It has been a while since we updated this community on the TechSmith roadmap/plan for Camtasia so we would like to do that today.
As you know, since the release of Camtasia Studio 8 and Camtasia for Mac 2 we have delivered dozens of incremental releases adding features, functionality, and performance enhancements. One of these releases incorporated a cross platform recording file providing the first step in our move toward a unified experience between Camtasia on Windows and Mac.
While we had some teams working on those incremental releases, our attention has been on the full time development of the next major version of Camtasia on both the Windows and Mac platforms.
Overall, the next major release is focused on three main areas – parity across platforms, collaboration, and performance. For the first time, the experience on Mac and Windows will be the same including a unified interface, substantial parity among features, and cross platform project compatibility.
This means you will now be able to share recording and project files across platforms to better collaborate with others on your team, in your larger office environment, or if you simply work on both operating systems.
Cross platform support includes:
- New unified interface
- Substantial feature parity (including quizzing, voice narration, editing toolbar)
- Workflow parity (Including grouping)
- Improved cross platform recording file
- Cross platform project files
Performance enhancements include:
- 64 bit
- 4k – Ultra HD production and enhanced hardware encoding and decoding
- Enhanced effects capabilities, including improved cursor animations
- Enhanced voice narration capabilities
- New, updated stock library content
- New callouts with improved text editing to resize & fit large fonts
- Improved timeline performance
- Ability to record the screen for longer periods of time
- Ability to edit multiple, large screen recording video files
- Up to a 50% reduction in rendering time of your final video over our current versions
At this time, we are running a closed beta test that will wrap up in November. From there, we will incorporate the beta feedback, make adjustments and changes until we get things right.
There will be more to share in the near future, but we wanted to let you know of our continued commitment to delivering the easiest content creation tool for screen recording and video editing.
David - The key frame idea is a good one.
Most of my work is capturing product screens video; for the rare PPT show I record the scripted audio first having consulted the show slides. Then I go to Camtasia with the audio track and simply add the slides as png files. I simply drag (stretch) these to fit the narration.
The bonus to this workflow is I have 100% control over transitions, etc.until the last minute before rendering output, rather than being stuck with the ones recorded during a PPT show recording.
- Adjusting video brightness & contrast - Even some minimal tools for doing this would be awesome.
- More - and better - transitions. It seems the ones you have now belong to the "old school" types. I cringe at some of the ones Camtasia currently has. Seems like you could do better.
Those two missing elements got me to start trying Adobe Premiere. And I gotta say - it's hard to go back to Camtasia after experiencing what it can do.
- Customizable shortcut keys.
(I think many of us work with standard JKL keys for play and reverse play, and pause.)
- Have the Mac version work with Parallels so I don't have to have 2 systems.
(With that request ... the keyboard callouts should have a choice of both Mac and Windows key strokes.)
- Have the ability to increase the speed of play on the time line. This way we can speed through the timeline to get to the point were we need to edit.
I would also like to see you add intros and outros and update transitions to be more modern looking.
It seems that making editable intros and outros would be no more difficult than transitions.
It would also be nice to see the greenscreen editor improved to make more detailed editing.
Speed speed speed please...
I hope the new transitions are really nice and modern looking, they remind me of an early 1980's TV series Blakes' 7 at the moment! :)
Also some better animation movement would be great, not just linear flow from a to b. A nice modern random 'wobble' effect would be nice and removing as much flicker as possible from animations, I seem to get a lot of that and it looks bad.
Can't wait for the new version!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway I see you are marketing your products as additional/enhancing tools to the Microsoft ones (mainly the Office suite) so at least you could do more for the consistency with Windows 10 and/or latest Office in terms of icons, buttons, Font etc., ribbons, context menus.
Thanks, and keep up the good work on Camtasia. It isn't a terribly feature-rich editor, but it serves my needs very well.
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(Other software publishers used to offer an automatic new version license if a customer purchased their software within 90 days of a new release.
For example I purchased Macromedia Studio MX (2004) and Macromedia emailed registered customers with a license to Macromedia Studio 8. I've always respected software producers/publishers when they do a great move like that.)
Thanks for the help.
What I would like to see from Adobe (even though we are on a Techsmith forum) is the ability to pay a certain amount per month/year but I get to pick and choose which apps I want use. Right now I am across the gamut of apps from Adobe. I have got the subscription but I don't use all the app ... unless I am geeking on how they work or what they do.
I hate the fact that software companies are doing this. As far as Techsmith ... if they want to upset their current users, I would suggest they stay far away from this kind of business model ... they not Adobe nor Microsoft.
There is no other word on the update other than we have a whole crew of people working hard every day to get this next release out to you as soon a possible. There is no release date to speak of at this time.
As to the parity of the two products; this is a goal of the next release and is a major part of the work that is happening. I'm sure everyone can image what it would take on the dev side to bring a Camtasia Studio project with all the bells and whistles in it over to the Mac side and have it be fully functional.
So, other than this, I have no real update for everyone.
I do want to say thank you for all of the feedback, ideas, and thoughts shared with us so far!
- Antialiasing for text in callouts. If I'm preparing a lower third, especially in a high resolution, I find myself preparing text in GIMP and bringing it in as an image.
- When rendering multiple videos based on markers, could the number appended to the end start with 1 instead of 0? We're not programmers, we're working with video and I hate having to go and rename each file just to offset each number by 1 to match the folders they will be stored in (part 1, part 2, etc). A little nitpicky, I know...
- I check back at this announcement time to time as I'm anticipating Camtasia Studio 9's release. Any way you could provide time stamps or some way of highlighting an update to the announcement when they're made?
For exampla: select a folder with 400 jpg files and set custom fps (24-60) for final video file >> apply some visual properties + transition with recorded screen
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