Newbie General Questions For Camtasia 8 on Windows 10 PC (help?)

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Hi folks,

I have just made another 'Cubase' screen-capture video using Camtasia_8.  It is a soundtrack to narration excepts taken from the Stanley Kubrick film "2001".  Here is the LINK in case anyone is interested to watch it.  Its over 10 x mins long and sounds best with headphones on (with respect to all of the sound placements):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwqv02UDplo

It is not so evident in the above video, but with a couple I am currently working on, quite often when I include a TRANSITION (eg. 'Spiral'), the video stutters.  I have tried placing the TRANSITION on the end of the finishing video file, on the start of the new video file, and also on BOTH simultaneously.  As well as overlapping the video file ends/starts.

All recent videos are in '1080HD'.

I can include some screenshots if that would be at all helpful?

Many thanks in advance guys . . .

Best,

Paul David Seaman (UK)
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Hi there

Does the stuttering only happen in the editor? Or does it also happen in the output?

If only in the editor, it's likely an issue with the playback and computer resources trying to "keep up". Normally we don't see issues in the output. But it's also possible that you might see it in the output.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I'll bet it only happens in edit mode. Pretty sure that Dell uses a combo cpu / gpu and even simple transition edits will not look correct until rendered
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Sounding pretty good monsterjazzlicks,

Hey, try checking to see if "Use trimmed content in transitions" is checked. It's normally checked by default.
See Image Below, Click to Enlarge

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Hello Rick,

Thanks for replying today and I hope you are well.

The specs of my PC are: Dell Inspiron 3737, Windows 10 Professional, 8GB RAM, 1.70gHz, 64-bit, Intel Core i3.

I am 90% sure that the stuttering occurs during in both editing and (post-export) playback.

But I will check tonight for you.

Best,

Paul
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Thanks Joe,

I will have a look later on.

I appreciate the screenshot.

Do the TRIMMED box need to be checked or unchecked please?

Thanks for listening to my latest video!  As you can see, that particular upload did not suffer the stuttering during the 3 or 4 transitions?

In making my videos, 'Cubase' is closed and the PC is off!line (so as to economise on CPU').

Cheers,

Paul
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Sorry about that,
You want it to be checked. If it's unchecked the end result can produce a perceived shuddering effect on the video portion of the transition.  
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Hi JM,

The TRIMMED box was already checked thanks.

Cheers,

Paul

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Hi,

The separate events are on different tracks.  Cubase video on track 1, Transition / Intro / Credits / Ending on Tracks 2,3, and 4.  And the mp3 Audio on Track 5.

This is what I mean when I describe OVERLAPPING to try to combat the issue.

Thanks,

Paul

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Hi, 

And here is the Intro / Credits and Outro as per timeline.

Ta,

Paul

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Hi,

Oh I forgot to add (and this may be crucial!), I created the Intro / Credits / Outro in WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER, and then exported them as '1080 HD'.  They are purely still images and have no FX or TRANSITIONS on.  

All editing is made once they are Imported into CamTasia.

Thanks,

Paul
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I'm thinking conflict between the videos is the likely cause.
Because these are only still images you really don't them to be videos at all. "Correct?"

Rather than sorting out the details of why this may be occurring I would simply  place the playhead directly over the each Credit, Intro, etc at the point that you are seeing the frame information that counts. Credit, Intro, etc.
Then, export a still frame of each video. See Image Below, Click to Enlarge,

Replace the videos on the timeline with the still images. Will that work?

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Thanks JM,

So you think that the issue is fundamentally caused because I am creating the Intro/Outro in 'Windows Movie Maker' and also because it is an MP4 (rather than [say] just a still snapshot)?

But even so, I can still continue to create and export the Intro/Outro files in 'WMM' and export them as MP4's; but once they are imported into CamTasia, they need to be converted into STILL images (which is where/why you are saying they need to be exported as stills and then re-imported again!)?

I think that is what you are suggesting in this particular instance.

Appreciated as always (they always make everything look so EASY in the tutorials!).

