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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Posted 7 years ago

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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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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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David Patton, Employee

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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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Joe Morgan

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Still unavailable. It will be available in Camtasia 9 when it's released.

Regards, Joe
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Mark Madere

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Any idea when it will be released??
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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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:

And in particular, video #6:

... 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.

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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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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


Thanks again!

Scott Schmerer

Senior Software Engineer

Camtasia Windows