dear TechSmith Team: What is the current status to this feature?
Would be delighted to get information to this request.

Thanks for your consideration developing this time saving feature...
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Fast playback w/ J, K, L keys would be incredibly welcome.

K = Play / Pause

If the video is already playing:
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L = Play 2x
LL = Play 4x
LLL = Loops back to playing at 1x speed.

L = Rewind 2x
LL = Rewind Play 4x
LLL = Loops back to playing backwards @ 1x speed.

If the video is already playing, the first press of L or J will be 2x speed.

Note, you should be able to hear the audio as this happens and it should be pitch adjusted as you do so.
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2x/4x/8x is *horrible*. Seriously.

MPlayer and VLC both support fairly arbitrary speed change; even Camtasia exporting supports almost arbitrary speed.

Looking through long, boring portions, I might be doing somewhere in the 6x to 12x range. Going over the good stuff might be at 1.3x to 1.5x. Over the range of "need to pay some attention, looking for sweet stuff", might be around 1.7x to 2.5x.
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Then maybe a preference for the multiplier/interval and the number of multiples before you loop back to the beginning?

I mostly edit my own screen recordings and in those the edits are pretty simple: look for anything I've rephrased and chuck out the first take. I can't understand what's being said much past 2x. Fine edits I need to listen to at 1x. But I could see value in 1.5, 2.5.
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The most important thing to me is that I have keyboard access to playback speed, I hate editing w/ a mouse.
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Any chance we'll see this feature sometime? I work with multi-hour source material and not being able to "skim" through it more quickly makes things really difficult. Screenflow has had this for years and makes me wonder if I chose the wrong app.
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Wrong App?

At the time I started using Camtasia, my choice was iMovie -- which at the time was little more than a glorified clip assembler with minor editing features, Sony Vegas -- which was a $500 product, sold by the people that dumped crap on your (microsoft) computer and got the anti-virus companies to ignore it because "Sony" (never mind that it broke some CD-rom drives, and was horribly anti-consumer), etc. -- point being, I have never paid a dime to anything "sony" since then, and I wasn't going to start with a $500 editor then.

Camtasia fit the bill. It was better than iMovie, cheaper than Vegas, and I didn't need all the stuff in Vegas.

Now? Today?

If I upgrade my OS, I get a brand-new iMovie, with new features, that might be better. Heck, as soon as I go to 10.10 or higher there's a bunch of new video editors available -- even the newer Camtasia.

Will I continue to use Camtasia? I don't know.
Do I expect to spend any more money on a newer version of Camtasia? Probably not.

What's kept me on 10.9.5? Jack Router for audio. I just found out a 95% work-around that unties me from needing that (great), but now 10.12 turns out to have a serious problem for machines that are up more than about a week at a time without rebooting (you know, servers...). Can't get a 10.11 or 10.10, not really sure what to do next.

Wrong app? At the time, right app, right decision. Now it's time for a new decision.
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Yes, the idea of having variable playback speeds (AND NOT BY CHANGING THE CONTENT, which is a horrible, kludgy, risky workaround) has been around for literally years as the original post in this thread shows. And not just speeding up playback, but slowing it down as well. (4 years ago and counting.) Any half way decent editing suite should allow this; zoom through the content at high speed for a quick overview, slow down to zoom in on the things that need an edit, especially since the Camtasia interface is all clicky-clicky-draggy-draggy, all the time.

Unfortunately there seems to be little appetite in the Camtasia team to provide this.
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Wow, it's been a year since I wrote my comment, and guess what: instead of upgrading to Camtasia 2018, I bought ScreenFlow, since it's clear that TechSmith isn't listening to its vocal customers.
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i have no idea of why my photo editing video in filmora is playing fast???
please someone give me any idea?? how to deal with it
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Try downloading the free trial of Camtasia and see if plays at normal speed in Camtasia.
http://discover.techsmith.com/camtasia-brand-desktop/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_cam...

This is the Camtasia forum,
 I wouldn't even know what Filmora's user interface looks like.

