New User Interface for Camtasia Studio 9

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I think Camtasia Studio 9 should come with a brand new UI. Because the UI you're using now has been around since version 6. Thanks! :)
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Kamran Mackey

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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Thanks for the feedback and suggestion Kamran.
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Kamran Mackey

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No problem! :)
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Christian Sousa Carriço

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The program has a bug, it does not record full screen games even if i put lock in the aplication.
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Will Smith

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i think that version 9 should include a free and paid version. also i would like to see integration with windows 8.1 and camtasia studio. i think that camtasia studio should have windows 8.1 notifications so if someone is recording there screen and they are using the windows store app they can get notifications of new updates and other things like that.
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KC WolfUniverse

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You should making the videos load faster when they are being "Produced"
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Ryan Henryanand

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Mabey a feature do add plugins to your Camtasia
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Yassine Ben Ameur

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yes plz make something new !
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Any more feedback besides just wanting something new? A lot happens with a new look...complaints, training, lots of development work, etc.

I say please don't make it new just to make it new. If you can provide better functionality and workflow by all means, please do but other than that, have the developers working on other known issues, bugs, and feature requests.

Just my 2 cents!
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Yes, I have one, after you save a project in Camtasia Studio 8 and there's a link in the window "produce your project", but it leads to help section of Camtasia not the produce and share window.
Would be great if it would be so simple.

Also MORE transitions needed, like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

The movement of the text..

Also easier file dragging from the library of Camtasia Studio.
It's somehow usually selecting the files, not dragging the file..
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Charles Welford

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I agree: new features yes, new UI no, just confuses people.
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Kamran Mackey

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It does not confuse people.
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Janes

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Well, a new UI could be added, as well as a .pdf or .docx manual. The design is cluttered, it should be changed to more simple than it is right now, well, I guess the current one is better than previous ones. I haven't used them, I only use 8th version of Camtasia Studio.
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Logan S.

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Hey Janis,

Great idea! I'll make sure I pass it along.
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Janes

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You can see an example in Windows 7, the new ribbon, it's less cluttered but not yet it, something like that and rearrange option in the new ribbon, the first comment idea: the dragging library of Camtasia files made easier, next is that when an app is running and you've opened Camtasia it just opens and for example now I'm typing :D and it opened and I have to go back to my browser.
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Muuk Broadcaster

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it would be cool if you add a stream feature
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Janes

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Another thing I found out is that Camtasia Studio and the recorder are not integrated into Windows very good as it can be seen from the image, in Windows you can see the recent files and jump lists. I really hope you are going to add this in the next update for Camtasia Studio.
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Daniel Foreman

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I don't want a new interface, this one works fine. If you do to Camtasia what office 2007 did to 2003, then I will boycott it. Worry less about the interface and get features like narration working properly. Camtasia has too many problems to start buggering about with the UI.
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Alex Gordon

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why shouldn't there be a new interface it is 2 versions old and needs a quick fix update it needs to be more user - friendly.

UPDATE IT!!!!
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Janes

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It is completely user friendly, the fact that you don't want to get used to it is..bad. It needs simplicity - no gradients whatsoever. Because an example is Windows 8, it's without gradients, simple colors.
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I'm not getting the "no gradients" thing...what do you mean by that?

Thanks.
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I know what a gradient is...what I don't understand is your complaints about gradients with Camtasia. What don't you like, specifically???
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Charles Welford

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I agree with Kurrykid and not with Alex Gordon. Just because an interface is "old" doesn't make it bad. If there are specific issues to enhance, certainly consider those. Otherwise, new changes mean people have to learn the new interface, and are more likely to decrease efficiency during that learning curve.
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We just need improvements, no changes. Like I said to Alex Gordon about the interface = colors e.t.c. More transitions, effects, settings for effects, easier drag & drop and more.
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Can you explain what you mean by "easier drag & drop"?
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Janes

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You know when you move a file from the Clip Bin, sometimes it doesn't move there but starts selecting everything. You need to select the icon to move it to the Playhead. But instead you could just easily move it there but the selecting of files from a empty space around. And the dropping - when you move a file in the Playhead and it shows up after the current time period, only. But you've moved it to somehwere else, would be good if it would be there.
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I'm not sure I've experienced the same issues but thanks for explaining it. It's good to have specifics for your requests.
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:)
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The New User Interface should be similar to Microsoft Office 2013 UI.
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That new interface for Office 2013 is specifically to allow compatability with the new Windows 8.1 touch interface. I specifically do not want to re-learn a new touch-centric Camtasia interface.
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Shamshad Ali

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Not really, the current interface that snagit 11 has is very similar to that of Office 2007 and 2010. There would be no such difference except the ribbon is going to be a little smaller and icons will appear flatter and smooth. Most current interface uses gradient in its interface, which i think is kind of outdated in comparisons to high end products on the market.
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New does not mean better. Nostalgia alert...

