Shift-drag in Camtasia Studio 8

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Is it still possible to shift drag video and audio (in order to keep the correct ratios) in Camtasia Studio 8? I can't seem to do it anymore :(
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Frank

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Kevin Mojek, Employee

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We don't have the old shift-drag behavior anymore, but you can multi-select clips and move them all at once. That should keep everything in sync.
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Frank

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Thanks, it works, but it would still be nice to have shift drag available. Is there any reason why it was removed?
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The thought was that it might be redundant / confusing with multi-select. Also, we thought that it wasn't very well exposed in earlier releases and a lot of people didn't even know it was there. There are cases where it's handy to have though and a couple of people have asked about it, so we might consider bringing it back at some point. Thanks for the feedback!
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I second Frank's sentiment. It would be nice to have that functionality in 8.

I mainly used the Shift + Click function to make quick selections for various reasons (e.g. cuts, adjust audio levels, etc.). It really came in handy.
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I think the development team need to realize that your most loyal customers are pros who spend hours in Camtasia and know every last shortcut and trick. So if you try to remove productivity features just because you "think" nobody is using them.

I am incredibly frustrated with Camtasia 8. Unless there's a bug fix release restoring this handful of essential productivity options, I may not be upgrading.
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Frank

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Maybe you could have it so shift-click would multi-select everything on the track until the end? That would be a happy medium between both functionalities I think allowing shift-drag to work and being intuitive in the multi-select environment.
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Charles Wesley Kahle

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I agree...bring back the shift+click.....this and other issues of 8 are going to keep me on 7.
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Diana

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Grrrrrrrrrr....bring it back. It is so annoying not to have shift click available. What were they thinking when they removed it?
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Trix

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there are lots of reasons to switch to CS 8. Admittedly, the loss of some of the shortcuts is baffling, but, there are enhancements that we've wanted for awhile...more specifically multiple video tracks. My version continues to crash, but, I did persevere and working within the limitations created and produced a video in CS 8. As with all change...well there were changes...and it takes some getting used to. Reading the feedback in here was very valuable as I knew most of the issues I would run up against and had read either the new process or workaround.
Thank you to all the contributors and the Camtasia employees who have helped in here, bringing issues to light and providing solutions. Your plates have been pretty full since the advent of CS 8.
Keep up the good work
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shannon wedge

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Kevin, has TechSmith ever considered surveying people about features to see if they're used before removing them because you perceive that no one using them?

And Frankly it'd be nicer if you un-defaulted "unused" features like Microsoft and Corel do for MS Word and Paint Shop Pro, leaving them intact for people who want to enable them, rather than simply removing them all together and frustrating those who expect the features to carry over from one version to an next.
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How do I do this. I see how to select all the video clips to keep them in synch, but I can't seem to slide them all to the right. I wanted to put a title and music at the front end, so I need to shift everything right by about 20 seconds.
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use ctl-A to select everything on timeline
grab something and move [everything] to the right

you can also use ctl-G to group everything after you select everything with ctl-A
then grab and move the grouped item
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Linda T

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In Camtasia 7, I could select a clip range on the timeline by holding my shift key and clicking on the timeline. The range between the playhead and where I clicked would be selected. This was especially great if working with maximum zoom, because it allowed me to make precise selections when I couldn't see the playhead on the timeline.

In Camtasia 8, it doesn't seem to work anymore, and I wondered if there is any keyboard support for this (or if there could be in the futre....I really miss it)

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Select a timeline range with keyboard (using Shift).
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I agree with you, I miss the Shift Click every time I use Camtasia 8. I really hope they bring it back. It is so slow now not having that feature.
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my technique ...

put playhead at start point
zoom out timeline
drag right color selector to near right selection point
zoom in
precision place color selector to finish defining selection
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Thanks, that's a great suggestion -- I do the same, but it is definitely a workaround to a feature that worked very effectively
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Linda T and Diana, I think what you are referring to is this behavior? http://screencast.com/t/aaXbm9HEzEO7 That is something different than the topic of this thread; I'm not sure why it was merged here. And yes, it looked like we missed that one with the new timeline. I'll see if we can get it in for an upcoming release.

On the original topic of this thread, shift-drag was added in the 803 release. In addition to the CS 7 behavior, it now works on multiple tracks. That is, select the left-most clip on each track and those clips plus everything to the right will move together: http://www.screencast.com/t/2ZXdxGJK
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Kevin, thanks for following up -

First, you are correct, they are two different topics that should not have been merged and the video link you provided is the behavior to which I was referring. My purpose for selecting the range on the timeline (using Shift + Click) is normally to cut an extended range - not to move clips. I will appreciate it greatly if you can manage to get it added back in - I can't break the habit!

Second, I'm quite happy that the discussion got merged here because, until today, I was unaware of the Shift + drag technique. It's those little things that make editing so much easier. Fantastic to see it added (back)!
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Thanks for the feedback. It needs a bit more testing, but Shift+Click range selection should be in the next 8.x release.
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is it possible in camtasia 7 to make left audio and right audio in the same time?
Can you tell me how to do it?

greetings

M.
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Question: I can shift+drag just fine, but as soon as I release the video, it pops back to the left edge of the timeline. My problem is that I have a secondary audio that needs to sync. I cannot move the audio further left, nor can I crop it from the left without cropping the video too. So I want the video and it's audio track to move right so the two audio clips are perfectly in sync.
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it sounds like you need to separate audio and video that are currently on the same track.  Does it help if you right click on the audio + video clip and select "Separate video and audio"?  This should allow you to keep the audio tracks in sync and move the video as required.
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I tried that--which actually made it harder because then I had 3 separate tracks... two audio and one video. But even so, the video simply will not slide right. As soon as I release the mouse, the video snaps back to the left edge (0:00 on the timeline). I solved it--a workaround--by duplicating the video then moving both audio files to the second video. But I would still like to know the "real" way to drag a video file off the left 'margin' (?).
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Are you on Camtasia Studio 8? In CS 7 and earlier, it would behave that way (empty space on the Video 1 track wasn't allowed) but I don't remember any case in CS 8 where things will move on the timeline after the mouse button is released. Can you post a short video of what you're seeing?
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This must be a Camtasia 7 issue.
Unlink your audio and video and then you can crop the audio from the left.
The video will always snap back to the left.

You could use Extend frame on the first frame of your video. " After Unlinking" Then crop that extended frame if that works better for you.

Regards, Joe

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mrbobmac

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You nailed it. I'm still on 7! I completely forgot I had not upgraded, since 7 has continued to serve me so well. I'll upgrade and try it again.

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