Need more video tracks in Camtasia Studio

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how do you add another video track in CS7, is the only way to use the pip track? if we only have 1 video track how hard would it be to give us a few more (at least 4) in the an update to cs7?
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  • wanting more video tracks

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Even the ability to swap out one video clip for another while retaining all of the edits, fades, zooms, etc. would be a huge step in the right direction.
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You can swap out a video while retaining all its edits and things like callouts, etc., by using this workaround ...

For the clip you want to swap, make note of its file name, folder location, and exact durration to the second [including frames].

Save project, add it to Library just in case, then close the project; close CS.

Record your new clip;

give it the exact name as the original clip it is to replace, saving it in a different directory than the original;

if necessary, edit it in CS to trim its length to the exact length [to the frame] as the original, then produce it as an AVI using exact name as original to be replaced;

copy the new [edited?] clip to clipboard,

then navigate to folder containing original project clip file; paste over original;

reload original project in a new instance of CS and the new clip and all original edits will be in place.

I use this method constantly to update tightly edited legacy projects with fresh content [any clip:video, image, audio]; for me, works great.
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Can we make simple animation in camtasia
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you can do basic ease in and ease out in camtasia for mac, but not in windows version, it is under consideration for camtasia at the moment, animation of callouts etc, along a motion path with ease in and out controls (like flash)...

meanwhile if you want to simulate this you would either do step by step frame to frame animation by moving and adjusting the same call out along the time line, or do an animation in powerpoint, but that doesnt give you .png file transparency to animate over your video if creating an animated output from powerpoint
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You can actually do acceptable, simple animations now in the windows version using step frame position agjustments; but takes some time and dicipline.

See this example I did several ago [while experimenting with making cartoons with CS] ...

http://cookbookplus.com/videos/TimeVa...

There are animation examples all throughout this video.

For a good example, let the file fully download, then watch the TOC item "My Day Catching And Salting Fish" [at about 42 min 26 sec].

Here, all the images were captured by Snagit and saved with transparent backgrounds; then imported into CS and used as image callouts.

I found that a callout that was 3 frames long gave acceptable results for smooth motion when produced at 15 FPS. Changing the callout size can simulate perspective.

Perhaps give this technique a try?
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Yes, I would need 2 simultaneous videos as well for PiP videos. This can be done already by using the PiP track but for the PiP track Zoom&Pan / Crop isn't available.

An automatic/semiautomatic syncing of the 2 videos over their respective soundtracks would be perfect (if Camtasia Studio would help with a "magnetic" property of the second clip which would "snap" in place when dragged left/right on the timeline and the software detects matching waveforms in main and secondary clips).
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i`m looking for a split screen effect, not so much PiP,

so split vertically or horizontally as the 2 options,

so I can do a fullscreen recording, and then isolate and crop out 2 areas of the screen that would show one crop on the left side of the screen, and another crop on the right side.

This way its as easy as just do a fullscreen recording, then creating 2 cropped areas, say for a 3D modelling demonstration tutorial,

one crop shows the model being worked on close up to the splines and nodes being manipulated,

the other crop shows the dialogue box and settings I am adjusting as I go,

This way I dont have to keep zooming and panning from the close up model being worked on back to different dialogue boxes,

I can simply place 2 zoom areas in a fullscreen recording of the GUI, with a "zoom (crop) callout", and assign the 2 zoom crops to either a Y axis screen split, or the above/below X axis split.

This way my viewer has close ups of the modelling in progress (or digital painting) and a clear view of the dialogue box being used, since in any modelling or painting process you will move between several dialogue boxes for brushes, tools, colours, and other settings.
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A workaround for this now is to produce flash with side-by-side PIP, then use multiple cascade productions to add embedded PIPs.

