Stitching suddenly fails to show as an option when I select two adjacent clips and right-click. What's happened?

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Stitching worked in one camproj, but now it seems not to be available. I've enabled auto-stitching, and tried manual stitching, but it fails to stitch automatically, and when I attempt to do it manually, the option doesn't show on the popup box when I right click it. What has happened?
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Logan S.

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Hey Bob,

For this one, we will probably need you to open up a ticket here: https://support.techsmith.com/anonymo...

We will get you taken care of asap!
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note:

the stitch option is only available if the 2 clips to be stitched together are from the same source clip in clip bin

a single clip can be cut/stitched, then un-stitched, then re-stitched

but 2 different clips [A & B], when adjacent on timeline, cannot be stitched together
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guys. you have to fix this. if you want to drop in new video because... whatever reason,  i need to be able to stitch it to the rest of the video shot earlier. Not being able to stitch together clips from sources shot at different times is a serious limitation.
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Hi George. 

I'm curious if you've tried to group the clips when they are from different sources. If so, is there something you can't do with grouping that you need to be able to?

-Josh
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You cannot add a continuous animation between those clips.
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Hi Bob,

Some additional information:

If you do indeed have clips from different sources, you can still group them together - just not stitch as Kayakman mentioned.

Also, if they are from the same clip, make sure they are indeed actually butting up against one another. Even a little space in between them will disable the option to stitch.

Finally, one other instance where stitching would not work is if you were trying to stitch media that had clip speed adjustments applied. Again, grouping might be an option in this case.

Sorry you had trouble. Can you let us know how this all played out?

-Josh
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I'm also having this issue. When I select the clips (from the same clip bin), there's no option to stitch in the options menu. Was this resolved? (I too used to have this ability.) Thanks!
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Hello,

Can you clarify something for us? You say you are trying to stitch two clips from the same clip bin. Does this mean two different sources/recordings? If so, you can't stitch two clips from two different sources, even if they're both in the clip bin. Stitching is intended to work in instances like cutting out the middle portion of a long clip.

If you are indeed trying to stitch clips from the same source together, and it's still not showing the option, you may have found a bug and should contact tech support via the link above. 

Sorry you're having trouble and I hope that helps,
-Josh
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It's two clips from a doc camera (.avi files; file size is limited, so it automatically chops the recordings into pieces). I can see why (from the above) my clips might not be currently possible to stitch, but, perhaps for future features, scope could be expanded to include files like this - same format and which should play seamlessly when on the timeline (right now, it's choppy).

The only thing that makes me feel totally crazy is that I swear (ha! as if that can be trusted!) that I've done it before. It surprised me when I could not.

Thanks for the quick response! It is really appreciated! 
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This conversation dates back a year - I wonder if there is any new development or information? I have the same problem - long recording automatically split into 30-minute-parts by the camera, and I'd like to be able to stitch the pieces together. (And I also feel I've done it before, but maybe I'm mistaken...)
thanks
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You cannot actually stitch two completely different video clips together.It is possible to select both videos, right click and then "Group" them.
Once grouped you can edit them as if they are one long video.

Regards, Joe 
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Ok, thanks a lot, I'll try that next time!
Your support is really great:-)
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I cannot find any action to "group" I am trying to pull together 3 clips into one long video, but right clicking after selecting does not give me that option.  ANd it's grayed out in the Edit tab...
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multi-select objects on timeline you want to group; then use ctl-G

you can also select a group and use ctl-U to ungroup
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Although it you group items, zooms etc won't carry across the 2 files. it will instead resort to what ever the clip was recorded in :(
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Is the "group" action available on Mac? Same as Chris - I cannot find any action of that sort in the menu panel. Shortcuts ctrl+G  or cmd+G don't work either. Right click menu after selecting 2 clips doesn't offer "group" option.

