Swap out video captures on the timeline in Camtasia

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I'd like to be able to swap in and out video captures on the timeline in Camtasia Studio. For example, on one clip I have 20 separate callouts, sketch motions, etc. There's been an update to the image in the capture, so currently I have to insert the new capture, move each callout, etc. back into place, and then delete the old capture. It's very tedious and time-consuming!
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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I think creating a Library asset will be your best solution here. I created a short video to show you how this might be done.

Kayakman is a Camtasia Studio user who is THE wizard when it comes to working with lots of callouts in a video. He may offer some other interesting and creative workarounds for you as well.

Hope this helps,
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Kelly is correct in suggesting thet you create a Library asset for each callout you will need to move/replace after inserting the updated image. Once in library, the original callouts can be deleted.

Recommend you add each callout [in a logical order] to library, and name them accordingly [like left to right 1, 2, 3 etc]

The important part is to know exactly where under the updated image the callouts are to be added back in.

To make this task easy, I use either captions or splits [] to mark the place where the callouts go.

You can lock captions or audio tracks to keep them in place when you insert the replacement image; this will keep these place holder marks in their correct place on the timeline.

If using audio splits as a place holder, use a dummy clip on an [otherwise] unused track; that way, you won't mess up the project audio. Jiust delet the marked up clip when finished repositioning the callouts.

If you have several callouts that start at the same point on the timeline, you can select them all in Library and add them back in one action. I've often sent as many as 20 callouts at same time back to timeline.
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Hi djacobson,

Great news! Camtasia Studio 8 has just been released, and we've implemented your idea. Here's a video demonstrating how you can now swap out recorded videos in-place, without affecting callouts:


You can download a free, fully-functional 30-day trial of Camtasia Studio 8 here: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha...

Thank you again for your feedback!

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