feature request: Nudge media clips using keyboard

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When syncing voice audio to someone's lips moving on video, syncing can be a chore with the mouse. Would love to be able to nudge the media clips incrementally using the mouse. 
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Been after this too for years.  There is a way to move the 'head' a frame at a time, but I know you are meaning to move the audio track 'nudge it' a frame at a time.

Joe Morgan explained to me - No it was another, but the understanding needs to be that WHEREVER the HEAD is at (like when you 'move the audio track' right or left) and LET GO of the mouse button, the program LOOKS AT EVERYTHING you have on the canvas out 500 frames and re-writes to memory . That is why, if you are building a long video; say 1 or 2 hours in length, when you move the track on the timeline and let it go, you MUST let go of the mouse in that instant!  Why?  Because wherever the mouse winds up IS WHERE the audio track will wind up at the completion of re-writing the track to memory.

Very slow - very tedious - quite irritating.  But, that is what they have to offer.

To help the issue (I had to rebuild a video in the editor - scraped the whole thing and started over)  I now leave ALLL the special effects; transitions, overlay video tracks (get the main track with audio edited first, then add other media at the exact moment on the timeline) opening and closing topic image and opening music, etc. until the main video is complete.

On the hardware side I changed up my system just because of Camtasia and my video work; the processor is an i5 at 3750 running Win 10 Pro from a WD 2 TB SSD with 32 GB Ram and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB ram.  The SSD and RAM really make the difference.
 
Hope that helps.



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"...wherever the mouse winds up IS WHERE the audio track will wind up at the completion of re-writing the track to memory."

Weird! But if it's in the core code, I'm sure changing it would take quite a lot heavy lifting and long hours. 

I've updated my hardware and RAM too which definitely helps with making the program smoother, though it doesn't have anything to do with the nudge feature I'm requesting. 

Currently, I'm using the workaround that someone suggested in another thread: Nudge the play head to where you want the audio, then lock the audio clip onto the head with snapping. It still involves some effort (cutting the silent part of the clip before the audio begins for example), but at least it's doable. 
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I am back with camtasia after a near ten year break. After all these years there is STILL the audio lag on recordings. EVERY other editor gives you the ability to separate the audio and then nudge the track left or right to lip sync or whatever. TEN years and still no nudge!!
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Adobe's Premiere Pro and Premiere Elements allows you to nudge media in the timeline.

Including changing tracks.I don't think Elements has changing tracks available as a feature. I couldn't find it anywhere.I looked.


Here's someones quick 20 second right to the point video of Premiere Pro nudging  media on the timeline.




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Love that. I used Pro a long time ago and loved that feature. When I switched to Camtasia, I thought it had nudging. I could have sworn it used to. Now I realize I was just remembering Pro.  

Camtasia does SO much right, so I'm not complaining. They just added a ton of keyboard shortcut options so I was thrilled to see that. With every iteration, I see more improved so I think we're heading in the right direction. 
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paulcocacola

perhaps try this method to stick a clip at a specific location  ...

How To Precision Place Timeline Clip 2019-06-25
https://www.screencast.com/t/A4OmrDeM7t

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Another good workaround. Thanks a lot!
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Nudging media on the timeline is on the wishlist. I too miss this feature from other editors / compositors. I can't give you a timeline at this point, but I know a guy on the inside. :-)

Brooks
Camtasia Technical Product Manager
Mobile Technical Product Manager
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Woohoo!! :D
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kayakman, Champion

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How To Nudge Objects On Timeline 2020-03-27
https://www.screencast.com/t/9ZUBuSoAoWt1

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paulcocacola

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Now that is interesting. Good workaround. Cumbersome, but the best solution I've seen yet. Thank you!
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Its interesting that this is such an important requirement for video / audio editing and how users have to come to workarounds for YEARS and yet the developers have not implimented this. This feature would REALLY lift camtasia to another level. The lack of this feature will see users leave (like I did for ten years) when they discover other editors allow them to do this in seconds with key strokes. I have software (we develop software) that only works on windows (all my other work is no Mac) I need to make insturction videos on the windows machine which camtasia is great for. I then take the finished video from camtasia into Screenflow (Mac only software) which is nothing short of a jewel, split the audio nudge it and its done. Its a pain having two  OS's and software to do what camtasia should do. Mind you.... camtasia even ten years ago lagged on audio causing lip sync issues. IF that had been solved then nudge would not be SO important. Come on TechSmith. Get on with this... listen to users.