Cheers,

Paul
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I'm saying that I don't know why they won't work and I suspect the videos are in conflict with Camtasia for "Whatever Reason". It's still a guess on my part but tracking down actual causes can be tricky..
However, since you only actually need still images to begin with I am suggesting that you can use Camtasia to export a still image of each clip.
Use the still images instead and see if it resolves the problem. A process of elimination approach to resolving this if you will.

You could also run this by tech support and see what they have to say about it.

Regards
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Cheers JM,

I am wondering if I can export the files straight from 'Windows Movie Maker' as stills (ie. at source), and then import them into Camtasia.  That would cut out some of the process and any possible unnecessary conversions.

Thanks,

Paul
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Ha, I just found a you tube video on how to do it, Check it out
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Cheers JM,

That was helpful and I have just made a video following his instructions.  I will upload it shortly as it raises a couple more questions . . .

Thanks a lot,

Paul
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Hi again,

I made a quick video using 3 x STILL images created and exported with 'Windows Movie Maker'; after which were imported them into CamTasia. 

Then I made a screenshot footage of a simple 30 x second Cubase project which was subsequently placed on the timeline alongside the Wav audio. 

I lined-up the 3 x STILL images and also lengthened the duration of each, as well as applying 3 x Transitions.

As you will see in the screengrabs below, the 'Windows Movie Maker' STILLS needed to be resized in CamTasia (and I used the 'HD' dimensions as I would for a 'You Tube' video).  While the Cubase project looks fine, the 3 x STILLS look blurred (at least to me they do!)?

It was exported from CamTasia as '1080 HD' (NO Smart Player!).

Am I doing something wrong in the above process, or is a different plan of attack required here please?

Here is the (unlisted) 'You Tube' upload of the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8ikxPhcRYg

Also, here is a LINK share to my Google Drive as I have uploaded the files there if it makes it easier for anyone to kindly assist:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByepppzJGXGebS1qWEFrSHcyWms&usp=sharing

Muchas gracias!

Paul







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You need to ditch Movie Maker and just create your still titles in Camtasia.

This quick and crude video will show you how. The Text Window in Camtasia really sucks but it can be manipulated fairly easily if you scroll through text slowly to figure out where you are at.
If you need further clarification just let me know.
I threw the video together pretty fast.

http://www.screencast.com/t/n2ltm8oX0hxO

Regards, Joe
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Thank you so very much Joe,

That really was extremely kind of you and I can assure you I am most grateful!  If every you need any music writing for your videos I will provide you with what you need for free (as long as it is within my capabilities!).

I watched the tutorial and will have a go with it tomorrow . . .

Best,

Paul
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Hello JM,

The very reason I chose to construct my 'title' and 'outro' pages in 'Windows Movie Maker' was because, as you mention, the dedicated workspace within CamTasia is very small and fiddly.

When I first purchased Camtasia last year my intention was to completely do away with 'WMM' (obviously!).  But, finding the WINDOW with which to create my 'title' and 'outro' pages in to be so damn small (I see you had the same issue of scrolling up and down using the finest increments), I ended up reverting back to 'WMM'!

Of course, I would preferably perform all tasks under the same roof.

I think I can cut out one of the stages which you demonstrated in your tutorial.  The COLOUR/FONT of the BACKGROUND (for the text) really does not matter.  I mean, it will be different each time and so there will be no need for the 'dropper' tool (I think you called it?).  However, 75% of the WORDING will remain the same (ie. my name and Gmail etc) and so it may well be worth saving some kind of TEMPLATE for this particular data.

Incidentally, I did notice that the shuddering issue seemed to be much smoother  so perhaps this was due to the fact that we used a STILL image (rather than mp4)?

I will have a follow through with your kind video later today . . .

Best,

Paul
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Good evening,

I was thinking of adding a splash page right at the start of every future video I make.  As a starting point, I have considered using the artwork of past jazz recordings/artists (please see images below) but I am not sure if I would run into Copyright infringement issues if I did so.  I have seen that many other 'You Tube' videos contain famous (or semi-famous) third party material, and I am sure they they themselves did not seek any such usage permissions.  

I was simply going to show the artwork for about 3 x seconds with my site-name underneath (or over-layed) before the main event begins.  Then I would credit the Artist within the OUTRO slides.

