ADA Compliance: 2x Line Limit for Captions and Text-to-speech

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This is both an idea and addressing a problem. When creating videos for my college which must be closed-captioned, I spend two or three times as long on editing as I normally do because Camtasia defaults to three lines of text for captions instead of the recommended two.

Tech Smith's own website says "It is preferable to limit onscreen captions to no more than two lines" and yet the software does not follow that recommendation. 

Three lines of text are way too much to read at once and cover up more actual video content than they should. A quick Google search reveals many other media organizations also state that captions should be limited to two lines.

I know this idea has already been posted before, but the last comment on that thread (other than mine) was from two years ago! This is something really important to me, and I'm sure it's important to all the other people who create closed-captioned video content.

Please help us get the captions right the first time around so we can focus on making great videos with Camtasia instead of fuming over how long and tedious it is to convert blocks of captions from three lines to two. It's really getting old.
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It's worse than that.

Is there any equation -in some mysterious place- positioning the first of these three lines of caption according a calculus of:


and there are no Christ that may alter this position.

If at least this position could be defined by the User, would there be any chance to circumvent the limitation imposed by this internal equation, since the position of the first line could be launched to the second ... and then the positions of the two lines of captions will occupy the correct place cited by jamessalen

While this issue is not resolved, could you tell us where is this mysterious equation?? Could be it hosted inside of a Registry Key? Inside of a *.ini or *.cfg file? Somewhere else 'editable' with a bit of cleverness?!?

This limitation left all manually edited videos with just two lines with a useless space just below the second line ... reserved to a third line that no exists!



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