Camtasia for windows - add burned in captions below the video.

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Feature request:

I want "open captions" (you call "burned in"), but I want them below the video on a black bar. Currently if I do "captions below" in the production settings (under options), it only produces a player with the mp4 that has a blank space at the bottom, which is then where the srt closed captions appear.  The mp4 alone doesn't have the captions burned in.

You could separate the type of captions into 2 parts -- , first a "caption type" dropdown with: none, open or closed.  Then put a checkbox for "Position: put captions below video."

Given the production capabilities you already have in place, that shouldn't be too hard to code.
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  • excited for the improvement!

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Unfortunately this example only uses 1 line per caption, which gives the appearance of a good solution.  I've got a group of 3 fast talkers and many of my captions go to three lines.  The third line gets hidden by the html play bar.  Even when I go back and add another 50 px to the height, the captions stubbornly remain way at the bottom and the third line still gets cut off.

For some reason choosing the Under video captions changes something about the relative position of the video, the player, and the captions, so then the 3rd line doesn't get cut off.  So my only workaround at this time is to use the Screen Recorder to record the video showing the closed captions under the video.
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which style of "play bar" [controller] do you use?

try using the "classic" controller; it offers a small vertical footprint
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My need is to produce an mp4 that will play on its own in any compatible media player, so we only have a single file to link to/lug around.  Like for embedding in a PowerPoint for example, but not just for that.  Some of our trainers aren't very techy about linking to srt files; hence the need for burned in.

So which kind of controller shouldn't make a difference, since I'm not using that controller to play it anyway.

The burned-in 3-line captions barely fit in when played with Windows Media Player if you get the mouse out of there and the playbar disappears after a few seconds.  But get cut off in VLC.  Would love to be able to scoot those captions up just a little so there's no problem.
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here is an example of an MP4 with 3 lines of under-video captions ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/NyvSFWqZ 

if you download the MP4 and pl;ay locally [not in Screencast's player], you'll see what I mean

I tweaked the caption's font size to get it to come out so that the 3 lines fit within the below-video black space

seems do-able to me
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Looks a little better than mine.  What font size did you pick?  Maybe it depends on your video size....  

ADA compliance is required for all my projects.  When I bump the size down I get a warning that I'm no longer ADA compliant (although I don't know whether to trust that, since my colour contrast analyser tells me that Camtasia's ADA setting doesn't give enough contrast when it's against a light background, so I always have to reduce transparency of the background (unless I'm doing it below on a black background of course!).
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I used 33 for the font size [just type it in]

I don't do ADA compliance, so I can't address that

the original [no below video captions] clip [image] was 1020x687 [just happened to be what I grabbed to make the example]

editing dimensions were set to 1020x800

added the captions and made the AVI, then the MP4

note: I had edited the post with ...

"what I did was produce the project to AVI, then used that AVI to make the MP4"

but it's not showing for me?
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Thanks.  Any reason for producing to AVI and then mp4?  You're making that conversion in Camtasia or something else?

I'm starting with mp4s and producing mp4s.
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with the project configured correctly [captions showing in canvas OK under the video], producing first to AVI will burn in the captions so the show correctly [not interferred with by a controller] in the video

then, if you want to use MP4 for viewer access, producing the AVI to MP4 will give you the look you want

the AVI is used in a CS project, then produce that project to MP4
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