Why does Camtasia for Mac do so much less than the PC version

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I dig the fact that Camtasia for Mac tried to do a "ground up" re-write to make it more of a native Mac app, but it seems like boatloads of stuff vs. the PC version dropped. Plus, if it's totally different than the PC version (in every way) the learning curve is steep for vets.
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Chad Sakac

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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Hey Chad! Thanks for the feedback.

Which feature(s) do you miss the most on C:Mac? I'm sure the C:mac team would like to get your perspective.

Where do you see the biggest learning curve? I'm sure our User Assistance team (the people who make the docs, videos, tutorials, etc.) would like to know. Depending on your question, we may already have some materials that could help you make the most of the product, whichever platform you prefer.
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ivan.ortiz

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This was posted 5 YEAR AGO?? And we're still seeing the limitations on a Mac vs. PC? Come one TechSmith!
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bduck

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Oh wait, the reply was 2 years ago!
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Hi - I am using Camtasia to create videos for the photography class I teach and for other college-based projects I am working on.

I took a course in Camtasia (at the college on a PC) and am extremely disappointed that the Mac version (in my home office) differs so drastically. It has essentially made the course work done on the PC irrelevant. I spent hours yesterday attempting to do detail work as I had done in the PC version to no avail.

So, rather than ask US what we would like to see, how about YOU guys simply making a Mac version that replicates the PC version.
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Hello,

I received a demo copy of Camtasia 8 for the Mac for review and demonstration purposes. I need some help with the following:

I must admit the Windows version of Camtasia 8 is amazing. I love the new features that you show. Can you tell me which of these features are missing in the Mac version.

I use Final Cut Pro and Motion. The Camtasia 8 for Windows is quite similar in many aspects.

I could not agree more. I am supposed to do a presentation on Camtasia 8 to PC user group. I am hoping there are no Camtasia people in the audience asking if it has this or that...I will have no idea.

Why didn't Camtasia make the versions similar?

How about a list of what the Mac version does not have so we can at least find other programs to assist with our Mac version of Camtasia 8.

I am having difficulty trying to see what it can or cannot do. Where are the media files with the audio and video intros? Is this missing on the Mac version, as I really need these for the presentation. If they are not contained in the Mac version of Camtasia 8 then do you know of alternated software that does provide the above.

Hoping you can help...

thanks,

greg west
Advisor, APCUG
gregwest@apcug.org
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Greg West

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I solved my own problem. I have installed Parellels for Windows 7 and now I have Windows 7 on my Macbook and Camtasia 8 works great! I'd advise any Mac user to do this, it is well worth it.

Parallels is on sale right now, but if you do not want to pay for a virtual software try out Virtual Box it is open source and getting good reviews.

Actually, I like the idea of working with both Windows and Mac with Camtasia on the same machine! The best of both worlds.
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NOT AN ACCEPTABLE workaround.
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I had these same thoughts until I started using Camtasia Mac, and now I'm a (very surprised) convert. I am one of the members of the User Assistance team, let me see if I can help you do some of the things you're missing! Can you give me some ideas of what tasks you might be trying to complete?
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How about starting with simple navigation labels within the camtasia (mac) window. As a new camtasia user, first on pc and now on mac, I am quite lost just figuring out how to manage the timeline and tracks.
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There needs to be some documentation of this:
  • "Things you create with the Library assets on the Windows side will work on the Mac side"
Our organization has created a (windows) library of standard (brand compliant) assets that WILL NOT import to the Mac version. This puts me at a decided disadvantage as I  have to request 'special consideration' from our IT group and team members.

Which, IMHO, makes me much less likely to recommend TechSmith products now or in the future. And, while the immediate issue is how to get access to standard assets already created, changes the focus from my next project to what alternatives are there to Camtasia / TechSmith?

As long as there are platform differences, TechSmith must be diligent about posting workaround details in the community site. I've seen enough apologies, and directions to download 'assets' from your webpage.

What needs to be said is how I can open the library files into a Mac project, as trying to do so generates a non-descriptive error message: "The following files are unsupported or damaged!"

A reasonable workaround is a way to import the file into a project. It's understood that the library functionality isn't there yet, but you've also forced our team into a rework effort as the team member that created the library is now required to rebuild the same assets into a project for me.

Sorry for the rant, but this needs some traction!
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I learned how to use Camtasia on the Mac and I love the editor and canvas - so much easier to use than the current version of Camtasia Studio.

But, I often need to publish my mostly complete project from Camtasia Mac and bring it into Camtasia Studio to accomplish the following:

* Add blur's
* Add a TOC when needed
* Add a quiz when needed
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James, a ToC is available in Camtasia for Mac if you produce out to Flash and embed in HTML. Blur callouts are not available although you can add the built-in square callout or import a png file to cover up portions of the video.

Since we use the Overlay controller (which doesn't have quizzing on either Mac or Windows) there is not a feature to add quizzes.

