Create a Static Image Transition Effect with Snagit & Camtasia Studio 8

For a while now I have been “collecting” special effects ideas from vintage shows I am watching on NetFlix. It seems the old 70’s and 80’s television series have become a huge source of inspiration to me!

So, in the coming weeks, I will be replicating these effects in Camtasia Studio and showing you how to create them for use in your own videos to add a bit of interest.

For this first tutorial, I saw an interesting “art” effect where each of the commercial breaks would have been. When the video resumed from the commercial, it was introduced through a static frame taken from the video. But, the frame had been posterized, oil painted, etc. The effect was short in duration, but the timing was good and you barely could tell just where the image became the video. This “image frame” portion of the video was where the show’s narrator would be talking or the credits would be playing.

Here’s a few examples of the effect.

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In the following tutorial video, I explain how the effect works, the different parts that are needed, and how to actually create the effect.

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 Here are the basic steps in written form:

  1. Put playhead on the frame where the effect will begin.
  2. Choose File > Produce Special > Export Frame As.
  3. Name the image and choose the “Save” location.
  4. Open Snagit Editor and open the saved image.
  5. Choose Image tab > Modify group > Filters. Apply the desired effect.
  6. Choose the Share tab > Camtasia Studio.The image appears in the Clip Bin.
  7. Drag image to track below the video. There should be one empty frame in between the video and the image.
  8. Click on the video once time to select it. The the point of the playhead should be in the original location.
  9. Choose “E” to open the Extend Frame dialog. Enter “3” and click OK.
  10. Unstitch the clips if necessary and drag new clip to middle track.
  11. Align the three clips to proper location as seen in the video.
  12. Add the two visual effects to the middle clip via the Visual Properties tab.
  13. Adjust the top video clip to remove any blips or jerkiness in the effect.

Watch for more special effects tutorials over the next few weeks!

Kelly Mullins

Kelly Mullins is an Information Developer within the User Assistance group at TechSmith.

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