Regards,Joe
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Hi Camtasia folks, please please add this feature to increase/decrease playback speed
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well, if you are working with a complex Camtasia project [multiple tracks/clips], then the best workaround is to produce as MP4; put the MP4 on the timeline and apply clip speed to that clip and proceed as described in the tutorial

put the new MP4 on the top track of the same original project; speed it up with clip speed, mark what you want with w/markers etc; after the MP4 is reset to 100%, you'll have ID'd the place you are looking for as noted by the markers; reset the marker to a global/timeline marker, delete the MP4, and get on with it

this approach works, and gets the job done; it's not perfect; it's a workaround
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How To Fast Preview Sections Of Large Complex Multi Track Projects
http://www.screencast.com/t/KTRbtnY9YY
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keybounce

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First problem: "this will take a couple of minutes".
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Indeed, Keybounce. Try doing that for a 20 to 40 minute video with Camtasia's "blistering" rendering speed, then take into account that the motion of the play is only in one direction and at one speed (unless you constantly juggle the clip speed of the .mp4), and that you can't interactively edit, and that you can't see the separate tracks...

"It works and gets the job done" in the same way that a Heath Robinson invention does. It's essentially just covering for yet another example of how Techsmith has let Camtasia slide way behind pretty much any other editor on the market.

I suppose that we could vote for this change, but given that requests for this feature are scattered across multiple threads over the last 6 years and that request roundups only take place every {mumble, when we get around to it maybe} months, and that new versions come along every oooh, say, 4 years, I'm not at all sure that it would be making the greatest of differences. I've voted for this anyway, even though I suspect that it's an exercise in futility.
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 kayakman, OMG on your screencast. Are you kidding me? I don't think you truly understand the problem we are all asking Camtasia to solve. If you did you would not have posted that screencast as a solution.
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Well, kayakman

I know your suggestions are offered with the best of intentions. I’ve seen you offer this advice on several occasions.

Which puzzles me a bit. You cannot possibly edit videos effectively, in either manner you describe. I think it’s a misguided suggestion every time I read them.

It makes me wonder if you’ve ever used a program with fast timeline playback controls? Here’s why I say this.

I made a demo of how Premiere Pro handles timeline playback. Adobe’s other programs, Sony Vegas, DeVinchi Resolve, and others use the same keyboard shortcuts for timeline playback.   

Rendering an entire video to mp4 is time consuming just for starters. Then, if you watch a section you might want to use in a video, or remove. With clip speed applied for high speed playback, the entire clip is kind of useless for scrutinized viewing purposes.

 How would you know you truly “liked/didn’t like” a particular section of clip?

 If the audio sounded like a chipmunk, and the action was moving very fast. You can't tell what happened in the scene definitively. Plus, you’re stuck with one speed of playback and in one direction.  

That’s not what fast playback is for.

There's a slow motion playback option as well. I didn't show that feature. 

Applying and un-applying clip speed constantly? Well, that's a possibility. But it’s less than fluid editing. I wouldn’t do it

Screencast wouldn’t let me upload a video tonight so I settled for Vimeo.

Regards,Joe


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Thanks for posting this Joe. Premiere's implementations is exactly what I want. When I'm editing a 1hr presentation, I want to be able to move as quickly as possible. Also, please note that the audio sounds "natural" even at high speeds - fast video + chipmunk audio isn't that useful to me.
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Seems like a basic function!  I was in a studio 20 odd years ago and this is one of the things I remember doing with hours of clips that we were processing to home in on the bit that we wanted.  Now that I am starting out again I am amazed that such a good product doesn't have this functionality!  It's like finding that a word processing software doesn't have search and replace.  I even bought a jog/shuttle wheel to speed up my interaction with the timeline and now find that half that functionality can't be replicated :(
Please can we have this functionality?
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Me too! I am missing out this fast playback function.
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Any hope that CAMTASIA 2020 will feature fast playback?? It's sorely missing and has been a major feature people have been asking for for so many years!
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FYI, this is why I no longer use Camtasia and have switched to other products.