Hi, how can I play just ONE track? I have version 8.1.2 and when I click Play, ALL of them play at once!

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Hi, how can I play just ONE track?  I have version 8.1.2 and when I click Play, ALL of them play at once!
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi,
I'm not sure which version of 8 we implemented the "Turn off Track" option, but, if you have it in your version, it is located here:


Here are the Turn Track On or Off options/functionality.


If you do not see that option in the track area, you do not have the version where this is available.
You can choose to upgrade, but, if you choose not to, then there is no other way to play just one track.

I hope this helps,
Kelly
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Lock them and turn them off!



Cheers... Rick :)
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Sorry Kelly, didn't see you standing there!
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Thx, guys!  Well, I can lock, but not turn off. There's no "eye" icon, nor does a right-click offer me any choices to turn off.
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So Kelly, you're saying there's no way to play a separate track (w/ my apparently old version, purchased at work!), even though after I RECORD each track, I'm able to do so?  Seems like the most basic operation to do... (?)
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Hi,
If you have several tracks on the timeline, there is no way to only play one track, or produce one track, if you do not have the version that allows you to turn a track off or on.

You can lock the track which prevents you from editing or deleting content on that track, but it will still play in the preview window and be produced in a final video.

If you have a key for version 8, an upgrade to version 8.x is free.

From the Help menu in Camtasia Studio, you can choose Check for Updates to upgrade to the latest version.

Kelly
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OK, well that's fine, but all I wanted to do was create a basic video, from 2 days' worth of say,10 tracks recorded/day. So I will either have to figure out how to do that, or submit more basic questions later -- or request the upgrade from mgmt. Your tutorials don't seem to mention which features work with which versions, although they are very well-done!  Thx for your help!
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Hi,
Please see my post above about versions.
If you don't see the icon, you will need to upgrade to gain this functionality.
Kelly
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Hi Mark,

Yes, it could be I am just not understanding what you need to accomplish.
Perhaps you could watch some of our training videos.
Or, you could come back when you have time and give us a bit more information.

Maybe describe how you want the end video to look as a starting place and we can go from there.

Good luck
Kelly
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Thx for your response Kelly, but I'm afraid I just don't get the software. Sorry, but it's frankly just not intuitive enough (at least for me). Because one would expect to be able to record clips in-sequence, and produce the complete video when done. Why isn’t this possible? I followed a reasonable, logical step-by-step process. But am now stuck.

I actually "produced" an end product, but it ended up being the same mish-mash of clips recorded OVER themselves, that I experienced in the timeline. Why would the clips ever be on top of each other?  Why aren't they saved sequentially?  Anyway, I will just call Tech Support tomorrow and see if someone can help me w/ this mess!  Thx for your time and caring!  :-)

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Hi,

Did you watch the Getting Started video that played when you opened Camtasia Studio?
If not, you might want to watch that. You can open it from the Help menu.

You need to string your video clips out horizontally - NOT vertically.
Everything that is stacked vertically plays at the same time on the timeline.
So, if you have them stacked, your final video will only look like what the top most video clip is because it is covering the ones underneath it.

So, drag the first clip to the timeline. Then drag the 2nd in the sequence to sit right beside #1. Then #3 should go next to #2, etc. Until they are all laying out in one big line.

Try this and see if it helps, okay?
And, watch a video or two that I linked to in your other post.
Kelly
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Yes, I saw a similar solution someone else said. My point was why does one have to do that? Why aren't the clips *automatically* setup to connect together to make one whole video? I'd say this is a design issue, and don't understand how this setup helps anyone. I also have 20 clips, so I'd have to stretch the screen ad infinitum to the right to have them all horizontal! And I have to do it for both video AND audio files, too, right?

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are you referring screen captures made with Camtasia Recorder?

if so, you can configure Recorder to add each new capture to the timeline

also, if you have sequentially numbered clips in clip bin, you can select all, right click, choose add to timeline; they will go on in numerical order [number clips 01, 02, 03, etc]
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Kayakman, no, I'm just using Camtasia Studio.
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@Mark, hello there.

No offence intended here, you are very new to video editing. It can be a challenging skill to learn at times. Although, it's really not that difficult to learn.  Everyone who edits video has been where you are now. I suggest you take the time to watch some tutorials. TechSmith has some decent ones. However, they don't update them to reflect changes to the program or the newer features often enough.

 You can still acquire a better feel for what basic editing is all about. Don't expect to absorb everything you watch all at once.  You will acquire a sense of what a lot of the features are, what they do, and where they are found. This should help you out in the long run. Watching Video tutorials is a stronger form of learning than reading my rambling response.

As far as the timeline goes. The Timeline can be scaled to show all or part of the content. You use the slider shown below.



With the slider placed all the way to the right. The timeline will only show 6 seconds of your  media at one time. This is used for very precise editing. Like if you need to select just a few frames of video or less than a second of video.

When the slider is placed to the far left it will show all of your footage. If you place 1 hour of footage on the time line horizontally. It will all show all of that content at the same time.

It's difficult to select a small section of a video in this mode. 

 The Idea is to zoom in or out to whatever level is best. This will depend on what you are trying to trying to accomplish at that time.

 There is another slider for repositioning the media to the right and left. When zoomed in the media will stretch to the right "Off Screen" so to speak. And it can also stretch to the left as well, like when you are editing in the center or end of the video. That slider is shown below.

 



 I wish you luck. After a short period of time, you will probably be surprised how far your skills have progressed.

Regards, Joe

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Thx, Joe!  I was able to move the clips horizontally partly because of your encouragement here!
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Thx so much, Joe!  I will see what I can do here, altho I still say the "sequencing" (or really the lack thereof) escapes me, coming from a sequential tape-as-you-go cam-corder background!
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As a bit more background on this behavior, the new video you record is placed at the location of the playhead on the timeline.

If you would like your new recording to automatically sequence correctly, then move the playhead to the end of the clip on the timeline, do your recording, then save and import it into the Editor. It will now be placed as the next video on the timeline.

Kelly
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Kelly, now that I'm more familiar w/ the timeline, yes, that would've been the way to do it when I recording. (But again, why doesn't Camtasia do that automatically?)
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OK, all, finally a HUGE breakthrough! I was able to produce half my video by lining up the video/audio clips end-to-end, as you said, altho I still think that's a pain!  (Really Camtasia should have an option to do that, not to mention it should be the default!)  Now I have to do the moving clips in/out of the Library, so I can put ALL the clips (from 2 projects/2 days) in 1 video! Now I'll go to my other post and report on that task.  Thx, all!  (I still wasn't able to play 1 video that I chose, but I settled for at least playing them all separately!  :-)  )
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I would agree with Joe and he and others pretty much summed this up. Mark all in all it just takes time to learn and that is with any new software of job in life. I think if you take it one step at a time it will get lots better for you. Questions are always welcome here and if we can the users here and the TechSmith Staff when they drop in are more than glad to help each other learn or find a solution.

However I have to agree with Joe on the fact that TechSmith does not update their training videos enough or often enough for new features and changes. That is something I hope to see them do in the future. I know they have their hands busy but before updating something they should make sure there are no bugs or when one is found at least address the problem and let us know more often what the solution is or if it is getting fixed. I have used their software for many years now and love their software but still have some opinions on what I think needs to be done like other users and not just me probably feel the same way. Ok, that rant is over.

Anyway Mark just keep watching the tutorials and if you have any questions post them here. Thanks for posting and have a great day/night.

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