Set defaults for fonts, colors, callouts, transitions, etc

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Hello folks,


Camtasia 2018 addressed this request, in part, with the new Theme capabilities. We are continuing to expand Themes in the next version of Camtasia. As such I'm marking this as implemented.

This request was packed with related concepts. I'd describe most of the rest as requests for Favorites, or customizable presets. This is something that's under consideration for the future. If this is something you are keen to see in the product, please open up a new request and vote to support it.



Best,

Brooks Andrus

Camtasia Technical Product Manager
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Oz du Soleil

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YES!!!
This would be a huge help, and would reduce clutter in the library.
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Thom Leonard

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After thinking about this one I personally just copy and paste the callout that I want to duplicate and then change the text inside of that type of callout.
This kind of skips the default issue but I still think that it would be a huge help in production speed up.
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Gary Gile

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Hmmm, this seems like a very good idea.  I don't understand why Camtasia doesn't have this.
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Buddy

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This would be a HUGE time-saver!  I rarely use the system default colors for callouts, etc.

YES! YES! YES!
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I use about 4 types of callouts. That's it. And I add a common transition to all of them. This takes five or six clicks and drags for each callout. I would like to be able to create a hot key or quick-access button (like I use in Excel and Word).
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Sandra Watson

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It would save so much time to be able to set a default that is different from what the software has decided! Example:  I'm constantly having to remove the default "shadow" on type.  
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Oz du Soleil

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That dropshadow is another default that I always get rid of.
Especially when it's against a black background it looks like a smudge more than a shadow.
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This would be extremely helpful. As it is, I create library items to use between projects, as well as have to copy and paste within projects. 

Being able to set default fonts, colors or properties, or even keeping the most recently used properties,  would be very helpful!
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chris.johnson

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This is in the top 5 things I want. It's huge. Most software allows for use of Styles. I would like to see Styles in Camtasia as well. 
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Jessica Brown

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YEEES! In addition to this, can you make it easier for Mac users to save our own annotations to the library? I see there is a user library, but I have never found a way to actually put my stuff in there!
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Call it a user-defined style sheet. But yes. I want the same font, colors, callouts, etc. to be the same on all of my videos.
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I generally find my personal library is sufficient to hold those items I use on a regular basis.  Setting defaults might be set on a global basis, or by asset group (callout etc), or by individual asset (eg text rectangle).  This could end up being a very complex, convoluted and confusing process which could lead to frustration.  But if implemented as 'optional', with sensible inbuilt default, then for very advanced users this could be a benefit.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Camtasia default font?.

I see I'm not the first to request that Camtasia have the ability to select a default font, but I'd like to add my voice to the hue and cry.  Thanks.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Camtasia: Keep Settings across projects.

I am using the German version of Camtasia 8.4.1 and just hope I can translate my problem correctly.

Very often I have to do a series of rather short videos. As these are "How-to"-Videos I want to show all the mouse clicks I do. But for each and every project I have to set the mouseclick-effects (that's what it's called in the German version) again.

Second: Each time I produce a video, I have to tell the program what type of video I want to do. I have saved my settings, so I can just call them and make sure they are always the same.

I would like to set both of these settings as a default. At least I would like Camtasia Studio to remember the latest settings I have used, so I don't have to redo it over and over again. And yes: I leave Camtasia Studio active between two videos, so the program really should remember.

Thanks
Joern.
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A little late to this conversation, but YES this would be so important and save countless hours.

An idea for Joerna and others...
as an interim workaround,

In an empty project, set all your styles - shape colors, fonts, etc., etc.
Save the project as "Default Styles for Marketing Videos.camproj"
Another as "Default Styles for Training Videos.camproj"

Then use these templates, and Save As your actual project.

Does anyone do this today as a way around the Camtasia limitation?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Is there any way to set up preferences in a template.

For example I have a preferred font for annotations and preferred color for cursor effects. Is there a way to set up my preferences so I do not have to change for each project

Thanks John
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled save projects settings for audio and mouse cursor.

I want to make 50 tutorial movies. I want every movie to have the same audio settings and same cursor settings in a kind of house style. I cannot find this. Camtasia Studio is a kind of pro tool so expect this. Now the settings are attached to each individual imported screencast, not to the project Iam working in. Please Add because this will save a lot of time and preserves styling over differetn projects. Or did I miss something?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Allow users to set default fonts, colors, etc..

Most of the time I use a specific font, left-aligned, gold colored. It would be nice to be able to set that as a default rather than creating it over and over again.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Save Default Video Title to be used for different videos.

I am new to Camtasia and I have 40+ videos to create.

I would like to place the same video title to all the videos, but I am unsure how I can save my own customized video title to be used for all 40+ videos.

Can anyone suggest this solution for me?

I am forced to use Camtasia 8.6, because I am using a x32 bit system.

Thanks in advance.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Feature Suggestion: Default Fonts / Callout Settings.

For our company videos, I'm always using our corporate font, and I am following a 'flat design' aesthetic, so I never want any shadow on anything.

It would be awesome if there was a way to set Camtasia so that I don't have to pick my font every time I make a new callout, and to be able to set styles for the built-in callouts to not use a shadow by default. In general, the callout options could use a buffing.

Looking forward to seeing what's in Camtasia 9!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ability to set default fade times for callouts.

Always have callouts fade in and out at 0.5 seconds (works better for me than 1 second, plus smaller file size... well I think so).

Can I set this anywhere? Looked through all options and me can no see.

Sorry for the numerous Qs... newish version and all that.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Saving Callout Settings.

