Place an image in a moving video

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First: Watch the following video: https://youtu.be/QGS5Y-TStd8

I want to accomplish this with Camtasia 8. However, I have several questions. First the title slide is actually no problem, but afterwards I want to be able to put any background behind the spokesperson. How can I accomplish that? Secondly, I also want to be able to put the lower third into the same screen as the spokesperson or would I have to have that on the video and just place callouts in the appropriate areas for the Company name and Phone Number? I also want to be able to place different logos in the area to the left of the lower third. Is there a way to place either a screen capture or a created image inside of the moving iPad area. If you notice, the person is actually moving their fingers and their is movement from the wind blowing the tree palms in the background. Is it possible to do this with Camtasia 8 and if so how? In the closing slide, how do I blur out the background and place the appropriate text and images that are seen there? Any and all help would be appreciated.

You can see other types of videos like this in the sidebar of the youtube video to get a better understanding of what I wish to do..
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Hi there

Generally speaking (or would this be "technically speaking"?) isolating a spokesperson to fill in the background is called "chroma key". Essentially, you record the spokesperson against a solid color background. Typically green or blue. Then in the Camtasia software you have a feature called "Remove a color" that is used to make the green or blue area transparent.

Lower third is done by adding media into an additional track in Camtasia. Think of tracks as being like a desktop. As you lay items on top of the desktop, they cover what is behind them. Now if you were to squat down and look at the side of the desktop, you would see the items "stacked" on top of one another. That's how the tracks work. And really, that's about all you need to know about creating this type of video. You just "build up" the scene by stacking item after item in the different places and arranging them on the timeline.

Cheers... Rick :)
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OK, so all of this is possible...I would just need the appropriate tracks. In this case, I would need the spokesperson in a green screen format, media of the lower third, the title and ending slides, the track of the moving iPad video and the screenshot or image of the review or the testimonial video for the iPad. Is that all correct? Also, if I understand you correctly, to add any background to the spokesperson, I would just need to add another track in the spokesperson areas. Correct? Also, what about the blurred background at the end of the video?
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Yes, all is possible. Perhaps the background for the spokesperson would be the bottom most track. Then the Spokesperson on the next track up. Lower third on the next track up so it would be in front of both spokesperson and background.

As for the "blurred background", you can likely achieve that using a blur callout. Just size it to cover the entire background. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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Excellent! Rick, thanks for all your help. You have no idea how much I appreciate it. We've been looking for a DIY option for this to lower costs. BTW, is there a limit to how many tracks you can have in Camtasia 8? Please continue to follow this as I may have further questions later for you. Again, I appreciate everything.

Adam R. Garcia
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Adam,

I've read through this thread. I've also watched your you-tube video and I understand what you are wanting to do.

 Camtasia created a "First Class" Screen recorder. The Editing Program does a "Decent Job” of editing video.

 I Love Camtasia for recording my computer screen. Then, I create tutorials on how to use computer software. It's second to none for that type work.

 I've got to be 100% honest here. You can spend less money on a more capable video editing program than Camtasia. You can also spend more on one that has  better features and capabilities.

When it's comes to the type of videos you want to produce. You should conceder other options.

 Video editing can be challenging to learn and requires a lot of invested man hours, regardless of the program.

Camtasia is less complicated to work with than some of the other programs out there.   I don't know if you chose Camtasia because you already own it?

 

 Whatever your reasoning may be. In the long run,

A. If you intend on producing a lot of videos like the one you referred to above.

B. Have little or no use for a screen recorder.

C. Are serious about creating first class videos.

 

Camtasia is not the program I would turn to. For more reasons than I care to list here.

 What is my motivation in telling you this??? Just to save you the aggravation of investing a large number of man hours learning how to use Camtasia.

Then, realizing a dedicated Video Editing Program is much better suited to your needs. What happens then???

You purchase a new program and spend a very long time learning how to use the new program. No two video editors have the same workflow or incorporate the same editing techniques.

 

Give that some thought and go from here. Good Luck with that,  I’ve been where you are now.

