Major flaws in Camtasia 8 compared to 7

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Ok. I've been creating tons of tutorial videos with Camtasia 7 and after upgrading to 8 I was really disappointed to see that some of the timeline features that made Camtasia so easy and fast to use have now been removed.

First of all, I make videos with no voice narration. I use callouts instead of voice (text boxes explaining things). For longer explanations, I usually "stop" the video by extending frames.

FIRST PROBLEM with Camtasia 8 is, if I need to extend an already extended frame later on, I first need to select all the callouts, video, animations and everything on the timeline and move them away and only after that I can extend the frame.

In Camtasia 7 this all happened automatically: if I needed to make a change to an existing extended frame, I just extended it either by dragging via mouse or by typing a new value. Other material in the timeline moved away automatically.

(Also, why the feature to TYPE the extended frame value has been removed?)

SECOND PROBLEM: if I need to add a new extended frame to the video, all the existing callouts that comes after that in the timeline gets out of sync because adding extended frame pushes only the VIDEO away, but NOT the callouts. To fix things, I need to select all the callouts and sync them by hand.

In Camtasia 7 this wasn't an issue as adding a new extended frame AUTOMATICALLY moved the rest of the material away (including the callouts) and everything stayed in sync.

THIRD PROBLEM: why I can't copy/paste zoom animations anymore? There's only an option to delete it now. If I want to use an exact copy of a zoom-n-pan animation/position I have earlier made, I need to open it's animation edit window, copy the scale and position settings, create a new zoom, open it's edit window and type the values.

In Camtasia 7 I could copy and paste them where-ever I wanted in the timeline, either using CTRL+C and CTRL+V or via mouse.

FOURTH PROBLEM: the timeline is a MESS now. Why on earth audio, video, zoom animations and transitions are placed on a SAME track?

In Camtasia 7, every element was clearly on it's own separate track: callouts, zoom animation, audio, video.

Sorry, but In my opinion, Camtasia 8 is MAJOR stepback compared to 7 and personally I don't see a point using it as it makes creating video tutorials a pain compared to 7 so I'm going to stick with the 7.
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There are a few threads similar to yours, Petez; with multiple suggestions for things that are different and add to the time it takes to complete a project. I agree CS 7 seemed more intuitive than CS 8 and Techsmith removed a lot of features that they are only now finding out were important to us. There are some good things in CS 8...but, oh the pain.
I've said before that perhaps they removed "ripple" because it was too difficult to make it work across the multiple timelines, but, there has been no confirmation on that. Techsmith has said again and again that the timeline was completely re-written.
If you look through the posts here for your specific issues, I think you'll find workarounds or new processes for almost all of them.
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Hi Petez - We released an update to Camtasia Studio today that should address the first two items you mention. More details are here:
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Hello Petez,

Thank you for your detailed feedback. We very much appreciate your patience as we've been working to resolve the issues you've brought to our attention.

I'm happy to say that we have announced the release of Camtasia Studio 8.1, which adds some features that should address the third problem that you have brought to our attention.

You can now copy and paste zoom and other animations on the timeline exactly as you've described--either by using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V or by following these steps:

1. Right click an animation and choose "Copy".

2. Move the playhead to the new location.

3. Right click the clip and choose "Paste".

For more information, watch these video tutorials:

If you have Camtasia Studio 8 installed (trial or licensed version), you can update to the new version by clicking Help > Check for Updates or by downloading and installing here.

I hope that our new release helps you have a more satisfying experience when using Camtasia Studio. Please feel free to let us know if you have additional questions, comments, or concerns.
-Culver Redd

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