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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.