How do I make a video look like I'm pulling things out of thin air.

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I'm doing an instructional video and would like to "pull" things out of thin air and "throw" them away. Almost exactly to the Jay Z HP Commercial. I don't know the terminology in what I'm looking for.
The video is similar to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsE0g-8CDQo 
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Calvin Deelah

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Mr. Tom

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That Jay-Z commercial is highly sophisticated compositing. I know this will sound harsh, but asking how to do that on a Camtasia forum is proof that it is out of your league to do something like that. It was probably done with Adobe After Effects or maybe even something more sophisticated, Smoke maybe? I don't know, and I've been in the video biz since 1988. Find someone to help you who has After Effects skills--high level AE skills. 
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Hi Calvin,

As Mr. Tom pointed out, it will be very, very difficult to achieve that level of magic and sophistication seen in the Jay Z video. Mr. Tom is correct in that truly special effects such as those are going to take a highly skilled editing specialist.

However, you could try getting creative with Camtasia's Remove a Color feature. It would allow you to create some simpler interactions, like pulling some text or images onto the screen, pushing them off to the side, etc. Here's a tutorial on that: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8-remove-color.html

Alternatively, you could try creating some transparent images and superimposing them over video of you with an open hand. But without knowing what you're thinking of "throwing away" it's hard to get you set on the right path there.  

My advice would be to start simple and see what you can do. If anyone else has seen similar things done with Camtasia, hopefully they will post them here. 

-Josh    
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Hi Calvin,
I agree, to pull off that trick you need some serious skills and software.

However, if you are wanting to do something similar, for say a training video or other kind of tutorial using simple objects, with some creativity you might be able to pull something off.

You can use the Visual Properties tab to add animations that will show/hide clips on the timeline. The possibilities are endless for how you can do this but here is a quick example video I made using three clip art images on a white canvas. I just added simple animations to show and hide the clip art images. Nothing fancy at all:
http://www.screencast.com/t/czHTqOKut

Let us know if you need more help.

Kelly
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Thanks guys.....no, not harsh at all Tom! I've not even put anything on the Camtasia yet. Bus as an engineer, I'm sure I can figure it out! Saying that it's "too though" only makes me want to figure out even more :-)
Thanks for the advise, I will definitely start small, but will achieve what I'm looking for!

thanks again!
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Hey Calvin,

I'm glad you understood that I wasn't making a personal attack. Good luck in your efforts. Half the fun in video is the learning.

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this thread made me curious; so, to expand on Kelly's suggestion, I made this in about 10 minutes out of 1 video clip, 1 image clip, and animations [size and opacity visual properties] ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/QFCbilojPoi

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