Closed Captions - 508 compliance

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I'm new to Camtasia. I currently am using the v6 trial version which expires in two days. Client needs a 508 compliant wmv next week. Will v7 produce this? Thanks so much.
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Posted 7 years ago

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Matt Dyer

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Both versions 7 and 8 of Camtasia Studio allow the creation of 508 compliant captions.
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K ODonnell

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That is not correct. Camtasia 8 does not create 508 compliant captions
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Thanks for the responses! I did read on the Techsmith site that v8 is not 508 compliant. Is it possible that issue was resolved? ***I'll likely be dowloading a trial of 7. Can either of you confirm for me that v7 will create a 508 compliant .WMV? Again, thanks so much for your help.
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I failed to mention that I need Closed Captions.
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Hi Shea,

In the video I just made with version 7, the captions are overlaid and I cannot turn them off using Windows Media Player. What player will be used to play back the video. Do they really need a WMV or would an MP4 work?

K O'Donnell is correct that there are changes between 7 and 8. Most notably that the captions don't have an Underlay option. They appear on the bottom area of the screen on a translucent background. If you're recording something like PowerPoint or some kind of content with no zoom and pans, there is a workaround where you can make your canvas bigger and move the video up so the captions appear under the video. But if you have zoom and pans, there is no realistic workarounds.

I think my best advice for your scenario would be to download the trial of version 7 from here. Keep in mind though, the evaluation period is only meant to evaluate the product and not produce commercial videos.

Here is the help documentation for version 7 as well:

I hope this helps,
Mike Curtis
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Mike S

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Most interested in this topic as it's very important for a lot of us. The 508 specs are pretty clear -- captions should be made to be opened and closed (thus "closed captioning") by the user. This would eliminate CS 7 right away.

But it seems less clear on exactly where captions should be placed. At least I can't find any specific language that relates to it. Can anyone point me to the right place?

Here are two sources I'm basing my presumptions on.

Don't want to invest a ton of work if it's not compliant
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508 also requires rewind play pause and ff buttons controllable by the keyboard. Can we get a flash options that allows every possible player control out there?

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