When I first installed Camtasia, a tutorial video started playing, which annoyed me. I'm old fashioned; my computer shouldn't be doing anything I didn't tell it to do. I quickly changed my tune when I saw that the video was showing how easy... everything is to accomplish in their software. I've been delighted ever since because even that which I couldn't figure out how to do, either a quick Google search or a little trial and error (which I love) got me there.

I was tickled that in the time it took me to clunk around in Ulead Video Studio (a software that was adequate many, MANY years ago) only to find I couldn't simply isolate a mid section of a video to speed it up, I was able to instead find Camtasia, install it, learn it, use it, and produce a video with everything I wanted done and more.

As an owner of both a powerful Ivy Bridge computer and a Yoga 2 Pro that is mostly used in tablet mode, I can assure you that people are not going to be video editing via a touch screen. It's just not viable to set frame precise anything. Not to mention that most touch screen devices, including my Yoga 2 Pro (which is about as new and strong as they come) are inferior rendering machines compared to their desktop counterparts. Besides that, I got rid of my iPad 4 in favor of the Yoga 2 Pro simply because it was Windows and using a touchscreen to dig through menus is not a problem. Not to mention that like most power users, I carry a wireless mouse and keyboard with it for when I'm doing more labor intensive things, like video editing (which I've only done with the Yoga as a demo to my friends of how accessible and powerful Camtasia is).

As a power user for nearly 15 years now, I must say I'm really sick and tired of softwares going to overly-resource hungry interfaces just to look cooler. I use Camtasia to capture screens and edit videos. Not as bling around my neck to demonstrate status to others. Besides, nothing is more beautiful in a video editing software than the ability to efficiently edit videos. I hope TechSmith will not be tempted to uproot their interface just to appear trendy.
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I strongly disagree on a new UI.The current one is simple and straithfoward to use,and it doesn't require much skill(dragging and dropping files onto tracks and moving them or resizing is simple for everyone).

Besides,the current UI is modern looking.I just don't see the point of upgrading something you don't have to,Camtasia is not a game,it is a video editior and recorder(a good one may I add),and I don't want a new UI spitting bugs and making the job harder.
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I think Camtasia UI is simple and easy to use. What would be great to see in CS9 is more transitions more animation options like text and image motion paths. More built in video templates like credits, lens flares, lighting effects, smoke etc... essentially if Camtasia becomes an easy to use feature rich competitor to After Effects and Motion 5 thatt would be great. I love the simplicity of the Camtasia interface you can beautify it but leave the structure alone it works. Instead enhance video editing and animations and transition options. I am often inspired by Jonathan Jarvis's crisis of credit video (google it) that was built in After Effects but I built a similar video in Camtasia and think with a little more tinkering with animations and transitions Camtasia can become a leading competitor to AE and motion 5 and a lot more attractive to developers that don't have time to learn complex tools like the aforementioned. Thanks looking forward to the future and thanks for creating such a brilliant product.

Greg Z Fainberg
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I think Camtasia UI is simple and easy to use. What would be great to see in CS9 is more transitions more animation options like text and image motion paths. More built in video templates like credits, lens flares, lighting effects, smoke etc... essentially if Camtasia becomes an easy to use feature rich competitor to After Effects and Motion 5 thatt would be great. I love the simplicity of the Camtasia interface you can beautify it but leave the structure alone it works. Instead enhance video editing and animations and transition options. I am often inspired by Jonathan Jarvis's crisis of credit video (google it) that was built in After Effects but I built a similar video in Camtasia and think with a little more tinkering with animations and transitions Camtasia can become a leading competitor to AE and motion 5 and a lot more attractive to developers that don't have time to learn complex tools like the aforementioned. Thanks looking forward to the future and thanks for creating such a brilliant product.

Greg Z Fainberg
Director
Information Design Studio
www.infodesignstudio.co.za
Zwif@infodesign.co.za
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Again the New UI should be consistent with windows 8.1 UI because its really engaging and i am sure it will be for a lot of the windows users. I hope Techsmith chooses the new ribbon enhancement. It is widely used.
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I completely disagree.  

Windows 8  is a failure and primarily because of it's hateful UI which has been overwhelmingly rejected by the public,  particularly desktop users.  In December 2013 W7 was outselling W8 by four-fold!   Even Vista was selling better than W8 at this point in the lifecycle.  Now that's just embarrassing.

The UI should only change if there is a *functional* need to do so and not just to have a 'fresh' look.   A new UI requires relearning which equals a loss of productivity and this is exactly what happened when the controversial ribbon was introduced.  There was an outcry from millions of users because of reduced productivity (up to 35% loss in some reports) and there are still leagues of users who prefer a standard menu system including myself.  Just because it's "widely used" doesn't mean it's widely appreciated. 

