preview om second monitor?

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Hi,

I read that in former versions of Camtasia it was possible to display the preview screen on a second monitor, so one has more space for the tracks on monitor 1.

With Camtasia (Win) 9.1.2 I manage to move the canvas to my second monitor, but then the editing window on monitor 1 is blocked.

Is there a solution or work-around?

Thanks a lot in advance - Stefan

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Joe Morgan

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There is only one Canvas. Once you moved it to the second monitor, all you have is blank area on monitor 1 where the canvas once resided.

If you want to preview a clip from the media bin or Library. You can right click it and chose "Preview"

That will allow you to view it a separate playback window.

Regards,Joe

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Hello Joe,

thanks a lot for your quick reply, but I’m afraid this is not what I meant. English is not my mother tongue so I may have expressed myself unclearly - sorry for that.

At the moment I’m workimg on large projects with more than 10 tracks and that means that I have either a reasonably large preview window and only a few tracks displayed or a small preview window but more tracks displayed. None of these options is satisfactory (especialy as my eyesight has faded over the decades) -  I keep scrolling and resizing againand again, but still loosing the oversight too often.

So I’m looking for a way to split the editing area (with the preview window empty or not, but at its smalles possible size) and the enlarged preview on my second monitor. I did read that former versions of Camtasia offered this option.

When you release the preview window and turn it into the separate canvas a second instance of Camtasia is started (as you can see in the Windows Task Manager and which is the reason that I can move it to a second monitor), and the contents of the original preview window is completely being routed to that second instance.

Everything you edit with the keys (e.g. moving the actually selected track track by using the arrow keys) is then shown on that canvas and you can even drag things with the mouse on the canvas which is fine.

But unfortunately TechSmith made the original window unaccessable for working with the mouse while the canvas instance is running, and that is exactly what I don’t get. They could make (or at least offer the option to make) the second instance an ‘always-on-top-window’, which would mean that the original instance beneath it would be accessible, too, so one (and that goes for single monitor systems, too) could have the larger canvas for previewing and still have the possiblility to edit tracks.

In fact, I still can’t believe that this option is missing, because it would make things so much more comfortable for everybody and at the same time provide the possibility to use Camtasia on a two monitors system, thus a far more professional way of working. And I can’t think of one single advantage of the way it is now.

So I still hope that I just failed to find the option to keep the first instance accessible while the canvas is running - or perhaps anybody has found a work-around... And if that is not the case: TechSmith, please listen to my plea ;-)))...

But thanks again for your kind reply, Joe and have a nice week!

Regards,

Stefan

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I only have a single monitor, but this technique works very well ...

How To Detach Canvas To Maximize Tracks View On Single Monitor
http://www.screencast.com/t/kNTt2eFGq
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Hello Kayakman,

thanks a lot - this is exactly what I was looking for, because this way I can also separate the UI and the previw.
Thank you so much, you really made my day !!!

Regards,

Stefan