TechSmith Camtasia 9
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of the clip, which is helpful, and you can set the
duration of either transition by dragging its
edges within the clip.
Behaviors are a new addition to Camtasia 9;
they are complex animations you can apply to
media elements on the Timeline. In Figure 4, you
see the hinge effect applied to a title. Note the
controls on the right that let you configure the Behavior at the start and end points and in the middle. For example, in this case, I configured the
title to enter as if it were hinged on the bottom
and swings up into the frame. You see the title
about halfway up its path in Figure 4. At the end,
it acts as if it were hinged at the top and swings
up to 90 degrees and disappears. Between the
entry and exit, I configured the effect to “None”
to keep the title still, though I could have set the
title to drift, fade, jump and fall, or any of the
canned Behaviors shown on the left in the Behaviors Bin. I can also configure all the options
shown in the Properties window on the right.
Certainly, I could do all this in Adobe Premiere Pro, or more likely in After Effects, but
it would take major chunks of minutes rather
than seconds, at least the first time. Again, while
many of these effects have no place in most projects I produce in Premiere Pro, they’re ideal for
holding viewers’ interest, or impressing your
boss, in day-to-day business videos.
Moving down to the next category of effects,
Animations are effects that change the size, position, rotation, and/or opacity of a media element. If you’re familiar with video editing, think
of Animations as keyframe settings that you
apply with the very simple arrow shown twice
in the timeline in Figure 5 on page 82. The first
takes the full-screen video into a picture-in-picture within the screencam; the second zooms
into the screencam to highlight a section that
I’m describing in the video narration.
There are some presets you can apply that
simplify operation, and customization is a snap.
Just drag the start and end points of the arrow
to the desired start and end points of the animation, and click the dot at the start or finish
to configure the media element either directly
in the Preview window or using the properties
shown on the right.
The only funky thing about Camtasia animations is that if you add the animations first, and
then apply visual effects (such as color correction), the animation will control all applied visual
effects, even if that wasn’t the intent. The simple
workaround is to apply all visual effects first,
then add animations. I tried it the other way first,
which prompted a call to tech support for help.
Once you understand the recommended schema, it’s easy enough to avoid any problems.
The next item is Cursor Effects, a significant
feature for screencam creators. There are three
a major new