Long-time CS user's 1st reactions to CS8

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I've used Camtasia ambitiously (but sporadically) since Version 3. When I was using it all the time, I was part of the CS beta program. I just started two projects (one 2hrs, the other 4 hrs). For those who care, here is my list of "Wows" and "Wouldn't it be greats" as I come to the end of my first week with CS8.

Wows:
* Very stable and trust-worthy. Zero lost work (touch wood).
* Timeline snapping rocks.
* Grouping is great.
* Audio fixes fantastic (saves me round-tripping thru Audacity).
* Markers attaching to media OR time? Brilliant.

Wouldn't it be nice if I could:
* Produce a Preview using my custom production profile?
* Produce a Preview starting at the play-head (e.g., at 1hr 30min)?
* Speed up playback with a scrubber mode (FF dialog).
* Split and make a hole (e.g., split and bump everything down the timeline x secs)?
* Independently control multiple video dimensions. [See below for explanation.]

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I have two full-screen camrecs from two PCs. PC #1 was set to1440x900, and PC #2 was set to 1280x1024. Both videos have to be in the same timeline. Because #1 takes 80% of screen time, I'm using its dimensions as the standard, but this means that #2 is squashed looking. I would like to be able to:
1) Select the #2 video bits in the timeline.
2) Independently adjust #2 video's dimensions relative to the canvas.
3) Parts of the video left outside the margins of the canvas would be cropped.
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-GL-
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Nice review GL...thanks for posting!
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CS8: working with media (parts) much better. I really like that I can easily work with several tracks and several media (parts of movies and parts of audio) and throw them around, group them, select many of them at one time, when I want to move all of them etc. 
A great improvement from CS7 and worth the money ;-)
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