Captions - how do I export the file with the captions embedded in it? Complete newbie needs your help!

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Im a newbie and spent all weekend editing a video and adding captions (I have latest version of Camtasia)

I exported it as an MP4 format and uploaded that file (and only that file) to my digital download site for customers.

But it appears that the captions are not embedded in the file?  Which renders it now an uninformative waste of 10 min as I had no voice over either (my mic hasnt arrived yet)

I found this link but I dont understand what its telling me - I upload my files to Podia for customers to download and want to make it easy and simple for them

https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002586112-Captions

Is there another file format I can use to export that puts it all into one easy file?  Or do I need to give them multiple file formats that the player will then do the right things with?

Very new to this (it took me 5 hrs to edit a 20 min screen shot video to 11 min of tutorial) and now Im heartbroken to find out that all the useful information I put on the video ISNT THERE!!




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1st, create a free screencast.com account

2nd, produce/share your project as an MP4 with smartplayer to screencast.com

the uploaded video, when played off screencast.com, will have any interactive content [captions, TOC, hotspots, quizzes] that you had in the project
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see ...

How To Share To Screencast.com 2019-01-31
http://www.screencast.com/t/zCY5GEjKj3Cf

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Im uploading it to Podia so its playable/downloadable from there, so this option isnt going to work as I gather Screencast is a separate site?
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lensaddiction

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OMG thankyou!!!   I did do a custom production but most of the options meant nothing to me - I will check my settings and re do it if I did it the wrong way.  I was REALLY hoping this was possible, so thankyou!
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For starters, in order for captions to work correctly. Meaning the user could turn them on and off. You would have to produce your video using the Camtasia Smartplayer.

You would also have to host your video on a site that supports the Smartplayer. Podia is not one of those sites.
There are two options I can think of.
You could burn the captions into your video so that everyone sees them at all times.
Second option.
If and only If, Podia has the capabilities of Importing .SRT or.SMI captions.And can host your video on their site for viewing. Because Camtasia can export your captions in these formats. Allowing users to view your video on their website. That way they can turn captions on or off if they want to.

But if they need to download a video with no audio. You're probably going to want to burn the captions in.

If you want to burn the captions into your video. You have to do a custom production. Go through the production wizard.Under options, choose burned in captions.


Regards,Joe

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This is the option the user is seeking. Be aware they are not considered "Closed" since they can never be turned off by the viewer. They are literally "burned into" the video. Set the options carefully and select the correct size and position before production.
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Here's a  little tip if you are going to burn in the captions and just need the mp4 and have no need for the smartplayer.

To be able to make any settings under the "Options" tab in Joe's screenshot above you have to first make sure that you checkmark to use the Smartplayer in the "General"tab.

You would then use the setting Joe shows above to burn in your captions,  But before you click Next, go back to the General tab and Un-check the Smartplayer option then click next and continue to produce your video.

Your video will be produced with the captions burned in but you won't have all the other smartplayer files that you don't need.

Of course you can just go ahead and produce with the smartplayer option on and then just use the mp4 from all the files you end up with after production but if you are not going to use the smartplayer why have Camtasia produce the extra files.

Either way I just wanted to pass along this little tip that many don't know about.


Dubie:)
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Can you explain the difference between the Smartplayer and an mp4 to a total noob?  As in why I would use one over another, what the differences are and why it might matter?

I got the impression that Smartplayer had to be specifically supported so might have some limitations that using mp4 doesnt?

And useful tip re the export - I have just been exporting as mp4 and ignoring the rest of the files cos I didnt know what they were for.
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You need to produce your videos with the Smartplayer if you add hotspots or a table of contents (TOC) or quizzes and will be using the videos on your own hosting/website.

When you produce with the Smartplayer Camtasia will create multiple files that all have to be uploaded to your site for any of the interactive elements to work and then you would send viewers to the HTML file Camtasia made to see your video.

If you host your videos on screencast.com (a Techsmith owned  platform) your interactive elements will work by just uploading the mp4. Screencast already has all the other files in place.

All that said, videos uploaded to Youtube or other such platforms won't let your interactive content work so there is no reason to add hotspots or a TOC to your videos if they are for those platforms as they won't work and therefore no reason to produce more than just a mp4.

Thats the jist of it.

Dubie:)
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@lensaddiction

As a new user of Camtasia it would be useful to watch the tutorials to help get you up to speed with Camtasia

https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia.html

Dubie:)


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screencast.com is a TechSmith video hosting site; if you had your own web site, you could upload to there if desired

perhaps this tutorial might help ...

About The Various Files From A MP4 With Smart Player Production 2018-02-04
http://www.screencast.com/t/PskL7hzG

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If you can import Captions to Podia, you export them from the Gear Icon at top of the Captions menu.

Click it and Export captions will become available.

Chose the format.


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You can import the stf caption file into Podia, but I figured out with your other AWESOME instructions how to burn them in and output that way.  THANKYOU!!!!
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It's all problematic because Techsmith actually doesn't know beans about captions.

Captions should be done as an SRT subtitle file embedded in the MP4 container. That way almost any decent, modern multimedia player would be able to handle the video as well as DNLA clients. (MP4 is actually a container that can holds multiple files; the video, various audio tracks and subtitles are all individual file items in the container and a MP4 capable player like VLC knows how to unpack the container and play the desired files and users can turn on/off desired things like preferred audio tracks or subtitle tracks.

But... Camtasia only knows how to embed video and audio into an MP4 and doesn't seem to understand that you should have also done that with the captions as an SRT file in the container. (This way you can also embedded a variety of different subtitle tracks for different languages.

There is one and only one option if you want to allow users to use the multimedia player of their choice... Open Captions, where they are burned directly into the video. The captions are always visible and nobody can turn them on or off.

For optional subtitles you can do the following:
1) Upload the video/audio to youtube. Youtube's system can apply automatic speech to text conversion and apply closed captions for you and the YouTube player knows how to turn their captions on and off. Oh... You don't want to share your corporate training video with the entire world publicly?? Well, then this option isn't going to work for you. Also Youtube's speech to text isn't trained to your particular speech patterns. Good luck if you have an accent.

2) You can get a Screencast.com account (which is basically Techsmith's competition for Youtube) and upload your project there. Again... it works because clients are forced to use Screencast's web video player instead of a multipurpose player of their choice. Aaaaand.... your video is public as well, So, no better than Youtube.

3) You can use the MP4 with built-in "smart" player. But this is garbage. Clients don't get to choose the player. They're stuck with the camtasia "smart" player AND a whole bunch of html, xml and css files that all have to go together to make it work. Thus you can't upload this or embed the result into things like Canvas LMS, moodle or PowerPoint presentations. You need a web server/browser or it doesn't play.

Don't get your hopes up about embeddeding the captions below the video. That is a smart player only thing too.

So, summary:
A) upload to a public video dump site.
B) Burn the captions as open captions (and force everyone to see them and obscure the bottom of your content.
C) opt to use the un-embeddable, proprietary smart player.
D) violate US federal law and don't caption your videos.

Techsmith:
Learn to create an SRT file and embed it in the MP4 container. That is the common industry practice for MP4 video production. At least allow me to export the captions as an SRT file so I can use a different video editing suite to combine it into the mp4 container myself.

You speech to text facility isn't bad. Translating it to an embedded/convenient/usable caption subtitle is terrible.