How do I create a "ghosting" effect when blending together edited video?

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I am going back over an old video I recorded and I want to edit out some sections.  I have seen other people who have done this and at the point of transition, they have a very mild effect that I can only describe as "ghosting" where, rather than a hard stop where it is very clear to see the join, they have a very short (less than one second perhaps) join where the images fuse together and one image kind of ghosts into the other.

I have tried this using fade but I cannot achieve the desired result.  How do I accomplish this?

The video is of me sitting down talking about a specific subject and there are some sections I want to remove, so it shouldn't be too difficult as the camera is still and I am staying in the same sitting position.

I hope this makes sense!
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Premiere Pro has what they call a Morph Cut.
Rather than applying a standard cross fade or "Fade" as Camtasia calls it.

A morph cut analyzes the frames of footage contained in the transition.
Then, rearranges all the moving pixels to create a smoother and more seamless transition.
The effect works really well at times. Not so well at others. It depends on how much motion is involved.It's still smoother than a jump cut or fade in most cases.

But anyway, If that's what your referring to. Camtasia cannot do anything like that.


Here's an extreme example ,the transition involved the two clips shown below. Clip A at the Left to Clip B on the Right.

His arms were only raised high for a moment. By the time the transition was over his arms were back down where you see them.So the video actually plays through pretty smoothly. The GIF playback is also slowed so the Morph stands out more than in real time playback.

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Great stuff - yes I think this is what I am looking for, a morph cut.  Shame it's not available in Camtasia...
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You can also use fade in and fade out in Camtasia fx. Have the old and new footage on 2 different lines and overlap fading out the old and fading in the new. I am not st my computer at the moment so may not have the terminology right. If you can't work it out I am happy to do a little video. Just tell me. Marianne