Snagit Editor toolbar greyed out

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I just bought Snagit, created an mp4. Opened it in the editor.  Why is the entire toolbar greyed out.  Can't do anything in the editor.
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Telkwa

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Paul

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I think it's because SnagIt is not a video editor.  That toolbar is for manipulating screenshots.  Camtasia may have been a btter option.
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So why are all of the tool icons there then, if they are not for use in Snagit???
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Rick Stone

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The answer is in the post you replied to.
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Telkwa

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Lol really, well. So the "Stamps" package I bought with it are useless.  Great.   The only thing I can do in the "editor" for video is trim it.  Why would it be called Snagit Editor if all it can do is edit images.  The toolbar should disappear when a video is loaded.  Luckily I have other software to edit videos.

Thanks for the reply.
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I know that this is an old thread, but I have found the same. If SnagIt Editor really is only capable of editing images as opposed to videos (even those that it has created itself), then what is the point of it? This seems a very basic function for such a tool. Similar capabilities are built in to comparable freely available applications. Can anyone from TechSmith confirm? This is really why I purchased the software in the first place.
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What a disaster, me too
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Rick Stone

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Just speculating at some reasoning from the sidelines here. 

As I understand things, SnagIt creates an MP4 file "on the fly". That is to say that you record, and instantly you are able to save the recording as a video. 

When you look at "video editors", they all seem to use different source files, but in order to get that final video file, you have to kick off a process that "renders" the file by putting it all together. And that process takes time. So it's reasonable to me that SnagIt is incapable of allowing edits beyond the "slice and dice" because of its simplicity.

Then again, I would fail to see why TechSmith would go to the effort of making that available in SnagIt, since they also have SnagIt's younger sibling, Camtasia. I suspect that Camtasia was created out of a demand for an ability to edit and annotate the videos.

Keep in mind that I'm not affiliated with TechSmith. I'm just a mostly happy user. 

Cheers... Rick :)
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Any updates to this? TechSmith?
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi Zeb;

As Paul mentioned in the first reply to this post, Snagit is not capable of annotating / editing videos beyond just trimming. The Tools shown in Snagit are for editing / annotating images. At this time there are no plans to change this behavior; if you are looking to edit video, you might want to consider Camtasia, which you can learn more about here.

-Robert
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Perhaps also worth mentioning is that if you want to make a video that contains annotations (either placed in advanced or added in real-time during recording) you can now do that using the "Create Video from Images" feature in Snagit 2020.

The essence of this workflow is: take a series of screen capture images (e.g., to show a process or set of information), blur/annotate/edit each image, record a slideshow that moves through each image with optional voice narration and live annotation, share the video as an MP4 or voiceless GIF.