Import vector graphics?

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Is it possible to import vector graphics at all? The Import media dialog does not seem to support any vector graphic file format extensions.
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Hello Peter,

Unfortunately, Camtasia Studio does not currently support importing vector graphics files, so to get your image into Camtasia your best bet is to export to a raster graphics filetype like PNG before importing. However, I've passed your question on to the Camtasia development team so that they'll be aware of your concerns.

Have a great day, and please don't hesitate to ask if you have additional questions!
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Hello Culver Redd,

thank you for the information.

The ability to use vector graphics in Camtasia would be a great help because they can be scaled without quality loss. I strongly support a possible implementation to support this feature in Camtasia!
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Unfortunately no,
 
Unconverted Vector graphics cannot be imported for Video production at all.

 Vector graphics are created using curves. Video is created using square pixels. The two formats are incompatable with each other.

Converting a graphics image into pixels "Rasterization" Would allow you to import it. You would also want to convert the image to  [ .png  ].  If you wanted  the background to be transparent.
 As you may realize, pixels create distortion when upscaling the image beyond 100% of it's original size. Zooming in has a similar effect because the individual pixels are upscaled to create the zoomed in effect.

The key to high quality vector conversions?  It must be rasterized at a "High Resolution."
 Meaning,  If you don't need to enlarge the image after importing it, it will look sharp. Down-sizing it will not be a problem. 

I use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to convert vector graphics. But this software is not in-expensive.

 There may be some online converters that can handle the job. I'm sure there are several programs that can convert .eps , .pdf, etc.  into a rasterized image. 

That's it in a nut shell. It's a bit of a process,  but it's not that complicated once you understand it.   

So, I guess that's the long-winded response.  But it should give you some idea of where you could go from here. Hope this helps.

Regards , Joe   

I see this response is a bit late, I was doing other things as I prepared this response and I never logged off the web page. Vector Graphics within an editing program, "Titles, callouts, etc." Are rasterized  "To Scale" by the Program. They are not true "Vector Graphics "  when rendered into a video.
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@Joe Morgan Whether a vector graphic can be imported into a video production program and be displayed in the program is completely up to the program. If the developers decide to implement such a feature (which I strongly hope so), the program displays the vector graphic like any other graphics program capable of handling vector graphics. Only when the video is (pre-)rendered the vector graphic is converted/rendered. If the developers are smart (which I assume they are) they will use a temporary pixel image converted from the imported vector graphic or when the imported graphic size is changed by the user, inside a virtual dummy layer or similar. Then, at (pre-)rendering time the original vector graphic will be used and rendered.
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I'm not saying it's a bad Idea.   

   Camtasia  is not an advanced video editor. I would be surprised if they pursued this as a feature.
 Camtasia is designed to record you computer monitor. Then create video presentations and quizzes.
I expect they have there hands full just keeping the program integrated into browsers and company computer systems.

 That's why I attempted to  help you with options.   
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Integrating vector graphics IMO would fit in the picture of a program like Camtasia, as it would allow very cute high-quality effects. What use is it to just reproduce a video from your screen? It's the effects (and the functionality) which make such a video attractive to the viewing public!

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