Importing transparent video into Camtasia 3 Mac

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I'm trying to import source video from AE with transparency and have been trying info from these posts: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/importing-transparent-video-into-camtasia-2-for-mac 

and this one: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/video_import_into_camtasia_studio_7_with_transparenc...

For the source file imported with PNG codec settings, I get this error.

For source file imported with the ProRes4444 codec, the file imports but the transparency is not supported. Here's the settings: 


Quicktime version: Version 10.4 (894.12)

Are there additional options anyone can suggest? 

Thanks!
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Which version of Camtasia for Mac are you using?  Support for the PNG codec was added in version 3.0.5.

Camtasia for Mac should also support the ProRes4444 codec with transparency.  We get that for free from Apple.  I know that it works for some files, but there maybe something special about the file you are using.

The best way to get help with this is to open up a ticket with our support team.   https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/requests/new  That is the best way to get all the information we will need to figure out what the problem is.

-Stephen
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Thanks Stephen! I've upgraded to Camtasia 3.0.6 and that let me import the png codec file. But still no transparency support for either file. I'll open up a ticket. Thanks for the quick reply!
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I've imported prores 4444 back with Camtasia 2.x and if I recall, it supported transparency on import (meaning I could do a lower third and lay it on top of other video and the other video would show through).

I don't believe any version of Camtasia has supported a transparent canvas, so everything you export from Camtasia will export with a solid background color.
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Here's a file I made with apple motion, that has transparency.
I've confirmed it works in Camtasia 3
https://www.dropbox.com/s/todtk7p6ud5ills/alpha.mov?dl=0

Lastly, in your AE project, does the project itself have a background color setting? That's happened to me before where I've exported something with a black background, and then wondered why transparency wasn't working!
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One more tip, if you view the movie on your mac by highlighting the movie file in the finder and hitting the space bar (Not quicktime player, and not from within camtasia), does that preview have transparency or a solid background? the file I posted above looks like this when I 'quick look' it:  
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Thanks Jack! The original file had a green screen keyed out but when I import it, the transparency loads as black. I dropped in a bright yellow background behind it and no luck. I'll have to doublecheck the export settings in AE. When I preview the file in the finder, it still looks to be black.