TechSmith’s Camtasia Future Roadmap Part II

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Hello,
 
I wanted to update our community on where we are with the next release of Camtasia. This is part two of the previous post entitled TechSmith’s Camtasia Future Roadmap: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/techsmiths-camtasia-future-roadmap
 
Currently, we are still under development with the largest part of the work stemming from the new cross-platform feature parity work, project collaboration workflows, and the update of the overall design.
 
Beta Programs
We worked with a 3rd party vendor last year to run two large-scale betas. This year, we have been running smaller long-term and more focused betas with another larger beta being planned for sometime this summer. (There might be an opportunity for some people in this community to be involved in that. If there is, I will let you know how and when to apply.)

Many in this community have been invited into this smaller beta program to do specific testing on issues reported here in this forum.
 
We have a graphic and several videos we want to share with you to give you a sense of how we are progressing.
Please keep in mind the software is still very much in Beta condition. Therefore, the UI is not final, there are missing features, etc.
 
Comparison Between Windows and Mac UI
This comparison image shows the planned new UI of Camtasia – on both the Windows and Mac  platforms.
http://www.screencast.com/t/1BzeZFpLN (Click link for a larger version)

 
General Overview of Planned User Interface
Here is a simple video showing the new user interface. :
http://www.screencast.com/t/S8Sy4z6V

 
Community Member Created Videos
The following videos below were made by people who are active in the beta AND in this Get Satisfaction community.

1. 64 Bit  - Video by RickStone (Get Satisfaction user name)
http://www.screencast.com/t/vHFvqBjoj

2. Color Shift Issue – Video by Michiel Brand (Get Satisfaction user name)
http://www.screencast.com/t/bKgeXQpmYGc
 
3. Transitions for Camtasia on Mac – video by Jack Fruh (Get Satisfaction user name)
http://www.screencast.com/t/It8HcKPuqJ

 
4. Various Features on Camtasia Windows – video by RichardCampbell (Get Satisfaction user name)
http://www.screencast.com/t/WpFAGox3o
 
                             
5. Callouts Overview – Video by RickStone (Get Satisfaction user name)
http://www.screencast.com/t/LDVfIM166x

 
6. Color Adjustment - Video by Mary Vivit (Get Satisfaction user name)
http://www.screencast.com/t/fq2OU1ASSV4


7. User Interface Overview - Video by Mary Vivit (Get Satisfaction user name)
http://www.screencast.com/t/KgNOxKFU1prw


8. Voice Narration - - Video by Mary Vivit (Get Satisfaction user name)
http://www.screencast.com/t/vz9AmiTugpX


So, When?

We still anticipate the release to be before the end of this year. However, our priority is on getting the software design and function right rather than focusing on any specific release date.

We are very appreciative of all the conversation that centered around the other update we posted and are looking forward to your thoughts, ideas, and other feedback here.

 
Kelly
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Awesome, the UI interface for Mac looks good, Matt Pierce from Techsmith just sent me over. 
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Thanks for the update.  I was just in the midst of posting a rather frustrated post when I came upon this.  Good thing I didn't press submit.

Its good to know that Camtasia 9 will be a 2017 release.  At least now it can be planned around.
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I'm so excited for version 9! It may have taken you many, many, years, but you finally added the basic feature of any video editing software: changing a video's basic color properties like brightness, saturation, and contrast. Thank you.
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This is great news. But please, please, give us a major heads up if you decide to change the capture codec again, we are still in Camtasia hell with some users working on computers where the software has not been updated to 8.5 or later. Working between computers has been an absolute nightmare.
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Hi Christian,
In V8.4 we switched the default recording file format from .camrec to .trec.
So, you are correct, those who remain on V8.3 or earlier will not be able to import recordings made with V8.4 and newer.

I am curious... is there a reason why some of those in your organization have not upgraded?
Also, I would be interested in learning more about how your company works collaboratively on video projects.

If you don't want to post this information here, you can email me at k.mullins@techsmith.com.

Also, at this time we don't have any plans on changing the .trec recording file format to something else.

Kelly
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I am extremely excited about this update, especially the 64-bit part. Our company’s video editing team only uses Camtasia and when it crashes, it drains our productivity. The UI looks great as well, I hope it make editing easier. As for betas, I would love to be a part of one. What would I need to do to be a part of a beta? Is there any prerequisites or qualifications that I would need to join the beta? Thanks for the update, I am excited for the future of Camtasia now.

