Hotspot functionality similar to TOC when paused

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When a video at is paused, the user can click on a table of contents item, and the video will move to the mark and stay paused, BUT when a Camtasia 3-created hotspot is clicked on a paused video at (a hotspot that takes you to another part of the video), the video moves to that spot and immediately plays.

If the video is paused, I'd like the video to stay paused when these "navigational" hotspots are clicked.
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John Amagliani

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Posted 3 years ago

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Guy Larcom, Instructional Designer

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Hi John, 

This is a great idea and definitely sounds like it would be convenient behavior to have in the SmartPlayer and Camtasia. I have shared it with our development teams, and it will be a part of our next Feature Request Roundup. In the next couple weeks, champion your idea (this post) to colleagues and/or your professional circle to get as many votes as possible. That'll give you the best chance of  hearing from our Product team.

Thanks and have a great day!

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John Amagliani

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As a music teacher, I recorded myself playing my students' song and placed it on the canvas. Then I reserved an area of my canvas for images of fingering diagrams. Then I inserted a screen recording of my music notation software playing the song. All this together became a practice tool for my students to improve their own playing.

What I hoped for was that my student could click on any note of their song in the video while it is paused and the video would move to that point in the song and stay paused. Then the student could examine that clicked note of the song, along with its fingering diagram and what I look like playing that note.

As it is, the student can click a note in the paused video and the video will move to that point in the song, but the video starts playing when the hotspot is clicked; so the student has little chance to closely examine the fingering diagram and other information at that instant of the video.

Here is a link to one of the videos. Only the first note is clickable for now. (I stopped adding hotspots when I realized the video would not stay paused when clicking a hotspot.) I do realize the slider at the bottom of the video may be used to scrub along the video, but that is cumbersome and harder for younger students to physically do. Clicking on the note you are looking at is much easier and more intuitive.

I don't know anyone else who uses Camtasia so I don't know how I'd promote this particular idea apart from sharing Camtasia as a product with my colleagues (I'm a teacher.). I do hope others will see this idea and "Like" it.
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Bob Lewis

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You could create a still image of the first frame and have that show for 10 seconds or more before the lesson actually starts . That would give the student time to study the image.
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John Amagliani

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I appreciate the suggestion and students do have a fingering chart that allows them to see the fingering diagrams. The first frame would only show the fingering diagram for the first note. The point here is to click on the actual note in the song that they want more information about and have that information appear and remain (pause) instantly on the screen.
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi and thanks for submitting your idea!

As outlined in our New Community Processes post, feature requests are open to voting up through the 1st of the month (this month is slightly different, due to the holidays) where we will then tally the votes and present the findings to our product teams. To ensure we have the most accurate data, on the 1st of the month we will be locking the threads that were listed in the Feature Request Round-up that was posted on the 15th. Once we have reviewed the submitted feature requests, our product team(s) may respond to the request, and if that is the case then that thread will then be unlocked for further discussion.

In the event that your idea is not selected for a response feel free to resubmit the idea and share it with your colleagues to garner as much exposure as possible!

Thank you again for your idea and we look forward to hearing more from you!


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