Camtasia 2021 Now Available

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  • Daniel

    Where is the recording option?

    Change file name + save destination

    Pause with F9 ans Stop with F10?

    Is new version comes with less features?

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  • tas

    Awesome release and fantastic with the LUT support. Great Job.

    Had hoped that white balance adjustments had made it as well as caption alignment (placement) on macOS.

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  • Ron Hogue

    Can't seem to find the Automatic Animation tool on the Mac. Where should I look for this?

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  • Cristi at Graphicious.co.uk

    Hi Daniel,

    Due to the redesigned recorder, those advanced settings and options had to be removed temporarily and I think they will be back over the next few months.

    Cristi

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  • Robert R.

    Hi Daniel!

    Cristi is indeed right that the advanced settings for the Camtasia 2021 Record are not quite ready yet and we're hoping to have them out in the very near future- actual dates aren't available yet, but we're hoping to have the update out sooner rather than later. I'll be sure to update this Post when that update is available so folks will want to make sure they are following this Post.

    In the meantime, you are able to launch the Legacy recorder (old Camtasia Recorder) by following the steps listed in this support article

    Thanks!

    -Robert

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  • Daniel

    Robert R.

    Hey

    There is some problems even with sing in.

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  • davidcell40
    Another Camtasia release with a tonne of good and new features but as expected there's no update to the Captioning Interface.
     
    What a bummer!!!
     

    What will it take to get Techsmith to allow us to position individual subtitles above lower third graphics? (Kindly don't say use Annotations) We've heard that for far too long.

    What's so difficult to add these functionalities to the captioning interface. 

    I recently did an in-depth tutorial that the developers at Techsmith can look at for inspiration and guidance or better yet, check out the latest update to Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2021 Version 15. 

    That's what the Camtasia Captioning interface needs to look like.

    If anyone from the development team reads this, here's a link to the video (Not for views) (Just for guidance)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9IbeMgiU1w
    Thanks!


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  • DBaarns

    Any guidance for a project we are in the middle of?

    Does 2021 overwrite 2020 or does it install in parallel?

    If I have issues can I revert to 2020 easily assuming I open existing projects, and do a "Save As".

    I would love to use the new transitions on my current project... 




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  • DBaarns

    PS: I'd love to see an FAQ for those upgrading from 2020. 

    Best practices to stay safe, and provide a path if something goes wrong. (Life with brand new releases...)

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  • Cristi at Graphicious.co.uk

    For me, it installed alongside. I now have 4 versions of Camtasia installed.

    No problems so far. In fact, it imported my existing libraries and assets and I can just jump in and use it, everything is there!

    Cristi

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  • DBaarns

    OK, Installed and it is in Parallel. (Cool).

    Please give us a new icon at some point on the desktop. 

    Loaded an existing 30 min video I had rendered yesterday. So far everything is working.

    Previewed the new transitions. A major win, far more than previous versions and helpful to keep some additional visual interest... (Major when doing video tutorials... boring is the kiss of death...)

    Mouse over the transitions (drag left/right) and you see a preview of the action. (NICE)

    First impressions: All existing libraries loaded from 2020, current project loaded, with no adjustments for me. I'm sure that will NOT be the case for everybody.

    Great start, more news as I finish the next 7 videos.

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  • kayakman

    @ DeeDee2

    you can solve the bin/file number issue by using this file naming schema ...

    04 Automatic Capture Naming Schema 2020-11-23
    https://www.screencast.com/t/adMaZvsIvi

     

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  • Brad Alexander

    I saw the email on my phone, yesterday, about the new Camtasia 2021 and I was quite excited because I assumed that the new version would not have the ridiculous problem where you can't see the text edit cursor on a white background.

    Of course, I was fiercely disappointed.

    If anyone else is annoyed by this failing (it's not a bug, it's just bad development) please report it to support.  I have reported it several times and have been told that they have no intention of fixing this.

    Every single piece of software with a text editor (like MS Word and thousands of others) has a flashing black and white cursor.  Camtasia is the only software on the planet where you cannot see the cursor on a white background.

    I make several videos per week, in a variety of languages, and this problem slows us down every day.

    Please help!

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  • Brooks Andrus

    paul Engle Proxies files take the original video file and transcode them into the cuneiform codec at 25% resolution. 


    As to why TREC files may perform differently, that's pretty complicated. Currently TREC files use our proprietary TSC2 codec. This codec is highly optimized for screen content. Screen content can often be way less complex than traditional camera footage (fewer pixels changing). That's a big difference in decoding performance. TSC2 is also decoded on the CPU rather than GPU which has it's own set of variability based on your system specs and load. I probably got this slightly wrong and the engineers will argue back and forth, but that's the general high level as I understand it. Sometimes it may be worth it to proxy the TREC given the complexity of the project, the media you are using, machine specs, and OS load--you are just going to have to experiment. 

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  • Frédéric LE GUEN

    Hi,

    Like @Daniel said 2 days ago, it's really a problem to don't have access to the recording options.

    I hope the team will be able to restore this option soon.

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  • kayakman

    USE THE 2021 LEGACY RECORDER

    you'll have everything

    the new Recorder is a work-in-progress

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  • Zack Herman

    It's 2021 and while stylish captions are everything in marketing, still left out of Camtasia "2021". So dumb.

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  • Robert R.

    Hello ylouis and thanks for stopping by!

    The question of upgrade paths is indeed quite relevant and fits on this Post well enough, thanks! You do indeed have a discounted upgrade path coming from a previous version of Camtasia. You can make a purchase on our Store thought this link. You're also welcome to download the Camtasia 2021 trial if you'd like to give it a spin before you purchase; you can download the trial here!

