Camtasia 8: How to download produced files to iPad?

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How can I download to my iPad all the files created when I publish a video using the preset for “MP4 with video player (up to 720p)?

I want to have a “Plan B” to be able to demo my videos in the case I don’t have a connection at an upcoming conference. I could publish an MP4 without the features available with the TechSmith player and use iTunes to transfer them to my iPad. However, the point of the demo is to show off the menus, captions, search, and gesture capabilities now available on the iPad. To do this, of course, I need all the underlying files on my iPad.

How do I transfer all the underlying files to my iPad to demo the them?
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Four Tips:

1. Save MP4 files under Movies in iTunes, then sync to iPad.

2. Save in a file management program like GoodReader in a File Folder.

3. Best method.
Host on Screencast.com & Playback in Safari.

Two steps:
i. With the screencast URL open, click Safari's Save and Share icon
ii. next click, Add to Home Screen.

This saves a Screencast.com Playback icon on to your iPad screen.
One click to play. Internet connection needed.
This uses less storage space on your iPad.

If you have a lot of screencasts, move all to one screen, or group in a Folder.

To Group in a Folder: Touch & hold till they start shaking. Dragging one icon over top another creates a Folder of Screencasts on your iPad.

Screencast Planning Tip:
When Safari uses the Booksmarks Bar and Tabs are open, it will occupy >120 pixels of vertical screen height. 1024x 768 is fine if you plan only to playback as an MP4 Movie to use all of the iPad's screen space, but when played back in Safari 1280x720 16:9 formats work best and all of your screencasts will be seen in Safari.

4. Even better method:
Playback live from Screencast.com or from a File using the GoodReader app.
(see the Two More Tips post below)

Hope this helps.
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I use Dropbox on my Ipad all the time - it works great for Camtasia movies.
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Thanks for all the tips!
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Two More Tips

I. If you cannot connect to the Internet...

To playback screencasts on your iPad with working Tables of Contents & Hotspots.

Produce as "MP4 with video player (up to 720p)" then click, Open production folder, and save contents as a zip file.

Upload this zipped file via iTunes into the GoodReader for iPad app.

With your iPad connected & iTunes open, under DEVICES, click your named iPad, click Apps, scroll down to, File Sharing, click GoodReader icon shown under Apps. Right screen now shows GoodReader Documents, at bottom click, Add... then select the zipped production folder for transfer to your iPad.

Zipped production folders are important since Apple chose not to allow dropping folders in this window, you can only drop individual files or zipped files (you need to ZIP folders to transfer via iTunes). These zipped files are later unzipped inside GoodReader in a new individual folder. One click to unzip.

For playback in GoodReader click "VideoName.html" or "VideoName_player.html". GoodReader plays full screen. All Table of Contents & Hotspots will work just fine.

When you have an Internet connection, in GoodReader under Web Downloads, connect to your Screencast.com account files and project URLs for full screen iPad playback. GoodReader is a full screen web browser. No need to playback in Safari which can cut 120 pixels off the top of your screen.

II. If you have a lot of videos...

Try Seagate's GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage. This 500 gig hard drive connects via Wi-Fi, streams three different videos at the same time to up to eight devices. This may be a handy Trade Show playback device. I have not yet tested, so cannot confirm if this allows TOC or Hotspots to work.

Dropbox & GoodReader do work together but I have not yet seen any Dropbox browser function allowing TOC or Hotspot playback to work.

Hope this helps.
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Update: Seagate's GoFlex Satellite Wi-Fi hard drive works fine. For hotspot controls to work you must access .html video playback control files via a browser. The Seagate software will show up and works direct from within a browser. Connect your iPad2 to the Seagate Wi-Fi hotspot first. If you also have another Wi-Fi access hotspot available, you can use the lower left screen contols to connect to a second hotspot at the same time.
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More great tips... especially since my main concern for a "plan B" is if I can't get a connection.

I started playing with Dropbox and, of course, was able to transfer the related video files. However, it was not obvious how to play the videos on the iPad. I have the TechSmith Smart App, but clicking the html file or the player file didn't work.... The GoodReader may be the solution.

I really like the Seagate's GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage idea.

Thanks.
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dropbox should work on the as long as the folder is in the dropbox public folder and you link to the html file - and an mp4 file will also work by clicking on the mp4 file
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GoodReader for iPad works very well. ZenViewer for iPad also works well, but I have less experience with this app.

At the moment I prefer GoodReader for iPad as a file management platform.
This does a good job as a full screen player when I connect to Screencast.com, and as a playback hosting app to play Screencasts with TOC & Hotspots on an iPad when no Internet connection is available. Click image for tip:
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Will this method also work from the previous version (Camtasia Studio 7.1.1)? I have a great demo that uses hotspots and I would love for this to work on an iPad. On my first attempt it did not work. Video just starts playing without pausing at the hotspots.
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If you host on Screencast.com, your TOC & hotspots will work fine played on Safari.
1280x720 productions are best since top of Safari's browser cuts >120 pixels off the top ot the available screen playback space. First test playback of your project on Screencast.com. In Safari, tap the Save & Share icon, then tap Add to Home Screen. This adds an Icon on to your iPad Screen. Just tap this Icon for playback or save your Screencast.com URL in the Safari Bookmarks for later playback.

If all works well on Screencast.com, and you need to playback on an iPad 2 or higher, and will not have an Internet connection, Good Reader can be used store and playback your Produced Files. You need the .MP4 and the .HTML files for playback of TOC & hotspots. These files are linked and needed. Best step is to zip all the produced files and transfer to iPad via the iTune file moving method noted above. Dropbox also is a good file moving method to transfer files to an iPad. If you move using Dropbox via its Save and Share icon you can transfer your zipped production files into the GoodReader app on your iPad for un zipping and full screen playback with all TOC and hotspots working. Dropbox currently is not good as a playback tool. It seems unable to playback in full screen and best used as a temp file share, storage, or moving tool. GoodReader and ZenViewer both work as file storage and playback tools. No doubt there are other similar apps to store and playback Screencasts on iPads.

If only the .MP4 file was transferred to an iPad, TOC and Hotspots will not work as these are part of the .HTML file. If all files are present and you have a hotspot that does not work, then something is wrong in your settings of the hotspot in production and you will need to go back to your origional production to correct.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks John! Works perfectly in Screencast. I don't have an iPad2, but now I have a reason to get one :-).
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Thanks again John, your solution with GoodReader worked perfectly!
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I would like to play interactive videos on iPADs for staff training. I am unable to host from a server (like screencast) and I also can't use our intranet due to policy restrictions.
I have managed to play the file in goodreader and all interactive features are there. Is there I way I can arrange the files so that the user can play see only the HTML file? Currently they would have to choose the correct file out of many choices. If I try and move or hide the other files, the HTML no longer works. Only solution I can think of is adding the link to an interactive PDF, but that might not look very good and could be tricky for first time users moving back and forth between goodreader and the PDF.
Thanks
(first time post - sorry if this is the wrong place for this question)

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