is it possible to make the media more visible based on the z-coordinate rather than based on the track number?

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I try to create a rotating cube with 6 images. This will not work if we base the 'visible' part purely on the assigned track number. When one of the faces of the cube if closer to us (i.e. has more positive z-coordinate) that face should completely visible, regardless of its track number. Wonder is it possible in Camtasia? Thank you.
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No, the track order determines the ultimate z-order.  The tracks are rendered in order.  The bottom track is rendered first, and the second track is rendered on top of it, and so on.

It is possible to create a rotating cube, but you have to move the faces from one track to another at just the right time.   One of our devs did it for fun: http://www.screencast.com/t/4oci9nicyuH  That was made entirely with Camtasia 9, but it is pushing at the boundaries of what Camtasia was meant to do. 

-Stephen
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wow. Can you make the tutorial and post on youtube. I guess many people like it. Hope next version of Camtasia supports more 3D stuffs like 3D text and import 3D models. I just Camtasia 3 for Mac. I assume this work there as well. Thank you.
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You can do exactly the same thing in Camtasia 3 on the Mac.  Thanks for you feedback.  Camtasia is currently not designed to do elaborate 3D stuff, but it is possible with some work.    We will see what the future brings.

I will see what I can do about sharing some more details about how that cube was created.   At the very least I should be able to put the project somewhere so folks can take a look at it.
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Yes, yes, yes, please post the details! And also the project file!
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Quan, if you have a mac, you may also want to check out the program "Motion" which is purpose built for making motion graphics (that you could then import into Camtasia)
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I think Camtasia 9 at its current state is already supporting the fundamental 3D elements by having Z-coordinate and depth of field. If you place two identical medias with different Z-coordinates, you will see the media with higher positive Z-coordinate appearing larger. Is it possible to add one more knob (i.e. Z knob) besides the "Lock" and "Turn Off" knobs for each track? That would solve some of the problems of mimicking 3D in Camtasia.
For longer term, if TechSmith decides to handle more 3D stuffs, that would be great. But do in progression:
1) Provide built-in 3D models. Starting with the "dead" 3D models.
2) Provide built-in 'live' 3D models, the users can import in and do some modifications like changing sizes, changing colors, texturing the outer shapes with any image.
3) Allow import any custom 3D models from different sources like Blender, Maya, Webgl, etc... choose the format maybe Collada
4) Finally the users can build the 3D models natively inside Camtasia itself would be a dream
5) . . . .
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This is posted to both the Mac and Windows forum.
Which version are you using?
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Here's a how-to video: http://www.screencast.com/t/9Y4UCa3vQD06
(does not include the folding part)
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Great tutorial Tom; thanks for sharing
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If you want the project file for the folding cube, it's here: http://www.screencast.com/users/Tom/folders/Default/media/1bf772b8-e382-4274-970e-60e446f619e8
It's complicated and really confusing. If you want to use it as-is but with different images, right-click an image in the media bin, and "Update media..."
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Tom Sirgedas,

Thank you for posting the video and project file! That was like a master class in 3D rotation in Camtasia. Much appreciated! 

If Camtasia wanted to post more application notes like this (with project files!), we would learn a lot.
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I did a tutorial on a trick to create "3D Text" based on a sample Peter at Callouts.com did:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X16Nzpw8h-Y
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Lon,

Nice! Thank you.
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My pleasure! Hope you found it useful. I think it should probably also work fine in CS 9 but I haven't tested it yet.
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