Running Date & Time Display?

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So here's my problem...

I do investigative work. Video is a large part of the work product. I had to replace my old video camera which had a feature where you could display the running date/time clock right on the video. Problem that I discovered is that the new camcorders these days do not have this feature any longer. So now, the only way I can see the running date/time is if I view the video on the camera's view finder, and there's no feature that allows the date/time to be displayed on the downloaded video. Grrr.

It's imperative that I be able to display the running date/time on my investigative videos. Is there a feature in the Camtasia video editing where I can get it to display the running date/time or, at least, be able to manually set the running date/time so that they display right on my videos?
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Hey there,

Camtasia doesn't have that feature built into it, unfortunately. What I have seen done in the past is a timer, or coutdown, or date/time captured as another video, and brought over into your project. It's not an ideal workaround, but it might help you achieve a result you would be satisfied with.
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Hi Logan,

Can you explain a bit more what you mean? Maybe that will work for me if I understood what steps to take.
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Sure! What I did was I used Snagit, or Camtasia would work as well, to capture a timer or countdown I found online. A google search will find you what you need, hopefully. I captured that for the time period I needed, than brought it into Camtasia. I than placed it down in the lower corner, and it played over the video with no one being the wiser. Here is a screenshot showing it:

This is a quick and dirty example, of course. It's not the best situation, and it is a few extra steps, but like I said, it might get you a result you are ok with. Let me know if it works for you!
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Thanks, Logan. And are you able to set the starting date and time?

Reason I ask is because the finished video has to show the actual date and running time of the original video.

Do you know what I'm trying to say? Like, if the original video was filmed on April 2, 2013 and started at 11:08 am, that's would I would have to set the timer to begin at.
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Do they need to be together? You could easily create a text callout that says April 3rd, 2013, and run it the length of your movie. You could place it by the timer in the video. Would that achieve the effect you need?
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Yes, these are professional investigative videos so they need to be together and not look cobbled. Plus, sometimes surveillance extends from one date to another (for example, a tape might begin at 11:45pm and run until 1:30 a.m. the next day so the date would thus change at the midnight hour).

I'm thinking this is probably a rabbit hole. It's beginning not to sound like what I need.

Any other ideas? Is there third party timer software that I can look into that will display a running date & time together?
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There can't be any manipulation of date and time on video documentation. If an investigative related video is used as part of courtroom evidence either in Canada or the U.S., the question always comes up about the integrity of evidence. The only video permitted in the courtroom is the "original" video with the original "date and time stamp". Once recorded, the video can NOT be altered in any way and must remain in the original "state". Courtroom video must also be maintained in a secured place and this continuity must be strictly adhered to. Brian W Hillier - Senior Investigator. 
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Yes, I'm aware of that. I've been an investigator since the 90s and I'm not here to be schooled. I have my reasons, none of which is necessary to explain here. This is for a private client and not all investigative product is related to legal action. Please keep answers on topic.
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Thin skin for an Investigator?
I can only assume you're not involved in the heavy duty stuff.

By the way, I've encountered many so called "long time" investigators who know very little
about what happens on the streets.

Your extra sensitive side gives me a sense you may fall into that category.
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Oh, brother. Get lost, would you, you big blowhard. It's not thin-skinned to be annoyed with know-it-alls who hijack threads and take them off-topic.None of your input has any useful relevance to the question posed.
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I doubt you have ever been in a courtroom.

Being a name caller as well is typical of your "type".

You could never work for my team!
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lol. What a moron.

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