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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I love the fact that Camtasia is really intuitive to use. I am using it for quick editing of imported videos though and a feature for adjust the contrast and exposure would be extremely helpful. I'm editing dance performance videos and the exposure changes abruptly sometimes due to the lighting used by the theatres. I hope to see this added. I love the ease of using this program otherwise.  Thanks
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Christian King

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I cannot fathom why 2 years on this feature still hasn't been implemented. Surely it's a no brainer?
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Chuck Hunt

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I agree please add it
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I purchased camtasia studio because it ticks all the video editing boxes that I require, except for one.  As stated above I would like the ability to alter the brightness, contrast, and saturation of a video stream before exporting it.  If this feature was available it would turn Camtasia Studio into a one-stop-shop where all the required features are available, rivalling other video editing software like the Mac's Final Cut.

I do understand that Camtasia was never designed to be exclusively a video editor; but the prospect of pushing it in that direction, plus the popular interface and following it has built up amongst the video editing community, should make this a necessary feature for deployment as soon as possible.

An update on this situation, from the software guys, would be encouraging.

Cheers!

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I just spent an hour searching the web for a way to lighten a video I made as a trailer to a screencast/quick tip in Camtasia. Sony Vegas studio has this feature out of the box but that is on my home computer.

So I had to go in an use video properties to attempt to lighten it up a bit. Seems there should be a brightness/contract feature for video. Version 8.6.1 perhaps? 
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3 years since the original request ... any signs of a brightness/contrast adjustment feature yet?
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Wally

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I Agree. Please add HDR too!
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Chuck Hunt

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I agree as well
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Would love to see this feature. I was sent videos from a conference to edit for my company and they are just way to dark. Brightening them would make all the difference :)
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Wally

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I know! Right? It's a must.
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Aside from being a lot more stable, Camtasia hasn't had any significant updates in years. You should understand that this tool has grown beyond a simple screen video capture tool. Users are now importing and blending external video (which works fairly well) but we still need some basic video property controls, like gamma or exposure, color balance, etc.

I would also like to have the ability to capture mobile video screens (i.e. Android and iPhone - good luck with the iPhone!) but that is for another topic.
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Hello,

Thank you and others for your comments on this topic.
I would like to draw your attention to this post:
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/techsmith-s-camtasia-future-roadmap-part-ii

And in particular, video #6 that shows how this very same feature will work in the never version of Camtasia. I know that doesn't help you now, however, we read these posts and have heard our customers need for this feature loud and clear.
http://www.screencast.com/t/fq2OU1ASSV4

Also, to your point about needing to capture your mobile devices, we have a program called Fuse that should be of use to you.
https://www.techsmith.com/fuse.html?gclid=CjwKEAjw3qu5BRC-0uCw8O6Y5zcSJAA_WtdLn38r3FgpCrJSuEfYnJJMai...

Thanks again!
Kelly
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Wally

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Thank you Kelly!
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,

Thank you and others for your comments on this topic.
We have identified this as a feature to be added in our next major release.
 
I would like to draw your attention to this post:
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/techsmith-s-camtasia-future-roadmap-part-ii

And in particular, video #6:
http://www.screencast.com/t/fq2OU1ASSV4

... that shows how this feature will work in the new version of Camtasia. I know this doesn't help those who need this feature right now, however, we want you to know we read these posts and understand our customers need for this feature.

Kelly
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Wally

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Thank you Kelly!
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I've been following this post for 3 years now and it impresses me that TechSmith has not given up after such a long time.  I use Camtasia Studio on a daily basis.  Without this feature, I've had to utilize other methods and software to "improvise, adapt, and overcome".  I am really looking forward to this!  To be honest, I gave up on this community board some time ago.  3 years is a long time to wait for such an obviously needed feature.  It is great to know that you do take our suggestions seriously.  It may have taken 3 years, but the fact that you took action means something positive to me!  Thank you from a long time user of Camtasia Studio!
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Scott Schmerer, Senior Software Engineer

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Hi there!

We want to thank you for your patience while we worked to making changing your video brightness and contrast achievable.  We are pleased to announce that we have just released our newest, most powerful version of Camtasia yet.  This Camtasia release has a new visual effect for Color Adjustment. 


You can buy Camtasia here or download the trial here.

Please feel free to post your feedback and feature requests here in our Community forums and remember, all technical support-related inquiries should be directed to our dedicated Technical Support team at https://support.techsmith.com/

 

Thanks again!

Scott Schmerer

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Camtasia Windows

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Great to see the color and exposure correction finally added!

