How do I add text to speech in camtasia, not as captions though?

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Hi, I want text to appear along with my narration in my Camtasia video. However I don't want it as captions, as I'd like it to look as if typed whilst I'm speaking.
It's along with reading bullits out loud, so the text needs to stay on screen as I read on.

I had an idea this was a simple feature, but I can't find it.

Help will be greatly appreciated:)

Helle
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Helle Simonsen

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Tamutka

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Hi, how about subtitles?
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Helle Simonsen

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Unfortunately that doesn't work, as they are limited to only showing three lines at a time and at the bottom of the page.
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I am curious too!
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Mary Vivit

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I'm not sure what you are using as a background, but you could put something similar together recording your presentation in PowerPoint with their built-in animations. 
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Hi, great question and neat idea. Unfortunately, there's nothing like this built into Camtasia. It would be pretty tedious to bring in callouts for each word that you spoke, and animate them so they pop up or fly in, but I think that would be the closest way to achieve this from within Camtasia. I am thinking more along the lines of Mary too. Perhaps the way to do it is find a program that animates text or brings in speech to text. Record this track and then perhaps bring it into Camtasia. Make the background transparent and then overlay your words on top of the video. 

Let us know if it turns out! This seems like a good challenge and creative endeavor. I wish I had a better answer or clearer direction, but I've never though of, or tried this before. 

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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Hi Mike,

thanks for your reply, I'll let you know as soon as I find out!:)

/Helle
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is this what you are looking for?

http://www.screencast.com/t/zrPmyOCc0X
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Kayakman, yes exactly!    
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Thanks Kayakman, I'll try that!:)

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That's a great workaround but it's quite a lot of work and prone to error. Is there any chance of developing a built-in callout/feature to do this on a transparent layer that can be added anywhere in a project?
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just curious, but what do you mean by "prone to error"?

also, maybe a TechSmith person can respond to your "is there any chance" question ...
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Hi Kayakman, I mean that if you mistype whilst recording, you'd have to start again. Also, if it were automated then you'd get exactly the same amount of time between each letter appearing. It'd be hard to achieve that manually.
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perhaps try this ...

using the technique described in the short tutorial above, if you mistype while recording, don't stop recording; just delete the mistake and continue; edit [cut] out the glitch when putting on timeline to create the transparent clip to use an an overlay; I find after-the-fact cutting [I'm a terrible typist] to go pretty fast; also, if you make too many goofs, just say "take 2", and do it again in the same capture, then cut out the bad run

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