Custom Callouts and other customisations (Camtasia 9)

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This is about the recent Camtasia 9. I can't seem to easily save modifications to callouts to the callouts section on the left pane. If/when I save, it goes straight to library. In Snagit 13 (which I know is entirely different), it is easy to save customisations to any shape or callout etc (and not save it to a separate library). 

I've really tried to save customisations to my callouts and other things to the relevant sections, but I cannot find a way to do it as yet. If there is a way - I'd be grateful for help. 

If there is no easy way to do what I'm asking then it's probably an idea for development. 
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Rob Schwartz

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Agreed! So critical! Doing a series for a new book series or product and want to unify look with the whole site they will be placed on...  The callout doesn't even remember last settings- so I have to manually change color, text size, opacity, stroke, position, etc.. for EVERY. SINGLE. CALLOUT! 

I'm about to move to the Mac to use Screenflow- Prefer PC and have always loved and promoted Camtasia, but this feature is worth this much to us.  It easily doubles production time on a single video with a lot of callouts.
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The Mac version of Camtasia does have the functionality it sounds like you are looking for (see my other post in this thread) and now that we are cross platform, you could use that version if you have a Mac available to you. I definitely understand the frustration of not being able to do so on Windows though, so if you watch that video I posted and the Mac functionality is what you're looking for on Windows, let me know!
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Camtasia has never had the ability (that I know of) to customize and save Callouts in the Callouts tab. The only way I know to do it is to Save them to the Library...that works fine for me.
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Rob,

When I create a callout a single is added because only one character is required to preserve formatting.  When the callout is added to the timeline new text can be added before or after the character and then delete that character.  I have not tried using a space but, if that fails, a non-breaking space should work preventing the placeholder  character from having to be deleted.

In addition, a callout that is going to be used multiple times is copied to the end of a track.  To add the callout at the play head I simply scroll to the end, select the callout, copy it, paste it.  You are immediately taken back to the playhead.

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Rob Schwartz

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Thanks a ton for your input everyone.. I never even used the library! It's a great feature, and there are some great ways to be more efficient. However, why don't they show up in a section of the callouts? 

Is it possible to share libraries? This way, with a distributed team, we can all maintain the same look. 

And Camtasia team- THANK YOU for opacity on callouts! sexy at 85% instead of solid black. :)
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You have an ability to select items in the library and right-click them. At that point you are able to export them. Then you could share the result with others that would then import them into their own libraries.

Maybe one of the others knows of a way to do that sort of "behind the scenes" and if so will pop in to advise.

Cheers... Rick :)
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In our company there is a marketing dept setting up what fonts, ,callout colours, callout types etc that may be used in our work. Having to set assets on everything and then save to library is a sort of sub-optimal solution - been using that this fall, and see that the time wasted on these extra steps each time you need a call-out etc is too much for us.
Should be possible to have some sort of default config file for setting this up - within the bounds of the application. This should include assets for call-outs and captions (Font, font size, background colour, line colour, drop shadow (yes/no) fade in and fade out)
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Hi everyone, I recorded a quick video response to this, feel free to ask more questions or give feedback. 

http://www.screencast.com/t/cE9wQaifeI

If you'd like to have a conversation about your workflow with callouts and how we can make it better, you can contact me at d.latterner@techsmith.com
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I like that. Would be nice to see.
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Rob Schwartz

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Agreed. So much more intuitive, and love the preview you get with the icons for multiple "brands" created for different projects. 
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That would be a great feature to add!!!

And, a great time saver. I give it 3 thumbs up. 

Regards,Joe

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Lon Naylor

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YES! Please.
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Yes, Dan, that would be very helpful! We use the same six colors and two fonts for all callouts, and while we can do it by making various library items, being able to simply save the font/color/border combo as a style would save a lot of time.
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Bob Lewis

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Joe, I particularly like the teeth and eyes
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Oh, and may I tack on that being able to customize the Keyboard Callouts with custom styles would be great too. They're the only thing in my projects that doesn't follow the font/color/border styles.
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Yes please! this would be wicked!
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@Dan Latterner
That video of Mac version customised styles/callouts, is exactly what I'm looking for on Windows version.  Let's get it for Windows ASAP.  Many thanks. :)
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Yes, make it a priority; huge time saver!
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The screencast by Dan Latterner is 9 months old.  Why don't we have this existing functionality in our Windows versions yet???
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Ask yourself this mail

Name 3 feature requests TechSmith has adopted into Camtasia since they started the feature request roundup practically one year ago.

Now name 3 features requests adopted including SnagIt.

Feature Request Round-Up is a washout.That or it's TechSmith running culvert research for features for future releases.

What you don't get for voting is new features. You get promising expectations at best.
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I have used Camtasia since v 3.  I was a v 9 beta tester. Camtasia has made me a ton of money over the years. I am also a heavy-duty Snagit user. I appreciate the people at TechSmith. 

I even understand their needs to consolidate their financial gains after the huge expense of releasing a great upgrade like v 9. So, I can understand a "new feature" update gap.

But people want productivity gains. It has several built-in clumsy, time-eating features that need to be streamlined.  No voting needed.

It is particularly disturbing when they have the technology working in their Mac edition, as in this case, but are dragging their feet--nearly a year--in making it work in the Windows version.

Sadly, I agree, Johnny,  that "Feature Request" is a public relations smokescreen.  There is no steady feature/functionality progress, so it appears to be something designed to  placate customers, not trigger software improvements.
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As someone who works in a software company myself, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. What's apparent to the user base and what's on the realistic timeline of the internal development team may not be as easily aligned as you'd think. I'm not sure how many programmers they've got on staff, but adding, testing, and rolling out new stuff while also fixing bugs and developing a new mobile app is a juggling act. Patience. They'll make improvements to Camtasia, I'm sure.
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Here's Johnny

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If the timeline you referring to involves waiting for Camtasia 10. How is that a realistic timeline?
That's not a feature request,that's a payed upgrade.
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Who's talking about 10 ??? Let's not rush that at this point.

We're at 9.05 now, which are just bug fixes. We should see functionality/productivity changes in 9.1, I'd say.

8-10 months from release (where we are now) should be long enough for the fixes and Camtasia 9 to be stabilized.  Now seems to be about the time for kind of improvements that are on, or should be on,  the "list."
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YES you save the Call out ot what ever to the Library using "Edit >> Save to Library" then the can be reused between projects