I would like to cross fade between two tracks. Opacity effects entire clip. I want to ramp down then ramp back up. How to?

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Can opacity be controlled to ramp down and ramp back up?
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Well, it's obviously a hack, but you could produce each track separately then recombine them in Camtasia. 
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Hello,

Depending on the duration required, the Fade or Fade Thru Black transitions accomplish this if brief.

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I concur with Timbre4; using fade transitions is the fastest, easiest method; animations will also do the trick ...

How To Cross Fade Between 2 Tracks
https://www.screencast.com/t/QuiW2c0d
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Well, I wish that it was more clear in the docs this feature isn't there, but its been 2 months since the previous poster had the same question and its a very simple and valid question. Moreover, I have actually known the camtasia guys since they developed the tool years ago, I am a game developer, so I have watched its progress and recommended it to 100s of people, so I like the tool. But, at 2017, with the whole world making movies, video, etc. being able to work with multiple clips and cross fade is a small requirement. As a computer scientist, I will tell you the amount of code to add this feature is nil since it already has the ability to do this in one way or another between 2, thus generalizing to n should be easy, thus I am shocked its not in there.

This would make it really easy for people doing educational videos for example to use the same tool camtasia for everything. But, there is typically at least one other camera or 2 on the work space, etc. so you have to cross fade while keeping the audio playing. 

Anyway, its too bad, since I wanted to keep this project simple and not have to generate the video in camtasia, import into vegas, or premier, then edit it all there for a couple missing features. Then what sucks if I want to edit the original clip, I have to go back to camtasia, edit, then re-export, so a few more features based on the code base already in the tool would make creating videos a lot easier, and a "real" tool wouldn't be necessary.

But, regardless, sounds like my worry that this feature is not supported was correct, since no one answered the previous poster's question after 2 months, plus every youtube tutorial uses 2 clips and splitting which is the easy case.

Bottom line, I didn't want to deal with vegas or premier for this since camtasia was much easier, just wish it had this feature.
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One does have the ability to add animation points where the clip can fade completely out or back in. I'm not sure why those wouldn't work. Doesn't seem too awfully onerous. ;)
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You would need multi camera view to do it.


Think about it,with 4 clips stacked on the timeline you can only see the one on top, or the one with the opacity set to 100.
If you can't see the other clips content, there's no way to decide where you want to fade into the next clip.

I tried to come up with a workaround myself, but multi camera editing is what's required for multi camera editing.Unless you want to grow old trying to pull it off the in a convoluted way,there's always that option, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Regards,Joe
 
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Hmmm -- well, that's dissapointing -- I am going to mess with it today and then if I can't find an elegant way I will just use camtasia to output my screen cast and talking head, then import into vegas, but then if I decide, "oh, I want to make my head bigger here for a second or whatever", I have to re-export, OR split the camtasia video into the screen cast and the talking head, and have yet another video track to deal with -- just would be so much easier if camtasia could do multi track editing without cutting into the clips, but we will see...
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Actually, it's quite simple to achieve that "4 up" effect if you want. Just adjust the size of each clip so it fits a quarter of the screen.



When you are finished with all the fades, just re-scale them so that they are back to full sized.

Cheers... Rick :)
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When you have two clips adjacent to each other, on the same track, and apply a Fade transition, you can do a RMB on the fade element and choose "Include the trim content" (or something like that) and get a different fade effect result.

Also, if you have the two clips on different tracks and do not have them overlapping, you achieve a "fade thru black" effect without causing ALL graphics on screen to be affected.
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One more thing... you can also apply a Fade with a Behavior, and adjust the speed.
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I actually tried a technique using animation clips, to fade videos to "zero" to reveal the video the next level below.

I intend to do a tutorial video on that, tonite.
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Haven't tried it yet, but it makes sense. You are applying opacity changes to several tracks via animation markers. 
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That was cool... 
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Reading from your posts, I think I see what you are asking. I believe you are saying you want to fade to different perspectives that took place at the same time. An easy way to go about this is to have both clips on the timeline that are in sync. If you are worrying about them showing up in the videos, you can make sure the tracks aren't showing in the video, or delete the videos from the timeline itself when you are absolutely finished.

Once you sync the two clips, you can use the split tool, or using the blue and red to select a part and delete it up, and move it to the third.

This should work in theory, though I never tried it myself. Then again, it is difficult for me to grasp at what your asking from both your question and the comments.
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I'm not wanting to slice up the tracks, or moving pieces of them up/down for priority.  I'm wanting to do a "talking heads" sequence of interviewer and interviewee, by simply cross-fading between the upper track and the lower track.  Best "trick" advised so far is to play with the transparency of the upper track.  Any other workarounds? Thanks everyone for your ideas.