Can you make callouts grow/shrink or move across screen?

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Hey, I was using the trial version of Camtasia before I bought it, which I now have, and saw the "Vector Grow" feature in the callouts area. I assumed this allowed me to set an initial size and placement of a callout and then a final size and placement, but either it's not what I thought it was or I can't get it to work.

I also can't find any topics on using this feature. Help!
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Hi Don,

You've found an obscure corner of the application that has a very unique purpose. It's difficult to explain in words, so I made a quick screencast to show when this feature is useful and when it's not useful.
http://screencast.com/t/1qERyCmqn (3min 22sec)

Hope this helps.
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dro -

Thanks, I completely understand it now.

So, the followup is how do you do what I was hoping, where you start an image as one size/location and or time migrate to a different size location?

I assumed that with the AWESOME zoom functionality you have for video timelines that you would have that capability for callouts as well.

For example, let's say I start with a callout scaled to 50X50 at x25, y25, and want it to grow with 3 seconds to be 200X200 and drift horizontally across the screen to end up anchored at x300, y25.

How would I accomplish this? It seems your zoom and pan tech is perfect for this, but I have a sad because I can't figure out how to make that work.
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You can do this now the manual way; slice up the callout over time into 3 or 6 frame slices, and move and resize each slice to get the outcome you need. Tedious and time consuming, but results can look pretty good.

I've used this method to give image callouts motion and perspective as they [seemingly] move across the screen and slide away into the distance.
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Don,

I'm sorry to say that animating the size or position of callouts with Camtasia Studio 7 (CS7) is not supported. Callouts in CS7 are static. Wherever you put them, that's where they stay. They can fade in and out, but they do not animate.

It is technically possible to zoom in all the way on the timeline, and make callouts that are each 1/30th of a second, manually changing the size or position of each one to create motion. But even with copy/paste, that's a ton of manual work, and certainly not a great workaround.

For what it's worth, you could chime in or add your +1 to this thread, which I believe is requesting a similar feature:
http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi...
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Hi Don,

With the release of Camtasia Studio 8, you can now apply transformations to any visual media, including callouts. You can also animate any of those properties using keyframes.

The 30-day trial is fully functional and can be installed alongside existing versions of Camtasia Studio. You can learn more about the new version here:

http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha...

Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

Randy
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I'm using Studio 8 but can't seem to find the transformations you're talking about to make callouts grow and shrink.  Any guidance? 

:)  -- annette
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Here is a video covering basic animations. You just resize the callouts the same way that I resized the j peg's in the video.
Regards, Joe
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