Foot pedal functionality added to Camtasia.

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I would like to suggest adding foot pedal functionality to Camtasia. I use a 3 pedal controller while transcribing audio to control video forward, rewind, fast forward (can vary by personal need/preferences) with other video and captioning software, and it struck me that many would find simple foot pedal controller functionality (a good 3 pedal is around 50.00) a great enhancement to their editing workflow. Foot pedal functionality would be a very useful feature from the standpoint of productivity, accessibility, and ergonomics...especially for those of us who do a lot of editing in a single session.
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FANTASTIC IDEA!!!
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Joe Morgan

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susannemistric, Question for you

In Premier Pro I can control playback using the keyboard keys "J-K-L" You set normal playback by hitting L.
 Hit it more than once "6 speed available " for faster playback. 
J Plays in Reverse. At varying speeds as well.
You can also playback in Slow Motion by holding the K key Simultaneously. 

I'm pretty sure Camtasia would need the same basic playback functionality to properly integrate with a 3 foot-pedal setup.
Plus, it would be great if Camtasia had that feature in the first place.

I'm curious if the video and caption software your using a 3 foot-pedal with is Adobe?
Adobe Audition uses J K L for Reverse/Stop/Forward.

Or, if the software you use. Uses similar shortcut keys. Most high end editors have this functionality.

Regards,Joe
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I REALLY REALLY like this idea.
I resist keyboard shortcuts because they can be too much to just plain remember, and hitting the wrong one is frustrating. BUT I  could easily envision using foot pedals.
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I think configurable keyboard shortcuts are kind key to this sort of thing. For example, if you consider good ole PowerPoint, there are a ton of remote controllers available for it. And all these remote controllers do is transmit basically keystrokes. So if Camtasia allowed you to configure the keystrokes you wish, and you knew what those keystrokes were that the foot pedal transmitted, it should be a piece of cake, no? Then again, perhaps the maker of the foot pedal allows one to program the foot pedal software with keystrokes. Then you could program that with the matching keystrokes for Camtasia.
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I think the point I was trying to raise is being missed here.
 
Timeline playback in Camtasia limited to ONE function. You hit the "Space Bar" and the Video Plays. Hit it again and the video Stops.

 That gives you ONE Foot Pedal to Control playback. You control the "Space Bar".............That's It.

The other 2 pedals would be worthless. Would they not?

susannemistric is talking about using 3 foot pedal controllers to control video forward, rewind, fast forward.

There's no reverse playback, higher or lower speeds. Camtasia would need greater functionality to utilize foot pedals for timeline editing. 

Regards,Joe
 
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I can imagine programming a footpedal to nudge my selection left or right by 1 increment.
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You can purchase USB programable foot pedals. They will do any keyboard function you assign to them.
Heck, you could use as many foot pedals as you want.Sky's the limit.

 JUST KIDDING LOL



But that doesn't help susannemistric Who created this thread as an Idea to be voted on.

Which I voted YES, with the understanding that you need more playback controls for this to work.
Which Camtasia could benefit from as well. I would Love to see better playback controls.

Stop and Go is basic and rudimentary. You can throw behaviors in the trash and give me more useful editing features.
Bring back behaviors back when Camtasia becomes streamlined .
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I'm a transcriptionist who relies  solely on the foot peddle. I've just been hired to transcribe video files and so this question came up at the perfect time for me. Hope it's a possibility and yes, would need the functionality of speed control, reverse, forward, etc. 
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Thanks for the follow up/Input  ............ {:>)
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Add pedal playback controls! Why not send a survey to customers asking if they'd like this? It would work well for video editing too! I've worked as an Avid Editor, and it would certainly speed up the workflow. A MUST-ADD FEATURE FOR CAMTASIA, PLEASE!
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I forgot to mention, the other piece of this puzzle: When I use Express Scribe, I type my transcript into a simple text file. Express Scribe remains in the background (the pedals continue to work), while my text edit field retains its focus. 
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Yes. The ability to type (work etc.) in one application while being able to play, rewind, stop in another, without having to change focus, is the key to productivity.  
I am trying to do captions and I need to capture the natural changes to the script made as the recording was made.  This back and forth between Camtasia and my Mac text editors is tedious.  Thanks for listening!
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What would also help or add to this idea is teleprompting software that interacts with Camtasia and is controlled by a foot-pedal. When I use PowerPoint, there is some functionality there since I can use my Logitech mouse pointer to go back and forth on slides and my scripts are kept in the notes of each slide. This might sound a little off base, but right now I use my wife's song lyric app on the iPad for scrolling scripts since I can control it via a Bluetooth pedal.  I'm also going to look at Express Scribe as Steven mentioned.  I would like to pause the recording (F9) to gather my thoughts for the next scripted section.  I'd like to know what others have come up with in an interim solution.
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I own a foot pedal and use it from time to time (although Rev.com turns transcripts around so fast now I haven't done my own a year or so). But the productivity it enables is amazing, for all the reasons already described. 

However, as always, the devil is in the details. Is it only for captioning? Or can you also enter text in annotations? What about a text window? How fast should the recording play back? I've transcribed for years, but can't type any faster than 50% for a slow talker, and even slower for a fast talker. 

I use ExpressScribe, awesome package. To give you some idea of the complexity of the transcription task, there are more options in the preferences box of ExpressScribe than in the Camtasia preferences. No, I'm not exaggerating:


So I don't want to rain on the parade here, but until TechSmith can deliver more required VIDEO EDITING functionality, like PNG sequence import and configurable GUI color schemes and so many other features that have been discussed here over the years, my vote would be for them not to get distracted by transcription, which is more complex than some people may realize. 

OTOH, if this helps nudge Techsmith to enable configurable keyboard shortcuts (as Rick Stone mentioned above), another frequently requested feature, then I'm all for it!
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Hey Dave

In the foot pedal software, does it allow configuring things such as the command sent when the pedal is pressed? 

My reason for asking is because I'm aware that remotes used for navigating PowerPoint presentations are really doing nothing more than sending a simulated keypress. And since Camtasia has keys that navigate the editor, such as < and >, well, it would seem that a solution would be to simply configure these keys via the foot pedal software so that they would be transmitted.

But that seems almost too simple to have been overlooked in this thread.

Cheers... Rick :)
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It does sound easy, but it must not be...
The foot pedal control software by NCH (ExpressScribe, etc.) that connected to shortcuts in software was always buggy and doesn’t work at all with Macs and Windows 10. A middleware solution would probably be the best for my needs, (I want to control the timeline - but just play, pause, forward, reverse, and speed of both with my foot pedals...that’s all I need) but I don’t think there is anything out there that works.
Susanne Mistric
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Bummer :(
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Rick,

@susannemistric is correct in her most recent post. Years ago I used to use various middleware to intercept and send keystrokes, but these tended to break with every OS upgrade and eventually I just lost interest. 
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According to a post on this thread, the ability to customize hotkeys may come soon. This might let some pedals have some functionality...

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/customize-hotkeys