Reduce Track Heights in Camtasia 9?

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In Cam 8, we had the ability to shrink track heights. I don't see this in Camtasia 9. Am I missing something?

I have just a measly four tracks already taking up nearly a third of my screen, and I'm typically using as many as 15-20 tracks per video! Having to constantly scroll up/down through tracks to see how timing/behaviors are associated between them is a suckfest. Are average users only producing videos with 5 or less tracks?!?!?!

I have a single monitor at my home workstation, so the idea of detaching the canvas and flipping back and forth between panes is obnoxious... plus, detaching only gives me a max of 9 viewable tracks anyway!

I don't need thumbnails of my tracks... especially considering I can title the tracks any way I want to remember them! We should be able to reduce track heights substantially (better than what Cam 8 offered, IMO) or be able to hide tracks from view...

I like some of the new features, but there's stuff going on in the new Camtasia 9 interface that makes things harder and more clicky, rather than easier...
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you can increase/decrease track heights using a menu function [can't look/advise as I'm currently producing]

also, at left end of timeline, there is a small vertical slot with a dot control; move the control to increase/decrease track heights

and, you can always change individual track heights by grabbing/dragging their top bounding line 
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track height change is on view/timeline menu

there are also shortcuts available
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Thank you kayakman

But if there were three steps more to get it lower then the smallest now that would be good for me.
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I must really agree with Eric here that the track heights are not ideal. I also find myself more then once with a larger number of tracks that I really like to reduce the height of.  When working on my 40" panel it's of course not a problem at all but on my laptop it's a problem. 

If tracks would be 1/3 of the minimum now that would be good. They you would still be able to see there is content on it.

Sometimes it helps to group a few tracks to get more space when the content on the tracks will stay the same anyway. 
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Thanks, but I already went into View | Timeline. Those track heights are already at their smallest size... and they still push over half an inch each.
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The adjustable track heights in Camtasia 8 are much better.
 
I always work using a lot of tracks and the shortest available track heights in Camtasia 9 are two tall.
 I do all my editing on 2 monitors.But the track height difference impedes my workflow as well.

Regards,Joe

The image below says it all.

 
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I too agree that smaller track sizes would help

my workaround for track real estate [single monitor] is to detach the canvas, put it into full screen mode, them alt-tab back and forth between timeline and canvas views; minimize canvas area in timeline view

not perfect, but it can help will high track count projects

vertical track scrolling with mouse wheel can also help
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Ugh. So I'm back in the office at my other workstation. I've detached the canvas and thrown that onto my second monitor, then enlarged the "timeline panel" as far up as I could. I'm still only able to see 9 tracks, max.

HOLY CARP THIS IS ANNOYING. What is the point of detaching the canvas if you can't reconfigure any other part of the workspace! I have 11 measly tracks and I have to keep scrolling up and down to see how they relate to each other.

Why are these tracks 2-3 times taller than anyone could possibly need?!!!

Please fix this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I upgraded the other day.  Used to be able to resize the canvas part of the window,  grabbing the bar between it and the timeline,  making it smaller and the time line section bigger.  That seems to be gone too.  Frustrating to not be able to work with the timeline and see the tracks.
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Thank you!!!  I went from 7 to 9 and so many different changes. 

Got it.  YOU ARE APPRECIATED!

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Thanks! Is that in the documentation anywhere? I couldn't find it.
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I'm glad I keep a copy of Camtasia 8. I work using a laptop and can only see one track at a time. Impossible to sync video with voice by viewing one track at a time.
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I agree.  This is very frustrating.  I only have three tracks and have to keep scrolling between them in Cam 9.  I prefer the timeline viewable area that Cam 8 offered.  this is a serious impediment to my productivity!  TechSmith please fix this!!
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Yep. Jeez. I originally posted this over half a year ago, and we're still dealing with this problem.

I'm not a software guy, but I've worked in the industry... this is NOT a hard thing to fix, guys!

Ehh... whatever. My company's been moving onto qualifying other video packages.

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Just adding a "ditto" -- I'm working on an animation that requires numerous tracks, and even detaching the canvas and shrinking the canvas part of the timeline window doesn't bring enough of the timeline into view.  We really need the ability to reduce track height further.  
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Yup same here, beginner user but allready confused about the massive tracks clogging up my lower screen...
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using CS9?

detach canvas, full screen it, use alt-tab to switch between big canvas and timeline
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That might work for some users, but if you're in a position where you're complaining about the track heights, you're also most likely using a lot of track elements. Switching back and forth constantly to see frame-by-frame timing of those elements isn't a solution. Besides, detaching canvas only gives you about 11 tracks to work with... not much of an improvement.

They really need to address this silliness in their interface. This never should have made it past QA when they were testing 9.0.

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Hi All,

I accidentally stumbled upon the option to change track area size.

You need to hover over the end of the view window and then drag down...

 Not intuitive, as clearly many folks are complaining about the V9 because of this...

Paul

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One more thing.  Sometimes you need to click in the grey area at top display area in order to see the double arrow.

     

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true, but the reduction is nowhere near small enough. At best, you can squeeze 10ish tracks into that space, and that's presuming you're detaching the canvas.
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This at least provides easy way to expand/shrink screen while expanding/shrinking tracks...

You might have already known about this, but I didn't and makes a big difference for me in use of camtasia.

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Unnecessary waste of real estate on the screen.  This is challenging to see the actual content of the video.  At least have to option to hide the playback and to hide the tracks. 
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If Camtasia 2018 had included the ability to reduce the track heights, I'd have upgraded immediately even if that was the ONLY thing it offered. Just sayin'