No stitching and no grouping means na animation carried continuously over 2 clips.
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Stitching is in the latest version of Camtasia for Mac, and has been for several of the past minor releases. But as discussed earlier, stitching only works when the two clips are from the same media source.

The grouping feature is unfortunately not available in Camtasia for Mac at this time, it's in the Windows version only.
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Thank you for clarification Josh, much appreciated.
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This is more over a comment on the reality of things than a question. I get that we cannot stitch/merge two different video files together with Camtasia. I just want to point out that your competition does allow this and it is quite easy with their software in fact. I just prefer your software overall, but this is definitely a limitation that could be easily fixed. If you could please look into this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

~Aaron
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I agree.  Without this functionality, the term "stitching" does not live up to its full potential and, to some of us, its minimum utility.
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Well this is an older post and maybe some other users can verify and jump in here to let us know but as far as I know it cannot be done as of yet. I have tried and unless I did something wrong which is possible I never claimed to be perfect and never will be then this would make a great feature request so I would like to see that request added. Thanks for posting and have a great day/night.
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Yes, I'm having trouble stitching, too.  I'm using Camtasia for Mac, so I can't group.  Finally found that someone said you can't stitch if one of the clips has clip speed applied, so that finally answers my question.  But I wish this were possible. I need to be able to make one section of the recording go a little slower, to emphasize something, and then be able to zoom in on it, and keep the same zoom after the clip speed effect has finished, instead of jumping awkwardly to the previous zoom level...  So I hope this is fixed in future versions.
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Normally I can record in one shooting but this time due to timing issues typing into a recorded terminal window, I had to insert multiple trec files. I had already zoomed in in the previous trec portion of video and wanted to stitch the next trec to it so the zoom is carried forward. Appears I can't do this and trying to get the exact pan/zoom is painful.
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put playhead on last frame of previous clip, right click, copy visual properties

put playhead on 1st frame of following clip, right click, paste visual properties

does that work?
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Yes that did seem to work. Stitching would be more intuitive. Perhaps in version 9.
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Stitching only works when you are stitching cuts within the same video clip. That's why you could not stitch separate files together.

However, you could select  "both and/or Multiple" clips at the same time. Right click them and select "Group".
Then you can apply animations that effect the entire track. You can even apply animations across the adjoined clips.

Regards, Joe
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I grouped,  intuitively, when trying to stitch two clips. But the tutorial on stitching claims that it IS possible to stitch two separate clips together. Specifically, it says to highlight the two and then right click. So it seems to me that if they can do it in the tutorial for 8.1, I should be able to do it in 8.6.0!


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Stitching doesn't work on the mac!
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Hi, it's been a year since someone on this thread said that it's stupid that this isn't a feature.

So I just wanted to say, it's stupid that this still isn't a feature. 
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Worth noting that this is an accessibility issue as well, as you can add captions to stitched media, but not to grouped media. So, if I need to insert a quick 5 second bit with only a couple words, it ends up needing its own set of captions, which is absolutely ridiculous. 

There's absolutely no reason to prevent users from using features you've already built. Can't believe you probably had to *add code* to restrict stitching to just specific cases.
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Stitching non like-for-like clips would definitely be useful (or a pre-timeline join as I offer as an idea below).

To offer a real world example: many DSLRs will only shoot video for a limited time (in my case just 12 minutes on a Canon 550D) before shutting off to safeguard component heat. So I end up with several 12 minute clips.

These clips are identical resolution/audio and would be best stitched together to take advantage of Camtasia's visual & audio effect application, which is largely based per clip (and not per group) as discussed.

But even if stitching is not possible (I would imagine perhaps due to internal tracking of the clips properties for features such as trimming), then some sort of  pre-join feature in the media browser to join clips before they  enter the timeline might be an acceptable workaround for most, so that the now unified clips can be split up/cut/re-stitched on the timeline and not hit limitations.

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Seems dumb that when doing several takes of an audio narration, I can't stitch them together as needed to get a single, clean track. #justsayin