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Hi,

I have watched your video previews and I see a bunch of big steps or Camtasia. I see that you mainly focus on the ergonomics of the application. Congratulations !
But we are waiting for other good features according to the ones offered by the competitors, the actual needs of the users, and also the actual possibilities of the technology like mobile technologies, social medias, e-learning technologies.

I suggest a previous feature that one of your competitor offers in his product that is called the Youtube video Outros offered by videomotion pro. Aftwer viewing a video in Youtube,this feature help the viewer select other videos from a menu placed at the end of the active video.

Again thanks for this big works !
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Looking much improved.

Will 9 include increased playback speed along with preserving the pitch in the preview, for purposes of quicker editing?  Ideally, this would include keyboard shortcuts for backwards, forwards, and stop like other video editing software suites.  This would be a maaaaajor time saving feature.

Thanks
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Good comments - Hope Techsmith will make a follow up
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I've lost faith. I'm willing to move to a more expensive solution. Does anyone have experience using professional video editing software like Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere for doing screen capture type videos? How do you get the raw screen capture? Thanks.
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For screen capture, Techsmith Snagit is by far the easiest solution.  There are numerous other programs for screen capture searchable via Google.  By and large, the other solutions I've seen are Snagit copy-cats with less intuitive interfaces and more dialog boxes.

I've used Premiere to edit screen capture from Techsmith Relay on a remote computer by another user, and it's essentially the same as Camtasia 8, both being multi-track editors, but without specific support for custom cursor animations, though it wouldn't be hard to do it manually.  Premiere/Vegas might be overkill for this purpose from a cost perspective, depending on what you're trying to do.
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Kurt, I'm sorry to hear that we haven't been able to earn your faith in us. I'd like to know what lead to this change your view of us. You are welcome to post here or you can email me directly, d.dooley@techsmith.com
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Very, very slow product update and an unwillingness to commit to what YEAR you might release a 64-bit version that supports 4k. I'm on my 3rd or 4th 64-bit computer here. I've lost count. While you "anticipate" releasing before the end of 2016, that wording and the slow development makes me think Q3 2017.
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It has been 4 years already. My bets are on Q3 2017. This is almost as long as Wolfenstein and almost humerous. As a commercial software developer, it just doesn't take this long to do a release. Interest rates are cheap and good developers are out of work. Borrow more money and just get it done.
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THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM WITH CAMTASIA 8 (TEXT EFFECTS). CAMTASIA IS VERY POOR IN THAT. IT NEED A PROFESSIONAL TEXT EFFECTS TAB.
I use Camtasia professionally. I am Youtuber, and I think I have edited around of 115 videos with Camtasia, I use it since 2010. I know the software very well.
I am in video editing since 2008. My strong points there are SONY VEGAS and Camtasia.
I would ask the Techsmith Development people to watch a video from Photodex (Proshow).
First I want to state clearly I use Camtasia and Proshow is not an option for me. Why not? Because Proshow do not edit videos with a time line, it is a slide system, and that method don't work for me. As a professional Youtuber I am, I need power editing videos, and the king is Camtasia.
Having that very clear, please, watch this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXYdp_jUKkU

TEXT AND VIDEO EFFECTS PANEL.

BLUR, SHAKE, VANISH, MOVE, and so on. We need a very easy sytem, to drag and drop a bunch of collections full of effects for video and text. It must be an open system in which users can create their own effects and share them with family and friends.


  • It must be so easy as drag and drop and create impact in the audience. 

  • It must be oriented to collections, completely customizable and allow users can connect among them and share their effects for video and texts.

  • You should be able to download packs from a cloud server or directly shared by the users. You can sell a set of professional effects, but please, allow users can create their own effects and share them for free. It would just make mor and more famous Camtasia 9, making an standard to follow.

  • Are you ready to offer more than 250 different video and text effects in Camtasia 9?

  • What about video and text masking?

  • What about 3D text effects?

  • What about texturing texts? silver, gold, etc.

  • What about light effects? color of lights, animation, lens effects, vignettes collections? etc.

