Quick Video Using Camtasia 2019


I have used Techsmith’s Camtasia and Snagit for several years. For the most part I have used them to produce tutorial screen casts. Over the years, Camtasia has added features that rival consumer level video editors, such as Adobe’s Premiere Elements.

Much of my photography is centered around taking videos and photos of my granddaughters competing in sports. On a recent weekend, I videoed Lucy in one of her soccer games as the goalkeeper.

Camtasia 2019 Screen Shot

I decided to use Camtasia 2019 to produce the final video. However, I took multiple steps and programs to create the final short video.

Here is what I did.

Shooting the video Clips

  •  For this project I used my Sony AX53 Camcorder to take the 1080p video.

    • This camera is lighter and easier to hold for extended periods than my Canon 7D Mk 2. Since Lucy is a goalkeeper, much of the time the action does not involve her. I keep her roughly in the frame as I watch the game. When she tenses and begins to prepare for action, I begin the video.

    • Doing this I end up with a large number of short video clips by the end of the game.

LR Classic Screen Shot

Post Processing

  1. I used Lightroom Classic to Import and then add Keyword tags to all of the video clips.

  2. Then using the Picks and Rejects flags I identified those that are not worth retaining. This is the vast majority. I deleted them.

  3. Then I used the Star Rating system of Lightroom Classic to identify just those very few clips that I wanted to include in the current project.

  4. My camcorder did a pretty good job of recording the raw video. However, for each clip I used Lightroom Classic’s Quick Develop mode within the Library module, and selected Auto Tone. This brightened up each clip. Lightroom Classic is not optimized for video editing, but it does do a nice job here.

    PRE 2020 Screen Shot

  5. I used Premiere Elements 2020 to convert two of the clips to slow motion, since the action was too fast to follow easily.

  6. I saved the edited clips back into the same folder the original clips are stored, but with new names. And then I Imported them into Lightroom Classic and tagged them accordingly.

  7. At this point, I would normally finish the project by adding transitions, titles etc using Premiere Elements 2020, but this time,  I chose to use Camtasia 2019 to finish my project.

  8. Specifically, I did the following in Camtasia 2019:

    • Imported the four clips to a single track.

    • Added Transitions and adjusted their duration. I used a couple of different transitions.

    • Added  lower thirds title for the video, customizing it a bit from the default.

    • I added a music background and deleted the audio that my camcorder originally recorded, except at the very end of the video, which I thought was cool.  The music I added came from Techsmith’s selection of free music.

    • Finally, I saved the project as an MP4 HD 1080p video file on my hard drive.

So for this project, I used three separate programs. Lightroom Classic is pretty unique here in what it does. However, I could have used Premiere Elements 2020 to do everything that I did in Camtasia 2019. I could have also converted the slow motion clips with in Camtasia 2019 instead of Premiere Elements 2020, but the process would have been harder.

So, I often find in creating a video project, I end up using multiple programs. And remember, the features of Camtasia 2019 for this simple project only scratched the surface of its capabilities. In future projects, I will explore more of what it can do.

CLICK HERE to see the resulting video.

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Until next time…

 

 

Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 2020 Released!


Adobe has released their latest version of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. They have continued their march to add improvements each year to both programs that make organizing and editing your photos and videos easier.

Applying advanced techniques to your photos and videos that typically take multiple steps have been reduced to either a single click or a few well of well defined steps called Guided Edits. Photoshop Elements 2020 now includes 55 Guided Edits, and Premiere Elements has twenty-three.

In the coming weeks I will highlight some of the new features, but in the meantime, check out the Adobe website for multiple short videos highlighting the capabilities of both programs.

Click on the figure below and scroll down to see several videos describing new and existing features of Photoshop Elements 2020.

PSE 2020 Home Screen

To see the features included in Premiere Elements 2020 click on the link below.

Premiere Elements 2020

Check back here soon for additional demonstrations of the various new features in both programs.

Until next time…

Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 2019


Today Adobe announced Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019. Introducing new versions of PSE and PRE has become an annual event in late September or very early October.

Since new versions are released annually, the improvements are generally incremental. Depending upon what new features have been added, upgrading ever year may not be necessary for everyone. That being said, there is enough new in the 2019 versions to warrant giving them a good look.

In this post, I will highlight the new capabilities added to PSE 2019. In later posts, I will cover PRE 2019, Adobe’s video editing program.

Photoshop Elements Organizer

  • Adobe has incorporated a new and efficient installer that should simplify and speed up the installation for those downloading both PSE 2019 and PRE 2019 from Adobe’s website.

 

  • There is a totally redesigned Start page or Hub. This page always opens first in both PSE 2019 or PRE 2019. There does not seem to be a way to avoid this and going directly to the Organizer or Photo Editor in one click, short of manually putting a shortcut to the applicable .exe file. However, the new Start Page has some interesting links that most users will find helpful.

