Video "Opacity", and the fade out animation.

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I edited my video with the fade-out transition animation. It's the only good transition that Camtasia can do without the animation being too "in your face".

While reviewing the track (select all on track) for audio adjustments (adding in dynamics processor, etc), I noticed that the video was reporting that the opacity of the track wasn't constant. I thought this was that I had made some errors while playing around with callout opacity, and accidentally had a selection on the main track at one point by accident -- so I made everything fully opaque.

The problem? This is when I learned that the fade-out animation is NOT a fade-out animation. It is an opacity change that defaults to "100 to 0". And as soon as you add it in, it's no longer "fully opaque, just faded to black", it's "fully gone to nothing".

This is a simple case of user interface issues. Any sort of "fade to ..." makes the opacity go non-constant -- but then, using the overall opacity slider is basically going to override explicit animations, without being clear to the user.

What I'd like to see: At a minimum, trying to adjust an opacity setting when there is a fade in the selection, give a warning that you are overriding your animation.

Better: Have the opacity of the selection be different from the effect of the fade. Something where you can adjust the opacity of the selection/track, without disturbing the fade effect of the animation.
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keybounce

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Posted 6 years ago

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keybounce

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To clarify: I have been using the fade-out animation, not the "fade in/fade out" transition. Reason: When I want to put a transition in, I want it at a single cutline, usually on both sides; the fade in/fade out transition has always applied itself to both ends of a single section. Tonight was the first time that I was able to get it to apply to only one end of a section, by zooming way in first. It still needs to be applied to both sides of the clip, both sections (the tail end of one section and the front end of the next section.)

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David Patton, Employee

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Hi keybounce!

I'm changing this from a "Problem" to an "Idea," because this is really valuable feedback that our devs will want to hear. Thanks for laying out the issue so clearly and making your issue known. I'll be interested to see how many users +1 this post and experience the same issue. Thanks!

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David Patton
Online Community Specialist

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