What happened to blur in 2018.0.5? It doesn't blur enough

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Is it just me or did the Blur lose some functionality with 2018.0.5? The two screenshots show the parameters you can adjust and the 3rd screenshot shows that even at 100%, blur doesn't blur enough. I thought the previous versions had more parameters so you can adjust the blur more than this... any thoughts???



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  • confused about blur options. Did they change?

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Naomi Skarzinski

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I've never thought the blur was fantastic in Camtasia, no matter which version. What I've done is a double blur, a blur on two tracks, grouped them, and put that into my Library. I use that Library group for the blur in my videos when needed.
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I know it's worked better than it is now... I've used it a lot in the past. It should work the same as SnagIt (you'd think). Not sure why the intensity isn't what it used to be.
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I agree with the Snagit comment. I've noticed the same thing. I've always double blurred from the beginning, so maybe I have a different perspective, since I've never single blurred. (That I can remember.)
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just did a quick test; blur over image

blur in 2018.0.5 is identical in strength to that in version 9
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Camtasia 9 without Blur Applied.



Camtasia 9 with blur at 100 %


Camtasia 2018.0.5 with Blur at 100%


Regards,Joe
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Yep, that's why I do a double blur and group, and have it in my Library for easy access. With this example, I could almost see myself doing a quadruple blur, depending on if I wanted it completely blurred out. The blur effect out of the gate definitely should be improved. I'm in agreement with that.

Double blur:


Quadruple Blur:
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I've never had to do double blurs or other workaround before. See my comment below.
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Yes, I understand. It definitely is an issue in Camtasia.
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I'm wondering if there is something going on between Camtasia and SnagIt. I have both and up until recently (installed SnagIt 2019), the blur worked perfectly for me. Maybe there is a DLL conflict.

You can see in the picture below (from a video I created earlier this year) that the blur is rather effective - I just slid the slider over in the Properties tab and got the level of blur I wanted.

For those of you that Camtasia blur doesn't work well, do you have SnagIt? If not, let us know. If you do, which version? If you haven't upgraded to SnagIt 2019, let us know if the blur behavior changes after you install the latest SnagIt version.

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I have the latest version of SnagIt 2018 and 2019 installed.
I can blur out file explorer with no problem.I layer of blur.
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I have Snagit 2019; my blur in Camtasia 9 seems to work OK

Blur 2018-10-29
https://www.screencast.com/t/xKW8llfiuOk

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Thanks for doing the screencast. As you can see above, my blur used to be very effective and I remember this wasn't even turned up all the way.

I'm hoping someone from Techsmith will weigh in on this... Blur is one of those functions I and a lot of others use frequently and we shouldn't be using workarounds to get it to work correctly... especially since the product and the maintenance fee is pretty significant.
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suggest you contact free tech support and have them look into it
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I have found that blur effect varies on what you are blurring in Camtasia (2018.0.5 at present)
OnĀ  images blur is not so good unless you double up.
On text a single blur does the job.

If it is of any help another option that I have used often is to use Pixelate instead of blur.
Sometimes it even looks better.


Blur and Pixelate Image

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Blur and Pixelate Text

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:)

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Blur works great on text, it's ineffective on images.

Maybe that's what your remembering? How well it works on text.Because you can't read it.