I need a tutorial or help on how to edit smoothly in camtasia 8?

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my editing is so bad that I prefer to leave bad parts because when I edit it looks/sounds like jumps between clips. Is there any way to make editing on camtasia 8 more smooth and profesional looking? Ive searched high and low but havent found anywhere a good tutorial
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could you post a screencast [maybe host on screencast.com] that shows an example of you doing bad editing? [capture Camtasia Editor with Recorder as you work]

knowing more specifics would make it easier to respond
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I agree with Kayakman...that would be very helpful.

You will learn (if you haven't already) that when you make a blunder, it is good to pause, take a breath, a redo that line or paragraph. It makes it very easy to edit later. Make sure you are viewing your audio track when editing as well...this is almost always what determines where to do a cut at.

Also, the mouse can make your cuts look bad as well and unfortunately, there isn't a really good solution to this except to be conscience of it and try to keep it in the same spot when redoing something. I wish that after all these years better mouse control was available but you just have to deal with it. A "mouse jump" is almost a sure fire way to tell an edit has happened. A lot of times, I do a screen capture (image) and extend the screen until the new mouse movement happens...kind of a little trick to make it look better and it usually works out pretty well.

People have mentioned that you can make you mouse disappear which it true but IMHO, that doesn't look any better because when does your mouse ever disappear off your screen?

HTH

Dave
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thanks guys for the answers

its basically that "jump" you get when you cut a clip into two parts, edit out one section of the two parts, and move together the two sections. In that uniĆ³n where the two parts come together always looks and sounds like a jump

I could post a screencast and upload it but Im short on time, if I have to I will, I was hoping that my explanation would be clear enough, but beyond that Id love to watch an in-depth tutorial of how to edit smoothly on camtasia, is there such a tutorial? any text if not a video would be also awesome

thanks guys
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I think this is going to be about technique more than anything. It takes some practice and you'll get better the more you do. We all have the same issue. We have just gotten a little better with experience. I still have the problem but I have been able to minimize by being conscience of where my mouse was before I screwed up and trying to get it pretty close when I re-record.

Like I said, I try to do a screen print to cover it up and that works sometimes. I wish I had more time to do a video myself to show you but I am very busy as well. Not much help I know.

One other thing...are you writing a script? This can be very helpful to minimize mistakes during recording.

Dave
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thanks, Im afraid I haven't been clear enough (not for the first time, I really need to work on my writing)

the problem is not with the mouse and its neither during the recording process. Its during the editing part working with a normal sounding and looking clip with no errors, but when I cut superfluous parts in the timeline, and then rejoined together without those parts, theres always a jump between the two clips.

Ive always had problems when trying to join a recording after Ive divided the clip into several parts because I wanted to delete some innecessary moments. It always comes out disjointed and with jumps in sound and look, thats why I need that tutorial to polish my editing skills in the timeline.

I'll probably have to do that screencast thingy to illustrate the problem
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use a transition at locations where the video action changes a lot because you made a cut; a fade transition works best for me and can help cover what would otherwise appear to be jumpy action; this can also be very effective in helping with big jumps in mouse movements

another thing that can help with the audio is to not cut out too close to the audio waveform [narration]
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Hi there,

Sorry you are struggling with this, but thanks for posting here. Also, thanks Dave and Kayakman for jumping in to help.

I know you said you've looked at the tutorials, but just in case you missed this one, I wanted to point it out: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

It should help you with making the audio cuts sound less like a jump at least.

-Josh
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Thanks for the additional information! I had a few thoughts after reading your post.

First, we just released Camtasia 8.1 today, which includes a new feature called stitching. Basically, if you cut sections of your video or audio media, stitching will now join the pieces together, eliminating gaps on the timeline. If you're interested in learning more about it, we have a brand new tutorial (just added today) here: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

Camtasia 8.1 also features the ability to copy and paste visual properties, which may help with the visual jumps between clips.

It sounds like you already have Camtasia Studio 8, so you can update to the new version for free by clicking Help > Check for Updates, or by downloading and installing here: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-stu...

Lastly, we released an Editing In-Depth tutorial today as well, which I'm hoping you'll find helpful. It covers topics like cutting, trimming, and ripple moves -- all of which can help make videos appear smoother and more professional. You can find that video here: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

Please let us know if this helps, or if you have any other questions.

Leanne
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ok finally Ive got two examples that hopefully illustrate my point

http://www.screencast.com/t/rzQqspml5JA
http://www.screencast.com/t/AWeRKVcle

do you hear the jump in sound? its gotten to a point where I rather not cut clips because although it doesnt happen always , as long as it happens just once it kills the entire video. Ive trieds to use transtiions as some one suggested but still that awful jump in sound or click happens once in a while (often enough to make the cutting non viable)

what am I doing wrong? Uve also trieds the stitching Leanne suggested and it improves things but still my videos jump more than a frog in heat
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I personally did not notice jumps in sound? my earlier suggestion re transitions was to address big changes in the video [not audio] where a cut was made

however ... speaking slower with deliberate pauses between phrases can help a lot; same for video action; very fast actions do not allow for cuts at editing that still appear seamless; the fade transition seems to work best for covering these up; also, try adding 1/2 second frame extensions at both sides of cut boundary to give more time, then apply a longer duration transition

but slowing down the action and narration would be best
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Hi there,

This may be a long shot, but is there any chance your video is skipping around due to buffering? When I tried playing your examples earlier this morning, I ran into that issue, but once the videos loaded properly, everything sounded great.

Leanne
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I second Leanne here; I had to let your videos fully download and then replayed them
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That's a good thought Leanne. I noticed that his 5 second video took at least a few minutes to buffer. I've notice with Screencast.com that videos are taking a long time to buffer nowadays...I hadn't noticed that in the past. I wonder if something has changed on Screencast.com?

Dave
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my workaround for buffering ...

in project, make at 2 second frame extension at the very beginning [t=0]

add a 2 second hotspot at t=0 [project beginning] that is set to stop at end, click to continue

I use an image of a start arrow for the hotspot

when you produce, set the production to not pause at start

when the production is viewed, it will appear to pause at start, but in fact, it pauses at 2 second mark, and the video file continues to download

viewers can see the progress, and click the hotspot to view

this method virtually eliminates buffering during playback [assuming the viewer allows the download to stay ahead of play]
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Hatteras,

I hear what you are talking about in the video. There is a mild audio "pop" where you fade from the first clip to the next. I have a trick that you might try. It is to create an audio crossfade, which should make the transition smoother.

1. Get the clips on two different tracks so that their ends overlap (see image below).
2. "Fade out" the audio of the first track and "Fade in" the audio of the second.
3. Adjust the audio points so that the fades begin at the same time.



This might not get rid of the audio jump entirely, but should definitely soften it.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

-Josh

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