Using own Device Frames

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While I do like the included Device Frames and also the added ones with 9.1 I would love to have the ability to simply add my own device frames for Drag & Drop Usage.

My idea is to have a PNG with transparency where the Video should be when the Frame is dragged & dropped onto the timeline.

This way we would have the freedom to use any kind of Frame we can think of while keeping it simple in usage.
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Bernd Jaeger

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Joe Morgan

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So Kelly, Here's my take.

Not trying to step on your thread Bernd Jaeger.

Make it possible to position the videos or images using corner pinning. That would mean no background, just the placement of the image or video. As an Add-On to Device Frame. I tested and confirmed that the Device Frame feature already utilizes corner pinning. So maybe it wouldn’t be too hard to separate the features?

Why? You can take a photograph of a 16 x 9 computer monitor, I-Phone, Tablet, picture frame, etc. However, due to the tilt of say, a monitor’s screen. Coupled with the angle of the camera that’s shooting the picture. That creates a skewed and/or distorted image of the monitor that is incapable of properly framing a 16 x 9 video. “Within the monitors screen area” Some corners of the video would either need to appear outside of the actual screen area, or be pulled back from the edges of the screen area to fit. Either way you go, it doesn’t look good or professional.

To ensure Device Frame was corner pinning. That the images included with Camtasia weren’t just very strategically shot for Device Frame. I created a 16 x 9 image with a five-pixel red border.

Then I put the image in Photoshop and placed guidelines to prove or disprove that the monitor was in fact out of square. “They always are” but I wanted to be sure.

 If you look in each corner, you will see that each corner of the image had to be moved dissimilar distances, in 2 directions as well. Also, not one pixel of that five-pixel red border has been cut off in the process. So in essence, it’s been distorted into place. It's not placed behind a png cutout or anything like that.It's done right.

Currently you can only use Device Frame on one piece of media at a time. Perhaps with corner pinning it could be expanded to work with multiple videos or images? Here’s an example of Adobe’s Premier Pro. You can see the blue target handles highlighted. You simply drag them into position and that’s it. The left monitor is already corner pinned with a separate image.

If Camtasia users could do that too. The skies the limit.

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Very cool idea Joe (and great technical breakdown). We did our best to get the devices lined-up as close to "perfect" as possible, but as you probably know, it's never truly going to be perfect, so we used Camtasia to give your screen content a bit of assistance!

Love the ideas going on here as far as allowing custom content; it's certainly something we'll consider for the future.

One additional point you might be interested in, since you're digging into the technical aspects, is how we approached still vs. video. We did a TON of research into what we thought would make for good Device Frames in Camtasia, including watching quite a bit of existing examples. One thing we noticed was that some of the best content used backgrounds that LOOKED still, but when you watched it, they had subtle motion happening; lights moving here, a person's head tilting just made the content slightly less static, more like what you'd see in the real world. We went to some pretty great lengths to replicate that effect, not sure if it's something that MOST people could/would want to do when creating their own, but certainly something we felt was worth the extra effort.



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