Vertical line moving left to right over the course of the video

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Hello All,

Is there an easy way in Camtasia to have a vertical line that starts at one position (not necessarily the boundaries of the video) and moves to another position over the course of the animation? The only way I can think to do it is have a track with lots of incremental vertical lines that I'd have to place manually, which is not ideal, and hard to do smoothly.

Thanks,
-Jack

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Should be a simple thing to achieve using a simple animation.

Can you point to an example you have seen?
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Hi Rick,

Unfortunately, I can't really provide an example, as it is work related, but basically I am making a video with four quadrants. 3 of the 4 quadrants would provide different views of a part I am analyzing over time. The last quadrant would be a plot of data vs time (just an Excel chart), and I would like to set the vertical line up overlaying the chart such that at the start of the video, it begins at the "time=0" position of the Excel chart, and moves over the course of the video to the "end time" position of the Excel chart. That way, it is clear as the animations progress where we are in the data shown on the Excel chart.

As I read the above back to myself, I'm not sure if it is very clear what I am trying to do... I'll try to jimmy up a simplified example today!

Thanks for your time,
-Jack
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Thanks for the additional info. 

Just as a quick and dirty example, I'd suggest you focus on the very basics for anything like this. Oftentimes folks try to bring too much together and with many working parts, it's difficult to focus on the task they are trying to achieve.

I'd suggest that you just create a new empty project. Then add a vertical line. Perhaps place it on the left side. In the timeline, stretch the time so it plays for perhaps 30 seconds.

Now I didn't see anywhere what version of Camtasia you are using. But there was a fairly radical interface change beginning with version 9. So hopefully you are using version 9 or later.

If you look in the upper left panel, you should see "Animations" listed. Click that and you should see two tabs in the panel that opens. Click the Animations tab. Then you should see "Custom" listed. Click and drag that "Custom" to the media and drop it on the media.

You should see an arrow appear indicating the animation. Click the dot at the right edge of the arrow and the arrow should turn orange. 

On the stage, drag your vertical line to the right.

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Rick,

Sorry, I should have said 2019.

I actually just upgraded today from 8, so there are a whole slew of new options for me to figure out!

I was able to make a test project and had that animation option work out perfectly. I had tried that out, but I didn't understand how it worked.

Thanks again for all your help,
-Jack
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So in the above example, the vertical black line would start @ the 0 position, and move to the 10 position over the course of the video.
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Kinda like this?


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Theres 2 ways to go from my perspective






The first example is more complicated to create, but still fairly simple.

Regards,Joe

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Rick / Joe,

I noticed the custom animation option doesn't appear to progress linearly. Instead, it starts out slowly, gains speed in the middle, and slows down again at the end. I think this is visible in Joe's examples, and especially with the red line of the second gif. Is there any way to control that to be a straight linear motion?

Thanks,
-Jack
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Never mind, I found the setting!

Right-click on the animation in the track -> Enable Easing -> Linear