If you guys think this is a creatively GOOD but potentially PROBLEMATIC idea, then I have a plan 'B' up my sleeve.  I thought I would ask here because out of the handful of forums I frequent, I would trust the opinions offered here more than anywhere else.  And I seem to be forever falling out with people for some reason!?

Much thanks in advance . . .

Paul







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You tube can scan for copyrighted music and they catch it very easily.

Images are different. Until someone actually sees it and complains you can usually get away with using whatever you want.
However, it comes with the risk of video removal by You Tube when caught. Plus they will only tolerate a limited number of violations. They can shut down your channel. You lose your subscribers and you must start another one from scratch.


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Thanks Joe,

Well I did upload a couple of Herbie Hancock concerts earlier this year and they were removed within about 3 x minutes!  I was stunned.  Plus I received a 'Violation Warning'.  Someone once told me that its a case of 3 x strikes and your out!

My other idea was to create one from fresh (similar to how you showed me in your tutorial yesterday), but of course that would be a bid mundane compared to a fancy piece of artwork (as it would simply just consist of some text over a blank coloured background [though of course that is perfectly adequate for Outro/Credits]).

Ta,

Paul.
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Hi Joe,

I spent a long time thinking about about what you said about a TITLE PAGE.  I agree and so I worked hard on creating and ORIGINAL one this evening.  You may or may not like it (fair enough!) but I do think this model suits the type of genre my 'You Tube' channel has to offer.

Now, it is in 'A4' PORTRAIT format (which is what sheet music generally is as you will be aware).  However, in 'Sibelius' there is an option for 'LANDSCAPE' I am fairly sure (I have just never used it).

So, at the moment I have a PNG and a PDF version of the splash-page (please see LINK below).  Which do you think would be best and also is this idea (ie importing it into CamTasia etc) likely to work!?

Many thanks in advance . . .

Paul

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByepppzJGXGeeUR2Zl9PSTNsdHM&usp=sharing

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Hello Joe,

Thank you very much indeed for very kindly taking the time and effort to assist with the creation of my 'You Tube' splash-page.  That is a really nice thing to do!

I quite like the WHITE TEXT on a BLACK BACKGROUND because it resembles a 'negative' effect.  And the TEXT is still very clear.  So that would make a good starting point.  I am reluctant to superimpose the TEXT over a (say) SYNTHESIZER IMAGE because it would run the risk of being visually too 'busy'.  I always think too many people use the tools of 'creativity' just for the sake of being 'creative'!  I was watching a 'Cubase' tutorial last night and I turned it off after 2 x minutes because the guy had endless arrows, call-outs, his face zooming in and out, as his narration being covered up by dreadful cheesy music!  Honestly, it was ridiculous.

I really like what you have done although I am going to have a look in 'Sibelius' later to see how the 'A4' page would turn out if I EXPORT it in LANDSCAPE format.  This might cure the issue of the text appearing a little stretched.  Also, I may ENLARGE some of the text on the sheet.

In 'Sibelius',  you only have the option to EXPORT as PDF.  I used a convertor to turn it into a PNG.  The size of the the PDF was around 25MB and the PNG 80MB.  One might assume that the latter be the superior in terms of QUALITY due to it's SIZE.  But I think it may be case of you can not improve on the quality of the ORIGINAL (PDF) source because it is what it is (ie. the SOURCE).

Cheers,

Paul
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Hi JM,

I have just UPLOADED a more accurate prototype of the 'Sibelius' splash-page for my funky 'You Tube' channel:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByepppzJGXGedjg5cnNSa3JLRzA

As you will see, it is in LANDSCAPE format and I have also adjusted the TEXT sizes accordingly.

I think you will be able to work some magic with this one . . . !

Best,

Paul
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I'm sending a several text colors to play around with. I had to re-scale the image slightly.

Regards, Joe
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Thanks Joe,

I did really like the white on black though.

Cheers,

Paul
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JM,

Oh wow, thank you!  They really look awesome.  Very SEXY!  ha ha . . .  in fact I like ALL of them  ;-)

I spent a couple of hours earlier (would you believe it or not) just recording 1 x single CHORD to be played in conjunction with the splash-page.  I only thought it would take 10 x minutes but I ended up trying to perfect everything about it to try and make it worthy of running alongside your artwork!  It does not sound like much, but it is personalized as much as I can make it for such a short Audio clip.

