Animated callouts

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A nice to have feature would be animated callouts.

I do not mean something like the sketch motion callouts that are present in the current version of CS, but animation in the way how the callout is shown.

E.g. you define a left pointing arrow callout that moves in view from the right and then stops at the final location, pointing at the item of interest. You define starting position (which can be off screen!!) and end position (which can be off screen as well) and a transition duration.
This should obviously not just work for arrow callouts, but for any callout.

Similar: animate the size: during time, a callout grows or shrinks. Define a starting size and ending size and duration. Either size could be zero or (much) larger than the video dimensions

Or: animate the angle of rotation

And obviously one should be able to combine all of these, as well as the fade in / fade out.

It should also be possible to apply multiple animations to a callout after each other, e.g. first move the callout in sight, then rotate it to a different angle, then move it to another position and finally shift it out of sight again, while it also shrinks and fades out.
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A workaround for animating callout motion is to add a single callout for the entire duration, then split the callout every few frames [I've done so as short as every 3 frames]; then reposition each short callout segment to trace out the desired motion.

When produced, you'll see pretty food animation.
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Thanks for the response, kayakman, but that's a workaround I definitely try to avoid, I was hoping that Camtasia Studio would do that time consuming work for me.....

Horizontal and vertical motion is already a lot of work that way, imagine diagonal motion in combination with a resize....

I cannot afford hours to create an 2 seconds animation that way, only to find out that it doesn't look exactly well and have to reposition and resize numerous callouts a little bit (or more) over and over again until the animation looks OK.

And when the motion finally is OK, boss tells you : it looks OK, but can you make it last a bit shorter?
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I agree that true callout animation would be a great addition to CS.

A couple of years ago, I made a crude prototype project intended as a children's "table top video" about finances. While working on that, I experimented with the workaround previously described. I ended up using an Excel spreadsheet to quickly compute the step changes in both x,y and size. I was working with image callouts, and wanted to simulate action and change in distant perspective.

Although still tedious, using Excel made specing each callout section go very fast.

If curious, perhaps see http://cookbookplus.com/videos/TimeVa...

Let the file fully load, then perhaps use the TOC to jump to "Time To Change Direction"; this as a simple example of what the workaround could do [but the time steps here was not too tight].

This media set consists of 3 videos; there are many examples of animated callouts in this set.

Not the perfect solution, but it got the job done, and using Excel made doing the math fast & easy.
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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I know this is an old thread. Just wanted to acknowledge this request and let you know that it's being considered for a future release. I've changed the status of this topic to "Under Consideration."
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Thanks for bumping this, dro.

Is there a technical reason the zoom feature available for video timelines can't be easily converted to callouts? It seems to be the same technology - the compiler simply reads the video square and processes the frame. I guess perhaps the transparency aspect is what makes it hard?

Anyway, thanks for the bump. Hope to see this and a second, resizable video timeline in a new release soon...
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Animation of position, scale, and rotation is certainly possible, but it requires a fundamentally different method for rendering than is present in CS7. Thanks for the feedback and request.
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Could you have it tag the perimeters of the active window during the recording process?
Doing this manually takes too long. I can't spend $300 knowing I have this to look forward to every time I need to make a quick tutorial. :(
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Hi Don,

In the latest version of Camtasia Studio, the Visual Properties tab allows you to easily animate any media on the timeline. This clip took less than 60 seconds to create: http://www.screencast.com/t/UKGC7ql4

Also, here's our "What's New in Camtasia Studio 8" page: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha...

Andy
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Don Smith

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Already downloaded it. Thanks!

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