Using ScreenDraw over Video - Camtasia 9

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I purchased Camtasia 9 for the specific task of making tutorial lessons from pre-recorded videos that I would narrate over and add arrows and orbs as the video played. Everything I have tried has failed. The video that is being played for recording freeze frames when ScreenDraw is opened.

To my shock and horror, I see that here on this forum this was an issue five years ago in Cam 8.

I would greatly appreciate anyone's work-around to make this work. I must be able to mark on the video as it plays and records!

 
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Try drawing with the free screen drawing tool Epic Pen.
 http://epic-pen.com/

Regards,Joe
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I just tested the free version of Epic Pen and here are my results.  It does let you draw in freehand with the pen on the video screen as it records in Camtasia.  And as the video continues to play, you can clear the old marks and be ready to make new marks.  This is good!  But, what I need is arrow shapes and orbs to circle things quickly.  Do you or anyone know if the Pro Version has arrows and orbs etc...

Update:  I contacted Epic Pen developers and they said that shapes are being added to their next major release in the future....  That would make this utility great instead of good!
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Hi  Jmstein,

You can do this with  Screencast-o-matic. They let you draw on the screen with an arrow while recording the screen. Hope this gives you the power you need!

Klaas
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Hi Klaas,

I just tested the free version of ScreenCast-o-matic and it too is a nice capture recording utility.  To draw on video either freehand or with their arrow and oval tools requires purchasing the pro version. Which I am happy to do. But, their tutorial says that to draw freezes the background until draw is done, then you start it again.  So, I just wrote to their tech support to see if it is possible for the background video in the windows media player  to keep playing while drawing.  I'll post the response.

Thanks for your reply,

Jay
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Ha had not tested it that far... I see now that indeed it freeses the screen until you disable the drawing tools.
Sorrie for that. Hope someone has a solution for you. 
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Just chiming in with an observation here.

I might consider that this desired workflow is going to prove troublesome as well as cumbersome. This is where the editing features of something like Camtasia or other editors really shine.

My personal take on this is that it's going to be a real struggle to end up with something desirable if you are trying to do this "on the fly". You will likely find that while it might be a good idea to play the video back and record your narration, you would want to treat this as a separate and individual step. I believe that while recording, you are able to press Ctrl+M during that recording process to add a marker. So you would likely do well to use this keypress during your recording process to insert a marker where you want one of these arrows or other objects. Then, after you record and you open the editor, you could use the marker to quickly find where you want the object. And you could then insert the desired object on top of the video.

Of course you are free to do what you want, but I personally think you will ultimately find that the "on the fly" workflow will be a pain to implement and achieve desired results.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thumbs up brother Rick.

You have pretty much described the workflow I implement.

Just as a test I did a recording the way the OP is trying. I had no problems but didn't think I would.

My machine is tuned and more than capable of intense use but the issue to me is more about the control and end results.

My recording process is along the line of what you posted. I did change the marker shortcut though to be just the M key. Easier for me personally to apply on the fly.

Now I will sometimes make a recording the way the OP is doing if I just need to get something out to someone but most of the time I will record the screen and narration with the recorder (depending on the project I sometimes record the narration with Audacity instead of going through the recorder) and add markers (with the Hotkey M) while recording where I may want to add something in editing.

I will admit that I also don't add markers while recording and just play the recording in the editor and add things as I play it through.

By adding arrows or circles etc. in the editor gives you much more control and options than doing it on the fly and is less strain on your system.

Example: Say while recording you screendraw a red arrow and than decide you want that arrow to be blue instead,  well your pooped. If I add that arrow in through the editor though I can change the color,  animate it,  faded it in and out,  all that kind of stuff.

It might take a little more time but the end results will be worth it.

:)
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Rick / Dubie,

I understand the workflow that you are recommending for adding arrows at markers. I just did a test of importing a video and using the annotation tool for adding arrows.  That worked for arrows only.  I also want to use tools like those in ScreenDraw to make circles around things and draw freehand.

I am new to Camtasia Studio 9, But an advanced editor in Sony Vegas Pro. So, knowing that I need:

1. Voiceover narration
2. Freehand Pen Tool
3. Arrows Pointers
4. Circled Objects

Can you walk me through a complete workflow.

Thanks for helping me understand this process,

Jay
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I'm about to get busy with some other things, but did you look at the "sketch motion" callouts?



These give the appearance of hand drawing. ;)
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I did, but couldn't make them apply. I tried dragging them to video window, but then cursor acted as move tool.  Can you tell me how to apply / use them...
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They should have dragged into place no problem. Try double clicking one.
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Here's the rub. You can't screen draw in post. That still need to occur while recording.

However, there are a few "Sketch Motion Callouts".

You can adjust their "Draw on Time" From None to 5 seconds.  And chose their color so their pretty versatile.

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Wow!!!!!  I see how the Sketch Motion Callouts  work now..... Fantastic!!!

Thank you

Jay
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Is there a way to change the direction of the movement with the callouts?  For example, The lines are moving counterclockwise and I would like the movements to be clockwise instead.
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To reverse direction, flip the callout.

Different callout shapes will be effected differently.
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Thank you Joe!   That worked perfectly!!!

I have been struggling with this for two days and now I have a workable solution !!
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Glad you got there, software can be a frustrating thing.
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If you want to draw lines while recording on your Windows PC, you can use the  ScreenDraw by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+D at recording.