How Can I Position Captions in Camtasia Studio 9?

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Hello,
How Can I move Captions in Camtasia Studio 9?
I want to put the caption in that red rectangle please


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You can not manually move captions.  Camtasia default for captions is set to be ADA compliant.

You can in the caption options justify the text, change the font, color, etc. but doing so will make it
non- ADA compliant.
https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-mac-compliant-captions.html

To do what you want to do (at least in Camtasia) you may have to use callouts and add the text  to them and position to where you want.
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Thanks,
I hope add this option as soon as. :(
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Captions are not manually moveable in CS8 either.  However, in the formatting section (font type, size, color, etc.) there is a dropdown box that allows positioning all captions to the left, center, or right.

Dubie suggested using a callout.  I didn't want to spend much time on this but here are two images that show the difference between a callout (top) and a caption (bottom).  the background was changed to show that they look remarkably alike.  The major differences SEEM to be that a callout has square corners instead of rounded, can be moved to any position, much more control over formatting.  Captions have an index, of sorts and can be moved to three positions.


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Camtasia should improve this in next version. I hope it, it's necessary :)
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This discussion was before Two years. we are in 2019. And this is still a big frustration. Please work on this.
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Hi
We Need This Option ... Plz add it
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I agree. It is ridiculous that there is no possibility to change the location of the captions. 
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You are not able to just place the Captions in any location you want in Camtasia. The Captions are either burned into the video(s) which is automatically placed and gives you the option for the viewers to turn them off and on if the video(s) are hosted on your own website or screencast.com. YouTube will not recognize these Captions created in Camtasia.

The other option is to have the Captions below the video(s) but you have to then keep the aspect ratio(s) of your video(s) in mind as it will put a small box below the video(s). Not sure what the size of that is as I have never produced a video using that option.

However if you wanted to do a long work around I guess you could try to use Text Callouts and put them in that and try to line/synch everything up but that would be more work and time than I would personally put in to get that result.

I am not a video expert so I cannot say if they can just be placed or implemented to be placed anywhere in the video but I know they are ADA Compliant.

When you think about watching a Television Show or a Movie with Closed Captions you notice that for the most part they are all on the bottom of the location as to not interfere with the video. So I am just curious as to know why you would want them in a different location and what purpose it would serve.

Thanks for posting and if you have any input to share on why you would want that option let us know. Have a great day/night.
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Hi Fred,

Thanks for sharing that information.  The answer to your question regarding the requested feature (ability to move caption positioning) is in your post. 
you notice that for the most part they are all on the bottom of the location as to not interfere with the video.
The caption content (text) should not interfere with the visual content in the video.  If there is important information on the screen that is essential to the viewer's experience it would do a disservice to cover it up with the captions. This could be an action that is taking place in the shot, text or images displayed from a slide/presentation, or translated text of a foreign language being spoken that is also burned into the video in the same location.  

Another instance when this is beneficial to place the captions near the person in the shot who is speaking.  This can be helpful for things like interviews or when there is a back and forth dialogue. 

While SRT files do have some options as to individual caption placement, not all media players (including YouTube) recognize them. WebVTT caption format is able to handle/render position with great specificity and is now the web standard for captions.  It looks like Camtastia currently only exports SRT and SMI/SAMI files. 

https://w3c.github.io/webvtt/#example-b30cb609

It would be really helpful if Camtasia could add this functionality. 

Kind regards, 
Dan Sommer


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I agree with you Dan Sommer. It would be nice if Camtasia could add this functionality. I have a friend who does Professional Captioning for a TV Network and there are a lot of differences in the way things are displayed and how the different file formats work. At least Camtasia is ADA Compliant but could still maybe integrate the WebVTT option someday. Have a great day/night.

Kind regards back at you,

Fred Grover
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I imported captions with an SRT file. I find the vertical alignment is the issue as Camtasia automatically justifies the text at the bottom of the space, so for a single line caption it is at the bottom.
Camtasia seems to allow for 3 lines/rows of text, but if only 2 are used it is the bottom 2, even though there is no 3rd line or text. This is what I find annoying. 
I'd like to have the captions at the very bottom of the video, but not have it bottom justified and then have the box and background of the caption box adjustable, by width and height as both need to be.
A large number of videos can be seen on LinkedIn with text under it, but they obviously are not produced using caption files because they don't suffer from this issue. Come on Tech Smith, modernize your product for content creators! Allow some basic adjustments because a LOT of people do not listen to social media videos, but are reading captions, so they have to look professional.
I'm considering other options for video software because of this one thing. 
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Under video captions. The new look for LinkedIn videos is to make the video 1:1 with captions under the video and something above the video. That's the look I want. 
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can you provide a link to an example of such a Linkedin video?


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That's not easy as I see them because I am connected to them so you may not be able to.
Here's a screen shot of one. The captions underneath show what I mean. 
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thanks

I looked at some videos on Linkedin; of those that had captions, some were closed captions [where the viewer could hide the captions]

and are you looking to host your video on Linkedin?  if so, I'm guessing you would have to use Linkedin's caption system?

I don't host videos on Linkedin, so just speculating here

but otherwise, you can structure a Camtasia MP4 w/SmartPlayer production to look like your screenshot example, and have either closed or burned in captions

you just need to set project dimensions to accommodate the 3 sections shown, within a 1x1 aspect frame 
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Dimensions are fine, as per the screen shot which is 1080 x 1080. 
Yes, I want to upload it. I thought videos with captions were uploaded with them already added. I added them using an SRT file in Camtasia and then uploaded it. I will try uploading with no captions and see how it works. 
Thanks for your input. I will reply with how it goes. 
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