Does anyone know a way in Camtasia to save certain callout settings? I have to click each time I don't want a shadow..for example. Is there a way to save that setting?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How does one create new callouts and settings in Camtasia Studio 8 and save them ....

Hello everyone,

I am trying to create customized callouts and settings in Camtasia Studio 8. I already use these settings in Snagit, but want to apply them in Camtasia to keep my formatting consistent. Here are the callouts and their respective specific settings that I want to use in my video production and save for future use:

Red Arrow

1.     Outline

·  Color Palette: Red, Primary (Far Right Top)

·  
If Red will not work on a particular image, try
these colors in this order:

1.    
Red, Darker 25%

2.    
White

3.    
Black

4.    
Orange

·       
Width: 10px

·       
Dashes: Solid

·       
Ends: All lines

·       
Arrow point on one side only

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No fill in the arrow point (8th option down)

2.     Effects

·       
Shadow: Direction SE (down and to the right, the
top left option)

·       
Opacity: 100%

Red Rectangle





1.     Outline

·       
Color Palette: Red, Primary (Far Right Top)

·  
If Red will not work on a particular image, try
these colors in this order:

1.    
Red, Darker 25%

2.    
White

3.    
Black

4.    
Orange

·       
Width: 10px

·       
Shape: Rectangle with 90° corners

2.     Effects

·       
Shadow: Direction SE (down and to the right, the
top left option)

·       
Opacity: 100%


Type

1.     Font

·       
Font Face: Arial Black

·       
Size: 26

2.     No Outline

3.     Fill

·       
Color Palette: Match any other design elements
you are using in your screen capture.

·       
If you don’t have any other design elements, try
these colors in this order:

1.    
Red, Primary (Far Right Top)

2.    
Red, Darker 25%

3.    
White

4.    
Black

5.    
Orange

4.     Effects

·       
Shadow: Direction SE (down and to the right, the
top left option)

·       
Opacity: 100%






Image Border

1.     Width

·       
1 px

2.     “More Colors...”

·       
Custom tab ->> Input settings:

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Hue: 0

·  
Sat: 0

·  
Lum: 196

·  
Red: 196

·  
Green: 196

·  
Blue: 196



Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have to add these settings to Camtasia, but the tutorials provided no response on this aspect. Thanks!


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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Editing default settings for (e.g.) callouts in program options.

I'd really like to see more options for default settings for callouts etc.

I'm planning to make many screen casts which will all require the same "look and feel", therefore callouts ect. all required a specific look (color, size, font, style, etc.) and behavior (fade in time, fade out time). And those are not the default Camtasia settings...

It would be really helpful if one could set all these in the program settings (Tools -> Options), for each callout individually. We can only set the callout duration now, but in my opinion that's too limited. Granted, it will make the Options dialog larger, but I do not see that as a big problem.

I also know I can setup a callout as I want it and then add it to the library, but that will clutter the library unnecessary and it's not possible to edit a callout anymore when it's placed in the library. Changing a setting will require to put a new callout into the library and remove the other one.

All callouts already have a default setting, so why not make that editable?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled change default color with sketch motion callout.

I really miss that the default color on the Sketch Motion callout always is returning to the default color in a session. I would like it to change to the color I changed to previous in the session.
Illustrated in this video: http://www.screencast.com/t/6ycLKHTsBf42
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I need to be able to set defaults for behaviors.

I'm loving the Camtasia 9 Behaviors, and really like being able to combine them. The problem is the defaults.

99.9% of the time I have to convert the "during" to none. As I get the hang of behaviors, I'm using them more and more, and it's annoying to have to go change the "during" every time.

Either, I should be able to set the default, or C9 should default to none. It's nice to have text jump-and-fall in, but I don't see a reason to have the text onscreen hopping the whole time.

It's those very rare instances when I'd like text to do something other than sit still. It would help my workflow to deal with those manually instead of the other way around.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled More customizable presets, please!.

I find that I'm going in and manually setting all zooms and animations to have Easing turned on... is there a way to have this the default setting? It seems silly to have to do it every single time.

I'd love more ways to customize things, but this would be a great start!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Default Draw Time.

Is it possible to change the default draw time of sketch motion annotations from 1.0 seconds .5 seconds in Camtasia 9? 
Thanks
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Sure Can looft.kathryn.  Click on the annotation in your time line and then look to the right of your canvas and you will see Color, Thickness and Draw Time.  Set it to what you want it to be.  Hope this helps.
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Official Response
We were a little surprised by the popularity of this idea. It’s clear that this will help both with a consistent look across projects as well as a time saver. In addition to what the community has shared here, our research outside of the Community has similar themes of making it easier to maintain a consistent look or brand. We’ll be picking up this work in a future development cycle. Too early to predict exactly when but stay tuned for updates.

Here are the definitions of what the statuses mean for Ideas.

Here is the overall vote count for the rest of the Ideas in this round up.
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I'd like to control my default settings for 'Cursor Effects', 'Left Click' and 'Annotations' and 'Keystroke' placement. Currently I have screen captured the property settings I like so that I can apply them to every project. It would save a lot of time if I didn't have to do this. I'm looking forward to this update for Mac. Is it far away?
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I'm disappointed that people wanting this functionality is a shocker to camtasia. Where is the solution?
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 Check out the Camtasia 2018 update. It  does have some options for default fonts and colors.
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Thanks for pointing that out Drew! We did in fact add a new feature called theming to help with making it easier to access some of your commonly used fonts and colors. Since it's a new feature, we'd love to hear any feedback that folks would be willing to share about how they currently or hope to use it.

Cheers,

Kelly
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Because this thread is mainly about speculation of what this feature may look like rather than what was delivered in C2018 I've put my take on Kelly's question here.

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