Where is the equivalent of Fade In and Fade out for an annotation in Camtasia 9?

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I don't see this option in the Properties area (see my screenshot). I do not want to use the Fade in transition because:

  • I want to control the time. The default jumps from 1 second to .28 second - I want something in between
  • I do not want to apply the fade to the object that is next to it. I would have to move the object and that is not practical if I have lots of objects to the right.



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Try using an Animation changing the Opacity property. You can control exactly when the fade starts, level, etc. You will also have to create a fade out animation in reverse of the above.
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Or you can apply the Fade Behavior. ;)
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That is a good idea but the speed is in Percentage, not time. (Do I have to do math???)

I'm not sure what it is a percentage of...

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yeah, I'm not too keen on that whole percentage thing either. I know that during beta I made the following suggestion on repeated occasions. When you look at the media on the timeline, there is a small gizmo you can click that reveals a color coded indication of the behavior.



When you click it, the behavior has a nice line showing the behavior.



What I would still love to see would be for this line to use two colors. The first color would be used to indicate the duration of the In part of the behavior. The second color would be used to indicate the duration of the During part of the behavior. And the first color again would be used to indicate the duration of the Out part of the behavior.

With this, I would expect to be able to click and drag the separator to adjust timing.



One can dream...

Cheers... Rick :)
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how do you get to beta test new versions?
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When I use the Opacity, it changes for the entire time the object displays.  How do I set it to start and end?

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Hi patti,

What you can do is click on the "Animations" tab on the left hand side of the editor. Then, Click on the Animations tab at the top of that window.
Then, you Drag and Drop a "No Opacity " or "Full Opacity" effect to the clip you want to apply it to.

What your actually doing is dragging a  Animation Arrow that has a duration of one 1 second to the timeline. You apply it directly to the clip. The tip of your cursor controls the placement of that arrow.

 It will probably take you a few placements to get the hang of using it.It's a little tricky, at least it is was for me. See Image Below,Click to Enlarge.



You can also change the duration of of the animation by grabbing the Arrow Tips and dragging them. A window will pop up that tells you what the new duration will be as you drag.If you are not zoomed into the timeline enough it's difficult drag the arrow tip with precision.

Regards,Joe

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Thanks for the detailed instructions. I will give it a try.
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You can adjust the default length for transitions via the Edit->Preferences dialog but yeah, currently it will try to make the 'spanning' version of transitions when it can. I can see where it would be useful to either have a hotkey to override that while dragging or a preference to create annotations with 'edge' transitions by default.
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I change the Preference to . 6 seconds but it comes in as  .18.  Does that really mean .6 seconds?  Is there a relationship that I should be aware of?

And you are correct. It is annoying that the fad spans the other object. I have to delete it then change the timing for the object I really want and the time must be greater than 1 or less than .30, which doesn't always work for what I want.  With Camtasia 8 I could make the fades the exact amount I needed.

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18 is a frame count, not a time; 18 frames at 30 frames-per-second is equivalent to 0.6 seconds
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patti.schulz

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Thanks. That is what I was missing.
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Rick Stone

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Kevin, can you shed any light on the percentages used for behaviors as far as speed?
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he is how I fade in/out callouts ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/gWyZMVq7gf
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Nice shortcut.
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patti.schulz

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Thanks so much for the example. This will really save time.

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This is great. Thanks for sharing
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Jennifer Lebedev

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Thank you for sharing that short cut! It's very helpful. Fade in/out was much easier with Camtasia 8.
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This is a ridiculous amount of work for a simple function. What we need is the Fade Out option back. Then we wouldn't have to jump through hoops to make this work.


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Did you see what kayaman posted? If you hit Shift + T, you can easily get a transition on the beginning and end of an element (like an annotation). The default is the last transition you used, which is convenient if that was "Fade." The default length is 1.00 second. Good luck!
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I missed it. This works. I'm a happy camper now!