Hi. Can we add a "blur motion" for animations ? (In Camtasia 9)

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Hi. Can we add a "blur motion" for animations ? (In Camtasia 9)
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Could you put a blur callout on the track above the animation you want to blur, put the opacity down to 0%, then animate the callout and change the blur to 100% and obviously adjusting the blur callout to match the animation below it.
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Are you referring to "Motion Blur" ?

If so,Camtasia does not have that feature.

Regards,Joe
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joe, I don't know if I've ever seen a motion blur. That sounds interesting. Do you have a sample of what that looks like? Is that the same as in a photo with a slow speed/aperture?  Only curious.  :-)
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Hi naomi,

Motion blur is applied to help make some animations look natural.

 A photo taken when someone is moving is a good analogy.If your arm is moving it's pretty obvious.Although undesirable for most still images.LOL

Here's a short video to show motion blur applied using Adobe After Effects.

Regards,Joe


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Thanks Joe!
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Interesting thread. I decided to try this with just using Camtasia 9 and here is my own testing.

https://www.screencast.com/t/iS13T7xN

Cheers... Rick :)
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works for me too
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Okay, I copied and pasted into a different browser and it worked for me. It's been one of those days, didn't even think about trying to copy and paste. Duh!
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That's exactly what I was thinking of putting the blur above the track.  That definitely will work if we have a black background, but anything on a lighter background will show the rectangle outline of the blur. I agree with you, it would be nice if that could be an animation that Camtasia adds.
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I'm wondering if a little extra effort might overcome that?

Pondering the possibility of having just the objects you want shown selected and visible, then configuring the canvas color something crazy like bright green or hot pink. Then producing that out and dropping it back in and using the "Remove a color" option to knock out the background color.

Cheers... Rick :)
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If you are working on this option, I have an idea of ​​where the button will be.
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I agree that this would be a welcomed feature to add some professional polish to any action-oriented text/motion graphics - especially with the advent of Behaviors.  Just including a slider in the Properties where you can increase/decrease or toggle on/off would be enough for me.

Eric
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This is a very interesting subject and has some nice feedback and it can be done with a lot of editing to match things up but I would love to see TechSmith add a Blur Motion with the ability to set the paths/motions/directions to easily following along what you are trying to Blur out in your videos. I feel a lot of users would have a use for this feature. I have used the blur in the past and know there has been lots of requests in the past for this feature. Hopefully it will make the A List. Thanks to everyone for sharing their feedback and videos.

Cheers ~ Fred.
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how I handle this issue ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/TfrrRKbrin
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Blurring an object while it moves is different than using motion blur.  Motion blur enables the moving object to appear more "naturally" as it moves.  Joe's post above shows a great example of motion blur.  But I can definitely see how useful it could be to blur/pixelate an object as it moves.  I think that would be more difficult from a "programming Camtasia 9" standpoint simply because it would have to know how to track an object that may be part of a video clip and not as itself.  So, adding an object or text could be blurred easily, but tracking something in a video would be much more difficult to program.

As for me, I'm hoping for motion blur!  :) 
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Motion blur is a great special effects feature.
How it works seems to be misunderstood by some members as well.

It's also very demanding on system resources. So you need a system that's equipped to handle it.
 
Typically, in Adobe's After Effect's, you apply motion blur where desired. But keep the effect disabled while editing. Real time playback with motion blur applied isn't possible in most situations,that's why there's a switch to toggle it off.
That being said.

Motion blur is a "Directional Blur"

There are some creative suggestions posted here for creating the motion blur effect. I applaud the  creativity, they are not fully ineffective techniques.

However, they do not create "Motion Blur". What they do is create blur.

So in a nut shell.
image 1 is the original image with no blur applied.

 
Image 2 is applying blur using Camtasia 9. It's blurry, that's for sure.



Image 3 has Motion Blur applied in Photoshop. You chose the direction applied in Photoshop so you can actually get it wrong if your not careful. But if you look at the tires,engines,wings,etc. there clearly stretched out looking as if in forward motion and descending.



In video editing programs, the "Direction,Length & Magnitude" of blur applied is calculated by the program. It also varies these adjustments to adapt to the changing speed of the object. This must be recalculated for every frame advance.
That's why you need such a strong computer to deal with it.Motion blur can easily bring your run of the mill lap top to it's knees. If you use an average Desktop, same story.

I think that's probably why most video editing programs don't offer motion blur. I'm not saying I think it's a bad idea. I think it would be cool to see it added as a feature.
"I'm not an 'Idea Squash-er' .

Regards,Joe
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Hi, Joe

I understand and agree.  Perhaps for objects added by CS9 it could be a Properties feature since the direction and speed are selectable for Behaviors (as an example).  If the software knows the speed and direction, then it could conceivably apply the motion blur based on that information - it would know when to start, stop, how much, etc.  

As for computing resources, I think being able to toggle it off or disable it for preview would be helpful to those with less powerful systems.

And I agree - there is some misunderstanding about how motion blur is used.  Your examples are GREAT. 

Eric