You can see in the video the state of the art in image effects and text effects with Proshow. I don't have seen in the new user Interface, a tab just for text effects. That is very important. Text effects grab the audience to unprecedented levels. A reference point to follow is PROSHOW. That software is very peculiar regarding the video editing, it doesn't have a timeline, it is just based in slides... that is the worst editing software possible (I mean Proshow)... however it has a very strong point: The text animations and video animations. In that, Proshow is the best. For example, in Camtasia 8 we don't have justification for the text. That is very ugly, when you have to write long paragraphs of text, you just simply get a very ugly result. We need justification. Also we need an easy way to make texts fly, explode, move, shake, move in curves, fly in certain ways... etc. We need a panel showing effects you can just drag and drop to edit a whole image, creating impressive effects in seconds, as making pictures blend, fly and blur. The same for texts. Also we need a more professional way to edit texts.
Even if you have to delay some months the release of Camtasia 9, please, take very seriously the texts effects, because it is extremely important.

CLOUD MUSIC PANEL.


  • It must be a system in which new artists can promote their new songs.

  • You should be able to download songs and use them in Camtasia right away.

  • It must be independent to the license system from Camtasia 9. Let's imagine someone is using a pirated version from Camtasia 9. Okay, even if that is happening, that pirated version should be able to access to the cloud music system.

  • Sorry I talk so clear. I do not defend this at all, but, if you close the music system just to legal users from Camtasia, what would happen is it won't be so popular as if it is free and accessible for every one.

  • So please, apply all the protection methods you want to protect your software, BUT, do not touch the music system, allow it be free and accessible for everyone. It is free publicity for the artist and enrich the software value day per day. Today we have 10.000 different songs in Camtasia, tomorrow we have 20.000 new songs and growing constantly. All people want the honey, so all people will go to Camtasia.

All people listen it. Camtasia 9 should be a platform to allow new musicians to promote their music, for free, making a kind of "radio sharing system", in which people can connect to a "cloud of royalty free music" in which musicians can upload their songs and observe how people are using them worldwide. You can provide the song with different license systems, as free for commercial use or free with attribution.

NEWS TICKER PANEL.

It must be a system in which users can use an assistant to create impressive collections of banners in the CNN style.
We need a news ticker system so impresive as CNN, FOX 6, etc.

Something like this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtsrsqMuvbY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t20y7g7n82I

Observe the richness of animations. That is impressive and attract the
audience. Actually you only can do this with After Effects. We need an
easy system to allow text, banners and background video, animated.

THE NEW ZOOM PANEL
  • Most of the time I spend using Camtasia is just applying different kind of zooms to my videos.
  • The automatic system offered by Camtasia 8 don't work well... so finally you have to do the zooms yourself.
  • It is a very painful job. It takes hours and hours. There is a way to save time and make this change completely. This idea is completely new, no one developed it before.
  • I thought in this after coffee and coffee working editing the videos.
  • Many users from Youtube send me private messages telling me that "they subscribe to my channel because I zoom the videos so they can see everything perfect"
  • You must be able to create zooms and save them, so you can use them later on, just pressing in the zoom panel tab, and selecting the name of the zoom you have saved.
  • The zoom is automatically applied.
  • If you have 4 or 5 zooms (up right corner, up left corner, down right corner, down right corner, center screen), you have covered all the areas from the screen, that can be zoomified instantly, without having to drag boxes for zoom everytime you need it.
We need Camtasia can record different zooms and put them in a list, so I wouldn't have to drag the zoom area all the time to create different kinds of zoom.
It would be so easy as drag the zoom box, create the desired zoom effect and press save. It would ask for a descriptive text, and I would type for example: THREE QUARTERS LEFT UP ZOOM.
That zoom is now saved.
Next time I want to apply it, I won't have to repeat all the whole zoom process, just place the cursor in the timeline and click in the descriptive name: THREE QUARTERS LEFT UP ZOOM.

64 BITS.
Why do I need a new Camtasia if I cannot use the whole memory of my computer? 64 bits, is very necessary.

If I could help in any way testing betas or suggesting ideas, just please, let me know.
I'm willing to help.
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I'll leave others to answer this very long post. Clearly you have not watched all the movies specific to version 9. Rick Stone has a very good video demonstrating that Camtasia version 9 is 64 bit.

There are already very good platforms to promote offerings for musicians, YouTube worked pretty well for Justin Beiber,

Moderators - is it possible to pin this thread to the top of the GetSatisfaction page?

