Camtasia 8: Synchronizing/Anchoring Callouts to Pan/Zoom Motion

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Anyone know how to do this? I need to have my blur-masked fields STAY blurred when the Pan/Zoom is in motion. Right now the callout stays anchored to the location I placed it... I need it to move relative to the zoom!

I have a project due ASAP, and this whole thing is toast if I can't figure out how to move the callout with the pan/zoom!
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Eric

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Daniel Foster, Snagit product manager

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Hi Eric - I think for this scenario, the new "group" feature in Camtasia Studio 8 is just what you need. You can select the video clip and the blur callout on the timeline, group them, then apply the zoom and pan effects. That should pin or anchor the callout to the underlying media.

I made a quick video to show the steps:

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Thanks for your question Eric. I have good news, you can anchor a callout to an area of the screen. To do this, add your callout to where you want it before adding your zoom and pan keyframes. Then select the callout and the media you want to anchor it to, then right click and choose group from the context menu. This will combine the callout and the media into a single clip on the timeline. Now you can add your zoom and pan keyframes to the group, and the callout will stay locked to the portion of the screen where you placed it.

I hope this helps!
Shane Lovellette
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Eric

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Dan/Shane - Thank you! That's just what the doctor ordered!

If I may suggest - adding a "help" topic in the Overview guide that says something like "Anchoring Callouts to Pan/Zoom Motion" would be helpful for Cam 8 newbs like myself.
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Daniel and Shane- I had to stop in the middle of my project too because I had the same issue.  In my case, I was trying to white-out a lab license code from one of my company's demo products.  But once I read this article, I quickly grouped the media with the "white-out" callout and it worked like a champ! I was able to pan and zoom all day long without anyone every seeing that license code!

Thank goodness for grouping and anchoring media!!

Now if I can remember to not switch from different colored background screens and I wouldn't have to repeat the work so many times!

Thanks again!
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I have tried to do as you say above but to no avail. My blurred callout continues to change place as the clip moves up and down. I am not using any zoom and pan markers. It's just the video clip as it was recorded from screen.  Any suggestions?
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sounds like the video clip has motion; you will need to split the blur callout and change its segment's positions as the underlying image moves; easier to do if blur callout is larger than usual when motion is present

you could also apply animation to blur callout if the motion is linear
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Well the video clip has the normal motion it should have any time that you record from screen and you scroll the page, ifyou know what I mean. In this case (and as I usually do) I scroll the pages with the scroll bar to show up or down the page. Every time I do that, what I am trying to concel is not concealed anymore. After all what is the use of a call out that moves all over when you move the background clip?See this example I have prepared especially to show. The moment I scroll the page a little, my typing of the password is already revealed. That is. the call out does not stick to the place or rather as you said, the background is moving. And I did group the call out and the video clip. 
http://www.screencast.com/t/X6POi8Bc 
As to your suggestion of changing the call out positions, I have already tried that, but since it's only one call out, when I change the position, the previous position is revealed. I would have to make like 10 callouts or as many as movements of the clip, to have that little part covered. Bit absurd, isn't it? 
But the experts here answered that it is possible by grouping the video clip with the call out and removing zoom and pan. I have removed zoom and pan also.  As you can see, it doesn't happen in my case. 
Thanks for your answer.
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grouping will only work if the relative positions of the thing to be covered is static compared to the blur callout's position

you have some choices ...

use the split-blur-callout technique I described above 

or, replace the action with start/end static images and put a fade transition where they meet

I've used both methods lots of times, with good results
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Excuse me asking but how do I replace the action (moving of the page as I scroll down to show other sections of the page) with start /end static images? You mean adding static images to the line where the scrolling of the page starts and ends? And what static images? Do I make a capture of images from the same video clip and insert them as media? If you could explain a little bit more your second solution, I would much appreciate it. Thanks
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put the playhead on timeline at location that is the start of a scroll [but before action kicks in]

use ctl-F shortcut to save that frame

put playhead at timeline location where scroll action ends

use ctl-F to save that frame

import both saved frames into clip bin

put playhead on timeline at midpoint of the scroll action

put start image on timeline so that it ends at playhead

put end image on timeline so it starts at playhead

images need to be on a track above video clip

adjust duration of images so that they correspond to the duration of actions you are trying to cover

add a fade transition where the 2 images meet
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Thanks for your prompt reply. Will try that soon today and let you know of results, which I hope will be positive coming from an expert like you. 
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Lynn

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I remember watching a video from TechSmith that showed how to do this, but I can't find it now. Does anyone else have a link?

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kayakman, Champion

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have you tried making a group and applying the zoom pan to the grouped object?
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Lynn

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Yes, it was successful. Thanks so much!

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good; while you were testing, I made this [just in case]

http://www.screencast.com/t/69xr0RNN