Selective watermark posting

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Is there a switch somewhere in CS 7 to turn-on, and turn-off the watermark? My producer wants the watermark not to show on the first clip, and not to show on the last clip. He suggested rendering the project (watermark "on") without the first and last clips, then import the entire rendered output into another project and adding the first and last clip - then produce again without the watermark - this procedure seems like a lot of work, and I fear there will be losses in video quality (assuming the mp4 output has some sort of compression algorithm).
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kayakman, Champion

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Use an image callout as a watermark; that will give you the flexibility you want.
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Kayakman is correct.

1. Save your watermark image as a PNG file in Snagit or some other graphics editing tool.
2. Click the Libray tab in Camtasia Studio.
3. Click the Import Media button at the top of the screen. Browse and find the watermark image. The image will be placed in the library.

Now, whenever you want to add the watermark image:
1. Position your cursor at the location on the timeline.
2. Right-click the image in the Library and choose Add as Callout from the menu.

You are able to resize the image and make other changes to it by double-clicking it on the timeline.

And, the image in the Library stays there from project to project for easy resuse.

Hope this helps!
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There are two ways to solve this; which makes more sense will depend on the length and content of your project. One solution is to do as your producer recommends. If you produce the project (without the first and last clips) to AVI using the default settings, there should be no loss in video quality. However, depending on the content of your project, the resulting AVI file could be quite large (in general, screen content is good, full-motion video bad).

Another approach would be to do your own watermark using an image callout. Callouts are associated with video clips though, so you would need to copy & paste the callout onto each clip in your project (other than the first and last). If you're not already using the PIP track, you could instead put your watermark image on that for the duration of the entire project (minus the first and last clips). A limitation to this solution (whether using callouts or PIP) is that the watermark image will be treated as part of the frame before transitions are applied, so will not show up over transitions.

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