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Thanks for the update on what to look forward to... I am in the process of researching my next computer (Windows) and wondering if you can recommend tell me what the pc/windows requirements will be needed. Thanks 
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Hi, thanks so much for the update. This is good timing in knowing the future of Camtasia as I will be purchasing a new computer within the next couple of months. Can you recommend processor, ram, etc. for the next version. Thanks, I'm not looking at minimums, I'd rather spend more money now and get something that's going to last a while. Thanks!
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Thanks for the update. Very useful and So glad for the videos that the testers made. I am excited at what I have seen and am looking forward to version 9. I saw in the previous roadmap list that there is a focus on working with mac, improving performance and the interface etc. which we have all been waiting for (except those of us who do not use Mac)

I know it is probably too late but I feel I need to make a last stand request for version 9, complete with rearing horse, bugle and shooting arrows:

Please please please please please, can we have an improvement on Quizzing - particularly with regard to providing feedback for wrong answers. This is extremely important to the instructional designer in all of us. Also, branching and logic would be useful :)

Cheers
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All I want for Christmas is to be able to work on the same file at the office (Cam for Windows)  and home (Cam for Mac).
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled camtasia 9 still coming?.

Still suffering through Camtasia 8 and it's horrible performance on modern hardware... Not heard anything beyond a closed beta last year... any chance TechSmith will grace us with an update?
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OK... Glad to see this topic and the associated videos... I spent literally an hour looking for something like this overview before writing the above. Feel much better about the future of Cam9!
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Thanks! Looking good. I'm really looking forward to its release.

Hope you can consider eventually adding some spotlight improvements, if not in 9.0 maybe shortly thereafter: 

1. Multiple spotlights - At times I need to spotlight multiple parts of the screen at same time.
2. Custom shapes - The software I do videos for is academic, and that means working with texts. I oftentimes need to spotlight sections of text. That means I have to be able to create a rectangle, and then remove parts of that rectangle to correspond to the sentence or section that I need to point out.
3. Rounded corners - Looks more professional oftentimes
4. Softened, feathered edges - Looks more professional oftentimes

As best I can tell, these aren't possible even in collaboration with Snagit 13. I do have a workaround that achieves all of them (cf. https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/spotlight-feature-requests-and-my-current-workaround...) but would love to see these features in Camtasia.
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H.265 support. That should also be added.
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it seems the UI for Mac is scalled better while the one for Windows is kinda oversized. 

Pls adjust this!
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I'm in for March 2017
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Andrew Beery

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Actually we'd all be winners if there actually was a release!
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Sorry for falling off the map here but we've been heads down working hard to get it in your hands this year! We wanted to make sure we weren't cutting any corners just to hit a specific date, which is why we've been quiet on that front. However, you should be hearing some official news on the release date soon!
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Time table for a public beta?
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Marko

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It seems there will be no public beta. I remember there was an invitation for a beta testing, but it was for selected users.
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Thanks for the update, this is great news! I am particularly excited about the speed improvements and 64bit support. Many of the videos I edit for my workplace have caused Camtasia Studio 8 to crash when editing/rendering due to the size and complexity. If additional Beta testers are needed later on, I would be happy to participate! I can provide additional information about my experience and work, if required.
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"However, our priority is on getting the software design and function right rather than focusing on any specific release date."

Thumbs up. Certain other software companies could learn something here.

And finally 64 bit, hurrah!

Thanks!




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What I would love to have is a option to play the recording at 1.25, 1.50 and 2.0 speeds. This would reduce my time reviewing the recordings
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I am using 8.6 and the option of reproducing the video at 1.25, 1.5 and 2.0 speeds, if existis is very well hidden. Richard, can you tell me where it is
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I believe Paulo is referring to playing back the recording without having to adjust the playback speed of individual segments on the timeline, but rather during the flow of actual playback - similar to other video editing programs.
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The variable playing speeds in the OUTPUT is baked into the Techsmith Smart Player on the playback controller.
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Right Daniel. in the normal speed, I have to listen at the same speed I recorded and this is a waste of time if you are looking for mistakes in the recording.

I don't want to output in other speeds, I just want to preview the video faster to fix it faster. Camtasia can't do that and, considering the development speed, will never do.
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That would be an awesome feature.
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Also, I would like to say that if I could find a screen recorder software that have a timeline editing and a FULL KE|Y|BOARD CAPTURE, I would have abandoned Camtasia for good. I will not upgrade if I could not grab all the keypresses. I just record 3 to 10 minute videos, I can deal with 32 bits. Also, if the save each x minutes feature really worked, the eventual crash would not be a problem.
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Any updates??
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You will learn of any developments here.
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I'm using Bandicam for 4K capture and it lets me record 2 separate tracks of audio for which I can define the input sources which is important for my workflow.
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Thanks for the heads up about Bandicam.
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