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What kind of transparency are trying to get?
You can use PNG picture with transparency.
Or you can load videos with green screen and to make it transparent.
From your explanation its not that clear - you might want to create tranparent first in photoshop than import to Camtasia.

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Hi there

If your goal is to produce a video that has a transparent background, I don't believe Camtasia will offer you an output that allows that. To my knowledge, only two types of video containers offer transparency. MOV and FLV. Camtasia 8 no longer offers FLV output but does offer MOV output. But I see no settings in MOV output that offer transparency control. Likely you will need to use other software if your goal is to create a video with a transparent background.

Cheers... Rick :)
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We should be able to do simple masks, alpha channels and composite video tracks *inside* Camtasia.

Creating a mask or alpha channel should be simple like using the Photoshop selection tool (magic wand, draw, etc.).  This could be a mask that is not animated which would make it infinitely easier to program. You create the mask on frame 1 of your clip and then you tell it to alpha or mask or remove color to alpha, etc.  Then you could easily put that clip over top other video.

Supporting alpha/masks in the timeline would solve a lot of what people want to do even if you can't animate them over time.  If they could be animated over time, so much the better.

As it is, it looks like I'll have to export video from Camtasia to other packages that do support this feature.

To be clear, I have an approximately 10 minute clip from someone that was recorded over a white background. I can NOT remove the white background because white is in the portion of the video I want to keep.  If I could mask and alpha out only the area I want, it'd work just perfectly!

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For the original poster:

Just output that graphic as a transparent PNG image (your canvas should be transparent, not white) and you're all set. The white will be gone and your lower video track will show behind the black button. The button will even retain the shadow. :-) 

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