Intuitive playback speed control

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Video: https://www.screencast.com/t/QKKdjf27rqu

Task: I need to speed up the video parts where I manually type text. Nobody wants to see my slow typing.

Problem: It is a quite tedious procedure in Camtasia to control/adapt playback speed.
Solution: Allow to control/adjust playback speed of a highlighted timeline region by moving the left/right playhead while holding a modifier (e.g.CTRL, SHIFT or a combination).
Benefit: Does not require any change in the Camtasia UI.
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bnystrom

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Interesting idea!
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Mal Reynolds

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This has been proposed before. A workaround was suggested but it didn't address the time-wasting that goes with having to manually split both ends of the clip that you need to change the speed of, nor with the problem of what happens to content on other tracks.

I do agree that adjusting clip speed needs some work. A lot of work. But I don't agree with the proposed solution mainly because it does not give you precise control over how much the playback speed is being changed. Depending on how far you drag you might end up with 4* the speed, sometimes with 7*.
There are enough problems with inconsistencies in appearance with Camtasia as it is. I would much rather see this.
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Mal Reynolds

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Clarification edit: " I don't agree with the proposed solution " as the sole solution. I don't have any issue with it being an option, though, as long as the 7 step mess is cleaned up at the same time.
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I myself am a Hunt & Peck Typist. So my typing is slow I avoid when possible doing anything where I have to type. I grew up at a time where typing and steno was strictly a woman's profession. Aa Boy/man was looked at funny for doing so. Then I went through Tech school where reports and such had to be hand written. So I started using a Typewriter hunt and peck style. I have so much arthritis it unrealistic for me to try to learn. If I have have typewritten instruction I create in an annotation treat it as slide. It would be wonderful to have adjustable typing speed but it unrealistic.
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personally, when I have to manually type during a screencast, I just cut out [during editing] the time from just after the first few characters to just before the last few; it's much faster and more simpler than fooling with clip speed; and to a viewer, who cares, since they see the ending text string anyway

perhaps give that technique a try?
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Obvious, but it can lead to a very choppy and therefore somewhat ugly and distracting result. I wouldn't say that I've never done this but if I do it I at least whack a fade transition over the break so that it still seems relatively smooth.
However I'd rather just have a clip speed effect that can be applied with one keypress than an ugly workaround.
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well, it generally does not lead to a "very choppy and therefore somewhat ugly and distracting result"; to most viewers, it is a smooth intuitive effect; again, give it a try and see for yourself
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Well, it generally DOES lead to a "very choppy and therefore somewhat ugly and distracting result". In one frame you have 2 characters typed, in the next frame you have 30 characters typed. I HAVE already tried it for myself in the past, I DO find it to be an ugly kludge, and while putting a fade transition on it as I suggested does LIMIT the jarring it still doesn't excuse the absence of a far more functional form of adjusting clip speed.
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to each his own