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could you post an example showing the effect you are seeking?
after further study, the examples provided by Dubie and Joe enabled me to articulate a way to simulate gradient blend within Camtasia
the example production below used 2 MP4s containing aircraft action camera footage; B17 on left, B29 on right
for simplicity, I used a liner gradient in 20 steps; B17 = 100% opacity [0% transparency] left edge, 5% opacity [95% transparency] right edge; B29 = 100% opacity [0% transparency] right edge, 5% opacity [95% transparency] left edge
although a crude workaround, this approach can be refined to accommodate different gradient profiles and finer granularity
Gradient Blend Aircraft Action Camera Footage
Look closely at the examples already shared. The effect is clean, smooth, professional looking.
I'm not interested in sloppy, unprofessional closeness. If this sounds harsh then I'm sorry. It's just that you seem defensive if what you offer as a solution isn't happily accepted. You should realize that many here are professionals who desire to present a professional quality of work. Your solutions don't offer such. Your continued comments about using something other than Camtasia defeats the spirit and intention of the reason the feature request was posted originally.
You replied to my earlier post with something that was NOT what I was asking.
You then replied again to this post with things that are NOT what I asked for.
I could care less about anything other than what I'm asking about. If I wanted to use other applications to achieve my objective... I would Google them and spend the time to seek them out etc. I would then go to those related forums and post there! Understand? I posted here about CAMTASIA and nothing else.
In my opinion when you post multiple comments that are not in response to what was asked and have nothing to do with it, you are confusing others and making it require much longer for those who will come along in the future and read through the exchange of comments. It's not necessary.
I could never present to a client what you posted. Consider that. Again, many here are professionals.
<<<I assumed you posted the "idea" because you want or need that capability now; my experience with such ideas is that in can be years, if ever, before they are adopted by TechSmith; so I simply worked out the best approach I could conceive within current Camtasia constraints; I took your request as a challenge, and did the best I could>>>
I posted the feature request because it is something I would like to see available in Camtasia. This is the reason for the forum section. It's actually very simple and straightforward. You come along and ignore what I posted, suggest other applications, and then belittle and degrade Techsmith all in the same post. I can't be alone in how this is viewed. However, I can only speak for myself. I know how I felt when I read each of your posts.
I choose to live life with a positive attitude. You live yours however you like.
however, the appearance of any "lines" is influenced by the videos' content [light, dark], videos' motion [fast action vs. static], and the videos' placement on the timeline [relative to over/under]
I've made another test example; best viewed in full screen mode; the source media are 1920x1080 trecs captures; videos overlap 15% at the join line; gradient blend goes from 100% to 5% [from outside to in]
Example Gradient Blend Top Bottom Switch In Over Under Compare
there is no audio; gradient blend scripted in 20 setps
still a workaround; but, until Camtasia supports alpha channel blending, for my purposes, it beats a blank
Example Gradient Blend Top Bottom Switch In Over Under Compare 40 Step Gradient
the trend here is clear; if one was to use a 60 or 80 step gradient blend, there would probably be no visible discernible lines
Example Gradient Blend 50 Step-1920x1080x600High CNN On Top
Example Gradient Blend 50 Step 1920x1080x600High MSNBC On Top
these examples employ a 50 step gradient; more practical than 60 steps because opacity must be entered as a whole number value; 50 steps = uniform 2% change per step; 60 steps requires variable values per step [1%, 2%, 5%] in order to have 60 steps go from 100% to 2%
getting this right took some effort; but resulting project is now a template in Library; can now hot-swap video media using update media
I was also limited by how tight I could make the gradient; I used a 60 step grid overlay asset to align and define the video gradient steps; when scaling the width of the grid to a more narrow range, the editor would reach a point where the grid lines would no longer display, even with canvas at 300%
Example Gradient Blend 100 Step Two 1920x1080 Videos Produced At 1920x600 With Tight Gradient
a 100 step gradient blend is the ultimate limit imposed by the editor, since gradient steps [opacity] must be defined in whole numbers
in this example, the gradient is the tightest allowed by the editor, since going tighter "disappeared" the grid overlay used to align all the scripted gradient points
if there are any "lines" here, I can't see them
of course, the gradient zone can be widened as desired
if you feel aggrieved here, suggest you file a formal complaint with TechSmith; your calling me by phone this evening, then refusing to identify yourself, is inappropriate behavior under any circumstances; ordering me to "not reply" is ridiculous; I don't report to you; I don't work work for you
I recommend that you simply "IGNORE" any response posts on this forum that you don't like
primary intention here is to help, not harass; if you don't like the suggested help, then just ignore it and let it go
2. I was raised that if you have an issue with someone that you go to them direct and attempt to resolve it. I tried it that way and I was met with hostile, vulgar obscenities that nobody would appreciate. You had no interest in listening or hearing anything. All you wanted to do was yell obscenities at me and act like a real jerk.
3. As you very well know, I DID identify myself. In fact, you even repeated my name back to me. Then you come here and lie about it. Very telling.
4. I should be able to come here to the CAMTASIA forum and post an idea or comment about CAMTASIA without having you come along and tell me to go somewhere else and get other software etc. Techsmith asks for ideas, suggestions etc from its users about their products. Not only did you do this, but you also belittled Techsmith repeatedly in your posts. Having had an albeit brief conversation with you, I can easily see that you have issues.
FYI not everyone here wants you to come along and force your comments upon them. Especially when they aren't related to what they posted about to start with.
I hope there is a way for me to block your comments. It would clearly solve this for everyone. You sir need professional help.
Example Gradient Blend 100 Step Wide Center Weighted Gradient Two 1920x1080 Videos At 1920x650
yellow lines at beginning mark gradient zone
Example Gradient Blend 100 Step Over Under Gradient Zone Cropped From Two 1920x1080 Videos At 1183x1080
made the 2nd for my good buddy Britt; should be exactly what he's been demanding?
I wanted to step in here as it clear that the this thread has gone beyond the spirit of this user-to-user community forum. I appreciate the explanation of what Britt is looking for out of Camtasia and as mentioned a few times throughout, the gradient fade is not currently possible within Camtasia outside of a workaround or two. However the clear and hostile tones used within this thread are in direct opposition to our Community Guidelines and as such the thread will now be closed and votes will no longer be possible.
I strongly recommend posting a new thread that adheres to the community forums guidelines; to ensure your thread has the most exposure it can have (meaning more votes and more opportunity for the developers to add the function to the living backlog of community-provided feature suggestions) please be sure to be articulate regarding the idea as well as sharing any examples whether that be via screenshot or video, as it will help define the suggested feature. I would also like to politely remind the community that while there are a significant number of extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled users of TechSmith applications, users of varying skill levels within Camtasia and Snagit will come across these posts. Some user may not fully understand the idea without seeing an example and thus votes may be lost.
As I mentioned I will be closing this thread given the relative tone and general discourse of the conversations; if you have any questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact me directly at email@example.com so I may address the issues directly.
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