Editing default settings for (e.g.) callouts in program options

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Set defaults for fonts, colors, callouts, transitions, etc

I'd really like to see more options for default settings for callouts etc.

I'm planning to make many screen casts which will all require the same "look and feel", therefore callouts ect. all required a specific look (color, size, font, style, etc.) and behavior (fade in time, fade out time). And those are not the default Camtasia settings...

It would be really helpful if one could set all these in the program settings (Tools -> Options), for each callout individually. We can only set the callout duration now, but in my opinion that's too limited. Granted, it will make the Options dialog larger, but I do not see that as a big problem.

I also know I can setup a callout as I want it and then add it to the library, but that will clutter the library unnecessary and it's not possible to edit a callout anymore when it's placed in the library. Changing a setting will require to put a new callout into the library and remove the other one.

All callouts already have a default setting, so why not make that editable?
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Hi Erik!
Thanks for the feedback.
I had two quick questions for you:

1. What if the Asset Library had some kind of subfolders or tabs or something that would better let you organize your callouts? Do you think that would mitigate the issue?

2. What would you think if we let you take a callout from the library, add it to the timeline, and then overwrite or somehow make it easier to overwrite the original version? This would remove some of the steps you describe above.

Despite your thoughts on the two questions above, you raise a good question about default options available for callouts.
Thanks for posting!
Mike Curtis
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Hi Mike,

1. Right now (CS 7.1.1) I can create folders in the Library, but not sub folders or sub sub folders etc. Having that possibility would make things better.
Tabbed pages with different kinds of assets would enhance things as well.

2. Do you mean overwrite on the timeline or overwite in the library?
Both would be welcome :-)

Having a set of callouts in the library is not a bad thing, specially if you want to make different sets of movies, with each a specific "look and feel", but I still think it's a good idea to be able to define a default setting for each callout. They already have a hard coded default setting, so why not make that editable?
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For the most common kind of repetitive callout tasks, it would be enough to simply have the callout font, size, color, style and alignment settings be "sticky."

Savable style sets probably require significant engineering time to implement and they would save less time than sticky settings when working on long, repetitive projects.

Having all new text revert to the defaults turns what ought to be be a quick 10-minute task into an hour of tedious repetition. Every paste operation has to be followed by font selection, font resizing, font color selection, all of which would be eliminated by allowing those settings to be sticky -- if only for the duration of an editing session.

Even being able to insert new, or overwrite existing text (which, inexplicably, IS sticky) without destroying the formatting would save quite a bit of time. The text of a callout is going to change with almost every instance; the style, in any one presentation, will never change. Sticky text/volatile styles is the polar opposite of what this kind of workflow requires.

Nothing is "a minor inconvenience" when you have do it over and over a few thousand times. I have a client who is adding foreign-language subtitles to a set of 65 short training videos. There will be a version of each video for each language. The videos run about 100 subtitles each. Sticky text/volatile styles costs about 7 seconds per subtitle, if there are no fumbles. Extra workflow steps and tedious repetition multiply the opportunities to fumble.

Over the run of the project, the total time wasted by non-sticky settings will be on the order of two person-weeks. That's for nimble-fingered editors taking full advantage of keyboard shortcuts.

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