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Well it took me about 100 times longer than I expected, but I finally finished my first Camtasia Studio video.  I won't win any academy awards, but I learned very much in the process. I asked a lot of questions to this community, and I am very grateful that no one seemed to to think they were too dumb to bother with.  I only asked questions after looking at the videos, searching the community postings, or looking through the Users' Guide.  Answers to the simplest questions were really the ones that were most helpful, because I wasn't getting certain essential concepts.

The replies were very, very, very helpful and I want you all to know what a great community you are and how much I appreciated your patience and helpfulness.  I still have many questions, but I'll wait until my next video.  At least for now, I made it through my first project and I think it should prove useful to many people working with my nonprofit organization.  

Thank you all!!!!

Bob
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bitesize09

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Bob, I'm not one of the ones who helped you, but I do want to say thank you for your post. We hear the questions, see the answers, but we don't often hear how things work out. So thank you! :-)
Teri
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Jannatul Ferdous

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Its so sweet of you Robert. And I am totally agree with you. :)
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That's great to hear, Bob!

I work on the help and tutorials, so if there's any feedback on those, let me know. I'll have to go back and look at your questions, so I can see what you were struggling with. 

-Josh
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Hi Josh, Thanks for your feedback. Since I was a total newbie to this, I looked at every tutorial 01 to 09 and then among the 20 or so others listed I looked at about 15 of them. Now that I'm acquainted with the program, I think it is pretty easy, but getting going took some learning. 

I don't want to diminish the valuable comments made by anyone, but the one that really opened the door to me was the one that can be found here: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/basic-question-about-creating-a-video-merging-splicing-videos. The very quick reply and video given by Joe Morgan was really helpful.  I kept trying to get the audio done in one sitting and I would make too many mistakes. Joe's comment made me understand that I should break the video production into smaller chucks and then stitch them together.

I also found navigating the timeline a bit challenging. I tried to zoom and pan and in the end gave up on that. 

By the way, one thing that lingers is that I found the way that things would snap when adding callouts etc. while helpful most time often was irritating. I'm sure there is a way to override the automatic snapping to certain locations on the timeline but I couldn't figure it out. 

One other thing that really bothers me is the tools for adding captions. My users are probably over 50 % non-English speakers. I know they would greatly benefit from captions, but I'm too busy and up till now I haven't added them as I tried, but after a while, the captions were not breaking as I wanted them too and it was taking too long. If you are communicating with hearing disabled or non-native speakers, captions are really important, but I think Camtasia makes the process to cumbersome. 

Finally, I hope the next version as a build in teleprompter. I think the most difficult aspect was the narration, and it would be so helpful if there were a built in teleprompter. 

(OK, one more idea... I like the animated call outs, like the arrows and boxes. I'd recommend adding more. I was surprised that the basic line is diagonal.  I'd much rather have a horizontal line. I know that you can take the diagonal line and tip it, but I'd rather have it be horizontal by default and then tip it as needed.)

Thanks again, though. The tutorials were very helpful. I looked at many of the tutorials... altogether, literally over 100 times.  I guess that makes me a bit slow, but in the end I think I was able to accomplish essentially what I wanted so I think it was worth it. 

Bob
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Bob, 

Thank you very much for your detailed feedback. I'll make sure the Camtasia team sees it.

I did want to pass on a short blog post (with video) that I did about timeline snapping a while back. In it, you see how to temporarily (or even  permanently) disable snapping:  http://blogs.techsmith.com/tips-how-tos/how-to-override-snapping-in-camtasia-studio-8/

-Josh
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Can't believe it is as simple as holding down the CTRL key.  Thanks for the tip. 

Bob

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