Can't Convert 'Squiggle' Sketch Motion Callout Beyond v.9

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I have been using Camtasia for years over multiple versions and have a workhorse squiggly sketch motion callout for underlining that is no longer available or supported in v. 2019 or 2020. My current computer has v. 8, v. 9, v.2019, and v.2020 installed. 

I am pretty confident that this callout originated as a sketch motion annotation in an earlier version of Camtasia but somewhere along the line I added it to my Library, along with a few other sketch motion callouts. 

This specific callout is not available in the Annotations in any of the versions I have installed but the library version worked, and still works, in v.8 and v.9. However nothing I can do makes this available in v. 2019 or v. 2020. I have tried two approaches, upgrading a v.9 project which includes this callout and also exporting and importing the library asset.

If I save a simple project with this callout in it from v. 9 and open the project from either v. 2019 or v. 2020 the project is upgraded. The callout appears on the timeline but exhibits no visibility. 

If I export this asset from my v. 9 library and import it into either v. 2019 or v. 2020 the import is successful but there are two symptoms. 1) If I add the asset to the timeline it adds with correct properties and duration but is invisible. 2) The icon in the library is empty--see below.



The image above is a segment of my library in v. 2020 after importing all of the assets shown. The three with the red boxes all exhibit the same behavior as my squiggly line but I can easily recreate the top two. But I really want my squiggly line back.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Larry
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use Camtasia Recorder to capture yourself drawing a new one, against a solid background color

with that capture in a Camtasia project, use remove a color on the background, to make the new squiggle display on a transparent background; put it in Library, use whenever; use clip speed to adjust timing
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AH yes, the Wayback machine
Great site if you've got the patience to navigate through it.
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Joe, Sorry about the mixup on the file. While I don't know why I would have done this it is possible that I exported my v. 2020 version. But based on Dubie's investigations (thanks much) it seems that this is a dead end anyway. 

Kayakman's approach for creating my own version seems to be the way to go. It isn't a true callout but behaves one in pretty much all important respects, once you know the Alt-drag trick he shared. 
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Agreed. The Wayback Machine is great.

But it is wonderfully frustrating.
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No big deal Larry,
At least you got a way forward {:>)
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Dubie,

Thanks for the research and the info. It seems that the upgrade path for this and a couple of other assets has been broken. 
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OK, you absolutely rock!!! I'd never heard of the Alt-drag technique before (and never needed it). Once I do that the clip behaves like any other callout. Don't even need to use Alt once I've made the first adjustment. Snapping on the timeline works just like any other callout as well. 

I REALLY appreciate the time you took with this. 

I remain curious why the library asset wouldn't convert and have an issue in with T.S. support on this but even if they can't sort it our your solution will definitely work.

Again, I really appreciate your expertise and willingness to help with this.

Larry
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I believe support for early versions of sketch motion callouts was dropped years ago; I believe they first showed up in Camtasia 6; were radically changed by Camtasia 8

I've had to abandon a number of older Library based SM callouts, that I'd made years ago; progress?

I had made some tutorials on how to make your own true sketch motion callouts using svg files; if ever interested in looking at them, let me know and I'll provide the links; but the techniques no longer work in 9, 2018, 2019, 2020

I once did a series of videos where there where many, many custom svg sketch motion callouts, in each video, that were used to indicate driving progress in maps; was actually easy to do

I never understood why TS dropped support for the svg SM callouts

good luck with your project work
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Thanks. I'm a college professor and do a lot of online teaching and quite a bit of content originated as Power Points from face-to-face. I try to use techniques online to keep focus on the current point (and chins from drooping).

I am amazed at the cutoff of support for earlier approaches. I teach a LOT of technology courses and others where concepts must be kept current. I develop my videos in a very modular format so if something needs updating I can cut out of date segments, plug in the updates, and re-render the video. If I've upgraded C.S., as I just did, anything produced with an unsupported asset will be broken. 

Thanks again for your help. If I hear anything back from Tech Support I'll post it here.

Larry
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I hacked the svg and used one of our internal tools to convert it into a Sketch Motion callout. You can download it here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0dapyqsewarxnqn/Squiggle-Line-Sketch-Motion.libzip?dl=0

It's a library asset now, but a true sketch motion callout that can have its color adjusted, thickness, draw speed, and size. Seems to be working fine Camtasia 2020 on Camtasia Mac. I didn't crack open my Windows machine, but in theory at least it should work just fine. Let me know.
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Nice Job {:>)
I can envision me using this for something.
I imported it into 2020 and everything seems to work correctly.
It isn't backward compatible with other versions though, as I'm sure you're aware. I'm just pointing that out for others.
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Oh, and it was a kind gesture as well.
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Brooks, MANY thanks!!! This works great in v. 2020 on Windows 10. While I could have gotten by with the home-grown screen capture video hack having this as a SM callout instead of an mp4 is GREAT. 

Am really curious about what "hacked the svg" means but I'm sure that "used one of our internal tools" means that this isn't for the home-grown amateur. 

I do remain concerned that there was no upgrade path for Camtasia resources from earlier versions. I suppose that most videos are pretty static once finished but I do create mine to be editable. As is, I'll have to maintain two editing environments.

Again, thanks. This will let me continue to work as I have been.

Larry