Hotlink in shared video

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I have a question about screencast - I created a video with links in callouts, and my intention is to embed it in my website, and share it to Facebook. I opened this screencast account when I heard it would make this possible. I published it from Camtasia with the smart player: the question is if I just upload the mp4 from that package to screencast, will those be hot links on website embed and Facebook share? Or is there some other part to enabling that? Thanks!
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The callouts will be visible in the mp4 video but any hotspots, captions, TOC, ect. will Not work through just the mp4.

For any of the interactive features to work you have to upload the complete folder and/or files produced and view the video with the "YourVideoName.html" file in the folder.

As I do not use Screencast and can not give much info on that, I would assume you need to upload the folder/files there to to have the interactive functions work.

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Actually, there is no need to upload all the files. I believe all you have to do is just publish from Camtasia. I suppose it's possible that this action also copies all the files, but I believe that the files are just "there" and the action of publishing the video to ScreenCast knows how to configure things so the interactivity works. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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True. But you do  not have to upload your video from within Camtasia if you don't want to.

See my post below.
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Thanks for that Dubie. I understood that outside of Screencast, so I still need more clarity here, hopefully from someone who is familiar. 

Is it possible to embed and share the video via Screencast in any way that the smart features will work? If so, exactly how to do that, with steps please.

Thanks!
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Hi there

Are you wanting a link from the video to open facebook? Or is the hope that by uploading to ScreenCast, you will end up with a video that you can actually put inside a facebook post and have the links work?

For the former, assuming the links work from your PC when you test after producing it, the links should also work if you use the feature to share to ScreenCast from Camtasia.

For the latter, there is no way I'm aware of to host a video on a site other than facebook's. And if that's what you want to achieve, I don't believe it will be possible to do. Because for facebook, I believe you are forced to upload the MP4 onto facebook's servers. And once you do that you can't have access to the supporting files that would be needed that make the whole thing work.

Cheers... Rick :)
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After doing some research and testing when you produce a video with the smartplayer and have interactive content in it,  ie; hotspots,  Camtasia embeds that metadata in to the video (the mp4 file).

I opened a mp4 in my text editor of choice EditPlus 3 that has timejump hotspots and the xml metadata was in the video. It is the same data as the config.xml file in the production folder.



So...

1. You can upload just the mp4 to Screencast and not have to upload the whole folder or all the files.
Screencast.com will pull the metadata from the mp4 file and the interactive features will work.

2. You can take the embed code Screencast gives you for your video and put into a html page and the interactive features (hotspots) Will work.

As far as Facebook goes... I did not test that but as Rick states above,
I believe you are forced to upload the MP4 onto facebook's servers. And once you do that you can't have access to the supporting files that would be needed that make the whole thing work.
I would have to agree.

Facebook wants your content on Facebook and inside it's walled garden and your interactive content in your video  I doubt will work.

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Thanks for all the input. I imagined this outcome was likely. No point in linkback to my website from my website :) I had hoped for a youtube alternative for Facebook that could include links, but it appears not.