11/30/2021

Camtasia Ripple Move

by Michael Szul on tags: video editing, videos, shotcut

Camtasia has start and stop points on their timeline scrubber/indicator, whereas Shotcut just has a single scrubber. If you want to cut out a section in the middle, you have to use the 'split at playhead' button twice (at the start and at the end) and then delete or ripple delete the section. Camtasia Studio 8 Tutorial: How do I use the Canvas in-depth? This Camtasia Studio 8 Tutorial. The following move media worked in Camtasia 2019. However, it no longer works in Camtasia 2020. I replaced my keyboard thinking the keyboard was not working. I checked the keyboard drivers in Win10 but they are up to date. Is this a bug in Camtasia 2020? Move Media on One Track: Hold the Shift key and drag the media to a new location.

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Surprised? I know. It's not like we talk about them constantly.

Seriously, though it's been a fun ride building out the Codepunk YouTube channel to its current state. What started out as purely a bunch of programming tutorials has now evolved into an exploration of 'life in the new cyberia' as our channel trailer says. Ultimately, we didn't want Codepunk to be just another review channel or just another programming channel, so we wanted to take the personality and the focus on the Codepunk podcast (which steered more towards how technology impacts culture and society) and bring that to the forefront of the videos (as well as this blog you're reading now).

Recently, I purchased a new computer (hey, look, there's a video on that too), but the computer in question is a Linux laptop. It's been 15 years since I used a Linux laptop on a regular basis, so I knew it was going to take some time to get re-acquainted, but also I was going to have to look at what I was doing on a regular basis and find the Linux alternative.

For video editing, that meant moving away from the tried-and-true Camtasia into a Linux-based (or acceptable solution). At first, I tried to get DaVinci Resolve running. Camtasia is a great piece of software for hobbyists, and you can take it pretty far, but generally, it's not for professional video editing (of like documentaries or movies); It's more for screencasts, YouTube channels, and tutorials. It handles a lot of the legwork for you, but if you want to go beyond it, you have to dive into something else. DaVinci Resolve has that something else—including a Linux version.

Unfortunately, GPU drivers are a big deal with DaVinci Resolve, and although there are quality drivers for NVidia (and rumors of good AMD drivers), trying to get OpenCL Intel drivers to play nice (on the System76 Lemur Pro) resulted in a DaVinci Resolve that crashed more than a drunk driver on a bender… and without even getting past the loading screen.

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So I went looking for other alternatives and there were three that stood out: Openshot, Shotcut, and Pitivi. I decided to give Shotcut a chance first—mostly because it reminded me a lot (visually) of Camtasia—which helped me stay in my comfort zone a bit—but also because I needed a solution with a quality blend mode in order to work effectively with overlays. Camtasia isn't able to handle opacity blend modes outside of simply opacity adjustments, which tends to darken both videos and require a color adjustment to correct.

Shotcut is a cross-platform application, so although I'm referring to it here in a Linux context, it's available on other platforms, including Windows.

The first thing to bear in mind is that Shotcut is a video editor and not a video capture utility. Can it capture video? Maybe? Shotcut does seem to have the capacity of 'opening' streams, and there are plugins that can make it a little easier, but as you can read from the commentary in that link, it's far from straightforward. My suggestion, would be to use a different video capture software (e.g, OBS Studio), and import that video into Shotcut. OBS has way more configuration options than you could hope to accomplish with Shotcut, and it'll save you quite a few headaches.

This, of course, is different than Camtasia, where screen recording occurs in just a few clicks.

In most ways, the timeline in Shotcut works the same as the timeline in Camtasia. You can add tracks, delete tracks, and move them wherever you want. In fact, in Shotcut, you can have two clips on the same track overlap, and Shotcut will automatically attempt to apply a transition. One missing timeline feature that I came to rely on in Camtasia is the ability to highlight a section and cut it. Camtasia has start and stop points on their timeline scrubber/indicator, whereas Shotcut just has a single scrubber. If you want to cut out a section in the middle, you have to use the 'split at playhead' button twice (at the start and at the end) and then delete or ripple delete the section.

Other than that, all the timeline functionality worked as I would have expected in Camtasia, including separating the audio track from the video track, locking tracks, and hiding tracks.

