Title Clips in Camtasia 8

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Is everything a callout now? "Title Clip" is missing from my Camtasia 8 "Tools" menu. I had a library of Title Clips in 7.1. How can I accomplish the same thing in 8?
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Boris Kulagin

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Please bring back the dedicated Title Clips button! Titles are not call-outs!
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You are not alone, Boris. Hoping they will address this issue at some point in the future. Even if you do import the title clips, they come in at the wrong size and need to be corrected each time.
I've tried to save them, but, when I access them again, they come to the new project at the reduced size. haven't figured out how to fix it, but, I refuse to lose sleep over it.
Some of the new call-out schemes are interesting...the issue with them is that you are stuck with the colour scheme.
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Yes, I noticed this too! When attempting to reuse my Title Clips, er, callouts, they are miniaturized and I have to start messing with them to get them to the right size again. More time wasting...

Man, do I miss the Title Clip feature.

Techsmith Developers, repeat after me, "Call outs do not a Title Clip make" Repeat until Title Clips are returned to Camtasia. Thank you.
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Where did the title clips go? It very inconvenient to have to go and make new ones in iMovie and then bring them in here.

Can you guys please put them back?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
I upgraded to CS8 on the mac, and can't find the title clips..
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Worse "improvement" ever.

I did't understand how to delete "auto transitions" between two "clips" or whatever they are or will be called in the future. I struggled to mark it with a cursor and finally deleted it by accident. Now I can't use a transition between a "callout" and a standard camtasia format video clip.

I usually welcome innovations but this is not intuitive and badly executed.

Make it optional or bring back good old title clips!
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Susan Jaworowski

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I hate not having dedicated title clips so much that I just reinstalled Camtasia 7.
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Larry Alex

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Susan,

I've also gone back to Camtasia 7. I've got my title clip library back, it's so much easier to move and insert clips, the audio cleanup is better... oh and did I mention I have my title clips back? This saves me 20-30 minutes per project "futzing" (a technical term ;-) with callouts to try and make simple "text and logo" screen size Title Clips.

C'mon Techsmith. This was a big step backwards. Can you admit your mistake, reinstate Title Clips, and we can move forward?
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I have not figured out how to add a title to the beginning of my screencast recordings. It was easy with previous versions of Camtasia Studio, but not apparent with version 8.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How does one add a title to a camrec?.
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Camtasia 8 does not have the option of doing title clips as does Camtasia 7.

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There is new ways of accomplishing this in Camtasia Studio 8.

I think the link is unnecessary that you put below as it has nothing to do with any type of screencasting product. Please remove it and thank you.
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With CS8, instead of the boring static white text on a boring black background in CS7, you can create stunning title clips using the library resources in CS8, or use animated PowerPoints (Kelly Mullins of Techsmith has a demo on this), or you can use a product like Blufftitler:

http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi...
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hi there. i've figured how to do a title clip in CS8. What I haven't figured out is how to make the blank black screen I get at the end of my Flash/HTML5 video to display the ending title clip. In other words, I want the last image in the video to be what is displayed when the end of the file is reached. I know I have some control over this with the Production Wizard but I seem to only be able to set the Start Thumbnail, and none of the behaviors in the After Video selection box seem to help.
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Although it doesn't reproduce completely Title Clips, I think users might not realize the existence of the Insert Time command for the Timeline. This makes it much easier to move everything forward in time to make room for the Title Clip you wish to insert. (put the Green end of the Playhead at the moment in time where you want to make space, put the red end where the space should end, right click anywhere in the resultant blue rectangle on the timeline, and choose Insert Time).
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Note that you can also delete a section of time (thus moving everything past that point "to the left" by placing the green part of the playhead at the beginning of the section to delete, the red part at the end of that section, and then pressing the "cut" (little scissors icon) above the timeline. (Pressing the key on the keyboard doesn't work and right-clicking on the selected region of the timeline doesn't bring up a "delete time" choice analgous to the "insert time" command so you might not realize the "Cut" icon works).
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As a new beginner to CS 8, never having experience with CS7. I can echo the same desire to have a dedicated Titles button.

I don't even know Camtasia, but recognized its similarity to other NLEs and went immediately looking for Titles.. its just a natural thing to do.

Finding it in Callouts.. was quite frankly.. Bizzare

I can also agree with the notion that the product seems more programmer, engineer driven.. and the help seems skewed that way too.

The concepts of "connecting" with the industry or peoples familiar conceptions are missing in the help and the tutorials. It's definitely not something that cannot not be easily fixed.

For now the "hunt and peck" typist is how I feel.. now where did they "hide" something.

I'm torn with the idea that Camtasia may fall to the bottom of my toolbox and I'll just use it for creating capture content only and bailout to using a real NLE for producing movies. That makes Camtasia exorbitantly expensive. But if they only defend their design and do nothing to change it.. even if they win the argument.. I just won't use the Studio part. It will have failed me.. because I don't agree.
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Hey everyone,

There was a video on how to do a quick workaround that was posted above, but it got sort of buried so I thought I'd post it again! Here it is: http://www.screencast.com/t/ts3ierM3

Hope that helps everyone!
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I still don't see where I can get title clips from, the video shows a title clips section in the library.. ( I have camtasia 8.2)
Please let me know how to do this
robr
How can I access your answer?
robr@fastq.com
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Logan, we just don't get it. The clip you just posted was over 3 minutes long. Granted, some of that was setup, but you had so many extra steps in there, it was absurd. It seems as though, to "push" everything out of the way to add a title clip, you need to select tracks, groups them, rename them - twice - and then add the "callout" title. Do you know how long the same process takes in Cam 7? Seconds. When the outcry from the users is so much in favor of a dedicated title screen function, for the company to ignore this and come up elaborate work-arounds for simple title screens is just bad customer service.

