Import PNG Sequence: Camtasia Mac

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It would be really useful to be able to import a PNG sequence. I have encountered this requirement several times: 
  • Most frequently, I need to import an animation sequence with a transparent background. Many animation packages export PNG sequences for this purpose.
  • Less frequently, I need to import movies created on Linux from engineering/scientific applications. They export PNG sequences instead of movies to avoid the whole CODEC issue: most video editors (except Camtasia Mac!) can import these.
Each time I need to do this, I end up importing every PNG image separately, moving them to the timeline, then manually changing the duration of each to 1 frame. This is tedious to say the least. I have thought about asking somebody with another video editor to import them and export a video file of some sort, but I want to maintain the transparency and high quality of the PNG images (no compression). File sizes are irrelevant any more (terabyte drives now cost a lot less than $100).



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  • untransparent, wrongbackgrounded, outofplace

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Thanks for the idea.  If others are interested in this idea, please vote it up.

How would you expect a PNG sequence to appear on the timeline?  Would you want it to be a bunch of separate objects, or would you want it all represented by a single object.  My guess would be the latter, but I just want to make sure.
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One object would be preferred, but not strictly required. All the PNG images in a sequence at AT ONE FRAME DURATION EACH would also work. Thanks!
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I too wish if this option to be added in Camtasia. As Davemillman said, All the PNG images in a sequence at AT ONE FRAME DURATION EACH would be great while it can have the option of extending beyond the actual duration ( incrementing in frames...say one frame PNG will occupy two frames...three frames...etc.,). It would be extremely great if each PNG can be extended individually to N number of frames and also the entire set, stretched down to a minimum of one frame per PNG extended to N number of frames per PNG.

Being a Flash animator, now i find no way to import transparent animations in to camtasia. When this option is provided, i can import my Flash animations as PNG image sequence and add it in my Video and edit as required.
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Importing PNG image sequences would be VERY useful.   One example...   To get non-jerky camera moves out of Google Earth, you need to render as individual frames.   That avoids the little halts as new data is swapped in.   All the pro editing tools will import that (long) resulting sequence as a single entity.  But Cam Studio is MUCH easier to use and does a fantastic job on all the other stuff (trimming clips, transitions, callouts, etc.)    Would really like to stay in your system vs. reverting to Premiere.
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Adrian Moore

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Yes please add this feature.  We generate a lot of PNG file sequences for customers.  I would like to recommend Camtasia for converting to a video.

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kmeet

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Yes please ! It will be a great feature!
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I'm a very heavy user of Camtasia, but not been able to load sequences in any format force you to create an in between step building mov files from those sequences, which of course make you loose quality, unless you create uncompressed videos which are huge extra space.
It''s the only thing missing to turn this tool into a proper editor
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Armando Sepulveda

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Seeing there is no movement on this matter, I can't understand why there is no support on this feature. Doenst really matter it's pngs, jpgs or any other. Almost any editing tool in the market supports image sequence and the reason is clear, I dont have to convert image sequences, from 3d render for example into a video with compresion settings. Yes, I could make the video without compresion, which only creates extra files into any given project. You are making this tool, which is by the way awesome, into a home editing tool. Is not professional at all.
If you are not planning on doing this, it could be good to know as I wont waste more time having this tool into my pipeline.
Thanks
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I agree, but I just now have the need for this.  I am considering a different editor because changing each image's timeline one by one is way too tedious, and then if you make a mistake it is even more time consuming.  Thanks for the suggestion everyone.  Hopefully it could be done, but then I would have to buy the new upgrade, right?
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Hi, can someone please tell me if this is available in the new version of Camtasia?
That would be the only reason I need to upgrade.
Every time I start a project I have to think if I would need to import  PNG sequences (60% of the time) then I have to use another editor just for this single feature that is a MUST in any video editor. 
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Alas, it is not yet available in Camtasia.
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Denys Almaral

