I want to
move a specific track horizontally 1 frame at a time - to the left and to the right.
I work with several cameras and need to align tracks with 1
audio track; they tend to get off a bit and the easy fix is to simply 'nudge'
the video track back in sync with the audio track.
I've looked and searched and do not see how to do that in Camtasia.
Personally, I usually do it this way. Put the playhead in the position you want. You may need to use the arrow keys to nudge it in one pixel increments. Then just drag the clip to snap it to the playhead.
Perhaps others have better ways and will share them.
Cheers... Rick :)
The key is you must have the Timeline Snapping features disabled. Or the media can jump to snap to locations indiscriminately.
Media Edges is the worse one.Your trying to sync an audio track that was recorded with the video, you separated it from the video.And snap to media edges has it locked tight to the video at the beginning, even if the audio is a few frames shorter or longer at the end.Because the Camtasia recorder can't seem to get audio duration right for some reason.
Then, when you try to drag it. Media edge snapping releases it abruptly, it jumps several frames. You drag it back to within a couple of frames, and snapping seizes it back.
You can either disable snapping settings through the view menu.
Or just hold the "Ctrl" button to disable snapping temporarily.
This morning I thought more about it and realized that SOME off the video files were on a different drive. So I copied ALL content files and put them on the SSD C drive and remapped them to the project media folder thinking that would delete any hurdles and make access easier. Checked that all the snapping is still off. OK
However, the problem still exists and I was surprised to see one of the video segments jump up 3 tracks when moving it horozontally.
BTW - I am running Win 10 Pro with a i5 quad core running 3.500GHZ, 32GB DDR3 (1300) and a GeForce GTX 1070 video card.
Another thought is graphics drivers. I run a GTX 660. I don't remember exactly what was wrong, but a Nvidia driver solved it. There was something screwy with the UI or something along that line.Tech support helped me resolve it.
Which segways me into my next thought. Get them involved.
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1. Leave snapping ON.
2. Put the head at the start of the clip.
3. Use the arrow button to move the head one frame to the left.
4. Grab the video and drag left to the cursor head.
I just made a small size video of this process, but realized I can't put it here without uploading to YouTube (or elsewhere) and linking ... too much effort. But you get the idea.
After doing what you suggested; turning off snapping, changing memory acceleration, etc. the problem of moving a file on a track is not the problem (although I think it is crazy not to have a simple key+function to do this without zooming in and then back out), the problem is that when I move the mp4 file in eaither direction I must wait before playing again because if I click on the play button right away the audio moves but the video does not. After waiting 15 or 30 seconds (sometimes longer if I moved the file quite a bit) the file plays with the audio correctly.
So, the immediate afggrivation is that I have the audio marked at the start of a specific audio point; something distince that I could see on the video track. So, I watch the video track until I find that spot (and if I jump around in the video track to find it quicker, the more messed up camtasiagets). And if I get find the unique spot and 'grab the file on the track and drag it toward the marker, that is when the file sometimes jumps out of the track to another, or jumps a greater distance on the track than I pulled it (I pull it 1/2" and it jumps 2") and that without any snapping selected.
Once the track and audio are aligned within a few frames I can move the track on frame at a time with the mouse - better that would be with key control.
So the issue of the video NOT playing after moving it is seems to be something related to processing and memory. But the video card has 8 gb itself.
Do you know someone specific in support who may be versed in the ways that Camtasia uses memory in this way?
I have occasionally experienced the erratic clip behaviors you describe; usually in highly complex projects
my theory on what's happening ...
when you grab a clip with the mouse, and move it, the editor has to incrementally process this change in position; in certain projects, this processing can take some time to complete
if you move a clip by selecting/grabbing it with the left mouse button, then release that clip, in a new position, by releasing the left mouse button, the "release" [mouse button up], is not being registered immediately by the editor; after the "release", the mouse position is often changed somewhat with respect to the position that the moved clip was left in
however, a few moments later, with the mouse now in a different location, the "release" is finally recognized/acknowledged, and the clip jumps to the location where the mouse actually is, away from where the clip was thought to be moved to
I have observed this cause/effect behavior many times; including having clips moving to different track levels
I have always been able to prevent this behavior by very carefully making sure that I do not move the mouse position, after "release", for a few moments; giving the editor time to complete processing the move
just my personal take on this
Thanks to all for their comments – smart people that I can learn from – really appreciate that!
Kyakman: I don’t see how your instruction re cutting a clip from the timeline works. Doing that and reading your comment a few times I see that I can paste the clip at the play head start. I was thinking you were suggesting that I could paste the clip into another window, move the playhead to the specific point I need to sync audio with, and paste it back into the track/timeline and it would align where the play head IS and where the play head was in the separate window. I got that wrong but I did learn that I could copy the clip and paste it at the play head position.
Joe Morgan: Your instructions to disable snapping seems to help – although you did note that in one of my attempts after changing the setting the clip still jumped to another track and location. I think Kayakman’s comment about moving the mouse is to be well taken (I have to duct tape my hands to my sides after each move :~)
Joe Morgan: regarding my Mouse – I use a Logitech Bluetooth M570 (Trackman). It is clean.
The video you proved a link to by Colin Smith is fantastic – what he described is EXACTLY the issue. I watched the whole video AND the one that came up by him after focusing on GPU’s and how they use memory. I will look into what can be done with my current MB (AS Rock Z77 Extreme4) but I think the ‘4’ refers to the number of cores supported – not sure about that. I have the Intel ‘Ivy Bridge’ Rev 9 chipset.
Kayakman: Your ‘theory’ is spot on – exactly my experience over the years working with large projects. One of the things I will undertake with this project is to convert the .mts files to mp4 so they are similar to the converted mpeg-2 to mp4. Perhaps that will provide an easier transition for Camtasia’s processing?
I will also start afresh and rebuild the project leaving out all the transitions and fade in images until the main video and audio track is accurate and saved :~)
Another thing I’ve been fighting for years working with the occasional large production Kayakman, is the audio track. I note your comment about not using mp3 files, but what I have observed is that when I rip or save a video file (like the current mpeg-2 file) in Gold Wave to both .wav and .mp3, the mp3 is exactly the same length as the original video file, while the wav file is not. In this case the wav file grew by nearly 12 minutes! I also tried to use the audio scaling to shrink the file down but that has proved to give poor audible results.
And, while I cannot locate the comment right now, you (or someone) suggested that Camtasia provide a way to change the editor display to 720 on projects using 1080 files. I can see how that would utilize way less processing – that should be a suggestion!
Lastly – I installed Camtasia 2019 on a new Dell Inspiron i7 with 16 gb ram, copied the project files to it’s drive, opened the project, mapped the content, and then it required converting the project from 2018 to 2019. Totally locked the system.
Again, thanks for all the suggestions.
Perhaps I should learn to use Premier – I own it, but my 69 year old eyesight and their small print drives me crazy; actually Adobe drives me crazy . . .