How to move elements without affecting transitions in Camtasia 3 (MAC)?

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I am working with the newest Camtasia 3 on Mac. I have a bunch of animated elements, which transition opacity, scale, and location. Now I would like to move all of then as a whole to another location on the screen (not in the timeline). Unfortunately, simply selecting them and moving them elsewhere results in broken transitions as Camtasia assumes that the move should be incorporated into the existing transitions. Is there a way to turn this behavior off such that moving multiple sequential elements won't affect their transitions? Thanks!
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Please explain better what you are trying to do. "Now I would like to move all of then as a whole to another location on the screen (not in the timeline)." You are trying to move Camtasia timeline elements off the Camtasia timeline? Where are you moving them to? They only exist on the timeline, they do not have any meaning anywhere else, the same way that an Excel calculation does not have any meaning outside of a cell in Excel.
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I am trying to move a normal element (this could be a video clip, text element, an arrow, or really any sort of annotation) within the video canvas from one location (e.g., top left corner) to another location (bottom right corner). (Location != time; Location == X/Y coordinate of the video canvas). If this element has some animation attached to it, this animation will pick up the location change and translate the element smoothly from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. This is a nice feature but I often just want to relocate an element without altering existing animations. I hope this clarifies the issue I have.
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Thank you for the clarification. When you move an object on the Canvas, if there is an animation already applied to the object, then the animation records the new X/Y coordinates to the Start or End of the animation based on where the Playhead is located during the move. When you replay the clip, the object moves between the locations. This is an intentional behavior of Camtasia, but also frustrating in many cases.

There is a straightforward fix. Keep the Properties pane open for these steps. The easiest way to handle it is to scrub your playhead back and forth across the animation, to observe exactly what parameters were unintentionally changed (X/Y coordinates? Opacity? Others?) For this example, I'll assume it's just X/Y.

Next, write down the AFTER X/Y coordinates. Then, positioning your playhead BEFORE the animation, manually change the X/Y coordinates. Now there is no difference in X/Y during the transition.

If you changed multiple properties, sometimes you have to write down all the before/after values, delete the animation and start over. I have had to fix as many as three different Properties (X/Y, size, rotation) when I forgot there was an animation elsewhere in a clip. The best answer is to add animations last, but few of us have that kind of foresight. Maybe Techsmith could add a keystroke such that "holding down Option while dragging objects around the canvas prevents Animations from changing their relative values" but that is a rather complex request given the nature of relative vs absolute coordinates, etc.
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Thanks for the detailed answer! I used the manual adjustment trick (let's just call it like that for now). Unfortunately, it requires a lot of work if one has already build complex animations of several elements. I hope Camtasia adds an option to handle these X/Y changes. It would also be great if the actual transitions are more obvious, i.e., one can see from where to where (on the video canvas) and element will transition.
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I figured it out! Yuhuu! It was actually pretty simple. All you have to do is to create a group of all the element in your set of animated elements. Then you can re-position the group as a whole without affecting individual animations.
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I believe what you are looking for is the Edit All Animations mode.  If you toggle on this button, then you can modify things across animations.



It will pop up a warning when you first turn it on, and you will want to turn it off when you want to animate something again.

-Stephen