Video Splitting for Instagram with Camtasia 8?

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Is there a way to create a template or something that will make splitting videos into 15 second segments easier? It would really help with production for Instagram.

People are buying apps to do this, but with the cost of Camtasia, I feel like there should be an easier way to do this, in Camtasia.
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I think if I were trying to do this, I'd add an asset to the library. Callout or whatever. Then time it for 15 seconds and drop it on the timeline to use as a "split" guide. Configure a marker at each 15 second spot and produce where you split on markers.
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Hey Guy

I'm going to steal Rick's method ( sorry Rick I was bored :) and expand on it.

This is the quickest way i can see doing what you want to do.

I made a 1 min. white video w/no audio and split it at 15 sec. segments.
It's for Camtasia 8

You can download it as a .libzip and add it to your library if you wish to.
https://mega.nz/#!RqR30S4I!9FeBGEZSjhy9FfgqdMmhUSRDkLTm2_psZL_rXxsBG-k

From the library add it to your top timeline and Un-group it.

While that track is selected go to the "Visual Properties" and set the opacity to "0"
Then you can see your video underneath through it.



Line it up with the beginning of your video.

In the top menu under the "View" tab make sure you have "Timeline Snapping" on for
all the options.  This will allow the playhead to Snap to the splits in the white video.



With the playhead at the beginning of the video, use the keyboard shortcut M to add a marker.

Move the playhead so it Snaps to the first split. Keyboard shortcut M to add a marker.

Repeat for each split. Add another White video from the library one after another on the same timeline if you need more than a 1 min. span.

When you Snap the playhead to a split you can verify it is at a 15 sec. interval next to the playhead.
See Orange circle in image.



Here's the cool part. Batch produce each marker as a separate video !!

Once you have all your markers placed,  Delete the White video timeline and do a "Custom Production" .

When the wizard is on the Smartplayer Options window,  under the Controller Tab,  Un-check
"Produce with Controller"  That will let you produce just the mp4 videos without all the smartplayer files too.



Then under the Video Settings Tab  Check-Mark  "Multiple files based on markers"



On the last wizard window input a name for the videos.

All the videos will have the same name and be numbered ie; video-0, video-1, etc.

Chose the location to save them

At the bottom of the window you can see all the videos that will be produced.

Click Finish and produce.



In the location you chose to save them should be a folder with all the separate 15 sec. videos.


:)

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So, Instagram is a place you post videos that are 15 seconds in duration or less.

If you place your entire clip on the timeline. Use the Red and Green timeline sliders to select 15 second segments or less. You can right click and select "Produce Timeline Selection As"and produce a video.

No muss no fuss, no cutting the video. No template, no nothing. Plus, you can hit the space-bar and playback "Just" the content in the selected area.

As you drag the Red and Green markers.The duration of the selected area is displayed in a pop up window, right next to the marker you are dragging.



Regards,Joe
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I looked at something on the web and it's making me wonder where the 15 second limit was understood?

Also wondering about the bit where it's mentioned that Desktop video is not supported.


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Okay 60 seconds or less, same difference. Don't need a template to select a duration.

What's a Desktop video and who mentioned it?
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Well, since video can be created using a phone OR from your desktop...

Seems pretty self-explanatory to me. 

And it's in the support article.
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WOW, a 1920 x 1080 i-phone video is vastly different than a 1920 x 1080 desktop screen recording? Or camcorder recording, or drone footage, How that?

What happens if someone sends you footage from their phone and you edit it on a desktop?
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Well, it would seem you have a point. One I agree with.

Personally, I'm not sure exactly why Instagram posts this in their support article. Because it would seem to me that the video source should be agnostic.

But it's their circus and their monkeys. All I was doing was pointing out what the support article presented. ;)
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Landscape or Portrait.
The standard since widescreen was available.  "Or something like that"

Desktop? LOL

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If you just split a video every 15 second clips. Without any editing whatsoever.

You'll get a hot mess. Sentences and words will be cut in half. Actions will be cut off mid action. Theres no way to automate that process. Not with good results.


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since this thread seems to be working again ...

Joe, you posted this yesterday, and I answered, but those records seem to have vaporized; since I keep track of my GetSat activity in a database, I'll re-post what seems to have been lost

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kayakman, this workflow makes no sense to me. Same with Dubies approach.  Yes you can create consecutive 15 second videos easily with that technique.
 
But to what end?
 
What if the first 15 second video contains a dog catching a Frisbee, and the catch ends at 16.5 seconds. You need to trim off the first 1.5 seconds. That screws up the whole marker system and timing.
 
What it the next video should start at 22 seconds. The dog taking off again. Or you throwing the Frisbee.
 
As video editors, what video would split into 15 second clips equally, and would have a beginning and ending?  Just asking, don't beat me up for it.
Think about it.
I envision a chopped up mix of clips that make no sense.
It's not like you can auto play them consecutively on Instagram.
 
So they start at the wrong point,and end at the wrong point in the video. One after the other, because no editing was applied.
Probably in the middle of spoken words at times.
 
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I [and Rick and Dubie?] simply address what the requester wanted in his original post ... the easiest and fastest  way to chop up video clips into 15 second segment [for Instagram?]
 
Now I don't do Instagram, so I don't know how it works
 
You're correct ... if each segment needs to be tweaked
 
but the requester asked for "15 second segments"; I took him "literally", and that is what I gave him
 
using my [and Rick and Dubie's] approach, all he needs to do to tweak each segment is to slightly move the markers, then produce

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As I posted above, splitting ANY video into 15 second sections.

You'll get a hot mess. Sentences and words will be cut in half. Actions will be cut off mid action. Theres no way to automate that process. Not with good results.

Responding blind is what you were doing. You probably shouldn't give someone directions to the store, if you don't know where it is.
I don't Instagram, but I looked over the site before I responded. It's the responsible approach.

And I stand by what I posted yesterday. It was more detailed. But said pretty much the same thing.
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I believe the "template" approach will be faster, overall, , assuming you have a good number of videos to slice up; regarding where to slice, all that needs to be done is to find a slice point, and slide the last marker to that point; then produce in bulk

however, "do whatever floats your boat"