I've asked a couple a times to add image stabilization for shaky videos like YouTube offers. THAT would really rock!
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Thank you Scott Schmerer! I've been following this for 3 years, surprised it took that long, but YAAAY it's finally here! I can't wait to install the new version.
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Really glad to finally see this feature.
Really sad to find out it's included in the paid upgrade.
My Camtasia install is from my employer's subscription/account. Apparently I'm the only one in the company who's still using Camtasia, so there's no way I'd get them to approve an upgrade just for me.

Is it possible that the subscription they have would automatically include 'one free upgrade' or something like that? I don't want to install 9 only to find out I love it but can't keep it.
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Hi Support!
When will Brightness and Contrast be available for Mac Users?
Shall we wait another 5 years like the Windows guys there?
No offense because I like Camtasia very much and I understand it was originally built as a Screen Recorder exclusively but also great chances are that the success of Camtasia is also because a lot of people like me use it as a quick video editor.
THANK YOU for providing these 2 (IMPORTANT) settings in Camtasia 3 for Mac!

PS: My current version is v3.0.6
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@patrickchina, I don't have a Mac to check this right now, but I'm pretty sure this already exists in Camtasia 3 for Mac.  It should be under the Visual Effects tool, and named "Color Adjustment".  Drag this effect to a video clip, then adjust the sliders as needed in the Properties pane.
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I think what Patrick is referring to is a single slider for brightness and single slider for contrast. What Camtasia 3 has you do adjustment to a few sliders in order to get the same think accomplished. He is looking for a easier way, or faster way. Usually software programs that does this type of editing is done with single slide adjustments not multiple sliders.
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I would like a slider for brightness and a slider for contrast. In the latest version for PCs, when you first go to make brightness and contrast adjustments, the default setting is black and white. That makes no sense! Color adjustments should be separate from the brightness and contrast adjustments.
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First THANK YOU Dave, Chuck and Mark for your replies! Much appreciated!
So yes Dave you are right I found the 2 settings in the “Color adjustment” section as you mentioned. To be honest I had seen the section but never imagined it could be there.

Because as Chuck and Mark said I was looking for a basic section like “Brightness” or “Image settings” or sth but anyway this is not the major concern although I am sure I am not the only one searching...

But the main problem is that when I dropped the “Color Adjustment” thumbnail on my movie it became immediately black and white (?) and very sharpened.

Although I could recover the color playing with the settings, I could not get back to my original image which was not THAT sharpened. And yes I did try tuning the Contrast, etc... but image remained quite kinda “fake”.
So I just undid everything to come back to my smooth original image.

My original concern was quite simple. I was just trying to lighten a tiny bit the movie but was not expecting it would be that complex, getting all in black and white and automatically sharpened and hidden in some “Color adjustment”

I think Chuck and Mark perfectly resumed my concern. 
I know Dave you have some technical concerns and I appreciate Camtasia is a very clearly made software. Hope you still can see if there is any way in the future to make this setting just very simple and without any sharpening.

THANKS AGAIN for your concern!
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Right-on, Patrick!

I, too, had to undo all the adjustments I made to a couple different clips and go back to the original clip because of the way this feature works (or doesn't work).
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Thank you Mark for your reply!
Yes it's moreover surprising that these settings seem to me very common. I mean any video editor (even free) have 2 sliders, one for brightness and another one for contrast.
Strange that such a basic option is not implemented...
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 patrickchina, I cannot replicate your sharpness issue.

However,
The first thing that happens when applying the color adjustment filter................
1. Color
2. Contrast
3.Saturation
Values become all blown out and it's a ridiculous  place to start making adjustments from.

I've used a lot of video editing programs, I've never used one before that can practically blinds you a fraction of a second before you are expected to apply color corrections.

 Why in the world would I want to destroy 3 color settings? Turn the canvas area "Stark White or Black". As a prelude to correcting "Saturation" as an example.
The logic is beyond logic.


So you need to set 3 values to "0" and let your eyes re-adjust . Then you can apply color correction.



Why oh why are these sliders not set to ZERO by default??????????????????

Can somebody please give me a logical explanation for that?????????????????????

Regards,Joe
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Hi Joe! 
Thank you for your reply!
And YES I would also like to understand why some rather simple settings have been coded in such a complex/weird way??? 
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They shouldn't be set to zero by default, they should be set to whatever the actual current values are, so that your picture is unchanged, at all, when you add the filter, letting you use the current value as a starting point so you're only tweaking things rather than starting from scratch.
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The current values are zero. "No Adjustment Applied"
When you make an adjust you are applying a value of " + or - " to the current value.

Regards,Joe
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