Camtasia is intuitive how it stands and the goal shouldn't be to align their UI with another product but rather it should be sensible, functional, efficient, bug free and preferred by the majority of existing users.  Not just because it's "engaging".  

I hope Techsmith chooses to focus their developers on functional improvements, performance enhancement and bug fixes rather than introducing a UI feature that will lower productivity and introduce new bugs.
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Here here.
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Its not that anybody likes the UI or not, but camtasia has to keep up with the industry standards. That is what most software developers do for major companies these days. Its not the UI, but the integration with the latest version of Windows. People will someday upgrade or most of the pc's today on the market has windows 8, therefore people will be using windows 8 rather than windows 7. Also microsoft is going to bring back the start menu which will have apps, instead of the one that we use today on windows 8.1, which have to be removed.

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I would argue that the ribbon isn't an industry standard unless you consider Microsoft an 'industry'.  It's simply a Microsoft UI tool that some other 3rd party Microsoft developers use in their products.  

For example, Google doesn't use it in any of their office products.  They couldn't and wouldn't and yet they are quickly gaining market share in the office arena with millions of businesses turning their backs on Microsoft's over-priced products and opting for a simpler more collaborative way of working.  In other words, more users are dumping PC's, Windows, Microsoft Office and it's ribbon and moving to other products.  There is not a single app that I use that has the ribbon because the only MS product I use is Windows 7.  Also, remember that the majority of Windows 8 sales is from new PC sales and not from upgrades and new PC sales represent a very small percentage of the total Windows user base.   

If I were TechSmith I wouldn't be making design choices based on another company's product which has a continuing shrinking user base. Also, It might be semantics but I don't believe adding a ribbon on the UI of Camtasia would give any more 'integration' to the underlying OS. It would simply make the Microsoft fanboys feel more at home :-).  Anyway, why would a company want to update a product for tighter integration with a failed Windows OS version that has the worst uptake ever?  That just doesn't make sense and would be a risk.

The data is clearly showing that most people and businesses will not upgrade to Windows 8 just like the majority of users skipped Vista.  W8 is a flop and the name tainted.  Windows 9 will hopefully be the return to a sensible OS with a decent UI and who knows, Microsoft might dump the ribbon in the next Office ;-)

I think you need to look outside of the Microsoft sphere a bit more as not everybody sitting at a corporate desk is using MS Office.  In fact, there are some huge companies moving away from MS Office and loving it.  Why don't you buy a Chromebook and live in 'Google world' for a fresh perspective :-)

Always an interesting topic but I'm leaving it there :-)
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I think Techsmith should just add an option to:
turn the ribbon on;
turn the ribbon off.

I agree, Windows 8 was a flop. First they said there's going to be no start button. I just was getting used to it as Windows 8.1 came and the start button was BACK! But no! It didn't let me open a "Start menu".
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I would like to see improved rendering times, better use of available RAM and GPU rendering, and the ability to batch render, ie in batch mode, I would like to be able to load in several projects and render them one after another, so I could go to bed and return in the morning knowing that the renders have completed.

I currently have a 6 core Xeon, with 12GB of RAM, and an AMD R9 290 videocard.
When I render a 1080p video, of about 1 hr of footage, it takes a very long time to render, often up to 45min.

My RAM is only used to about 4 or 5GB, and the GPU acceleration doesn't appear to be very effective compared to other programs.
My total CPU power is only being 65% utilized.

I use other video editing software, like Wondershare Video Converter, which does very basic edits, but uses GPU rendering to allow renders of the same 1 hr footage to take only 1-2 minutes to complete.

The existing Camtasia GUI is fine, I don't mind it, but I am tempted to consider switching to other software packages like Sony Vegas and Magix as future video editing solutions if the render times do not improve in the next major release.

I find Camtasia has the easiest and fastest workflow of the 3 programs, but the render times are considerably slower compared to how they were in version 7, which is becoming a major problem for me.

My usual workflow is:

1. import several 1080p videos

2. add them to the timeline

3. trim and cut out unwanted bits

4. check audio - if bad, I export it to FL Studio and edit with their powerful mastering tools

5. delete the original audio and import the new FL studio audio

6. Render the video at original size.

7. Wait, and wait. - this is the part that continues to surprise me.
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We do currently have batch production. In CS 8, it's available under Tools -> Sharing -> Batch Production...

Currently the GPU is not used for video encoding, it is a software encoding.
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I agree with this. I have a 12 core Xeon and it's using 9% to render. I like the Camtasia workflow better than Premiere for screen cap editing, but this is silly.
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We've posed a roadmap for the next major release of Camtasia:
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/techsmiths-camtasia-future-roadmap

It does include an updated UI ;)

Please post your comments in that thread.

-Glenn

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