Using grouping, behaviors, and customized movements, learn how you can create attention-grabbing advanced animations.
- [Instructor] With a bit of foresight and creativity, you can add some pretty eye-grabbing movements to your Camtasia project, using transitions, behaviors, and custom animations. Okay, this may seem complicated and crazy, but it's really just several simple animations stacked on top of each other and working together. So what I'm going to do is come over here and we're going to pop this open and take a look under the hood. I've got groups, inside of groups, inside of groups.
All right, now what I've done over here further on the timeline is break it all apart, and then I'm going to rebuild it so you can see exactly what I did. Now disclaimer, it may not come out quite the same as the original but I think you'll get the idea as we progress through it. Let's look at this first section here. It's really no big deal. It's just a screen cap, and then we have a scale down here. And if you're wondering how I recorded the Camtasia recorder, well I used Camtasia eight to record Camtasia nine. You can actually do that. No big deal there.
It's just a scale down and if you're not familiar with that, you can just go to behaviors here and there's all kinds of behaviors you can use and I just used a scale and customized it. No big deal. Now, this next section, let's kind of step through this here. I'm just going to go through a frame at a time. I've got these images blowing up to a quarter of the screen, and then they've got this black shape over them to kind of hide the overlaps. You can see without them, it doesn't look quite as cool. So basically, let's open one up here.
All I've done is I scaled it to a quarter of the screen and repositioned it like this, put that back, and I added a behavior. And for each one, I just added a scale behavior and customized it. No big deal at all. Let's step through that again. Scale behavior up, all four, and they're offset rather than at the same time. And then we got the shape, over all of them to kind of hide the overlap.
All right, you getting it so far? Now, once I've got that, what I want to do is group that whole thing so I can work with it. Select all, right click, and group. Let's take another look here at my final, and see what we did next. There's my images, then I scaled them down into side the Camtasia project, which I've got right here, which really is just a screen cap of a Camtasia project running and then I threw this black shape over it to hide the canvas.
Okay, so what I need to do is get this group to scale down and fit into there. I'll take a look at that one more time, so I know kind of what the timing is. Looks like right up after they all scale up, it scales down, so I'm going to bring this here. And I need to position that so it scales down right about there. So I'm going to go up here to animations and I'm going to apply a custom animation and let's go with about...
I like to keep things short, when it comes to animations, I'm going to go with like 12 frames. And I need to scale it down to fit inside of my canvas, I'm not quite sure what that's going to be, but I'll figure it out. Scale it down. Reposition it. Looks like I need to go a bit more here. Let's reposition that. Just a little bit bigger. All right, that's pretty good for now, I can tweak it later, if I need to.
So let's step through that. I've got my images, and I've got my scale down. Okay, looks good. Let's keep moving. Right after that, we've got this recorder coming down and dropping in front of everything. So I have that here, just a screen cap of my recorder. I'm going to bring it up here and position it so it drops down about right there.
Let's see if that works. And if you're wondering how that's dropping, once again, it's just a behavior. I think it is the jump and fall behavior, this one right here. Yes, jump and fall, okay? You're with me so far? I'm going to reposition that so it's the same duration as the rest. Now, I'm going to group this whole thing, so I can work with the whole group together. Once again, select everything, right click and group.
And let's go back here and check out my final again and see where I'm at. Okay, it looks like I've got a kind of a radical tilt there, so I'm going to step through here. It's my images, I go down. And right as that hits, out there, I'm going to do a tilt. I'm going to go up to animations and I could use one of these tilt right, tilt left, but I don't really like those, so I'm going to do custom, I usually go with custom, it just has so much more power.
I'm going to zoom in there a bit and really shorten this up. 10 or 12 frames, something like that. Now, I'm going to add a really extreme tilt on the Y axis. I'm also going to scale it up. Let's see, even tilt that a little more. All right, so we've got this extreme tilt.
Let's see how that looks. So let it right for a second and then I'm just going to reverse it with another custom tilt. I'm just going to click reset here and that should put it right back where it was. So we've got my tilt in, hold it and tilt out, all right.
Let's jump back here to my final video and see what's next. It looks like that whole thing scales down and fits inside of that little laptop clip, so let's make that work. I have that right here. And if you're wondering where that came from, this is just from the Camtasia library, you have this, I believe it's laptop open. What I want to do now is scale down this whole thing so that it fits inside the laptop. So I'm going to position it above the laptop here.
So I'm going to just reposition this above the laptop. We've got to find the right spot is the only thing. Right about there, I want it to scale down. So I'm going to go to my animations, custom animation. Let's go with about 12 frames again, 10, 12, 15, that's my go-to. And I've got to figure out how much to scale it down to, I want it to fit right inside that laptop.
Let's try 46%. Pretty good. I'm going to reposition it now, using the arrow keys on the keyboard. All right, that's pretty good. Let's step through that and see how it looks. I might have to adjust the timing a bit. Okay, my timing is off on that a bit, what I need to do is slide my laptop clip down a bit, that might work better, let's try that.
Okay, my scale down, fits inside the laptop. Now, I want it to fade out just before the laptop closes. Looks like my laptop closes about right there. So what I'm going to do here is just go to my transitions, choose fade, apply the fade and I shorten it. Let's go at 15 frames and see how that looks. Fades out, laptop closes, and shoots off the screen.
Okay, now I'm just going to group that whole thing. Select all, right click group and there you go. Now, if that was all a bit meta for ya, with too many groups inside of groups for your brain to process, don't worry, this is a pretty complex animation for Camtasia. You may never even have to get this advanced. However, hopefully, I was able to convey the idea that complex animations are really just a series of simple animations grouped and stacked on top of each other, all working together.
Now, I would love to tell you that I had this all planned out before I began building it, but really, I just started messing around until I was happy with the result. So go ahead, play around with your own ideas a bit and if the concept hasn't solidified yet in your head, come back in a few days and run through this video again.
- Adding transitions
- Changing speed after recording
- Removing or replacing a green screen
- Reframing a shot
- Creating advanced animations
- Fixing audio gaps with room tone
- Removing noise
- Leveling volume
- Including music
- Adjusting color
- Adding closed captioning
- Publishing closed captions
- Archiving an entire project