camtasia 8, is multi caption supported? (e.q. 2 language subtitle and can be changed)

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I am making a video and preparing 2 different subtitle for 2 different languages. Can we do 2 different caption set for the video ?
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Joe Morgan

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You could produce the first video with captions printed in one language.

Then, save the project twice.
 
Name one project {English Language Version} " Or whatever language is used" and give the project a name you will recognize.

Save the project again and name it including the other language you intend on using along with the name of the actual project.

Then open the project named with the other language and delete the original captions. Create the new language captions and produce the video.

Regards, Joe
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to add to Joe's suggestions ...

you can work with 1 project, but put captions for each different language on separate tracks; you can disable one track to see the other set of captions, and so forth; then, with one track disabled, produce; reverse the disabled captions tracks and produce again
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But is there a way to add multiple captions and produce with these multiple captions being available to select after production of the video? (Almost like an interactive selection like on a DVD)

(Camtasia 8 is being used and I can produce hardcoded caps (singular) without any issue)
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no

but you could include/produce both languages at same time; just put them on different lines in the captions ???

not a perfect solution, but should be workable
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What I truly need is the option to create a 10 different subtitle files and let my viewers choose which one they want. I created this in DVD format, however for online streaming (i.e. MP4 format) I cannot seem to find a solution.

Thank you for replying though, much appreciated!
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another workaround if you stream 1 video ...

use markers to make a project from multiple copies of your base project, with each marker specifying the language; use separate language captions for each portion; put a 2 second stop at end, click to continue hotspot at t=0, [I use one that looks like a video start play arrow head]; do a custom production configured to not pause at start, set the TOC [from the markers] to initially display; be sure that keyframes are set at 1 second [makes for best performance of markers and hotspots]; put hotspots at end of each section that will stop play there

when you produce, you will have 1 video with all 10 languages; when the video starts to load, it will stop at t=0, viewers usually never notice this slight-of-hand; they can then click the TOC item for their language segment

might be worth trying?
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Hi Sean,

As Kayakman stated, Camtasia does not have this capability.

However, this is something we would like to know more about.
So, I am changing this topic over to an idea. And, I would like to hear from others about their localization and globalization of videos.

How common is this?
Are companies making this a requirement now - to provide captions in other languages?
Are all your videos needing localized captions or is this a one-off project?
Etc.

Kelly
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It's best idea for Camtasia users to have the ability to add more than one Caption for each language to extend the viewers and target area so that the viewer will be free to select the proper language
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I have seen videos especially in China where BOTH the English and Chinese subtitles were shown at the same time (one on top of the other).  I want to be able to do that for Camtasia.  But, right now can't.  Hope you can do it in the near future.
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have you considered doing something like this ...

How To Display Multiple Languages In Same Caption 2019-04-30
https://www.screencast.com/t/64LAFZDbKl

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Hi,

I also work for a worldwide company.

When we produce tutorials about our internal softwares and tools, we would like to have to publish a single MP4 video file, which would embed multiple subtitles languages, and let the user select his preferred language for subtitles.

Of course, the idea is not to duplicate the video for each language, but to embed multiple subtitles languages and select the one I want when I play the video.

Regards,
Eric.
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Let me create the scenario for others to view and perhaps measure against their own situations:

I create multiple video files per month for a global company.
Since we want to reach all our target audiences we have developed 10 different languages in SRT format to add as a caption to the videos.
This allows us to create 1 English language video, while still offering a multitude of target areas the option of having the caption so they can follow the videos in their native tongue.

The results have been staggering as our audience participation and retention increased significantly.
This means we are on the right path with the idea, however the execution is the part I personally would like to improve.
I can create hard coded caption video's for every single language we provide.
This means we are hosting 11 different videos (original plus all the captioned ones) and that is draining our resources.

Since Camtasia can set multiple caption tracks per video, it would be great if we could offer all captions as selectable with a right mouse click or a menu item to activate the specific caption language they prefer.
Almost like a DVD subtitle selection menu/option.

Any and all feedback is welcomed.
Thank you for taking this into consideration and perhaps we can work something out together so everybody benefits.
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Hello! Any updates on this one?
My company has adapted your software for producing training videos, however our company is global and we much appreciate it to have the chance to offer sub titles in multiple languages to our customers!!!  Thank you!!!!
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Yes I would also like to see if Camtasia can provide multiple srt functionality as youtube does as I offer my videos on a LMS that I host using Amazon AWS. Other LMS sites provide this as does youtube.
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Hello,

The thing is that Techsmith actually offers tutorial videos with multi-language support (i.e. Camtasia tutorials). Just go to one of them and click on the "cc" button from player controls. Therefore it is a valued feature, no question about that.

We are at our company users of both Camtasia and Screencast.com but we really need this feature to be supported as our tutorial videos need to be offered in a number of languages. On the other hand, it would be sad that even Techsmith is not using their own platform to offer such a feature.

My question is, if a Camtasia project actually supports to add on different captions as separate tracks, why multi-caption upon rendering is not supported? Should I go for a different solution then?

Thanks
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Hi Antonio,
I'm sorry, but Camtasis projects currently do not support the rendering of multiple caption files that can be chosen from the CC button upon video playback.

And yes, TechSmith does offer multi language captions that are added from within the actual video hosting platform, such as YouTube.  Screencast.com does not offer this capability.

While the implementation of allowing for the production of multiple captions is something we see as a need for our customers, this feature is not planned work at this time.

You can vote for this feature to be added to Camtasia at the top of this page.

Again, I'm sorry we do not offer this feature at this time.

Kelly
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antonio.notario ...

since this is not planned, recommend you try the 2 workarounds mentioned in my previous posts in this thread ...

1 multi-line captions

2 multi segment screencasts with different languages in its own TOC segment

3 different languages in their own separate video

these approaches are supported when hosting on SC.com
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Thanks for your post. Indeed I usually have the different capton languages on different tracks. Option 2 would not be an option better than merging the right video upon prior selection from our web programming. I usually do option 3...but again, that needs rendering a video multiple times.
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just to clarify ...

option 1 is where you have 3 lines in each caption [not different captions on different tracks in the project], with a different language on a different line; this approach supports 3 languages in each video
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Having multiple tracks in one project is the best idea for me. Otherwise any minor tweak or cut on other tracks would have to be replicated on multiple projects. At least having them all in one project means you can keep it all together and then enable/disable them when producing multiple output files.
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To further complicate this scenario, I'm also providing translated audio in addition to the translated captions (SRT files). So that would be two additional tracks for each additional language (a captions track and an audio track), and our videos are requested in dozens of different languages. The only way I see to accomplish this right now is to create an entirely new project file for each additional language. I start with the completed English video, make a copy and call it for example 'myproject-spanish', I hide the english audio and captions tracks, import a new translated audio track, and a new translated captions file, then make adjustments on the timeline (rarely does it take the exact same amount of time to say something in different languages).

If Camtasia could come up with a way so that all this could exist in a single video file, and upon output the viewer could then select the language they want, that would be amazing... a huge time saver for us, and a more interactive and streamlined experience for the viewer.

Just my two cents.
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use markers to make a TOC where each section takes you to a different language within the same video; here is an example of one way  to do this; hotspots at beginning are used to navigate to desired language

Example Video With 3 Language Options
http://www.screencast.com/t/neePT6RAeY

there are also other ways to do this