Regards, Joe

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Joe, I appreciate your candor & honesty here. Let me do this equally for you. I did chose Camtasia because I already owned it. I also do have a use for a screen recorder, Snag It in this case, which I also own. I am serious about creating first class videos. However, I need to be able to get to the point of affording one. Until then, I have to make use of what I have. I understand what your saying, but I need to scale up to that point. Unless you know of a way that I might be able to afford something better or FREE (which I doubt by the way), then I have to stick with what I have. Again, Joe, I appreciate your advice and hope to reach the point of affording a first class video editing program soon.

Best Regards,
Adam R. Garcia
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Nothing wrong at all with using what you have! 
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Adam, I appreciate your feedback. I also realize that stepping up is not always an option. I know of two possible and very good options. One cost around $130 and is the one I recommend,  the other is still a very good option for around $70.

 Knowing what I know now and judging by the questions you've asked. The suggestion I have is this. Download the free trial of Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13 from Adobe. Give it a whirl.
  
Photoshop Elements has the "Best and Most Important Features" available in the higher priced  version of Photoshop. You can create great looking lower thirds, create interesting images with a lot of layers, easily extract an object, person, animal  from a photo with precision, retouching. It's really amazing how many things it will allow you to do. A good photo Editor is a must for great looking video work. I own SnagIt 12 for image capture. I'll spare you my assessment of it's limited capability's. I don't edit photos with SnagIt for a lot of reasons.  

Premiere Elements has the "Best and Most Important Features" available in the higher priced version Premiere Pro. Elements is a very capable editor. You could spend a very  long time learning how to use all of it's features well. Color correction, special effects, quality text creation, animations, Chroma key, track mats, garbage mats "animated masking ", key framing for all animations and special effects using  "Linear, ease in, ease out, hold,  etc." The list of features is large.
Be prepared to watch some online tutorials because they will help you tremendously. There are a lot of good tutorials on You tube for both of these programs. There are some poor ones as well. Linda.com covers tutorial for these programs as well.

Most affordable programs don't have a better program to offer when you are ready to step up in skill level
You can easily transition to the higher performance of Premiere Pro and Photoshop. The learning curve is not that bad because the programs work essentially the same.  You can even step up to After Effects.

Go online and look for  the programs "Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13" You can purchase them together for around $130 dollars and sometimes even less. Adobe charges $150 but you can buy a license key from Amazon or somewhere else. Then activate your trial version with it. Third party sellers don't offer a trial version. Adobe supports and stands behind third party sales.
If $130 is to much, you can actually pick up PS and PE 12 for $70 bucks online.
Those programs are about 2 years old now. You can even pick them up separately for less. Although, I've seen the version 13 Combination Deal on sale for as low as $99 many times.

 I started out editing with Corel Video Studio. I've used other programs as well. If I could have advised myself back then today. It would have sounded like what I've posted above.
  
Regards, Joe



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Joe,
Amazingly, I actually have earlier versions of some Adobe products. The list is as follows:
  • Dreamweaver CC 13.0
  • Photoshop CC 14.0
  • Premiere Pro CS6 6.0.0 LS7
I received these absolutely FREE when Adobe gave these away about 2 - 3 years ago. To me at the time they seemed somewhat complicated to learn. If these versions are OK for me to use and you don't think the learning curve would be too long to do or understand, then maybe I should start learning these. What do you think, Joe?

Adam
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If you downloaded them for free 2 or 3 years ago you probably downloaded their CS3 line of programs.
What actually happened was this. They accidently allowed access to the entire CS3 Line of their software. Along with activation. It's still Illegal to use those programs if you never actually purchased a software key from Adobe.
It was their  Master Suite  that is normally sold as a bundled package.

When Adobe  caught their mistake they decided not to do anything about it. I don't think they really cared. CS3 is old and primitive by todays standards. I'm pretty sure Premier Pro CS3 only supports 720p as it's max resolution. Plus, most video formats won't even import into a program that old.

When I first started learning how to do video editing. If Premiere Pro was the program I had to use. I'm sure the learning curve would have overwhelmed me. 
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