I know it’s been a hot minute since I have uploaded to the channel, but I’m back and have a whopper for you today. TechSmith just released their new Camtasia2020 and I have to say, this version is a game-changer and I love it! [Music] My name is Naomi Skarzynski with the Top Shelf VA Channel. Your place for creativity and inspiration for business and life.
Before we get into some of the major features of Camtasia 2020, let me demonstrate one of the smaller changes that I love, and best part is it’s automatic. You don’t have to lift a finger. What I’m talking about is Pitch Normalization. Here I have Camtasia 2019 and Camtasia 2020side by side. Same clip on the timelines. Let’s play a few seconds at normal speed just so you know what it sounds like. Okay Barry, very quickly, here’s how you can record a specific area of your screen. We’ll add clip speed to both Camtasia 2019and 2020.
Let’s start with Camtasia 2019, lets listen at one and a quarter times the speed. Open, go ahead and click, I’m assuming you have Camtasia 2019. Go ahead… At one and half times the speed. So go ahead and bring this down a little bit. We have fallen well into the chipmunk speed! So, in Camtasia 2020, let’s set the clip speed at one and a quarter times and take a listen.
Open, go ahead and click, I’m assuming you have Camtasia. At one and half times the speed. On custom, click on the select area to record. Still pretty good. Then one thing you might want to do is goto draw and you’ll see you can still see your ribbon bar. Oh, what the heck, let’s do two times the speed. A little bit, let me click back on the draw. Let me bring it up just a little bit and draw. Isn’t that fantastic! The voice is still recognizable, but we haven’t fallen or morphed into becoming chipmunks. I think that’s pretty good. Okay, let’s go ahead and move on to some of the really exciting new features of Camtasia 2020.
This is one of my favorite features in Camtasia2020, Track Mattes. Most Camtasia users have been wanting this for a long time. Track Matte allows any image, graphic, video,callout, text, or any shape to create transparency to a track that’s directly below or underneath it. This is a very powerful feature and I’m going to show you a couple of examples. However, I plan to have an extensive, in-depth training video ready for you sometime next week. So, let’s go ahead and take a look at this. Let’s take a look at the first example. On Track one, we have a video clip.
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On Track two, we have the text Top Shelf VA. To turn this track into a Track Matte, weight click on the eye and get a drop-down of four choices of Alpha, Alpha Inverted, Luminosity, and Luminosity Inverted. Right now, we’re only going to work with the Alpha and I will let my channel subscribers who have their notifications turned on know when I have uploaded the in-depth training video on Track Mattes sometime next week. So, let’s go ahead and select Alpha. As you can see, the text, in this case, created a mask or matte of the video. So, the video appears only where the textis.
There are a couple of rules to understand here. Rule One: The Track Matte affects the first track directly below it. Rule Two: If there’s no visible track directly beneath the Track Matte, then the Track Matte renders as a normal track. With Alpha mattes, they relate to the alpha transparency in a piece of media. In this case, the transparent space around each of the letters of text.
You can tell a track has been matted by the red chevron on the left here and the textured track. The track the matte is affecting is directly below it and has a purple bar on the left. Notice what happens, if I put another video on track one, but we don’t have anything on the track matte above it. It’s a blank canvas because Rule One: The Track Matte affects the first track directly below it. If we were to add a track below this and move the video onto that track, then it becomes visible. This is because of Rule Two: If there’s a visible track directly beneath the Track Matte, the Track Matte renders as a normal track. Now, you can do anything you want to an object on the track matte.
For example, you can add animations and behaviors,and Camtasia will keep them when you turn on the track matte. Let’s look at another beloved and clamored for request, the circular matte. On the first track, I have my Camtasia screen capture video. On the second track, I have my talking head video. And, on the third track is my circle annotation.
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Then group these together. [Audience Gasp]What do you think happened here? Remember, because the group saved directly below the track matte and there’s no longer an object on the track to use as a matte. So, let’s remove the Track Matte.
Okay, why is the matte still working? Whenever you group a track matte, the matter stays with the group. The only issue is if you ungroup, you lose the matte. But no worries. All you need to do is reset the track as a matter group, then remove the empty track matte. Let’s move this group to the bottom right corner. As I mentioned, there is so much we can do with track mattes and I will have an even deeper dive into the feature next week.
So, let’s move on to the next feature, which is Replaceable Media. This is a fantastic feature. Before, if you wanted to change the media,you could update the media. However, you had to update with the same exact media type. If you tried updating with a different media type, you get an error message. If updating a video file and the file was shorter or longer, you ran into issues and had to do a little cleanup work.
Now, with replaceable media, as long as the item is in your Media Bin, your Library, or Annotations, you can replace the media. Let’s look at replacing this video, with another video. All I need to do is drag the video from the media bin over the media in the timeline until it turns green. I then have four choices, Ripple Replace,Replace from Start, Replace from End, and Replace with Clip Speed.