    Feel free to reach back out if you have any questions or feedback!

    -Robert

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  • gmagana

    I just ran into the same problems everyone else is having with the recorder and I'd like to tell you: The options you removed are NOT "advanced options". They are run of the mill configuration settings that we all use!

    It's all made much worse because you reset the options to the defaults, so the very first thing we do is search for a way to set things the way we expect, and then find out there's no way to do so (other than to use the old recorder, which you clearly knew we'd need to do, otherwise why include it in the installation?)

    What the hell? Who in their right mind would think this is acceptable?  This is a serious product management fail. Releasing a new version too early just to make an arbitrary deadline is one of the capital sins of product management.

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  • Paul Engle

    So I’ve of two minds on the recorder. On the one hand, I understand the frustrations of customers who lament that this enhancement wasn’t held back until it was fully ready to go live. I think that this dialogue should continue to exist and it’s something TechSmith should consider for V.2022, 2023, and so on.

    I would also add that the ability to give my recording a file name is a non-negotiable item, so I’ll be using the Legacy recorder until that functionality makes its way back into the V.2021 recorder.

    On the other hand, I work for a software company, and my experience tempers my reaction and leaves me with the following thoughts:

    Timeline | In my experience, Product Management and/or Development do not set the timelines. They help guide and build the product to each enhancement, and I’m sure they have a voice in what items are ready to release. But the idea that it’s solely on PM/Dev is a bit unfair. I imagine TechSmith’s sales, legal, and finance departments, if not the C-suite, help create the timeline for the release cycle. Also, for better or worse, TechSmith Maintenance is a product, of sorts, that provides value to the customer and generates revenue for TechSmith, so the April release date for Camtasia strikes me as a hard deadline.

    Waterfall vs. Agile | To be clear, I’ve no insider knowledge of how or why TechSmith does what they do, beyond what they’re comfortable sharing with the public and/or beta testers. But it does seem that more and more software vendors are moving towards an agile product release cycle in which smaller, quicker projects are handled in “sprints” vs. taking 2-3 years to build out a completely new product.
    The benefit of agile is it allows teams to iterate content/product quicker and get feedback on it.

    Minimum Viable Product | I imagine that they felt that the enhanced recorder met the conditions of a “minimum viable product;” i.e., they felt it had enough of a feature set/stability to release to the public. If they hadn’t provided the legacy recorder, I’d feel much differently about it, but I’m happy to use the Legacy recorder until the v.2021 is up to snuff.

    Just my two cents.

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  • Hi Deborah Savadra

    Camtasia 2021.0.1 has restored the shortcuts. Make sure you update it. 

    Here are more things that are new in this update, after the release:

    https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115006443267-Camtasia-Windows-Version-History

    Maybe change your options in Camtasia to check for updates more often than 14 days... at least for this period post-launch. Techsmith is likely to release more versions fast as they work through the bugs, fixing etc.

    Hope this helps.

    Cristi @ Graphicious.co.uk

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  • DeeDee2

    I'll be interested to see if it fixes/adds the issues/features I've been requesting for 5 years or so.

    - Proxy Videos

    - Reverse Video

    - Adding MKV files into media bin without having to convert them first

    - Fixing the 5+ year old bug with numbered video files where it adds them to the timeline in the wrong order (e.g. you have "video file 1.mp4", "video file 2.mp4", "video file 3.mp4", "video file 4.mp4", and "video file 5.mp4" which you add to the media bin and then highlight them all and right-click and select "add to timeline at playhead" and instead of adding them in the sequence 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 it adds them in a sequence like 3, 4, 5, 1, 2 and you have to drag the clips around adding new tracks, resorting, then removing the extra track. It *ALWAYS* happens and has wasted 20 seconds or so in every single video I've ever produced from Camtasia.

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  • Robert R.

    Hi Daniel;

    This particular issue is something I'm currently looking into and will update this thread once I know more; in the meantime, would you be alright with me opening a ticket for you so we can dig into this?

    -Robert

     

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  • DeeDee2

    Tried it - No reverse video, No adding of MKV files direct to Media Bin, No Fix of the numbered files (although kayakman's suggestion to never use drag/drop does workaround it).

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  • Drew

    Nice! The audio ducking should be a helpful feature. And is that line-height adjustment new in this release or have I just not noticed it before?

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  • kayakman

    regarding proxy videos ...

    How To Create Proxy Video 2021-04-27
    https://www.screencast.com/t/Bue2eBRAvf

     

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  • DeeDee2

    kayakman Thanks, but sadly that doesn't work. I just renamed my 5 test files like this:

    Video 2021-04-27 12-01.mp4

    Video 2021-04-27 12-02.mp4

    Video 2021-04-27 12-03.mp4

    Video 2021-04-27 12-04.mp4

    Video 2021-04-27 12-05.mp4

    Added them to the media bin, highlighted them all, right-clicked on add to timeline at playhead and they appeared on the timeline in the order 03, 04, 05, 01, 02. They're in the right/logical order in the media bin - they just won't all add to the timeline in the right order.

     

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  • AndreasvanHaren

    Version 2021 looks great, but I cannot install it because I am still on High Sierra. Updating my 2020.0.6 (112633) version to the latest 2020 version makes the program unusable. Because of that, I had to install an older 2020 version. Is this already fixed?

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  • Brooks Andrus

    Hey Ron, the Auto-Animate button is right next to the crop tool.

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  • Ron Hogue

    Thanks, Brooks! I just tried the Auto Animate tool and it is SLICK! Really speeds up animation creation.

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