How can I save custom animations in Camtasia Studio 8?

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I have the latest version of Camtasia Studio 8 and I'm looking for a way to save a custom animation (see image below) with a lot of key frames to be used again for another imported image. I looked all through the help files and videos but couldn't find anything that addressed this need.

I guess I'm looking to save the animation as an "attribute" that can be applied to another imported object.

I tried copying the existing animation and simply pasting into the newly imported object, but in order to do that, I need to single-click every single key frame. As you can see from the image, there are quite a few!

Am I missing an easier way to do this? It would be great to have this be similar to something saved in the Library that can be quickly added to a new object. Thanks in advance for any help!



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Alternatively, I could save the animated image in my Library to be used again. Is there a way to swap out the image while retaining the animation? This could be a viable workaround if the other option isn't available.

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Yes, save the animation to your library.
Bring that saved animation into your timeline, right click, select update media.
This will allow you to select another Image from your computer to replace the image in your timeline.

Regards, Joe


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It appears that  you can only swap a Image for another Image. Or you can swap a video file for another video file. I Just found out I could make this work because you asked the question. This could come in handy for a number of things.
So, Thanks for asking. I learned a new trick!
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I just discovered that before reading the reply. Good that you can do that and retain all the animations. Now I can save the first version as an item in my Library and just change instances of it on the timeline. Thanks for the help!
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using the Library is the way to do it

animations are applied to a "clip" or image; not possible to just swap out the image

try putting the animations on a single color image, then grouping that with your desired image; use remove a color to hide the single color image [I haven't that but should work]


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Kayakman, I did try that initially but it didn't work. I created a transparent PNG in Snagit and imported it, added the animation and then tried to group an image but it wouldn't take on the animation effect. The swap image technique will work until Techsmith allows you to save custom animations so they be applied to anything. Thanks for replying!

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It will work; I should have explained it better; here's how ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/xZbUVDgNNKhJ
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Thanks for sharing that! Another way to do it. I guess it didn't work for me because the animation was already present when I tried to group another object. The trick for this method is to group them first, then animate. Otherwise, the other object will not pick up the animation.

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Thanks for sharing all of the awesome solutions everyone!

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