Feature Request: Lock video layout on canvas

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It's way too easy to move the video on the canvas and I keep messing stuff up.  

When I'm putting callouts onto a video, I often end up clicking the wrong thing or accidentally lifting my finger off the mouse button and this results in me inadvertently moving the alignment of the video in relation to the canvas.  I record my video with the same dimensions as my final production and I think i'm probably *never* going to adjust the alignment of the video on the canvas.

If I do this, it's not a big problem if I catch it right away.  But if I don't notice it until much later, it's really hard to undo.  

Feature request #1: I'd love a way to lock the video's alignment to the canvas so I can't unintentionally mess it up.

Feature request #2: Give me a way to recover from this problem.  For example, I'd love a feature where I could say "make this video align with the canvas" and Camtasia would automatically snap the video to the same dimensions as the canvas.

BTW, I'm not sure why but I run in to this problem much more often when I'm using Camtasia for Mac.  


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try locking the track that holds the video

and if you see that you accidentally moved it, try "undo"
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you can avoid accidentally selecting the wrong canvas item by clicking on the objects center handle
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@kayakman, I can tell that you truly try to be helpful and you seem to weigh in on tons of discussions.  Thank you for being so committed to the community.  In this case, I think you might be missing the gist of what I'm requesting.  I already understand how to use a mouse, use Ctrl-Z/Cmd-Z to perform an undo, and I'm a solidly-experienced user of Camtasia.  What I'm asking for is a new feature in Camtasia in order to 'take the sharp edges' off of a usability issue that I'm encountering.  I would like to try to make Camtasia even better.  If you have any pull with TechSmith, it would be great if you could advocate for this.  
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@Benjamin Day

Obviously it's been established that at this time there is  no way to lock the background without locking the track.

I gave a vote for this idea. It would be really helpful to say the least.

As for your Feature request #2 that may (again at this time)  be helpful is to...

1. Make sure your background is the same size as the canvas to start.
    If you scale it up for instance make sure to crop off the areas outside of the canvas.

2. Now as you are working,  if you move the background or think you may have than all you have to do is Right-Click on the background somewhere and chose "Scale to fit" from the popup menu.




That should Snap the background back inline with the canvas.

The one catch is don't do it if  are working on a section of your video where you have zoomed in the background. Make sure the playhead is at a area that is the original size you started with.

It's the quickest way I have found and use to work around the issue since we can't lock the background .


:)


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I didn't know that feature existed. I looked at using the pan and zoom feature.But it added a keyframe, then you had to copy the properties, delete the keyframe and paste the properties back. Too much work, I refused to even bring it up. And yet I did anyway.
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Benjamin Day; thanks for your kind words

I run into the issue you've addressed quite often, usually when trying to re-position/resize a callout I've just added; I also see the problem when callouts are stacked on top of other callouts;

however, since there can be multiple video tracks, or, video clips on tracks mixed in with other objects, I suspect that preventing the problem might not be so straight forward

I've advocated for a tangential solution to the issue for years; one approach I've often presented to the Camtasia team is a simple "lock all" function; then, a right click on the targeted object could perhaps selectively unlock it?  or at least, one could unlock just the targeted track; of course, a "unlock all" function would also be appropriate

but I agree that if the issue could be designed out of the editor, that would be a good thing


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One way to mitigate the problem is for CS not to erase autosave files. Until they make that an option, you can do your own saves to be erased later when you are sure the current version is correct. Personally, I back up my system (incrementally) automatically every night. To have TechSmith realign your callouts suggests they know where they should be. You may have moved your canvas deliberately. I once had a drawing package that allowed you to do relative anchors. When you moved the anchor, everything moved. Finally, they could implement a history stack, a la Photoshop, that let you delete an embedded action (the canvas shift).

CS 8 has most of the features of 2018. TS is struggling to enhance the package. They need to focus more on user issues like yours.