Mask visual effect for Camtasia 9 (PC)

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I currently use Camtasia extensively for work, and predominately record/edit on a Mac, however we're starting to pick up contractors that work on PC as well, and after playing around with Camtasia for PC, I noticed that the "Mask" effect that can be found in the Visual Effects bin on Camtasia for Mac isn't there for PC. This is an incredibly powerful tool for our workflow and it's surprising it's only included on the Mac version! Perhaps I'm missing it, or it's in a different place, but for the life of me I can't seem to find it!
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I am also having the same problem and not having this feature limits my ability to do a lot of things.  Is there a work around for the PC?
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the validity of your idea notwithstanding ...

I do not use the Mac version, but on Windows you can make your own custom mask, and save as an asset in the Library, using this method ...

How To Make A Circle Mask
https://www.screencast.com/t/XNYZ7bAfmB
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tanner.s.marshall

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Yeah, that's definitely an option, and a technique that I actually used on Mac before discovering the Mask effect. IMO, though, the mask effect on Mac is way easier to use and minimizes the steps needed to create a custom mask. Also, since it's applied to a single clip, any animations applied to that clip also get applied to the mask as well. I've found it to be incredibly handy.
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For anyone wondering about the effect, it looks quite interesting and useful!

https://blogs.techsmith.com/tips-how-...

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick, thanks for sharing that
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Rick Stone

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Very happy to have found it. I was curious about the effect myself, did some googling and found the page and noticed there was supposed to be a video there but it was missing. I contacted TechSmith and reported it. Many huge thanks to TechSmith for promptly fixing it!
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Seems it's gone again
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Rick Stone

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Dang I hate when they delete the blog posts! Why can't they just remain? Or perhaps maintain an archive?

Are they short on disk space or something?
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Axel

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The hyperlinks in this thread seem to point to nowhere (I'm getting a 404 when I click each of the links, sample or blog).

Is this intended?
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a recently discovered bug in screencast.com hosting forced me to upload and re-link the referenced media; sorry for any inconvenience ...

How To Make A Circle Mask
http://www.screencast.com/t/4Kfzg81ZcCH
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Axel

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Nice solution! Good thought!

Though, the suggested workaround requires pre-rendering which becomes troublesome when applying changes to the mask or masked footage.
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I don't know why the video for MAC masking is gone.
But here's that video if your interested in seeing it.

Square and Oval masks are alright.I'd prefer to see a more robust masking tool that allows for creating custom shapes. 

Regards,Joe
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tanner.s.marshall

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Yes! A masking effect with custom shapes would be an incredible addition!
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I agree this needs to be in the Windows Version just as easy as in the macOS one. It would make creating screencasts alot faster.
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Richard M.

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Why is the "mask" feature not on the PC? It just seems illogical to me and I'm a big fan of TechSmith's products..
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Bhavesh Naik

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It's incredibly frustrating and annoying to find that Camtasia has not added the "masking" feature found in its MAC version to their PC version. Camtasia, you are being incredibly tone-deaf and, might I say, arrogant to be completely ignoring this request from so many users out there. Just do a quick google on the net and you will find that people need and want this feature. Here's some unpaid advice: It will make you more money if you add this feature. 
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Count me as a vote for the masking effect on PC
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ESAM

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It's a nice to add Mask feature in PC version 
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+1 for the Mask feature on PC
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It is not nearly the same as a proper mask feature, but the PC version *does* have a crop feature which was good enough for what I was trying to do.
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Chiming in to cast another vote for a bona fide video masking feature for Camtasia on PCs.
Thanks for listening!
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Great post, thanks for sharing.
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andre

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+1, please, add this feature ASAP!
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proviewpro

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PLEASE add the MASK feature for PC version!


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Isabelle Vauche

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la fonctionnalité mask est elle  dans la derniere mise a jour ? Qui peut me le dire ? en tous cas, j'espere. 
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le masquage en tant que fonction n'est toujours pas dans la version Windows de Camtasia 2018
 
mais vous pouvez toujours faire votre propre masque personnalisé
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merci de l'information. j'ai vu des liens pour créer son mask mais.. aucun n'était valide.. pouvez vous m'aider ? merci et bon dimanche
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How To Make A Circle Mask 2017-04-09
http://www.screencast.com/t/4Kfzg81ZcCH

How To Make And Work With Free-Hand Style Mask Effect Asset 2018-09-21
http://www.screencast.com/t/1t4YYyiogn

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proviewpro

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my gosh way to much time to do something that should be simple. Not for me but thanks.
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Isabelle Vauche

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rmerci Kayakman, je vais chercher comment faire un "group" maintenant. et essayer. 
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For PC, please¡¡¡¡
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I scrolled few threads about mask effect on PC. It is so sad... I see than no one from TechSmitch is in this thread. No reply from two years!! What a pity :( I hoped that I can find here info when 'mask' effect will be on PC. Now I see that probably never... or maybe I we will have to pay $99 or more for 2020 yearupgrade just to have this effect :/ 

Thanks to kayakmen - it is some trick to have something simillar, but not so useful and simple as on mac.

@TechSmith team - could You inform us about chances to have this effect in PC version? When? For free or we will have to buy new version?? 
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I totally agree with you Piotr !!
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Mike Paris

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For the simple reason of how they lack to respond I have moved on to something else.
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Sander

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I've moved to other software too, but it's funny to see this thread pop up every now and then without any replies from the techsmith team. 
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raydiamante

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That's the most logical exit. The customer service is basic.
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Dann Larson

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Put my hat in the ring for custom masking feature, even if only a circle

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Oliver Satton

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I need help with camtasia 9 with same problem. 
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Hey folks,

There's bad news / good news on this front. The bad news is I'm not sure if we're going to get this in the next cycle (2020). Good news is it's definitely something we want to address. I'll do my best to fit it into the schedule ASAP. 

Brooks
Camtasia Technical Product Manager
Mobile Technical Product Manager
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I just came to ask about this feature.
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Still no mask feature in 2020 for windows. Disappointing. 
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There is a masking feature.
Its called Track Mattes. And you can do a lot with them.

Troy Stein, A TechSmith Employee

Put together 5 video tutorials regarding tracks mattes, and how to use them.

Complete with exercise files. If you want to wrap your head around track mattes.

This is a great place to start.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJiZj-PiRY8zTAhC99cqaanmgvT7vWyrP

 

 Regards,Joe

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Thanks Joe. Is this meant for windows or mac?
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Works the same overall for both platforms. I'm a Windows user myself, and Mac has a better system for working with groups.
But as far as the Track Mattes themselves are concerned. They offer the same capabilities.



You can either download this PDF or view it on line.
It outlines what 2020 has to offer. Theres were some minor features missing from the list.I don't know if its been updated.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/afqsiqgn2wfko6j/Camtasia-2020-Feature-Overview-Supplemental.pdf?dl=0

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Thanks Joe. Will definitely explore in a bit. I saw in camtasia teaser that masking effect is coming at visual effects. I guess your method is different from the teaser.
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No, track mattes are used to create masks. If you watch the videos, you'll gain a lot of knowledge fast.
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How To Make Quick Circle Mask In Camtasia 2020 2020-04-29
https://www.screencast.com/t/bMMiwo0v0Q5

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Thanks !!! I have managed to created one using the 2020 trial. Does other older version have this track mattes feature too ? 
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No
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this works with older versions of Camtasia ...

How To Make And Use Flexible Circle Mask Library Asset  2020-03-13
https://www.screencast.com/t/4Kfzg81ZcCH