Fixed Vertical Object Movement in Tracks

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I've searched and have not found a shortcut for the following action. Similar to the ability of clicking anywhere on the timeline and holding down Shift and then moving all content to the right, I often times want to move chart objects on tracks up or down to another track without them shifting to the right or left. Cool feature that Camtasia tries to guess where you want the alignment to occur but if I want to be really specific about where content is positioned in my timeline, it is very frustrating because too many times when I try to shift something up or down, it shifts a little to the right or left. There needs to be a way to lock the selected objects so they can only be moved up or down.

This is helpful for example when I'm completely done with a 10 minute video that has numerous objects and I want to minimize the number of tracks. Thanks for consideration and please advise if there is a way to do this or if it will be forthcoming.
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kayakman, Champion

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How To Move Object Vertically On Timeline
https://www.screencast.com/t/OJsUua1O
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Thanks for sharing, didn't know that was an option. The only issue I see is that when I hold down Shift and move an object, all objects on that track move up or down which is great is some situations but not all. Anyway to highlight specific ones and then drag up or down?
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only the selected object[s] should move
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so, it's not working

could you make a short narrated screencast showing what you're seeing; please host it on screencast.com
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Let me know if this works for a visual. Many thanks!  https://www.screencast.com/t/4rNdxRXCWV8
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thanks for the screencast; it helped a lot

I was able to reproduce what you're seeing

solution ...

after double clicking to relocate playhead, click a blank place on timeline to remove focus from the object; click the object again to give it the focus, moving vertically should then only move the selected object

I suspect this is a bug

let me know if you need to see this in a screencast
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Actually, it's not a bug.
 It's the behavior in both Camtasia 8 and 9.I tested it myself. When you hold down Shift,  all un-selected media to the right of the selected media will move with it.


So the technique is sound, just "Don't Use" the "Shift key" and the one piece of selected media will stick to the timeline indicator.
If you do accidently pull it away from the timeline indicator, you just slide it back over to it. It will snap back to the indicator.

Regards,Joe

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Joe is correct; it's not a bug

like I said above, just select [after removing focus], then move [no shift key]
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I also find selecting Enable Playhead Snapping from the View menu helps to position media when you are trying to align it to another piece or media. 
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Another tip kind of inline with this is

When you have the Playhead Snapping enabled,  dragging some media sideways on a timeline to nudge it a little closer or under the playhead snapping can get in the way.

Instead of toggling Playhead Snapping on and off in the menu, Hold the control key and click on the media and move it. That temporarily disables the snapping and you can fine tune the placement of the media at the playhead without it snapping to the playhead.

:)