Feature Request - Random Transition

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In Microsoft PowerPoint, the PowerPoint user is able to apply a random transition to slides.

It would be great if Camtasia were to offer a similar feature. This could dramatically improve productivity for users that are inserting many images in order to make a slide show, but wanting variety in transitions.

As it stands, I'm having to carefully apply a different transition to each image and it becomes mind numbing after the first 30 or so. I have roughly 567 images to do this with.
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Why don't you make the video in powerpoint (export as mp4/wmv) and then import that one video file into Camtasia?
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Yeah, I tried that and would LOVE to do it, but there are a few issues. I'm using these videos on Micca Speck video players attached to a TV. And the singular video file is simply too large for the player to handle. So it likes the smaller videos and plays them with no problem.

I also considered bringing that larger video into Camtasia to split it into smaller chunks. But that messes up the transitions where the splits occur.

First world problems, eh? LOL
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As long as you're aware of it
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Rick,

May be more than you want to do but,
Have you tried compressing your images in PowerPoint before creating the video?



Exporting your video.

Have you tried to export as video at a different size?



Run the finished PPT video through Handbrake w/ web optimized setting.
Should reduce the size.

Just throwing some ideas at ya.


Dubie:)


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Heya Dubie! Thanks for the suggestions. I'll give those a shot and see how they fare. Maybe it will help!

Won't know until I try.

As for PPT and that random transition, it seems limited in the actual transitions that end up in the final video. That's a bummer because there are some I had hoped to see!
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What transition(s) in particular are not working?

How are you creating the PPT video?

Are you doing a "Save As" to mp4 or are you doing a Export to video?

Export should retain the transitions.

Also in export, set the slide timing to 00:00
that could be throwing things off


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I would never touch a random transition tool! I try to limit severely the number and style of transitions used. The danger with multiple effects is that the viewer gets distracted by the visuals. What you’re aiming for is for the user to be blown away by your content! Still, if that’s what you want then, fill your boots.
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Agreed, its almost enough to give you motion sickness while viewing still images.