Changing the Location of Captions on the Screen

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I'm trying to use Camtasia for Mac to add captions to a video I've produced. The problem is that I've got info-graphics at the bottom of the page (I can't really position them anywhere else because the focus of the frame is a close-up of a person speaking), and the captions then obscure the graphic. Typically captions can be placed anywhere on the screen in order to be compliant with accessibility for the hearing impaired and also universally accessible for those not needing the accommodation without obscuring important visual features for both. My suggestion is to be able to control the location of the caption bubble on the screen. To go even further, I suggest making that control available individually in each segment of text so that you do not have to pick one location for the text and keep it there throughout the clip.
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Holly Zuckerman

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would be very useful indeed...
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Neil Weicher

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Dear TechSmith folks - I agree - being able to change the position of the caption line on the screen would be a very useful enhancement.
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Hello,

Thank you for your feedback and ideas concerning the ability to preposition captions on the canvas.

At this time, this is not on our list of work to do. However, it could be in the future if we find this is a very popular request.

In the meantime, you will need to use text callouts to get the look you need. Or, you could increase the height of your video which allows the captions to display at the bottom and raises your media up so it will show.

Thanks again for your feedback and ideas! We appreciate your input.

Kelly
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This was 3 years ago. What is happening?
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I want the captions at the bottom of the screen not a bit above the bottom of the screen. As it is it uses up too much real-estate and covers important graphics.  It is 2016. Would have thought that by now you could have made that enhancement. 
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ian

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Not having this simple feature seems rather silly at this point in history.  I need that bottom percentage of the screen.  Not being able to chose where captions display is a burden.  Please add this feature.
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I have found a work around, although not really a solution as the formatting is not quite the same as for captions (and also if we were just able to move the captions, it would be a lot simpler than going through the following steps). Using annotations, you can add a black box with white text over it anywhere on the screen, and set it to last for the duration of the caption rather than adding a caption for any particular segment where you need to move the text.
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K. Mann

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Agreed. The ability to have location flexibility as well as more styling flexibility will improve this feature. The caption feature in its current state is quite intuitive however. 
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Jen Preston

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I would like to have this feature added as currently the subtitles take up too much real estate at the bottom of the canvas. Please add!!
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Stephanie Michelle Fitch

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I agree! Please let us adjust the position of the captions! Hopefully this will become a popular enough request that y'all realize the inconvenience it causes. 
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Paul Naude

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I found I require this now as well since I created a video which needs captions in a frame that are nowhere near where the default captions are placed. I agree that combining captions and call out options would be more optimal and provide you with the best of both worlds.
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This definitely needs more votes. I often record a software that has a number of buttons at the bottom of the window that are frequently used. It is really annoying that the cursor is hard to see when one of those buttons needs to be clicked because the captions. I have tried using callouts instead of captions for when the action takes place at the bottom of the screen, but somehow the formatting is not quite the same and creates an inconsistent look.
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I'm not sure if this feature will be included in Camtasia 2018 (being released on 19th June, 208) but I am crossing my fingers. It's a simple yet useful feature that has been neglected for so long.

Changing caption placement would help us all out especially when creating open captions.

This does not need to be a popular request for it to be added in Camtasia. It's a requirement to make captions accessible.

Thanks. 
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Can we get a status update from the developers/support staff? These requests now go back 2 years. When will we have the option to place the text in a location that works with the content instead of having to adjust the content to worked with the fixed location of the text? EVERY other object is movable on the screen except for this. It doesn't make sense.
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ian

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Adding my vote on this as well - it would definitely be a big help to be able to move captions into different positions!
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As a side note to this conversation, where you host your videos might help this.
For example, YouTube now allows the viewer to move the captions anywhere on the screen by dragging the caption. This allows the viewer to choose the location that works best for them.

Other video hosting sites may have this option built in as well.

Kelly
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This still isn't as helpful as text that instantly moves where it's most convenient on the screen. I have some obsolete captioning hardware that lets me instantly move the captions to the bottom, center or top of the screen so that it's not obscuring anything. Unfortunately that method is for VHS or DVDs. I could technically caption via that method by burning what I need onto a DVD and then ripping what I caption into a digital file, but that's way too much of a hassle.
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This idea was posted 6 years ago, and nothing has been done. I'm running Camtasia 2018, and still I'm not able to relocate the captions. And why not be able to change the properties for each caption, not only global settings. Sometimes I want to left align and sometimes right align. It should be MY choise, right?
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Hi there

As with anything in life, there are often tradeoffs involved.

The fact is, you are able to have captions appear anywhere you like. You do that using Annotations. With those, you have full control over everything. The thing is, there is no ability to turn them off if your viewer doesn't need them or want to see them. And that's the trade off you make.

I don't claim to be any kind of expert whatsoever in things related to Accessibility, and that's what the Captions feature is all about. (I also didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night, so I can't really claim to be an expert. ;)

But it wouldn't surprise me in the least if the lack of ability for positioning Captions is related to the Section 508 ADA compliance standards. So this may well be something beyond TechSmith's control or willingness to tackle if they are trying to keep within the guidelines specified by the US government.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick, I am an expert in Accessibility compliance. There is no standard that dictates where the location of captions need to be, only that at the minimum there should be captions available. But creating access is meant to be about creating the most equitable experience possible for anyone, and having the captions obscure critical information in a video can and should be avoided. That’s why I made this suggestion to begin with. I do appreciate the available workarounds, but I don’t see why the caption feature can’t be made just a little better. I’d rather not have to forego using the caption feature in order to possibly create better access when that’s what the caption feature is there for.
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Thanks for the info, Holly!

Seems to me that if someone is interested in this feature and trying to make the most equitable experience possible, the answer would lie in creating videos with an additional blank area at the bottom where the captions would appear without obscuring anything on the screen at all. 

Then again, I'm only looking through the lens of what is possible at the moment, given the way the software presently works. 

Happy holidays to you! Rick :)
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Holly Zuckerman

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So when the captions are closed there is an unsightly gap under the video? No thanks ;)
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It would be fabulous to be able to change the location, as well as resize the caption box as I would like ability to size the box to the width of the video.  The captions themselves don't need to go edge to edge, but it would be nice to have the box be a consistent size throughout the video.

PS - I'm using Camtasia 8.5 for Windows.
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Is there any update on this??
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anja

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I want this too!!!!!!!!!!! 
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Hi everyone. I am new here. Interesting thread, thanks for the information. 
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As more and more content publishers are creating video with captions, because people read not listen to videos these days, I am frustrated by the lack of adjustable captions. I can adjust the font, but the captions are stuck on the bottom of the video, plus they are bottom justified, not top, so single line caption text looks poor being at the bottom. I would think in 2018 or 2019, with the very high use of captions on video content published on LinkedIn, Facebook etc. that Tech Smith would have the vision to see how needed this is. 
Not happy its not a feature now I am creating content on LinkedIn with captions. 
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If you are content with having the captions always visible, you do have the option of just omitting the captioning altogether. Then just use callouts that are fashioned to look like captions. If you did that, you could place them anywhere that suits you.
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This is ridiculous. You can't keep telling people to use annotations. Most of us have our captions done in a file that we upload, we cannot transfer that to annotations. We have to manually type them out and that can be difficult for long videos. This is not a fix.