Camtasia 9 comes with drag-and-drop animations that can instantly add interest to your project. Did you know you can easily modify them to create custom animations to fit your project perfectly? Corbin Anderson shows you how.
- [Instructor] I'm going to show you how to take Camtasia 9's Animation presets to the next level. Now, don't get me wrong. Animation presets are great. It is drag-and-drop and boom, we've got some interest added to your clip. The thing about presets is they're presets. There's very little creativity or uniqueness in a preset. Once I get over the wow factor of a preset, I'm ready to bump it up a few notches and make it my own. Let's take a look at the animation on this Google Slides clip.
Now, it may not be as awesome as a Star Wars battle scene camera move, but for this project, it certainly works better than just this static screenshot here when I don't have any camera moves. Now if I zoom in here and take a look at this, you can see it's actually three separate moves. We have a tilt, a scale up, and then a slow return to normal. Let's see if I can recreate that here on the static shot just for fun.
I'm going to start with the tilt preset. So I'm going to go up here and find Tilt Left and throw it on and that's fine but it's really not the look I'm going for. I'm going to undo that. Instead I'm going to add a Custom animation here and let's look at that. Okay, you can see it doesn't really do much. Basically, a Custom animation just gives you an in and out starting point. You have to add in your own animations.
So I'm going to create a tilt and then a scale up. I'm going to click on here and go to Properties here. If it's not open, just click on Properties to open it. For the tilt, I have three rotation axes and yes, I looked that up on Wikipedia to make sure I was saying it correctly. We have Z, Y, and X. I want to use the Y axis here to make this tilt and all I do is click in this box and I use the arrows on the keyboard to make it tilt and you can see it's going really slow.
This could take all day. But if I hold down the Shift key while I do that, it goes quite a bit faster. All right, I'm going to go up to about something like that, looks pretty good. Okay, now I want to scale it up a bit as well, so I'm just going to use the Scale tool here, scale it up to about there. That looks pretty decent. And I'm going to reposition it. Going to give you more of that 3D look effect, about like that, doesn't have to look exactly like the other one. Let's take a look at the first one here.
Okay. So, this one in comparison. Okay, you can see that this one is quite a bit slower. The time on here is very short and over here, I've got to, it's pretty long, so what I'm going to do is reduce the time here to match that one-ish, about to there. Let's see what we have and let's check that just to compare. Okay, pretty good. Let's check this next animation out. Looks like we've got a springy little zoom in there, so I'm going to recreate a zoom in over here, another Custom animation, drag it to the timeline and I'm just going to zoom into, let's go something like this, about there, and then we need to reposition that so it looks the way I want to and let's see what that looks like in comparison.
Now, there's a difference here. I'm sure you noticed. This one's got some springiness to it. The one I just did, there is no springiness. Now let me show you how you create the springiness. You need to add animation easing. So you click your outpoint here, right-click and choose Enable Easing and you can pick one of these an since I'm looking for springiness, I'm going to choose Spring. Let's see what we have, and there we go, added a little bit of spring to my animation, how cool is that? And the animation length on that is pretty good, so I'm just going to leave that.
Let's check out this last one now. All right, it looks like we're basically untilting and zooming out and returning to normal. So, I'm going to add one more custom animation here and I'm going to drag out the length of it, kind of to match that one. So I need to go from here and return to normal. So I'll click on my outpoint and all I got to do is go up here and reset everything and let's see how that looks in comparison.
All right, pretty good. If I wanted to, I could throw in a little easing on that. Let's try it just for fun, Bounce maybe. Yeah, I don't like that at all. But that's how you do it anyway. And there we go. It may not be exactly the same as the original but it's the look I'm going for. So, when you're ready to move on from animation presets, try creating your own advanced camera moves with custom tilt, zooms, and pans.
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