Produce with Transparency?

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I'm not sure if what I'm wanting to do is supported by Camtasia.

I'd like to produce an output that has transparency maintained in the output! I know that .MOV and .GIF are able to have a transparent background. So perhaps I've got an image of a product in Camtasia, I overlay that with a sketch motion circle to call attention to an aspect of my product. Then I would like to push that out from Camtasia so all I see is the product and the callout with the rest of the video or GIF being rendered as transparent in the output.

I've been experimenting with many of the output options to no avail. I also tried the "remove a color", but I suspect this only applies to a layer within Camtasia before you produce.

Anyone know the secret handshake? Rick :)
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Rick, remove a color works great, but only if the "background" is a single color [i.e., all pixels are same color]

do you have a screencast/image capture example of what you're looking for you can share?

but basically, you need an image of the product on a solid color background to start with
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See if this helps make better sense of things...

http://screencast.com/t/nSRW5cHnj

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Rick, thanks for the screencast

produce the image [on white background], with callout, as MP4 [no controller]

make new project from that MP4; select that clip on timeline; in visual properties tab, use remove a color against the white background

produce that as MP4 [no controller]

that should give you what you want?

let me know

Bob
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Rick, please disregard this; I re-watched your screencast and noted that I had initially misunderstood what you wanted [i.e., gif to play on web page with transparent background, and not within another video]; sorry for any confusion ...

however, if you set the canvas color to the same as the color of the web page the gif will be hosted on, produce as gif, and if you use the gif in an image control on the web page, then the effect should look like what you are looking for

here is an example ...

http://cookbookplus.com/Temp/TechSmith/Examples/Test/Test.html
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Thanks so much for the effort. Problem is, the background seriously needs to be rendered as transparent for this particular scenario. So I think I'll probably re-post as a suggestion to TechSmith.

Looks like my only hope here is to produce as an animated GIF, then use a GIF animation editor to knock out the background color.

Cheers... Rick :)
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setting the background to the same color as the webpage does not work because I do not know what all the web pages will look like and there are many webpages.  I do not want to create one for every page.
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I have the same issue! Very frustrating if you are not planning on producing the final outcome in Camtasia.
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Me too. Developing to bring into Lectora and I already have a background in Lectora I want to see behind the Camtasia MP4...

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