camtasia 9, powerpoint and navigating between slides

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Has anyone come up with a good way of navigating between "slides" generated by powerpoint? I have markers at every slide transition with special "section" markers at topic boundaries. The section markers form the contents page but I really want to let the movie to pause at the end of each "slide", then the viewer uses something like the old player buttons to move on, go back to the beginning of the current slide and also go back to the beginning of the previous slide. 
At the moment I have shapes that have overlaid hotspots. They all "Pause at end" and then one is a continue whilst the other two go back to the previous marker and the one before that. This is a pain to setup and prone to error. There must be a better way!
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Stuart
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Maybe incorporating a TOC (Table of Content) in to the mix would work for you.

For navigation :
Set your markers at the beginning of each clip/slide and name them.

To just continue:
Create 1 button w/hotspot for a "Continue" button and keep it consistently placed.
**Keep it placed enough off the bottom of the video so the player controls do not cover it.

When a viewer hovers to click the "Continue" button the TOC will pop in to view.



They have a choice.  Continue or click something in the TOC?

To produce:

Do a "Custom Production" and make sure in the Smart Player Options > Options tab
to checkmark Table of contents.



Also make sure the "Table of contents initially visible" is checked in the "Markers options"
window or the TOC won't show when a viewer hovers on the video.



Unfortunately all this said,  the player controls will still show up and a viewer can
move around the video with them.

There is a way of digging in to some file(s) coding to remove them but thats a whole
different can of worms.

:)
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regarding hiding player controls, it's actually easy to do ...

How To Hide Controls In MP4 With Smart Player Production
http://www.screencast.com/t/DsmW4dsa

technique came from this thread ...
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/how-do-i-remove-the-player-controls-from-interactive...
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Dubi,
Thanks for the thoughts, some interesting ideas to think about.

However, my current TOC is "topic based". I do not really want to show every slide (there are a lot!) in the TOC . Typically I have 5 or 6 topics in the TOC, each of which have 5 or 6 slides associated with them.

I need to explore markers a little more. Is there a way of producing a generic "go to the previous marker" action? I suspect not as when you say "go to" a marker  as an action it replaces it with the markers time stamp. Incidentally, what happens if I move a marker, is the "go to" destination time also updated?

Lots to experiment with just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something obvious.

I do like community forums :-)

Thanks

Stuart
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Dubie's suggestion re using a TOC is definitely a good way to go; and if you don't want to show every slide in the TOC, then don't marker each one

Another approach to consider is using an external menu; I do this quite often with excellent results

I do this several ways: button-style menus that are basically very short, hotspot-only video productions; stacked PDF documents;video link databases [desktop and web apps]

Example button menu

Example PDF menu stack

Screenshot Of Desktop Database App

Overview Of Web-Based Database App

The button-style menus have hidden captions that support keyword searches

PDFs and both database approaches can also be keyword searched