Moving one frame at a time in the timeline

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I'm used to using Final Cut Pro as an editing program and I have the ability to move one frame at a time in the video via a keyboard command so I can move to the exact frame where I want to apply an edit or effect.  I know I can drag the mouse in the timeline in Camtasia but that doesn't seem to offer the precision of moving one frame at a time via a keyboard command.  I've looked but I don't see anything that allows me to do that in the docs/help.  Is there a way to move one frame forward or backward so I can easily put the playhead exactly where I want it?
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Brian

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Eddy Kindermans

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That's the difference between Camtasia and a real editing program like FCP. I just aim and cut ;) If I'm wrong , I undo and cut again ;)
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Ian Patterson

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A real editing program like FCP - said without any hint of irony. Well done.
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As a trained video editor (Avid MC)now working in sales and cutting demo videos using Camtasia I find this comment absolutely hilarious. Thank you.
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Rick Stone

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The comment may be hilarious if TechSmith were out there sincerely and actively attempting to compete with FCP, Avid, Premiere Pro, or others. If they are doing that, then the jabbing and ridicule is totally deserved.

But I don't personally believe that's the case. Camtasia was created to record videos from your computer screen. It's since evolved a lot with the ability to use WebCam and recordings from other video sources as it has evolved. But it was never created expressly for that purpose from the onset. Hence, many of the features one would normally expect are absent.

For example, the ability to reverse playback of a video. Just this morning I got an email notification from a small company selling a different low priced video editing product that is touting a fabulous new capability. They can now allow you to reverse playback! Woo Hoo!

Who knows where TechSmith is planning on taking Camtasia. Maybe at some point TechSmith will decide to compete in that space. But for the moment, it's a bit of a niche product that does what it does pretty well. At least, it seems to for most users.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I must have missed all the replies above, and looking at them now it seems I didn't miss much.  I asked a question and got an editorial.  If a video, any video, is composed of frames then I'm not quite sure I understand why any video editor, be it Camtasia or FCP, wouldn't allow you to zero in with precision.  That's not exactly rocket science functionality.  
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It wasn't a comment on Camtasia. It was a comment on FCP. At least that's how I read it and what I based my response. Also, I found it humorous because I haven't cut a video since a year after college and I was excited to get to use something (Camtasia) again. I came here to find out how to step forward/backward as that's always been something in any NLE I've used and was surprised I couldn't find it in with any of the traditional keyboard shortcuts. The first post I read has a comment on FCP. Knocking on FCP was something that was done in the editing world and it reminded me of "home." 
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Brian

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I suppose that's one way to look at it.  I am definitely impressed with Camtasia and I think it's actually an excellent program for a reasonable price (unheard of any more) but I am surprised that a simple cmd-right arrow or cmd-left arrow shortcut hasn't been implemented to do this functionality.  FCP is great for many things, but I'd prefer to use a product that is more focused towards the screen capture functionality like Camtasia for this type of work.  
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Are you talking about moving the playhead one frame at a time?  If so, the . and , keys move the playhead one frame.   All the keyboard shortcuts are described here: http://assets.techsmith.com/Downloads/ua-tutorials-camtasiaMac-02/Camtasia-Keyboard-Shortcuts.pdf  You can also find this list in product under the Help menu.
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Brian

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That's exactly what I was looking for, thanks!  I looked throughout that same PDF but somehow I missed it.  Camtasia is such a well developed product I would have been surprised if that functionality was not there so I assumed I was missing something.  Thanks again.
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Steven P.

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This was exactly what I was looking for as well, but the link you provided is no longer valid.  Is there a new one?  Thank you!
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john.orban

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Indeed it does...I've been looking for that for a while now. Thanks!
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Looks like one of my links no longer works. But in every version of Camtasia that I've used, the Comma Key (,) steps you one frame back, and the Period Key (.) steps you one frame forward.

, Back one frame

. Forward one frame

Camtasia 2018 Hotkeys

Camtasia 9/3 Hotkeys
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TELLandTRAIN

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And the arrow buttons to the left of the play button provide this function too
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Victor Grazi

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is there any shortcut to move forward backward say 10 frames at a time?
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Rick Stone

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Yeah, looks like it's a Mac specific feature.
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Victor Grazi

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Can we have it added as a feature request for Windows? It's really important, right now it takes forever to locate a specific point to perform an edit
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Steven P.

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Agreed!!  Why the features are so different between Mac & PC is baffling.  Love that you can move fwd/back one frame with  , and . 
the 15 frame feature would be great.
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Tejaswi Raj

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Is there any option to drag playhead frame to frame (grid by grid) ?
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davemillman

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On Mac, Shift > or Shift < move the playhead one frame at a time, selecting clips from all tracks at the playhead location.