Any way at all to post to YouTube with a hotspot?

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I have read that the only way hotspots work is to publish and use Screencast. I have heard an alternative that this could work if I am using Camtasia for Mac.  Is this true? Right now I am using windows and know Screencast is the only option.  Will a Mac provide an option for a hotspot to work in YouTube?
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dana

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Stephen Wagner, Employee

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The answer to your question is no.  The YouTube API does not provide any way to programmatically add hotspots, which YouTube calls "annotations".  You used to be able to add them manually, but YouTube is actually phasing that feature out.  https://youtube-creators.googleblog.com/2017/03/keep-fans-engaged-with-cards-end.html

If it ever becomes possible to automatically add and upload hotspots to a YouTube video, I am sure we will support it.

-Stephen
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As Stephen said, Youtube is a no but..

Sreencast isn't the only option.

If you produce your video with the smartplayer included you can upload them to your website and the hotspots will work.

You must upload all the file from the smartplayer production to work on a website
whereas you can upload just the video to Screencast and they will work.

:)
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thanks. I have a client who wants their teaser video on youtube and click to link to a whitepaper.  any other tools you can think of to produce and make this happen.
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The only option is to use what YouTube provides.  It is possible to manually add "cards" to a video after you have uploaded it to YouTube, https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6140493?hl=en&ref_topic=6140492 It does not look like a card can link to an arbitrary URL, so your client may be asking for the impossible.

-Stephen
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any other tools you can think of to produce and make this happen.
To do it in Youtube you have to do it on Youtube.

What to check out would be using Cards or End Screens. Annotations are no longer possible.

You can link to your websites directly from your YouTube videos using cards long as your site is associated with your YouTube channel and your account is verified
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6140493?hl=en&ref_topic=6140492

Here is some more links worth reading if doing videos on Youtube and wanting interactive content on them.

Link to your website from your videos
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2887282?hl=en&ref_topic=6140492

End Screens
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6388789?hl=en

Youtubes house,  Youtubes rules.  Sorry

:)
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Remember that hotspots are not embedded in the MP4 video itself.

I recommend using the Description field to include a link to other resources.