Video Import into Camtasia Studio 7 with Transparency?

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I have been successful in using PNG images with a transparent background in Camtastia Studio 7, but not videos?

Is there any support for importing a video with transparent background?
If so, what type of video? What is the trick to making one work?
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Mike Curtis, Employee

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Hi, I'm afraid there is not a way to bring in a video with transparency. I'll change this to a feature request though. Were you kind of thinking of keying out a color--sort of like the green screen effect?
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Yes, MIke.... basically the green screen effect is what I'm after. But waht I've been able to do so far, with a still image, is create it in Flash or Canvas a a PNG with the Alpha channel included on output. The transparent color is defined in the app or on output, but not in Camtasia.

It seems what Techsmith needs to support is importing a video with an Alpha channel.

Now, I had read in the older Techsmith forum a statement that Camtasia supported 32-bit uncompressed AVI with Alpha channel, but I tried outputting that from Flash, and the import into Camtasia did not work as expected -- i.e. no transparency.

It seems Techsmith should be able to do this with a standard video file format that supports Alpha channel that is much smaller in size -- i.e. a compressed format, such as something that uses the H264 codec. (MP4? MOV?)

Thanks. - Bruce
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If you are working with stills, you can also use Snagit to turn the images into one with a transparent backfround; then send it to CS with the CS add-in tool.

I use these as image callouts in CS; the transparent background makes them blend into the main video nicely.
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brucerothwell

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Yes.... that is similar to what I do with Flash and Canvas.
I plan on getting the latest version of Snagit installed soon, too.
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Hello Bruce,

I use greenscreen video with Camtasia Studio but, I use another software to get my alpha transparency (grennscreen video) into it. I use Adobe After Effects or Sony Vegas Pro to edit my video and they support the alpha transparency channel. I too would like to see Camtasia Studio support this for doing PIP (Picture In Picture) videos. Hope this helps.
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I agree that Camtasia should add this feature. I purchased a lower third video with alpha channel. Thought I'd be able to use it but background comes in black. I'm hoping Camtasia will be come more and more friendly for people doing videos, not just onscreen recording.
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Camtasia Studio 8 was just released and we do allow some types of video with transparency on to the timeline now. Here is an example of a MOV with transparency over top of a screen recording: http://www.screencast.com/t/lgllxBLA0y

This is made possible by our new rendering engine and the ability to have multiple video tracks.

Give it a shot and let me know how it goes! :)

Download: http://www.techsmith.com/download/cam...

Here is our page describing what else in new in this release: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha...
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OK, I see the transparency on the lower third - does this work with the PC version CS8?

IF so, "HOW" doe we duplicate this as the screencast doesn't tell us how?

Thanks,

Scott
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Can anyone tell me, have they been successful with alpha imports? I've got transitions built in AE but nothing imports into Camtasia. QT has to covert (which then loses the alpha) and .mp4's are not supported...which is strange as the link from Chris Larson clearly demo's an .mp4.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Stuart
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Hi Stuart, not sure what you mean with QT has to convert. You can save a Quicktime MOV file with transparency and use it in Camtasia. We have a whole section with transparent videos that you can use as overlay layers in Camtasia on Callouts.com:
http://www.callouts.com/all-files/animations/

Let me know if you need more in-dept description of AE settings.
Peter
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Stuart Grahame

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Hi Peter, I've used several settings and I'm struggling. If you could share your AE settings I would be very grateful. Just looking through Callouts now...some nice stuff.

Thanks
Stuart
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I see that the title of this thread refers to Camtasia Studio 7. I have to admit, I can't recall about the transparency in v7. That may be the problem. For version 8, simply render out your transparent video in AE with;
Format: Quicktime
Format Options: PNG
Channels: RGB + Alpha

If you don't have Format QT available you may need to download quicktime from Apple.



After rendered out, just drop the MOV file on top of your other video layer, it will be transparent (at least in v8)
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Thank you Peter. I'm on Mac/Camtasia 2 so I'll test that out straight away.
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Hey Stuart (or Peter) I'm also on Camtasia 2 for Mac and having an issue importing videos with an alpha channel that were created in After Effects.  Any luck getting this to work?

Thanks
Kane
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Stuart Grahame

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Hi Kane,

I think I found a solution. Try exporting your videos as ProRes with alpha + RGB, seems a bit friendlier with the Mac version. 

Any problems let me know.
Stuart
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You are the MAN, Stuart!! Thank you for taking the time to let me know how you made it work.  I was literally beating my head against my desk last night!  Using ProRes saved me.  Thank you.

Kane
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Stuart Grahame

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No worries Kane, I spent months searching and I'm glad I could save you that time. Stuart
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This worked for me (Camtasia 2 for Mac). Spent far too much time getting this to work but up and running now! Thank you.  

Steve
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Hi guys,

i have got an mov lower third video from fiverr, and i tried to import to camtasia 8 and place it on my timeline on top of my other videos.

however, the lower third is not showing. you guys mention about exporting, but i am importing so i can edit first. the person who provided me with the lower third and says that is is working perfectly.

do i have to change any setting in camtasia, thanks, sorry i am rather new to camtasia.
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Peter Gillberg

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Hi Joey, this is most likely a quicktime issue. To run mov on Camtasia you'll need the latest quicktime version. See this thread for more details:
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia_does_not_recognize_or_import_mov_files_why_...