RFE: Cross-dissolve transition

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I've been very impressed with Camtasia for Mac, but there is one feature that I would really like to see. For video transitions, I would encourage you to add a "cross-dissolve" transition.

Thanks!
Nicole.
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jesse olley

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How is this different from the "fade" transition?
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Nicole, you can actually do this by changing the opacity of each clip. Place them on different tracks so one fades from 100% to 0% opacity and the other from 0% to 100%. Make sure the clips line up in the canvas.

You set opacity by selecting the clip in the timeline and then changing the setting in the Properties pane.
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David,

Thanks for the tip! It's not quite as easy as having a single cross-dissolve transition, but it's a great work-around for now.

Much appreciated!

Nicole.
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Jesse,

The difference is that in a fade out / fade in transition, the first clip fades to black and then the second clip fades in from black. As David just pointed out, if you overlap the clips while doing the fading, you get the cross-dissolve effect that I want. I've attached an image to show what a cross-dissolve looks like.
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yes, it seems you can overlap the videos and apply the fade effect to get your desired crossfade.
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Are cross fades supported in the newly released Camtasia Mac? I can't see it if so, but that sure would be great. Although this workaround works, it gets really tedious when all my transitions are cross-fades and I have 100 of them to adjust slightly after reviewing a project and realizing they need adjusting. ;) Thanks much!
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Yah... Cross dissolve of video is a VERY standard thing. I am surprised it is not here. - Richard Carlton
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Agreed. Cross-dissolve is probably the single biggest reason I still want to use iMovie for my transitions. Camtasia does a lot of editing better than iMovie, but not everything.

Seriously, have you tried taking a video with around 50-75 cuts, and putting in cross-fades at each cut, with the need to move everything around across timelines? Keep in mind that your "video" might be one screen track, two audio tracks, some titles (one or two tracks), etc -- and you want to not only move the whole shebang up as a unit onto new tracks, you then want to move them over a fixed amount of overlap ... gaaah.

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Agreed.  I use cross fades in almost all of my instructional videos.  The cross fade workaround you describe might work for short videos with one or two transitions. Not longer ones like some of us do.  Please put this feature in!  I don't want to have to go back and forth with Final Cut Pro...the editing in Camtasia is much easier!
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Agreed, as a professional, I know a cross-dissolve is the most used transition (next to a cut) and was very surprised not to find it in the transition menu. Looking forward to its future addition.
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It's there... it's called FADE. (Yes, misleading name, but it IS a live cross-dissolve as of two versions ago.
Rick

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rkerner, I suspect you are talking about the Windows version of Camtasia. There is only Fade In/Out on the Mac version and it is definitely not a cross fade or cross dissolve. As mentioned above, you can achieve a makeshift version of this effect by using 2 timelines, and overlapping 1 clip above the other, but this is a tedious substitute for an actual effect that can be applied to join 2 clips and is not scalable as clip and timeline numbers increase.
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Hi techshaman, yes, my apologies, I was specifically referring to Camtasia 8.X on the PC. Sorry for the confusion. Speaking of the MAC version (and I use both), I am still astounded that the two platform versions are not compatible, either.
Rick
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They just added  a new codec to Camtasia update 8.4.0 that's a cross platform codec. {:> )

Regards, Joe


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Awesome! Thanks for the head's up!
Rick

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Rick, agreed, feature parity sure would be wonderful!

Joe, the new codec that allows cross-platform opening and editing sure is a nice step in the right direction and it IS mentioned in the recent upgrade.
  • Added a cross platform Techsmith Recording format (.trec) that allows users to record on Camtasia (Mac) and edit in Camtasia (Win), or vice-versa.)
Saw that when I upgraded the Mac version just a few minutes ago too. Very cool!

I love Camtasia for editing small things, but end up switching out to Screenflow when I need cross dissolves, which tends to be quite often. This single staple effect is actually the only thing keeping me from using Camtasia exclusively, other than FCP or Premiere for the big stuff.
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All of the Techsmith suggestions here are way too "fiddly": messing with the time-line, moving things around to different tracks! I also use Screenflow (Telestream.com) which allows cross fade not only as the default action BUT can be set with clicking a selection!

C'mon Camtasia Product/Dev management: this is CODE; change the CODE to add a cross-fade transition just like you have with the other transitions currently offerred.

And please do it ASAP as Im at a cross-roads of switching to Screenflow for projects where I want cross fade (which might make me just stay there for the rest of my projects). 

BTW: Cross fade, cross dissolve: potato, potato .... tomato, tomato ...
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This is a great blogpost (with video) about how to manually do custom transitions in Camtasia for Mac, including
  • Fade Through (to black or white)
  • Cross Fade
  • Gradient Wipe
  • Iris
  • Barn Doors
  • Glow/Fade
  • Color Dissolve
+1 for adding lots more built-in transitions to Camtasia for Mac though!
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Helpful, BUT, since ScreenFlow and others do cross fade with a simple setting (ie no messing with the time-line), your product managers SHOULD be putting at lest cross fade in as a planned RFE!

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