We definitely appreciate the feedback and our developers are hard at work on future versions; from what I have seen so far, you will be very pleased by the improvements and additions so please stay tuned!
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David, thanks... I have totally missed the ability to create a TOC in the OSX version.
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C:Mac 2.0 now supports Blur...
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Any plans of introducing hot spots on the call outs in Camtasia for Mac? oh.. and when :) ?
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Camtasia for Mac 2.2 now lets you create hotspots. Here's how: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...
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Could someone show me how to make sure that the hotspot has been added BEFORE the whole thing is uploaded to Screencast? There are so many hurdles added in at every step. First, the Mac version is very different from the PC version and in some ways inferior. Second, after you go through the whole trial of having to learn how to add the hotspots (which is not the same as adding callouts in Studio), without actually being sure things are where they are supposed to be and functioning properly, you have to upload everything to either screencast or as a web document. And then you are told that not all the functions are available if you click on the generated html file. Then, you realize that the only guaranteed place to upload and have everything work is the (proprietary) screencast. Then you remember that there is a limit for the free bandwidth. It's one thing to worry about after another.

For now I'd be grateful for one of Techsmith's fine VIDEO tutorials (not written) on how to create hotspots in a video. Those tutorials are usually very helpful.
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I should add I am using Camtasia for Mac 2.2
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David M. Converse

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Hi Klaus, our developers are aware of the requests for Flash hotspots. I'm not sure when or how it will be implemented but we definitely appreciate you asking.

Techsmith does not publish a roadmap or discuss unannounced products so that we don't give out inaccurate information, but we will definitely be spreading the word when a new release of Camtasia for Mac is available!
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I need to upgrade my computer as I'm doing extensive video production with Webinars and Camtasia. My PC can't handle the work load.

Thus, I'm trying out a Mac as I've heard this is the way to go for video and graphic production.

Being that my main video editing software of choice is Camtasia, I have to say that I am a bit concerned as the Camtasia for Mac does not make it easy to

- add a second audio track
- delete sections on the timeline without creating a split
- easily produce flash and TOC to web (read a bit on this today, sounds rather involved vs. push button - will give it a try and would value your input)

- also, is there a way to lock the audio or video track for easy editing?

Much thanks!
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marketingwizard did you ever get a reply to these excellent points?
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Greg,

I'm not sure if she publicly did or not, but if you're interested...

- add a second audio track
To create a 2nd/3rd/nth audio track just drag audio from the media bin onto another track. Technically, though, there are no "audio" tracks--or "video"/"callout"/etc. tracks. All tracks are the same and you can mix & match as you wish. Camtasia Studio 8 is now also this way.

- delete sections on the timeline without creating a split
Hold down the shift key then click and drag on a clip to select part of it--you can adjust the edges of the selection by dragging them. Then press delete to remove the selection or cmd+delete to "ripple delete" the section (i.e. move everything from the right down to fill in the gap). Here's how to make several types of selections-- http://www.screencast.com/t/OZR75N1xPweI

- easily produce flash and TOC to web
If you want the Flash player (i.e. because you're hosting it yourself), choose Share>Export as Web Page...
To make a ToC, add a marker in the editor (see http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...) at each point to want to have a ToC entry, then export as a web page... and check the "Create table of contents from markers" box.

- also, is there a way to lock the audio or video track for easy editing?
No. However, because you can select just a section of a clip or even several clips on multiple tracks instead of all tracks, this isn't as important (for me) as when using Camtasia Studio.

Conan.
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I'm having trouble adding hotspots to my Camtasia video. (2.2.1) The issue is that the clickable range extends far beyond the hotspot. I fine-tuned all my hotspots and even deleted and did some of them again, but I can't seem to narrow that field of interactivity. It doesn't occur on every page, but it does on most pages. Ideas?
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Hello Jenji, I was wondering if it would be possible make a video of the behavior you're describing? I'm having a hard time understanding what could be going on. I would also suggest opening a case with our Tech Support team. If you open a case at the link below, they should respond within one business day.

http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/uti...

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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Hi Mike, Here's a video showing the problem: http://www.screencast.com/t/VItFEEjVl4WM
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What I miss the most is the ability to export as an animated gif. I use these within my online training docs. When I moved over to a Mac from a PC, I specifically bought Camtasia for Mac for this reason...only to find out it did not have it.
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Official Response
Hey everyone- with the latest releast (v3) of Camtasia for Mac, we've added some significant features that have been on the Windows side (and vice versa). We've also made the two programs look and behave much more similarly.
Camtasia for Mac now includes grouping and quizzing, two of the biggest and most asked for features.
While not everything is supported on both, you can share projects between platforms and we think most of what you care to share is cross-platform compatible!
https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html
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Hi Paul

I'm a bit confused here. Is there any sort of table that lists what the differences are between the two? What happens if say the PC version is using a feature that is unsupported on the Mac version and a Mac user opens that file?

Cheers... Rick :)
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They are warned that the project contains some features that are not fully supported on the Mac, and that the project will not render identically on the Mac side.  If it is a visual effect that is not supported, it simply will not render.  If it is a transition that is not supported, it will be do a fade.  The user will still be able to interact and edit the project as much as they wish, but the produced video will be different.
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Is there a table somewhere with a clear comparison of PC vs Mac features?
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Thomas

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Imagine that these guys haven't reachers further in over 5 years - this is not a software I am going to invest time or money in...
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I'd really love for text to speech be possible on the MAC version. I usually use the PC version, but help people using the MAC version and captions are really important. This would be a really helpful feature if it could be added. Thanks. 
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Do you mean speech to text then? 
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yes, speech to text please! Sorry, I just realized I wrote that backwards. Having Camtasia take the audio and translate it to text seems to be the easiest way to caption videos.  Thanks!
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