A button to show/hide a callout?

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I need to have a 'Help' section, which is basically a Text Callout that has short instructions on using my program. I'd like for it to be hidden, and a button to click to reveal it and then hide it. Any way to accomplish this in CS9?
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You could place it on the highest video track all by itself.

 Extend it's duration to cover the entire project.

Then just turn the track off and on as needed to view the callout.

Regards,Joe

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This sounds cool also. Are you saying that a callout has a way to hide a tracK? Thanks
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hi Chris,
I misinterpreted your initial question. I thought you were just looking for a way to view some personal notes while you edited video. These notes would've been for your editing needs and had nothing to do with an uploaded video. I read your question more carefully and now I understand what you're looking for. Sorry about that.
Regards, Joe
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There is a way to do it with 2 callouts and 2 hotspots.
The limitation to this though is it can only be at one location in your video if you want your video to continue when it is closed.

If you need it throughout the video then it will take some planning and multiple callouts and hotspots.

If you are putting your video on a webpage a better alternative may be to create a button under your video and code it to open a popup with your instructions.

Here is an example of what I assume you are trying to accomplish.

http://demotestsite.info/test/buttons/

If so I can create a video showing how to create it.
 
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Well is was worth a shot :)

Note the ruff example I show that the first callout that appears (which could be made to look more like a button) does stop the video and the viewer has to click it to continue.

In the example clicking the button (the first callout)  just jumps the video to a second callout (the instructions) and again the video is stopped until the viewer clicks on it to close the callouts and continue watching the video.

One limitation is that the "jump" has to be located on your video close to your first callout as to not skip over much of the underlying video and have the video continue playing from from where it was stopped when the viewer clicks the second callout.

Another thing is deciding where in your video you want this to happen. If it needs to happen through out your video (as I stated) it would take alot of planning and creating multiple callouts and jumps.

This all boils down to the ability of the player (in this case the Camtasia Smart Player)

There are some players out there with a few more capabilities but not many and they are costly.

Good luck with your project and hope it all comes together :)
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Captivate will offer that capability easily. But only if you use it in the "PowerPoint on steroids" mode where you have slide after slide. You have the ability to hide and show other objects easily. (I work with Captivate a lot and am an Adobe Certified Instructor for the application)

Where I believe you will struggle is by having a full motion video (like Camtasia creates) because it's difficult to present things that you are able to toggle off and on as you seem to be wanting.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yep, been watching Captivate tuts all morning, and the only issue that I have is that I'd wanted my green screened video speaker to be able to have alpha transparency, which isn't possible in Captivate unless reverting way back to FLV. This is a problem because the project I'm creating is a rework of one that was originally done in Flash, and the company doesn't allow Flash through their firewall any longer. So, it's a trade-off.
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Hi Steven, what is interesting here is that what you want to do is a capability of HTML5 Canvas. I was looking at the way Camtasia writes the code for the smart player output and I see that it is using JavaScript ,XML and HTML5 Canvas in the code they generate. With code like this it is more than possible to do what you ask. I am interested in testing with it, to see what can be accomplished. If I get any thing to happen I will post it here.
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Seems like a very simple function to add to the program - the ability to click a button to hide/show a callout. 'visibility' of an object is merely a CSS property.
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Great example, I would like to see a video of how you created it. Thanks
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@Dubie Great example, I would like to see a video of how you created it. Sorry for double post tried to change to comment and it occurred. Thanks
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Hey Chris,

Follow this thread and I'll try to make one once I have a chance to get to it and post it here.
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Thanks