Camtasia 8 animated text is inanimate

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call out is added, text inserted and colored. call out resized and repositioned to start at right edge [ left side of callout box on yellow]. call out extended to the correct duration on the timeline. animation added and extended to same length as the call out. at this point the call-out is positioned to start at zero on the timeline along with the cursor . after play is chosen the cursor moves but the call out stays fixed.
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My best guess is that you have the position of both the start and the end of the animation to be at the same place. 

The animation should look like a tapering arrow. At both ends of the arrow there will be white dots; a small one on the left, which is the starting point, and a larger one on the right which is the end point.

When the end dot is active, it will be red rather than white.

What you MAY have done - and if so you won't be the first to have done it - is to drag the callout back to the starting point on the canvas while the end point dot was still red. If so, you've told Camtasia to animate from the starting point to... the starting point. Consequently there won't be any movement.

Double click on the animation arrow, which should take you to the end point of the animation. See where the callout is then. Assuming it's at the starting point, drag it across to the end point again (while the dot is still red).
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The cursor is moved off the starting point and the Arrow is double-clicked. the leading edge dot is blue while the small starting dot remains White . then and as I drag neither one turns red .
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It's been a while since I've used C8 but as far as I can recall it works more or less the same as C9 in this respect.

You don't drag the callout to make the end dot turn red.

- You put your playhead to the left of the animation, and drag the callout to its starting point. (Although if that's off screen I prefer to set that later.)
- You double click on the animation arrow, which should (if C8 is the same as C9, which I think it was but that's a pretty archaic version now) jump the playhead to the end of the animation and light up the end dot in red.
- While that dot is coloured, you move the callout to the end position.
- If you want to move the callout again (eg to tweak the starting position), you need to make sure that the end dot is NOT highlighted when you do so. If it is, all you're doing is updating the finish position.
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I'm not sure I follow what exactly you're trying to do Jay A. Leavitt, PhD?

A screen shot of Camtasia could be helpful.
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Joe,
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Perhaps your basic approach is off?

Once an animation is applied to a callout. The timeline indicator is properly positioned. And the callout or any media for that matter. Whatever it is you are attempting to animate. Is highlighted in the canvas area. You are good to go.

The timeline indicator can be a country mile away from the actual callout or media you are making animation adjustment to. I created an image to try to show you where I'm coming from.


If the timeline indicator is positioned before or after the callout as in the image. The only thing you will be able to see in the canvas area is the bounding box surrounding the callout. So if you were making adjustments to opacity and scale. Having the timeline indicator not positioned over the top of the callout would make these adjustments impossible, as you can see the text. Unless you already had a number in mind.

In general, I don’t think there’s many instances that it makes any sense to make any adjustments with the playhead not positioned directly over the callout. The main reason I was pointing that out? This is a good thing to be aware of. Because if you inadvertently highlight any form of media that has a animation applied to it. And managed to highlight it in the canvas area. If you make changes in the property's panel. That callout or piece of media could be out of sight and out of mind further up for down the timeline. And you could be accidentally applying changes.

In 99+ % cases, you will highlight any form of media on the timeline before you start working in the properties panel again. That will remove focus from the previous callout/media.

But if you’re not thinking about it in the moment. You can be easily making changes to a callout or other media that is out of sight. If you haven't highlighted another form of media.

This still happens to me when I’m working in Premier Pro. I start adjusting a property and it doesn’t happen before my eyes. Sometimes I adjust more than one property before I realize I’m changing the properties of another form of media. Ctrl+Z solves the problem. This is how most video editing programs work to the best of my knowledge.

Let us know if this resolved your issue.

Regards, Joe

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how many times should I repeat steps 1 through 3 ? I've done several and it still does not animate . we might be using different versions of Camtasia . I do not have the X you show step 3 . however , I have no problem getting to call outs and to animation . the head of the arrow has to be extended to the duration of the call-out . the only modifications are the durations of the call-out and the animation along with where along the timeline it should play .
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How To Animate Callout In Camtasia Studio 8 2019-03-11
https://www.screencast.com/t/wPNjN3Uw

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my animation was not working because I did not scrub . apparently , I didn't scrub properly because it now animates but in the wrong direction . it wants to move to the right while I want it to move starting on the right to the left . how do I correct this ? oh by the way , you have been very patient with me for which I am very grateful .
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the animation will go in the direction described by the position at start/end points on the animation

my example shows the animation going from right to left

try setting your animation end point positions accordingly
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in your animation I could not see the bottom portion of your screen
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my short video shows a screen capture of the entire screen except for my Windows task bar, which is not part of Camtasia
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SO Jay,
 
Did you get this worked out?
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I have it working now . I had been doing the steps out of order . thank you so much for your help.