Hiding Personal Info and Zooming Issue

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I have some recorded application video that contains personal information that I need to hide. Rather than blur it, I prefer to cover it with generic screen captured text from the same application. The problem I run into is that after I do this, if I zoom the underlying video, the static text doesn't zoom with it. Grouping the two elements doesn't help. Creating separate zoom animations for each element seems basically impossible, because the static text ultimately zooms off the screen and there's no way (that I can see) to create a proper endpoint for the animation.  

In the past, I've been able to get this to work by covering the offending text with shapes, then overlaying those with Callouts, but it's difficult to get a good font and color match and I end up with a lot of little pieces to manage (I tried using the white background Callout, but you can't eliminate the stupid drop shadow). I was hoping to avoid doing this again. 

Any ideas?
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Joe Morgan

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If you apply the Shapes, Text, whatever first. Group everything first.
Then apply a pan and zoom. The Shapes,Text, Etc. will follow suit. I do this quite often.
Not for masking purposes, but for animation purposes.  

Regards,Joe
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Drop Shadows can be eliminated from the properties panel.

Just select the callout and properties Icon. Hit the "X" to delete it.
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All of what Joe said. I do this all the time with the grouping. 

The one thing I wish was not a default is the drop shadow, I'm constantly turning that off.  Or, at the minimum, it would be nice to put that into the preferences of what the default should be for new projects.
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Absolutely. Currently, it's a pain. 
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Joe,

I've been doing what you suggested, but I was hoping for a simpler approach.

Somehow I missed the Visual Properties tab, as I was focused on the Annotations Properties tab. That will simplify what I need to do somewhat, since I won't have to mask the are before adding text. I'll still end up with multiple Callouts, but I don't see any better solution. 
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If I understand the problem, then perhaps double rendering might be a remedy.

In the first rendering, block the content that is personal, and do no zooming.

Then, using the new video, you should be able to zoom in anywhere, and whatever is hidden will remain hidden.