Again, some people have about 15 x seconds of Intro music for their 'You Tube' videos, PLUS a 5 x second (minimum) GOOGLE ADVERT preceding it!  By the time the video gets to the main event, you have forgotten the reason why you were going to watch it!?

I will try and put the music to your screen image and upload it to Drive so we can all see what the end result might look like.

You have been most excellent and very kind in your highly professional assistance here Joe.

I meant to reply earlier but I was watching Stephen Kings "The Shining" (which I have not seen for about 10 x years!).

Best,

Paul
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Hi again,

I sent you a PDF version.  Was that ok because I think you said you preferred that to a PNG?  'Sibelius' will only give the option of a PDF Export so I hope that was suffice.

Cheers,

Paul
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PDF is best. It's vector based so it can be resized to any scale without losing image quality.
The colored ones can give you options down the road. Especially if you get bored with the look of the intro. Glad you liked them.
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Hey Joe,

Ok man, I just spent a few hours re-jigging a few things.  I had no idea that such time needed to be spent in order to get things to near perfection!

I spent a long time editing the 'FX' I had assigned to the PIANO in 'Cubase', and also decided to add an ANALOGUE SYNTH (just 1 x note!) to give the Audio some depth and Bass.  I also added a FADE OUT at the end.  It's about 8 x seconds long.  Damn thing drove me bonkers in the end (listening to it over and over again)! lol

I followed your kind advice in CREATING a GROUP between two TRACKS in 'CamTasia'.  I have uploaded 2 x versions as ZIP's to DRIVE:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByepppzJGXGeeUR2Zl9PSTNsdHM

However, I was not so sure about the GRADIENT BACKGROUND you mention and so I will have to have a look on 'You Tube' for some instruction there.  At least in is not STUTTERING any
more like it was in 'Windows Movie Maker'!

Regarding the recent PHOTOSHOP files you very kindly created, I have a couple of small points if you don't mind please.  I have decided to REMOVE the CHORD SYMBOLS in the BASS stave because they are not actually needed and also this free up the thing visually/text-wise a little more. This makes it easier on the eye and gives the viewer more chance of being able to scan all of the text within about 8 x seconds.  In any event, it was duplicate information and so can be done away with.

Secondly, I am not sure as to why, but my name (Paul David Seaman - 2016) appears to be pushed right to the top of the page.  Was this something you applied for a reason, or is it simply how the TEXT was formatted/positioned when you opened the exported 'Sibelius' PDF?  If possible, would you be able please to LOWER it a little?  I only noticed this earlier this afternoon once I had imported it and created the CamTasia project.

Colour-wise, I really like all of those and each one will add a sense of uniqueness to my future videos.

I hope that is ok and that you are able to assist just one more time. You have been astoundingly helpful here and if you would like to provide me with your PayPal account, then I am more than happy to contribute something towards your tame and effort.

Thanks a lot,

Paul
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The original PDF is 3332 x 2357  pixels at 300 dots per inch

Full HD videos are 1920 X 1080 pixels at 72 dpi.

 I opened the image in Photoshop and scaled it to 1080 as the imported height so it would fit within the frame and be as large as possible overall. That's what placed your name at the top of the image.
 It was automatically scaled to a width of 1527 by Photoshop "constrained proportions" to eliminate distortion.So some image width is lost in the re-scaling process and cannot be avoided.
To make a long story short the PDF is not a accurate 16 x 9 widescreen formatted image. I took a closer look at where the name falls opened in the native PDF. Then I tried to come up with a similar margin after down scaling it  to fit within the video frame.

I created a quick PNG and placed it over Red. I re-centered the image and lowered it so that the "Hey thanks for checking out monsterjazzlicks..." is located in pretty much the same position as the example you uploaded. Everything else is slightly lower and narrower due to further re-scaling.
How does the first image look to you.If it works for you I will send you a set.

The second image is the original PDF scaled to a width  of  1920 so you can see how much taller it actually is at it's native aspect ratio. I'm thinking it would be around a 16 x 11 aspect ratio.



Regards, Joe
 
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