Add a feature to change the brightness and contrast of video in Camtasia

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Is there any way Camtasia can brighten a video? I have some videos recorded with my dash cam at early morning that I'd like to brighten a bit.

I'd ready this is not possible with Camtasia. Is that true? Is it something that will be added?
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About the best thing I could find was to go to the Visual Properties and select Colorize and change the color to white...adjust accordingly.

Not ideal for sure. I use both Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Mac. I thought since CMac had this available that certainly CS would. However, that doesn't appear to be the case.

HTH
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Thanks kurry. I tried that, but it turns everything to B/W. Can someone at Techsmith please respond? This should not be hard to implement...
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I'd also like to see a reply from Techsmith support on this. It would seem like a pretty basic function.
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I am not an employee but I can say that it is hard to do this with Camtasia Studio and maybe they could make it a Feature Request but for now you would be better off using a Video Editing Software that handles this better in my opinion and experience. I am not sure how hard it would be for them to program this into the software as I an not a software programmer or developer. Hope this helps a little.
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Thanks for your input Fred. It's just a pity that we have to go back and forth with different pieces of software, given all the other good features of Camtasia Studio.
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Your welcome Robert and I would agree with you. Maybe they will change this to a feature request for us.
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I was able to lighten my video using the suggestion made by kurrykid (thank you), but I'd really like to see a lighten/darken tool in Camtasia Studio.
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Don Wallbaum

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You can drop a video into Microsoft Movie Maker and brighten the video there, then bring into Camtasia for final work.
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Ignat Remizov

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I found a way to do this! You make a simple rectangle (fill white) covering the entire canvas, put it under the layer where the dark video is, set the dark video's opacity to a lower value. Done! Video is now brightened. A good value of opacity is between 90-95%. It is just enough for the video to not look too gray, or too dark.
Or you could just do the windows movie maker thing, but it increases contrast too much.
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Another way is to change your canvas to white and then adjust opacity.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Brighten Videos.


It would make things a lot simpler if Camtasia had an option to make videos brighter and lighter.  It makes things very difficult for us video editors that are constantly going from program to program just to make our videos lighter or darker.  Adding this option would add a lot of value back into the Camtasia Studio Program.
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I was writing a letter in Word the other day and needed to crunch some numbers. What a pain it was to have to use Excel instead of Word. You would think that Word should be able to do everything that Excel can do. Same thing with Access. I don't understand why one piece of software that does one thing really well can't do everything. A great screen recorder like Camtasia should be able to do all sorts of video editing functions--3-D motion graphics too. Come on, Techsmith! Maybe someday someone will write a computer program that will do everything we could possibly ever want in a mediocre fashion. That would be so much better than multiple pieces of software that do one thing extremely well.
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Orionizer

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That's not what I was asking - this is a basic video editing function.  I don't think I'm asking for the world here.
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lausianne

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This is basic, Mr. Tom. You do want to be able to edit tables in Word, don't you?
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David Patton, Employee

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I can understand how this feature would be helpful, along with maybe some other filters. Make sure to +1 this thread: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/more_video_filters This info will be passed along to our devs. Thanks!
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Thanks for the requests.  Camtasia Studio has grown up as a screen recorder.  When the source footage comes from the screen, you get exactly what is shown on the screen.  It's no lighter or darker than what you saw on screen during recording.  But as cameras have become more and more common, the mixture of screen video with camera video has become the norm, and the need for brightness and other color adjustments has increased.

We are listening, and we'd like to hear from you.  Please make sure to +1 this thread as David suggested if you'd like to see this feature.  Bonus points if you tell us why this feature be valuable to you.  We're always weighing the requests against our available time, and trying to add the features you'd find most valuable.

Thanks again for your continued feedback.

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Hi Dave and David, It's been 10-11 months since you guys responded and I was hoping to ask for an update from TechSmith on the status of this as a new feature - ability to change video color/brightness. Or are you guys waiting for more users to request this before putting it into development? 
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Hi, I currently do not have any updates on this particular feature request. However, I can let you know that we are hard at work on upcoming updates to Camtasia. We appreciate the feedback and continued support surrounding this feature request.

All my best,
David Patton, Media Coordinator
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Hello, I recently bought and began using Camtasia studio program but still, i cannot find anywhere to adjust brightness of the videos i am editing. Is this a still unavailable feature in your product?
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Still unavailable. It will be available in Camtasia 9 when it's released.

Regards, Joe
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Any idea when it will be released??
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Brightness/Contrast/Sharpness Settings.


Hello everyone!

I am wondering is there any way to adjust brightness/contrast and sharpness of a video in Camtasia?

Remote recording sometimes gives quite a dark output which would need to be corrected.

Regards,

Kirils
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Simple Video Color Correction.


Would be really nice to have some simple Video Color Correction. Some simple has just overall Brightness, Contrast, etc....

Sometimes when you output to a format like mp4 or mov using the h264 codec it gets washed out. So if prior to exporting the video if you had an option for some simple video color corrections that would help on the video output.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
color correction in camtasia studio.


I would like some basic post-production edit tools in camtasia studio that would allow me to color correct my webcam video. I created a video that has a yellow color cast that I would like to fix. Thanks, Jeff
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Edit brightness/contrast of a video section missing feature.


I would lile to have a feature in camtasia to change the brightness or contrast of a video section/ change or colors balance etc...
sometimes the raw video material is too dark and I need to fill light. Now i am using other tools or youtube editing features but I wold like to be able to do these edits in Camtasia.
Thanks
Yosi Kan
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
I'd really like to see an added feature for brightness..


Sometimes my gaming videos are too dark (like when I'm in a dark cave in Minecraft) so I'd really like to see a brightness feature added to CS8 possibly as an update.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
ENHANCING VIDEO BRIGHT.


hi, I'm new in Camtasia. I can't enhance ligthing or briigth in a pre-recoreded video as other basic programs as VMM....is it possible??
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I just had success brightening a very dark video, where you could barely see the subject's facial expressions. I used the Color Adjustment feature and the following settings. Brightness +24, Contrast +31, Saturation +31. You do lose some sharpness where light colors border on other white colors, but you can now see the subject's face very well.
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I would love to be a tool which can increase the brightness and contrast of a video, why do tutorials software with very dark windows and without contrast then have this kind of tool would be very interesting for me and for everyone who would also make edits videos that were not in the screenshot. I hope this tool.
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if Camtasia had basic quality adjustments I could use it as my video editor for marketing. Without them I'm back to Vegas and a free screen recorder.
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CS8 it's a great video editor, but I have the same opinion about this missing feature. Some times when I try to edit a video with a poor brightness and contrast I must first adjust that properties with another video editor and then continue the project with camtasia. I think CS8 it's an almost-perfect video editing tool, but developers must satisfy our needs. This kind of minimal details makes the diference when we choose to acquire a program, and even more when it's paid for.
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I would love these types of adjustments as much mix recording screen with camtasia recorded videos with my camera, and I need them or even Whiten escurecelos, please we want to present these new features in Camtasia studio.
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This would be a great feature for me. I often compile video from other people with my own. Being able to get some normality between all of them is crucial to creating a smoother, uniform look.
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ScreenFlow on Mac has a way to adjust the gamma (after the capture has taken place), so there is no excuse for Camtasia not having it.  It should be an adjustable setting at the global / canvas level, and maybe at the video level as well (they already have a few Color Adjustment and Colorize, go Gamma seems very doable).