Surface Dial Support

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I'd like to see support for the Microsoft Surface Dial as a sort of "scrubber" device for quickly navigating video. Right now, I have to use the custom tool for Surface Dial that maps keyboard shortcuts to Dial actions. (, for left, . for right, [space] for click). It's kind of clunky because it doesn't act like a scrubber: no momentum or acceleration. Just one keypress for every degree or so.
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Benjamin Day

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I agree.  Surface Dial support in Camtasia would be such a benefit.  Especially if you could combine the twist/scroll motions of the dial with CTRL, Shift, and ALT to do editing. 
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Please add Surface Dial support for scrolling
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You can map a Surface Dial custom tool that types a period on right scroll, and a comma on left scroll. These are the Camtasia shortcuts to move one frame at a time.

I created two custom tools for Camtasia 9. The first called "Scrubber" is just period, comma, and space on click (to play or pause). The second is called "Select", and it is Shift-Period, Shift-Comma, and Ctrl+X to cut.
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Holy cow!  Talk about timing.  You make this post less than an hour before i come looking for this kind of solution...

I'm a newb, how do I make this work with the Surface Dial?
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I've got some Surface Dial stuff built in to my Camtasia Autohotkey script.  
https://www.benday.com/2017/12/07/autohotkey-script-for-editing-with-camtasia-9/

I've got Left Spin and Right Spin in Dial set to F7 and F8.  (Those keys are unused by Camtasia but if you don't like those choices, they can be changed pretty easily.)  

After you've set up F7/F8 in the Control Panel in Windows, then the Autohotkey script takes over and you can do the following keyboard & Dial combos:
- Navigate (One Notch) Left / Right
- Navigate Small (5 Notches) Left / Right
- Navigate Large (7 Notches) Left / Right
- Select (One Notch) Left / Right
- Select Small (5 Notches) Left / Right
- Select Large (7 Notches) Left / Right

Here's a demo video of that Autohotkey script: https://www.dropbox.com/s/odmo4yr8xir7gbe/benday-camtasia-autohotkey-demo.mp4?dl=0

-Ben
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