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Watermarks for exported videos in Camtasia 22.3

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  • Here's Johnny

    You can select the media, red and green handles.

    Right click and select .........Produce timeline selection as .................

    Currently, that will bring up the original export wizard with all the features.

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  • jmalarcon

    Thanks for the tip!

    However, since this old dialog is still there, IDK why they have removed it from the export menu. In fact I was using the batch export and selecting the current project there to be able to use it. But this is another straw in the camel's back.

     

    Thanks again.

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  • Here's Johnny

    I agree with everything you said in your initial post.

    Basic functionality is going downhill.

    The product seems to becoming more geared toward the bells and whistles video editors you can pick up for 1/2 the price. Ones that offer even more unneeded / unused features. 

    Yet, most programs keep their core functions.

    Techsmith are the only ones I know who eliminate core functions on a regular basis. 

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    jmalarcon

    I'm curious ...  why don't you like adding your watermark as a timeline object in your project?

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  • jmalarcon

    Because in each video I need to:

    1. Add a new track
    2. Add a Logo there and position it correctly
    3. Add some transparency to the logo
    4. Make sure I adjust the length of the logo in the track each time I make any adjustment to the other tracks that change the length of the video

    Versus:

    1. Choose the logo once for the setting and forget about it

    Pet peeves one has, you know... 😉

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  • Here's Johnny

    I felt the question answered itself.

    It adds time/clicks to your workflow.

    You could create a template and add it to the library. Drag it to the timeline instead. That could save a few clicks.

    Regardless, its a lot of extra clicks and not an automatic process.

    What I'll never understand is the decision to discard a fully developed and functioning feature.

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    Jmalarcon

    Thanks for your feedback; I too believe in embracing one's "pet peeves" :)

    I switched to the timeline object method 20 years ago, and have never looked back ...

    Feedback - On Using Timeline Object Watermarks 2022-12-06
    https://www.screencast.com/t/uOiK8tQmeHy

    and .. I don't find this to be a burden re lot of extra clicks; just a lot more flexibility

     

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  • Here's Johnny

    I find it ironic that you referenced the extra clicks as to not be a burden.

    Considering a short time ago, you put in a multiple faceted feature request to reduce the number of clicks you're forced to use.

    Lastly, your animated watermarks won't animate using the production wizard. 

    It seems your workflow is more of a necessity.

     

     

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    first, the feature request you refer to involved high volume, repetitive screencasting editing, where eliminating thousands of actions could materially reduce the time involved; this thread is about adding a watermark to a specific production; hardly a valid comparison

    regarding "your animated watermarks won't animate using the production wizard" ... not a clue what you're referring to, as I use the legacy production wizard all the time

    perhaps stop criticizing my suggestions, and just stay on point

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  • Here's Johnny

    I'm sorry you take back and forth banter as criticisms. Thats not my intention.

    You asked the question so I don't feel I'm far off point. Extra clicks and workarounds are inconvenient. Regardless of how often you go to the well and apply them.

    This is your animated watermark. 

    Animated watermarks / gifs won't work when you use the export wizard. Gif's can be used but become static / still images.

    So that's what I meant,  your watermark must be added to the timeline or it won't function.   

     

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  • jmalarcon

    Hi again:

    I know how to use the timeline to add watermarks, and I've used myself (scarcely) to do so, although is a pain in the ass.

    The whole point here is that I (and I think many other people) don't see why Techsmith gets rid of a perfectly fine feature and makes you to use a more cumbersome option to achieve the same result 🤔

    They've got rid of an option that's still is in the product, albeit "hidden", and substituted it for a far less capable one. For example, it doesn't keep my settings from use to use. And if I have several different ways to generate videos I need to remember and change settings every time...  I simply don't get it. Don't get me started with the recorder app, for example. Until a few months ago, I still used the 2020 version recorder instead of the new one because its lack of features.

    I don't know it they monitor these forum, but they should. They should listen to long-time users that are not happy with the way they are doing things, because this is just a drop in the bucket. IMHO they should be benchmarking the product against more capable competitors that are getting far ahead of Camtasia, and for a lower price. And they should prioritize the performance (opening the app is slow, and opening a project is a pain in the ass). But there are many other things they should fix before adding the bells and whistles: from the lousy green background remover to the audio enhancing features (even the background noise remover is not very good and makes me use Audacity with the recordings before editing the video). Some of those things were just OK 7 or 8 years ago, but today they are not Ok at all.

    To me, the only real competitive advantage they still have is the red and green timeline selectors. I guess it's something they have patent protected, because I don't see them anywhere else.

    Personally, after many years using Camtasia, I've been using it less and less, and I usually record my screen with other tools, and do the main editing of my videos with other tools too, resorting to Camtasia only for a few very specific things I haven't had the time to learn how to do in other products. Probably as soon as I have the time to train more on other tools, I'll never look back.

    Thanks for al the responses pointing me on other directions to do the watermark thing. I already knew about them but wanted to know if I was missing something about where to find the old good option.

    Best whishes.

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    jmalarcon

    First, your comments are valid

    Second, regarding ... "I don't know it they monitor these forum" ...

    generally, they don't monitor this section of the forum [user-to-user]; I recommend you repost your comments here, in a section that they do monitor ...
    https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/community/topics/360001699412-Camtasia-Feedback-Feature-Requests

    Best of luck going forward

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  • jmalarcon

    Thanks!

    As I can see, there are many features that are considered basic these days such as being able to play at 1.5x or 2x speed that has been consistently asked for years to no avail. And many others in some well reasoned posts, and yet they don't seem to pay attention. I guess that's the way it is and with the years, they're going to dissolve into non-relevance. It's a shame.

    Thanks again.

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  • bercolax

    Best solution is not to upgrade Camtasia and stick to the earlier versions. With each version they are removing useful features. I too add an image (logo) during export and that's not there in 2022.3

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  • jmalarcon

    I've been out a few days and today I received the new update for Camtasia. It seems that they pay some attention after all:

    Although the "modern export experience" needs more than a few options and they're going to retire it in the next 12 months. That's something. Probably in 12 months I won't be using Camtasia anymore 😒

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  • Here's Johnny

    Its nice they got the message.

    They haven't indicated which options will be retained. They shouldn't pick and choose in my opinion. They have a poor track record when they do.

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  • BruceN

    My team is struggling with the loss of the watermark thing as well. Luckily I found out that it goes away in version 22.3 and therefore I have not updated my version specifically for the issue with losing the watermark. IMO this is an absolute moronic choice by Techsmith to remove the feature unless you use the "Produce Timeline Selection As.." Techsmith has added 50+ screen transitions that no one cares about but removed a feature that is actually important to content creators. Techsmith??? Are you out there? Hello?

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    have you tried adding your watermark as a full-project-span image, sized and placed as appropriate?

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  • BruceN

    Yes - as explained by others above we know it can be done that way. It's just one more step that has to be done for every video that was a simple feature built into the export options. When you are editing 15 videos a day every extra step adds up. One more thing you have to remember. Every. Single. Time.  Why on earth would you remove/hide that feature? If you want professional content creators to continue using your software, then I suggest you leave in features that we use.

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    thanks for your input

    I too do many Camtasia projects per day, sometimes 50+

    I make use of templates to save a lot of steps when building out projects; my templates all include my watermark, as well as my common start and end groups

    have you tried the template approach?  they really can save a lot of work

    regarding why TechSmith removed the watermark feature in the export tools ... I don't have a clue as I'm just a user like yourself

     

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