Playback Speed

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Hello.

I edit a lot of teaching videos and I need a feature of speeding up the playback. Do authors have any plans on adding this feature? It's tedious to listen to the recording at 1x all the time and takes too much time. Unfortunately, sometimes, we really need to listen to the recording from the beginning to the end.

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Mal Reynolds

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You do indeed need it. As do all of us who use the program non-trivially, and have been asking for it for over half a decade.

Intermittently people ask for it  again and again and again, but there's no indication that it'll show any time soon. A lot of the later threads have only a single vote (though who knows how many others there are) so I'd recommend voting for the thread in the first link and perhaps commenting on it to bring it back to the surface.

You may encounter a suggestion to add a playback speed adjustment. This is all fine and dandy for simple projects with a single contiguous track. It works rather less well in the real world where a project can consist of dozens of splits and tracks.
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Yeah buts it's also 100% impractical because you can't slow the video back down and watch it in real time without resetting clip speed to Zero.
Or sure you can fast forward to an area of interest.Then you're left with a voice that speaks like a chipmunk. Moves to quickly to follow and edit with precision.

Or you have a video without audio.Same issue, you need to watch or scrub in real time to make most edits.
This constant bouncing back and forth between Clip Speed On, Clip Speed Off. Is counterproductive and quite frankly. A user unfriendly workaround.
This thread dates back 5 years.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/fast_playback_options

I posted this video to show how the Fast Forward & Reverse Playback works in Premiere Pro.
It seems a lot people are unfamiliar with a common feature many seasoned video editors have been using in other programs for a decade or more.

 
I'm no programmer, or software manufacture.
However, I would think this is an easy feature to implement.

Regards,Joe 
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I am really surprised that this feature has not been included yet.   I remember requesting it around 4 or 5 years ago, and others had done so before me.  We are starting to get updates every year it seems, and having to pay for them apparently, so I'm hoping that means there will be new features added to this program. 

I use Camtasia 2-3 times a year for a specific client.  Each time I check to see if this feature has been added ... so far each time it has not.  As Joe mentions, it exists in other editing programs, even YouTube has this.  Seems like something that should be fairly easy to implement ... you assume I will say "but I'm no software engineer" or something ... but I am a software engineer!


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produce the project [or a section of the project] to MP4 with smart player; play the production and use the player's speed control to play at 2x speed
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That "workaround" doesn't help, and isn't useful. At all. In fact it's the opposite of useful because it means at least doubling the amount of time that it takes to do something.

The point of being able to vary the speed is so that you can scan the video, pick out the parts that need to be changed / fixed / updated and be AT that point to do the editing. Not looking at the timestamp in an MP4 player, then moving to that point on the timeline (which you have to do by clicky-clicky-draggy-draggy rather than typing in the timecode), then make the edit, then... oh wait, the edit has invalidated the timecodes for the rest of the video so let's re-render the .mp4 and start again.

You may as well just waste your time reviewing at 1*speed in the first place.
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it works for me, it's useful, and, it's helpful

with the MP4 approach, you can review AND work in the project at the same time; no need to fool with temporary clip speed adjustments

I submit it's worth trying since the capability does not exist in Camtasia

also, if you use time captions in your project, you can instantly navigate  to any point in time  by selecting that caption in the caption UI panel; no need to "clicky-clicky-draggy-draggy"

my recommendation ... give it a try; if you don't like it, don't use it
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I've seen some of your projects. They're trivial (in terms of editing complexity), which is why it probably "works", for certain values of that word, for you. It certainly is not a viable solution for anyone who is producing professional grade videos with multiple clips, multiple tracks, multiple speeds and which are more than 3 minutes long. As soon as you chop out, say, 32 seconds and 5 frames of the video here and 6 seconds and 2 frames there (etc) from a 50 minute video to bring it back to the required (say) 40 minute required time, the timecodes in the mp4 are completely invalid and you may as well start again. It simply shouldn't be necessary.

Though I'll admit that I'm less irritated about this since I once was since I only occasionally have a dog in this fight these days, having mostly moved on to somewhere where I CAN change editing speed. In the editor. Without rendering. In real time.

Granted your idea of using one second long time captions from the library is a clever one, but it's still a workaround that shouldn't be needed and still involves a lot of (admittedly one time) setup work for longer videos.
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perhaps you have a misunderstanding re my typical project complexity ???

some have 200 tracks; some have thousands of clips on the timeline; some run for almost 3 hours; many have multiple applications of clip speed adjustments to multiple objects

just spent the past 11 months working on almost a thousand projects that run for up to 16 minutes; many had 1000 media on timeline, with 1000 go-to-time hotspot callouts, 500 captions, 500 markers; stuff on 15 tracks, groups with 25 media clips on 25 tracks, etc

just today, edited/produced a project that has 5,800 hotspot callouts in 75 groups, each with 80 tracks

I don't think of them as "trivial" projects

the clip speed approach was a non starter

in fact, the MP4 technique was the only viable solution when I had to copy captions [from an MP4 playing in the smart player] that needed to be added to a new version of the project [original project zip archive lost long ago when an external HD failed]

regarding time captions, several years back I created a series of Library assets for those; from 30 seconds to 60 minutes; also have a template version that enables me to quickly extend the time run by just making bulk find/replace edits in the project file [no need to work in the Camtasia Editor]; use them constantly; worth their weight in gold
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