With Ripple Replace it automatically ripples and keeps all the media on this track together. If the replacement video is longer but you want to keep the same time duration, you can Replace it from Start, and it will replace from the start of the new video, ending at the same time duration as the original on the track. The same concept if you want to keep the same duration but wish to keep the end of the video, then you would Replace from End. The last choice is if you want to replace with a longer video, keep the full video, and keep the same time duration.
Then use Replace with Clip Speed and you will have the full video at increased speed, matching the original video’s time duration on the track. Of course, the same can be said if you replace a longer video with a shorter video, use the Replace with Clip Speed. It will slow the shorter video down to match the original video’s time duration on the track. As I mentioned, you can also replace it with any type of media. If you are replacing it with an image or a graphic from your Library, or Annotations, or Media Bin, it will automatically replace it at the same time duration.
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You can also replace it with an audio file. One thing to keep in mind with the RippleReplace, anything above or below the track will remain in the same location. So, honestly, the best use for this feature is when you only have a simple one or maybe two-track projects. It’s a good idea if you have more than one track to first group anything after the media to be replaced, replace the media, then either ungroup it or keep it grouped.
Whatever your workflow preference is. Also, when replacing the media, most of the visual attributes of the media are maintained. Such as in this example with the transition and the size of the media on the canvas. Even when a tilted media is replaced, it keeps the degree of the tilt. Okay, let’s go ahead and move on to thenext set of Camtasia 2020 features, which are Placeholders and Templates. This is an especially beneficial feature for anyone who produces numerous videos that follow the same format or for organizations that want to keep the same look and feel.
There are a couple of ways to add a Camtasiaplaceholder. You can use the shortcut letter P to place placeholder. Which obviously is the fastest way of doingit. You can right-click your mouse and selected Placeholder. And, if you already have a project set upwith all the information and want to convert media with a placeholder for the template,highlight the media, and use the shortcut Control plus Alt plus P to convert with a placeholder. You can also right click and select Convertto a Placeholder.
In the Properties section, to help in usingthe template, give it a title and a little note of what the placeholder is used for. Let’s give this a title of Intro Video anda quick description. Let’s also add the title and descriptionhere. Once you have your template set, go to File,then Save Project as Template and give the template a name. Let’s go ahead and call this PlaceholderTemplate Sample. Some of the benefits of a template is it cannever be over written. The template contains all the media and assetsin a single file, and templates can be shared between users in either Windows or Mac platforms. To use a template, simply go to File, andselect New Project from Template. The Template Manager will open.
Select the template you would like to useand either double click to open or click on the New from Template button. Once the template is open and you have filledin your placeholders and finished your video, simply save the project as normal. One thing to note here, there isn’t a capabilityto edit a template. If you do want to make changes to a template,open the template, make the changes, and then save the template under a different name. What I like to do is add the version numberto the name. This way, I know how many versions I havemade of the template.
I can go back to an older version if I needto start over, and only when I have the final version that I know is the keeper, then deletethe other versions. You can also import a template by clickingon the plus sign and finding the template you want to import from your hard drive ordownload templates from the TechSmith Assets Library.
The next set of Camtasia 2020 features arethe Favorites and the Presets. You’ll now see in the sections Annotations,Transitions, Behaviors, and Effects, that when you hover over an item a star appears. By clicking the star, it puts it into yourFavorites bin. This feature helps you avoid having to huntand peck for the tools you use most often.
I highly recommend putting only ten to fifteenfavorites in the Camtasia favorites bin: otherwise, you’re really defeating the purpose of thefavorites feature. So, let’s go ahead and add some of my favorites. In Annotations, I use this text box and thesetwo shapes the most. In Transitions, I use the Fade quite a bit. I don’t use the default Behaviors much atall, but we’ll come back to that in a moment. Cursor Effects, I use the Cursor Smoothingall the time. Audio Effects, I use the Fade In and FadeOut quite often. Visual Effects, I use Drop Shadow and Removea Color.
Now, if we go to our Favorites bin, we cansee the starred items we use all the time. No need to go to various tools sections. If you find you are not using a tool often,you can simply click on the star to remove it from the Favorites bin. You can also use the drop down if you wantto quickly get to your favorite of a particular category.
Remember, try to keep only ten to fifteenin your favorites bin, as this is simply an area for you to get quick access to what younormally use, without having to do a lot of hunting and pecking around. So, let’s move on to the Presets feature! We now have the ability to set presets inAnnotations, Behaviors, and Effects. Let’s look at an example in Behaviors. I use a typewriter effect quite a bit. Let’s see how this is done.
Let’s select the Reveal behavior. I’ll change the Type to Text – Left toRight. Movement is Smooth. Direction is Left and the Speed at 100% andOffset at point one one seconds. Under the During tab I’ll set it to Noneand None for the Out tab.
Let’s see how that looks. Great! Okay, now I can set this as a preset by clickingon the plus sign and give it a name of Typing. Now, we’ll see it in our Behaviors. I can also add it to my Favorites Bin, sinceit is a behavior I use on a consistent basis. Remember, you can set presets on any Annotations,Behaviors, and Effects that you customize. One and done! So, the next set of features we are goingto cover are Exporting Shortcuts, Themes, Templates, or Simply Use the Package Manager.