In addition to links to the Organizer, Photo Editor, and Video Editor (PRE 2019), it previews Auto Creations, a brand new feature in PSE 2019

PSE 2019 New Hub

  • Auto Creations is probably the biggest innovation added to the Organizer. Auto Creations examines your photos and videos in the Organizer and automatically generates slide shows, photo collages, video collages, and interesting photos extracted from your videos. Many may not really be what you are looking for, but each can be fine tuned within the program or even deleted. These creations may take awhile to generate, but the process runs in the background. Up to 40 creations can be generated, and as you delete some, others will be added as new photos and videos are imported into the Organizer.

Auto Creations Preview

  • There is one take away. You can no longer share a photo directly to Facebook from the Organizer. As of August 1st, Facebook does not allow direct sharing from any desktop app. I suspect this is part of their security improvements. Perhaps when some dust settles, the capability may return.

Photo Editor

  • Adobe has added some new fun and useful Guided Edits to this version. This includes creating a Meme (humorous image/video or text), Partial Sketch, Text and Border Overlay, and Multi-Photo Text.

Ex GEs

  • Text Tool now includes custom Leading and Tracking.

Leading and Tracking

  • The Open Closed Eyes tool now can select the source photo for eye replacement from the Photo Bin. This added capability makes this excellent tool even easier to use.
  • The new Apple High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) for JPEG images is available on Mac iOS 10.13. HEIF images  can be taken by an iPhone 7 or later or  the iPad Pro.

New versions of both PSE 2019 and PRE 2019 are available from Adobe now at the link below.

https://www.adobe.com/products/elements-family.html?promoid=V2XYKZ3B&mv=other

So far, I have not seen the new versions offered on Amazon. However, it was my understanding that it would be available in stores on the release date.

In the coming weeks, I will post additional information and demos on both PSE 2019 and PRE 2019, so stay tuned.

Until next time…

Highlights of Lucy’s Pioneer League Track Finals Events


 

This post is somewhat of a change of pace for my blog.

The link below is to a video I made of the highlights of my granddaughter’s events from the Pioneer League Track Finals meet. Lucy is normally known for her soccer play as the goal keeper on her Beach Development Academy soccer team.

As it turns out, she is also on her West Torrance HS Freshmen/Sophomore track team. She did quite well as shown in the video.

Lucy’s Highlights – Pioneer League Track Finals

I edited the raw video footage using Adobe’s Premiere Elements 15.

Revisiting Processing Video using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in Photoshop


Just about two years ago I posted this article on processing a video file using the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) editor in Photoshop CC and how the results compared to the same video processed in Premiere Elements.

My remarks in that post are still valid today. This post is just another example of the comparison. However the videos clips are shown back to back and in slow motion to better focus on the results.

I am not suggesting that the ACR inherently is better at editing video. But for me, it is much easier to get to the final result I am after (video with punch) than is PRE 15 in this latest example. I did not try to duplicate the two results. I was happy with the PRE 15 version until I further processed it in the ACR.

I am sure that not everyone will like the ACR result, but I do. And, since I am far more familiar working with the ACR than PRE 15 in this regards, I find I can get to what I am after much quicker.

Here is the link comparing the two video clips.

pre-15-vs-acr

If you have a video and use Photoshop, try it out. My previous article outlines the steps. It is extremely easy to do if you work already with the ACR.

Let me know what you think. If you liked this post, please Like it, rate it accordingly, and share with your friends. Thanks for dropping by.

Until next time, Happy Holidays!

Slide Show Using Premiere Elements 14


I do not like the Slide Show Editor that is in recent versions of Photoshop Elements and is accessed from within the Organizer. It lacks all of the customization features the editor in PSE 10 and earlier versions included, such as the Ken Burns Effect and caption customization.

So I have been spending some time learning more about PRE 14 and making a slide shows using it. In this video, I did my photo editing in PSE 14 and then sent the photos and video clips to PRE 14. The titles and pan/zoom, background music were all produced within PRE 14. I did not include captions, but could have. Also, I could have customized the transitions if I had wanted.

PRE 14 also provides a wide variety of output formats for sharing the finished slide show, including direct upload to YouTube, which I chose to use. The learning curve is a bit steeper than using PSE 14, but certainly well worth the effort. It integrates nicely with the Organizer, which also is included if you buy PRE 14 separately, and do not even have PSE 14.

If you shoot a fair amount of video with your camera or mobile device, you may want to consider buying PRE 14 to go along with your PSE 14. By the way, to share the same catalog, both PSE and PRE need to be the same version.

Ok, here is the link to the video. For the best experience, view it in HD selected from the YouTube window.

https://youtu.be/jTGiCNXJt8A

 

 

New Drive-Lapse


I am still experimenting with time lapse videos. This one was taken with my iPhone 6 using its standard video mode. I then used Premiere Elements 14 to speed up the video by a factor of four.

I have experimented with the iPhone’s Time-Lapse mode for this type of time-lapse video, but the resulting video is too jerky, even when you slow it down. However, I really like it for scenes like moving clouds etc.

Here is the link to the video.