In Camtasia, you do become accustomed to transitions, behaviors, and animations for applying various effects. In Shotcut, it's important to note that every single one of these is a filter. In fact, just adding text to the screen requires a filter for text. This feels cumbersome at first, but you start to get used to it. Really, Shotcut offers more manual configuration, rather than making it more automatic like Camtasia, but all the same behaviors such as fading, transitions, and various animations are still there. For advanced techniques like masking and green screen, there are filters to apply them.

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For comparison, here's the first YouTube video I put together in Shotcut:

Now I did cheat a little here. The intro screen was modified from a Camtasia intro asset. I exported this asset as a video from one of my Camtasia produced videos. The same is true for the outro credits. You'll also notice that there is no lower third graphic popping up in this video.

Now, I imagine that Shotcut does have the capacity to create some of these animated graphics, but I've yet to come across where (or come across a video explaining it). It certainly isn't as simple as in Camtasia, and doesn't have a collection of ready made assets to drag-and-drop that can help accomplish this. In fact, there doesn't seem to be the sort of advanced grouping of assets that Camtasia users are likely used to.

There are however, transparent screens, text, shapes, and various transition filters. You could certainly build these yourself, but it seems likely it might be easier to build these assets in an external application and import them into Shotcut—as long as the background can remain transparent.

Considering that this is my first stab at Shotcut, I'm pretty happy with the way the video production came out now that I've transitioned to the System76 Lemur Pro laptop. I was worried that I was going to lose a lot of functionality, and have a lot of relearning to do. That definitely doesn't seem to be the case. I will have to work on those lower third graphics and animated intros/outros, but hopefully, I can become proficient in that over the course of the next few videos.

At this rate, I might not have to give Openshot or Pitivi a try short of just a quick glance around to make sure I'm not missing anything; however, I would definitely chock this one up as a win to the Linux laptop transition.

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Camtasia 2020.0 changelog:

  • Added ability to replace timeline media via drag and drop from the Media Bin or Library.
  • Added placeholder media type.
  • Added Template projects.
  • Added Template Manager.
  • Added ability to favorite most frequently used tools and annotations.
  • Added ability to configure and save tool and annotation presets.
  • Added ability to export and share themes individually.
  • Added ability to export and share keyboard shortcuts individually.
  • Added ability to export multiple templates, libraries, themes, shortcuts, presets and favorites as a package.
  • Added Magnetic Track option to Editor.
  • Added Ripple Insert from Media Bin or Library options.
  • Added ability to Ripple Move media on the timeline.
  • Added Ripple Trim option to timeline editing.
  • Added callout styles theme support to Annotations.
  • Added Auto-resize Text toggle button to Properties panel.
  • Added Media Bin layout, filtering, and sorting enhancements.
  • Added Select/Delete Unused Media option to Media Bin.
  • Added Select on Timeline option to Media Bin.
  • Added ability to find and select media in Media Bin to timeline.
  • Added ability to double-click empty space in Media Bin to open media files.
  • Added ability to move playhead on empty timeline.
  • Added ability to detach timeline from Editor.
  • Added Track Matte feature supporting four modes: Alpha, Alpha Invert, Luminosity, and Luminosity Invert.
  • Added high frame rate recording mode to Recorder preferences.
  • Added Reverse Transition toggle button to Properties panel.
  • Added ability to set GIF loop count when exporting animated GIF.
  • Added automatic Group size support.
  • Added ability to set specific Group size.
  • Added ability to set specific Library asset size.
  • Added clipping mask to Group boundary.
  • Refreshed fonts shipped with Camtasia.
  • Added ProRes decoding support.
  • Added support for pitch normalization when Clip Speed is added to media with audio.
  • Added ability to apply multiple visual effects to Groups.
  • Added ability to edit project videos at 25 and 50 frames per second.
  • Added both free and premium templates, themes, and assets to the TechSmith Asset store.
  • Retired support for .camrec recording format.
  • Retired legacy callout display support.
  • Added single stream recording capabilities (audio only, webcam only, screen only) to Recorder.
  • Added system audio VU meter to Recorder.
  • Added ability to record webcams at higher resolutions and frame rates.
  • Added ability to record h.264 video in .TREC container.
  • Added preference to set default animation easing.
  • Retired support for Windows 7.
  • Retired support for Windows 8.
  • Retired converting SWF format to AVI format.
  • Retired support for Camtasia 8 projects.
  • Retired legacy Device Frames.
  • Retired AVI recording support.

Download: Camtasia 2020.0 Build 20874 (64-bit) 498 MB (Shareware)
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