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Thanks for answering Dave.
Is sad, such a good software Camtasia is and they skip this basic feature like is something without importance.
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PNG sequence import into Camtasia 9 would be quite essential in 2017...
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Denys Almaral

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Reading new version 2018  features and still no sight of importing image sequences... something that I think is essencial. Why most people on Camtasia community don't ask for this? What's the solution they use to achieve same funtionality... other than color keying... because that's ugly, if I have a program that renders clips as PNG with clean transparency and antialiasing would be ruinned  by color keying. 
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OP here. The good news is, once you have the images on the timeline, Camtasia handles the transparency properly. The bad news is, importing the PNG images is still a manual process. I have Adobe CC now, so I turn to Premiere (ugh) when I need this.
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Please add this feature asap!! This would be the easiest way to import short clips with transparency. The common videoformats could not deal with transparency. 
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Camtasia does support MOV files that use the PNG codec.  So as a workaround you could convert your existing PNG sequences to an MOV file.  Here are some tools that can convert PNG sequences to MOV.  http://www.andrewnoske.com/wiki/Convert_an_image_sequence_to_a_movie

-Stephen
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The problem is to keep the alpha channel. I am juggling around with virtual dub, but it does not come with a mov export option, now i have to dig through the documentation to get an external mov encoders available in virtual dub.
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That's good to know as a workaround, thanks. But I hope it doesn't become the official solution to close the case. 

For me is best to start my project to Adobe Premiere when I need PNG sequences (80% of the time) than dealing with new conversions.  

Still love Camtasia for the type of short clips I produce but can't upgrade until I see this feature implemented. 
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Here is a good post from Lon Naylor that makes the conversion fairly simple.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/how-to-convert-movs-with-alpha-transparency-to-work-...

Be aware that you can run in to .mov files that will not convert.
Depends on how the mov was made. But more than not most mov's can be converted to the png coding.


:)
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Since there are not many options for transparent videos, the import of transparent .png image sequences seems quite important to have in a video editor, most other editors have it, I hope it will be added soon.
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I would also vote for this. Being able to import a Png sequence allows us to add video with transparent backgrounds. This can be animations from After Effects or a White board sequence. Camtasia does not support mov files now so this is not an option.

A possible workaround would be to allow us to choose 1 frame as an image import option, instead of just the minimum 1 second. We could then import the png files into Camtasia, select them all and drag them to the timeline in 1 frame increments. The group of png files could then be grouped. I do this currently but I have to drag each png file to be 1 frame which can take time.
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Here's another strong vote for offering the option to import a sequence of images as 1 frame each. Not all of us can afford Adobe Creative Cloud, where we could use Adobe Premiere or Adobe After Effects. That's why we love Camtasia!

In Camtasia if I go to Edit > Preferences, I can currently set the Default Duration for imported images only as low as 0.1 second. If I have a string of images, each representing a frame at 30fps, 0.1 second is not short enough. 1/30th of a second is 0.033333, a third of 0.1 seconds.

I would love to see you add an option here to toggle between seconds or frames, and for us to be able to specify that one image in a sequence = X number of frames (most frequently 1 image = 1 frame). Then I could set my preference, and then drag and drop all my images at once to the timeline, all at the proper duration, and immediately group them before moving them where I want them.

The workaround suggested by Stephen Wagner above points to some utilities that can create .AVI files not .MOV files. And, unless the .AVI files are created using the TSC2 or TSCC codecs, Camtasia suggests converting the .AVI files to .MP4 files before importing them. This is a bunch of extra software and steps to add to create a video - which adds up when you're creating multiple videos.

My current workaround is to use a competing product, Corel VideoStudio Ultimate 2019, which has a Stop Motion feature that allows me to import images as single or multiple frames and convert them to video.

You already have MOST of the programming to do this - on both PC and Mac - we're just asking for a bit more granularity, from 0.1 down to 0.03333, and a convenient toggle option.
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