Need to edite (delete a selected portion) without splitting the clip into two clips

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In version 7, I could edit a clip and it did not create a split. If I want a split I use the split tool. Not splitting the clip is very important so that you can span zooms and pans across the video. When they split at every edit (in V8), you have to replicate all the zoom settings for each new clip. This flaw could be fixed if there was an UNsplit tool like there is in Final Cut.

The help article in V8 says the work around is do all your editing of clips AFTER you set your zooms. Not only is that inconvenient, but it still doesn't work. The edits still split the clips and you lose the zoom settings that cross in to that area of the video.
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Greg Hughes

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Tom Sirgedas, Employee

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Hey Greg,

I'm sorry to hear that you've run into trouble using CS8. Could you provide the link for the article you mentioned? It does sound like poor advice.

I'd suggest to do your cuts+splits first, then group the clips you want to animate, then apply the animation (zoom-n-pan) to the *group*. Now you don't have duplicate animations (zooms) to synchronize. Let me know if that works for you!

A quick demo: (34 seconds)

Tom Sirgedas
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Randy Schott

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At the moment, there is no way to preserve the behavior from CS7. The new behavior is baked into the data model, but we did it for a reason.

I've been at TechSmith for 5 years, and every single version of Camtasia Studio that has been released while I have been here (excluding 8.0) has had project corruption and display bugs related to the "invisible" cutting mechanism. No matter how hard we tried, marking bits of a clip to be skipped during playback so that the entire clip could remain a single item on the timeline just wasn't working.

The new model performs cuts essentially through a split-split-delete mechanism. That is, the endpoints of the selection are used to perform two splits, then the new clip contained in the selection is deleted. The main idea is that clips on the timeline MUST be continuous, no gaps are allowed. If you want a gap, there has to be a boundary and a new clip. Doing cuts this way allows us to be a lot more reliable when editing the timeline. There is also the above-mentioned benefit of being able to see where your cuts have been made. And you can trim the new clip boundaries in or out a little if you weren't precise enough with the cut.

We did some usability testing and found that grouping the resulting clips was an effective solution for maintaining the workflow of having a single clip to move around on the timeline. After all, a group IS a media that contains other media. So, you ARE still working with a single clip in the end. However, it's clear that the grouping workflow doesn't work for everyone. We take usability seriously, so we will be looking for ways to make this process easier on you.

Off the top of my head: We could make it so that cuts auto-group the clips, so you always have the feeling of working on a single, uninterrupted media.

Again, we never like to see that we've removed a crucial workflow that customers rely on and made things more difficult. Ultimately, we try to make choices that will help you be more successful. But we don't always get it right :-).