Speeding up a portion of the clip with "Clip Speed" should be simplified

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In Camtasia 9.1.1 all the time that I need to increase the speed of a portion of my clip I need to:
  1. go to the beginning of the portion of the section that I want to speed up and press SPLIT
  2. go to the end and press SPLIT
  3. add the Clip Speed effect and tune it
  4. go to the end of the clip portion I sped up and use Ripple Delete to remove the void space
What I'l like to have
  1. Select the beginning and the end of the portion to speed up (green and red markers)
  2. Apply the effect to the track I want to speed up.
  3. The Speed Up effect applies only to the selected portion...JOB DONE, no void space.. :-)
If you think there is a better & faster way to use the Clip Speed please let me know.
 Regards,
Marco - StockTrader
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It's rare that I speed up clips in Camtasia. It just doesn't fit into the type of work I do in Camtasia.

However, it's clunky and does require quite a few steps to use.

If I were creating videos that used a lot sped up and slowed down portions.

 I would like to see a clip speed editing feature as you describe. 

Regards,Joe
 
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Thanks Joe!
I use the Clip Speed a lot because my videos include most of the times software installation tutorials and some parts of the installation use to take ages :-) 
Thanks & Regards,
 Marco - StockTrader 
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I totally agree that this is a feature that we could benefit from.  I also am always speeding up portions of my videos.  
Screencast-O-Matic does exactly what you describe, StockTrader, I also would like to see this in Camtasia.

Thanks for starting the conversation.

Alex
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In case it will help anyone using this feature, perhaps the following will help.

After you split the clip, apply the speed adjustment. You should note a couple of things. You see "Effect added" and a new upward triangle appears at the bottom of the track.



Click the triangle and you see the speed effect.



To easily adjust the speed, just press and hold the Ctrl+Shift key as you click and drag the separator next to the clock.



Cheers... Rick :)
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Actually, it seems you may only need to press and hold the Shift key while clicking and dragging to adjust the speed. I just tried it and it seems to work without the added Ctrl. 

For some reason it seemed to insist on Ctrl earlier, But I was probably mistaken.
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Hi Rick,
this method has a downside....if you have multiple tracks the other tracks are not following what is happening to the track that you '''stretch''.


the small slice ion the right, track 2, does not move during the ''stretch'' operation...



So I still need to use Ripple Delete to keep all in sync...
 Thanks & Regards,
Marco - StockTrader
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Hmmm, yep you are correct. I suppose what I might consider in this case is to add a marker to the clip you have split where the other track aligns. Do the speed adjustment, then on the tracks that are now misaligned, you could position the playhead at the marker, then do the shift drag to adjust the other track.

Indeed it's more work and yes, it's a workaround. But when you have work to get done, sometimes workarounds are life savers. Even though they require additional steps. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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You can easily achieve this effect by using Groups and Clip Speed. Split where you would like to apply clip speed. Group all clips on all tracks to the right of the split, then drag the clip speed.

There a many magnetic timeline editors that achieve the anchoring you're after and we're currently researching how might start making some of this easier. But in the meantime, Groups and Clip Speed FTW!

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I'm bubbling this one back to the surface so that it can potentially get a few more votes before sinking down to the bottom again.

I do see the logic in the clip speed effect needing to be applied to a split piece of track. It makes it easier to modify later on, and it conveniently isolates that effect.
What I don't see is the logic in not having a function to auto-split both ends of a selection for a start.
What I would like to see is this:
  • First, a menu and user customisable keyboard shortcut to split both ends of a selection.
  • Second, a menu and user customisable keyboard shortcut to apply a user definable clip speed (of which there should be as many as we feel inclined to create; 5*, 10*, 20*, for example).

This second one would:
  • Split both ends of the selection,
  • Insert the clip speed effect, and
  • Ripple delete the extra time on all tracks so that this becomes a one step operation instead of, at present, a 7 step operation.

(If the playback speed is being slowed down, it should of course insert time.)
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Hey Mal,

I'm not sure if I entirely follow. Mind shooting me an email with more deets? Even better, let's do a hangout where I can see what you are trying to do.

Brooks
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Hi Brooks, I'd be happy to do that but I'm in a rather busy period at work at the moment - as in, 7 day working weeks averaging about 70 hours per week, so I'm a little short on time at the moment. However - without wishing to appear to be boosting the competition (which it isn't really because Davinci is an editor but not a recorder) - you can see exactly the kind of thing that I do on a very regular basis at 32:45 in the Davinci Resolve 15 editing tutorial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEuFP7U7tB8&t=524s

Note particularly at 33:35 where the presenter points out the "Ripple Sequence" checkbox. In Camtasia, that's the part that I need to do manually which is a pretty big time sink for me, given that there would be no fewer than a dozen time compressions in each set of weekly videos.

Of course that's just the ripple part of the action; I'd be more than happy to show you the full process when I have a little more time.
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Brooks, Camtasia Technical Product Manager

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Yikes, 70 hours 7 days a week sounds brutal. Totally understand. Thanks for the link. I'll take a peek. When you come up for air ping me and we can chat more.

Brooks
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There is something missing in this function, which I do not understand honestly. As I see I am only able to split a portion of my clip and speed it up. In this way I'll get [normal speed 1x][faster 2x][normal speed 1x], but that's not exactly I really want. I would like to get a progressive speeding up, something like:
[1x, 1x, 1x, 1.1x, 1.3x, 1.5x, 2x, 2x, 2x, 1.5x, 1.3x, 1.1x, 1x], if you know what I mean. This is how it works in other editors like Premiere or DaVinci... Is there a way to obtain this result?

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just make more segments to your original clip and apply clip speed factors as desired; in you example you'd need 8 total segments
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Sure, but it requires a bunch of time for something you can do in a click only with other softwares. Plus, doing it manually will never give you the same result, or I should make infinite cuts in order to get a smooth result. I was asking for something automatic of course.