I made this simple example 2 years ago do demonstrate; it is a side-by-side with no TOC [none showing per setting using Camtasia Theater] and 8 additional embedded PIPs; I took a shortcut and just made 1 video with 4 embedded PIPs, then used for both sides; but it shows what's possible ...

http://www.cookbookplus.com/temp/Test...
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Just wondering when your going to publish your first ebook on amazon for camtasia "the missing manual", or perhaps part of the "how to cheat in flash" series but for camtasia. ;)

Kayakman, if I want to split the screen, and have different video streams playing on each side of the split, is this possible?

Another words, I`m zoomed into 2 different parts of the screen, and those 2 cropped zooms are each playing in their own window side by side fullscreen.
If the aspect ratio is not the same then the outer areas are filled with black or a colour of choice.

cheers,
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Regarding ...

"if I want to split the screen, and have different video streams playing on each side of the split, is this possible?" ...

Not that I've [yet] figured out; but the technique described in the previous post works very well; just requires more work.

You can solve the different aspect thing by first producing zoomed sections as AVI with a prefered background color, set to a common production dimension.

Regarding a "how to cheat in flash" series" ...

I do a lot of [mostly for internal use] "shot from the hip" screencast tutorials that I can refere back to when I need to solve the same problem again; sometimes, it's a long, long time between running into the same issue, and [for me] it's easy to forget all the steps of a specific [workaround] solution.

I keep all these one-off tutorials in a little collection that I can get to quickly; you are welcome to view them at ...

http://www.cookbookplus.com/TechSmith...

Nothing like an eBook, but, for me, it beats a blank.
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thanks for sharing Kayakman, very kind.
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Splitting the screen and putting separate videos on the left and on the right, as seen on Mixergy.com and http://www.therisetothetop.com/. It's something Camtasia can do, at least not well. It can be semi-faked using the PIP, I think. This is one area where Screenflow for the MAC excels.
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And yes, this is the one feature where I might have to buy a MAC and ScreenFlow to get what I want.
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Camtasia Studio 8 was just released and we've implemented the ability to use multiple tracks on the timeline now. The tracks are no longer specific to media type as well, this allows you a lot more freedom to create the types of videos that you want to create and aren't bogged down by unnecessary rules.

You essentially have unlimited video tracks and audio tracks to work with (or at least as many as your computer can handle - a lot). http://screencast.com/t/KCWSr6ou

We've also done work that will allow you to animate callouts and any other type of media for that matter. Here is a video of me animating a callout over top of a video: http://www.screencast.com/t/CVsvxgpKi

And you can now position video clips wherever you choose in the Canvas like one commenter requested: http://screencast.com/t/dt1ttRyF

I'd urge you to download it and try it out!

Here is our page describing what else in new in this release: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha...

Download: http://www.techsmith.com/download/cam...
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I LOVE IT ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR TEAM HAS EXCELLED BEYOND EXPECTATIONS, this is a huge upgrade.
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Three months before I bought CAMTASIA STUDIO 7. Now the new release has the option. Not FAIR. Is it possible to upgrade my license?
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Finally, a company that actually listens to its customers.
We tend to complain a lot when we don't get the functionality we require.

When a company actually takes on board customers suggestions and implements them, then we also need to acknowledge this.

Excellent work.
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When I got my first license last year, this enhancement request has been already in discussion. As a customer our surprise is that when it is available in MAC why not in WINDOWS. Techsmith employee replied that it would be fixed in the next update. Based on this reply we decided to go for another LICENSE which we bought just three months ago. so...not complaining, but why it is in a new release rather than an update the exisiting one? If we were informed that it would be only available in camtasia 8, then we would not have bought the new license and would have waited....as simple as that.
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Hi Siva,

I'm really sorry. Hopefully we can get you on the new version. Here are a couple options:

  • It is our policy that if you purchase a product and a major release comes out within 30 days, you get the new version for free.

  • If you have an active maintenance plan (described here: https://store.techsmith.com/maintenan... ), upgrades to major versions are free.

  • You can contact Customer Support or I can get them in touch with you: +1.517.381.2300 or Toll Free 800.517.3001 (U.S. & Canada Only)



We really felt that with all that is new in this release, it deserves to be considered a major release. http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha...

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