Can't see Table of Contents

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Hello,

I'm new to Camtasia -- I'm using version 8. I've followed every step to get a viewable table of contents appearing on the left side of my video, and nothing seems to work. I made markers, used the Custom Production Settings, made all the selections with the table of contents options (highlighting initially visible) and still I see neither a TOC nor an option to view one in my final video. Most of what I can find online that's useful applies to earlier versions and uses options not available in 8. Please help!!!
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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Thanks for your post Lindsay. How are you trying to view the video? It will only show when you hover your mouse over the video. The video controls will hide when the mouse is not over the video. Here is a screencast showing how it should look: http://screencast.com/t/y0TZ7X2HhWjX

Thanks,
Shane Lovellette
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for the TOC to show up on the player, you need to launch the .html file and not the .mp4 file, but what do I tell the client who needs to post the video, to post the .html file instead of the .mp4 file from the prod folder

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Where do you get the .html file?  All I received was a mp4 file, a URL, and some embedded code?
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when you produce to MP4 with controller [and do not share to Screencast.com], you should get a bunch of files in the output folder, including 2 .html files [xxx_player.html and xxx.html]; you need to launch the video using either of the 2 html files; then any interactive content [TOC, captions, hotspots, and quizzes] will be available
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Thanks, Shane! That was really helpful.
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glbcpa

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Is the above screencast link still active? I want to see how ToC looks so I can tell if I did it properly or not.
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Damien Angel

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Shane,
I am having the same issue that Lindsay mentioned above but when i hover above the video, the controls that pop up to not include a TOC button. I have produced it with a TOC in accordance with a tutorial by you all and am having no luck. has this been an issue for anyone else?
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you can do it in CS8; here's how ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/zl4KyfcMc
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Thank you for this video, that's helpful ...but it still does NOT do what Camtasia-7 did so neatly with ExpressShow. 
This latest method is
(i) a lot more work [having to measure image sizes & adjust the canvas etc], and
(ii) does not have such a compact Menu list, and
(iii) does not allow 'company branding' to show at the same time as the Menu, ...all of which was possible (and mostly automated) in Camtasia-6 and Camtasia-7. 
It's a shame when new versions go backward.
  
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one way to minimize the more work/time issue is to create a "template" project and put it in Library to use whenever needed; just swap in the new markers and video content, etc

perhaps experiment with different approaches to the TOC issue; here are 2 that I use that make use of button-style menus to do essentially what the TOC does ...

http://cookbookplus.com/temp/Kayak/PlantersWharfCreek/PlantersWharfCreek_player.html

http://cookbookplus.com/Videos/SalesManager2014/MenusSeparateFolders/SM2014-Menu/SM2014-Menu_player....
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I went through the steps to create a TOC. I DO NOT see the TOC if I play the mp4 version of my video in any player. I DO see the TOC if I lauch the project.html file
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the TOC is scripted in the config.xml file; to see/use the TOC, you must play the video using the TechSmith player by using either the .html or _player.html files to launch the video

also, you can produce and share to screencast.com and the TOC will be enabled

if you host on your own web site, you must upload all the files produced by the render process [try a custom production to MP4 with player]
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I don't actually use the table of content features so I'm not sure how practical my solution is but here is an option.


You could install Camtasia 7 on the same machine using your version 8 Key. This can be done legally without a problem. 
Multiple versions can exist on the same machine and TechSmith allows you to use the same activation Key on any version ( Versions ) you choose. You may also use more than one version simultaneously.
You can download and install a new or an older version from this link. http://www.techsmith.com/download.html

Produce your video as an AVI in Camtasia 8.
That will produce a video of high quality that is worthy of re-editing and Re-producing.
Then do all of your Express Show work in Camtasia 7.

Just a thought, hope it's a practical one.

Regards,     Joe
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Joe, I'm not sure that I understand ...in what ways would your suggestion be better than simply doing everything in Camtasia-7 ?
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I try to give my best response for anyone visiting this thread.
Some people may be new to Camtasia 8 and have no Idea what Camtasia 7 could do for their workflow. 

I don't think deleting features from a program is ever a good Idea. You should have the option to use a "Proven" and Fully developed feature first. 
Then if you want to adapt to a newer technique. You could do it at your own leisure.
Camtasia 8 has some editing features like auto-stitch, track mute and other nice enhancements. So you could conceivably take advantage of those features and still have access to Express Show.
That's what I was intending to apply.

Regards, Joe
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Hi Joe, I think you need to advise people that the TOC will never show up in the .mp4 file but in the .html file once it has been customized in the custom production setting TOC options window of the Custom Production Setting wizard.
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Is there any possibility that Camtasia 9 (when produced) could have the very nice ExpressShow features of Camtasia 7 ?
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just curious, but what "nice ExpressShow features" are you referring to?

you can pretty much create the ExpressShow look in CS8

but I never used ES that much, so maybe I'm missing something here
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Hi all,

Just finding this thread now. It *appears* to have the solutions to the issues I am having but I still cannot get the TOC to appear in the MP4 output (Camtasia 8). I have followed these instructions (and tried to publish it on my windows PC three times):
I get an MP4 output, but not TOC, even if I hoover over the screen. 

I have tried to view the MP4 in VLC  player, Quick Time and Windows Movie. 

What am i doing wrong?
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If you are just double-clicking the MP4, that's why. There are a host of other files involved to make the TOC work. You have to click on the HTML page that is produced and view it from there.
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I'm still using Camtasia 7 ...it produces a very neat Table of Contents, easily, always visible.  I just don't understand why a company would make their features go backward like this!