Camtasia Studio & Visual Studio integration

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Hi,

Usually, when I produce a video embedded in an HTML5 page, it not start automatically, requiring user intervention. What do I need to start video automatically after I download it?

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Marcelo Camarate
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video auto-play has been disabled in recent browser updates; particularly noticeable in Chrome; it is a browser thing, and not Camtasia

best to simply manage videos to start in a paused state

I will add that this is not an issue if videos are hosted on screencast.com
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It’s also an accessibility, usability thing...videos (with audio especially) that are set to auto play can be a nightmare for those with cognitive differences, or someone using assistive technology. Videos that auto play without sound can be distracting for us all, and with sound it can be an imposition on anyone accessing content in a quiet environment. Usability studies show that if a video auto plays, a user’s first reaction is to mute or stop the video. We are much more likely to watch a video if we control when it starts. As kayakman stated, videos really are best started in pause. Auto play not being the default is actually a good thing!
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I've actually produced virtually all my videos using auto-play, but the design of the project essentially kept this hidden from the viewer

I place a 2 second stop-at-end, click-to-continue image callout at T=0; the image is of a start button; when the video was accessed, it would start but immediately stop at 2 seconds, presenting a normal appearing play button; video having started play is not evident, and no audio in the 1st 2 seconds, so no distraction from an accessibility perspective

this technique offered several advantages over normal pause-at-start: years back, before progressive downloads were supported by the player, it allowed for the video file to continue download while appearing to wait for user start; it also enabled the player controls from the get go; viewer could see and adjust volume, play back speed, TOC and captions with the video paused;; with pause-at-start, the player controls are not available until a manual start play is initiated

unfortunately the recent browser behavior changes have broken virtually all of my multi-thousand videos, and the current user experience is not intuitive nor acceptable, since play has to be started with the small player control [lower left corner] even though the browsers are now presenting their own "play" button, which is not functional; and with the original productions, play will again stop at 2 seconds [via the start hotspot] requiring the user to click again; so not good 

the only exception I've found so far is if the old productions are launched using a hotspot that opens in the same window
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Hi,

Thank you for all contributions.

But if I can not use video auto-play more, can I customize the video start button in Camtasia 9? How?

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Marcelo Camarate
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as far as I can tell, the start button that appears in a MP4 with controller production that has been set to pause at start, that start button is injected by the production process, and is not customize-able

you might try contacting free tech support; perhaps they can identify where that image is in the installed CS files; maybe you could swap it for one of your own?

if you find the image location, please let us know