Just because somebody in the company is in love with their little animated titles doesn't mean you should lose the dedicated title button option when repeatedly request by consumer. Don't be a Windows Vista, which left so much of its user base behind in Windows XP.
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Charles Welford

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Logan's video does accomplish what he sets out to do.
However, it is much easier to simply use the new "insert time" command and not bother selecting everything as a group.
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I think that video was posted prior to 803, which added the "insert time" workflow. Here's an updated example using "insert time": http://www.screencast.com/t/Sf9lqvHbq8
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Will version 9 have the old title ability? Although I upgraded to 8 last summer, I went back to 7 because this is a deal breaker for me.
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This is just an observation about a similar product with similar challenges in the User Interface.

Sony Vegas Movie Studio - had, has, and does have a very similar User Interface.

It started as an Audio editing program that was purchase and then developed to also edit Video.

It started with a limited number of tracks and more tracks were added.

The User Interface to this day looks like a convergence with Camtasia 8's current user interface.

I didn't realize this until I happen to open them at the same time and realized why some features seemed to appearing and disappearing to me. It was because they were in Movie Studio but not in Camtasia or vice versa.

The pop-under "Tabs" for the Task window have a straighter "Edge" and slightly different labeling but they are present in both programs.

Camtasia appears to have evolved from a user "Need" for a quick Wizard "post processor" workflow and methodology that didn't address a lot of the detailed steps that a generic Non-Linear Editor lets a user cover.

Camtasia 8 is a huge step in the direction of becoming a generic Non-Linear Editor of the class of not only a Sony Movie Studio, but an Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere or Avid Media Composer.

Camtasia 7 had more in common with Apple iMovie or Windows Movie Maker - simpler with firmly restricted and defined task goals in mind. You captured your content and didn't really have to plan a "Project" you just went direct to Edit and Publish.. done.

To that end, Camtasia 7 is like a different product than Camtasia 8, a Camtasia "light".

Apple recently revamped their Final Cut Pro and abandoned the Professional market for the Consumer market. Causing a lot of unhappy customers. I believe it was based on the idea that there are more customers at the low end and that smooths revenue cycles.

It could be Camtasia is transitioning in the other direction, going from strictly Consumer market to the Professional market. And making similar waves.

Apple eventually relented and now offers both the new Consumer version and the old Professional version.. but did a lot of brand damage in the process.

I won't say Techsmith has made the same mistake, but they do let a Camtasia 8 license activate Camtasia 7.. so in that way, while not advertising they offer two different products.. they in fact do offer two different products.

For both Apple and Techsmith - the problem is Customer "doubt" in whether bug fixes and incremental features will continue to be developed for one or the other products. Final Cut Pro users on the Processional side are looking or adopting other tools, so that market is naturally eroding away - due to a lack of clear advice or guidance coming from Apple. I think a similar thing could happen with Camtasia.
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"Missing title clips" really should be a non-issue - IMHO . The use of multiple tracks in CS 8 facilitates more impressive title clips than is possible in CS7.

If you want the "old look-and-feel" back - create a title page in Powerpoint and capture it with Snagit. Import it into the clip bin.
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Yes, I want to have the title clips added back into Camtasia 8. There are times when I decided that I need to add a title card after the recording is done and I have already started editing.

Adding a "title card" as a "callout" is a royal pain. I can't add it into my timeline. EVERY clip now has to be moved manually.

It is exasperating!
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Note that you can position the playhead to the beginning of the timeline, hold down the key, and drag your mouse to the right to move all of the items to the right, making room for your title clip.
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I guess it's old news now, but I sure miss the title clip function. I just completed the upgrade to 8 and had a small software demo to knock out this morning. Title clips did not cause me timeline problems before, but now I am not going to be "knocking out" anything soon. I really didn't want a new project and learning adventure in the context of the next hour. I will try to jam a PPT in there or something.

Wish I had stayed with 7, at least past this morning.
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Does version 8.1 address this issue?
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Not that I can see
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Nope, sadly. I just looked at all of the new features. These are nice, but simple titles are still no longer simple. Meh.

This is still THE most annoying deficiency of Camtasia 8, er, 8.1, but the "purists", probably driven by engineering, are insisting that Title is just a simple version of a callout. Yup, it is. Uncle!

But how about putting the user community first and bringing back title slides. Pwetty pweez?

(Next, I'll try begging ;-)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Missing title clips.

For everyone that is stumped with this topic:


  1. Title clips the way that you are used to thinking of them are no more - or so it seems.
  2. Title clips are now part of "themes". You can find some title clips within the themes in the Library tab. Pull a title clip into your project the way that you would deal with any other library asset.
  3. You can find lots more themes here: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-library-media.html
  4. The video that is referenced at http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/title_clips_in_camtasia_8 doesn't say anything about title clips until 2:38 so jump ahead to there if you want to see anything relevant to this topic.

Techsmith: Please update the tutorials on this topic or take them down. As they are right now your customers are just wasting a lot of time and money trying to figure this out and they are hurting a lot more than they are helping.
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If you guys go to the Library and scroll to the bottom, there is a folder called Title Clips - Simple. I think that is what you are all looking for.

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