How do I link/launch a "Multiple files based on markers" project in Screencast?

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(Camtasia Version 2019.0.7 (Build 5034) - Aug 22 2019 (64-bit))
I have a project that contains a large mp4 video (greater than Screencast's 2048MB upload limit). The project also contains Camtasia hotspots.

If I render the project to the local file system (not using the "Multiple files based on markers" option) then everything works fine. However, I want to be able to show the final project to my customer via the internet.

So, when trying to upload the video to Screencast I get an error message about being greater than 2048MB. So that doesn't work. I can not find an option while rendering directly to Screencast to split the video file.

So, I render the project to my local file system using the "Multiple files based on markers" option. However, when trying to launch the video I get the "We're sorry, but we are unable to connect to this content." (discussed by other people).

Now, I upload the split videos to Screencast successfully. However, I can get individual videos to play but not the whole project including hotspots. 

How do I link/launch a split project residing in Screencast?

Thanks!
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Hmmm, interesting scenario! Seems to be one of these, Chicken or Egg scenarios. Here's what I mean.

You are able to configure a video to open a URL at the end. So it seems you could upload all the videos to Screencast and have them link together.

I might do it as follows:

Generate the overall project where you end up with several smaller videos that are each part of the larger whole.

Upload the last video in the sequence to ScreenCast. Once you do that, you can obtain a URL that can be linked to.

Then take the previous video of the larger whole, create a Camtasia project with only that video, and configure the Production Wizard to Go to URL and plug in the URL from what you uploaded earlier. Generate that and upload the result to ScreenCast.

Repeat this process until you have massaged and uploaded all the smaller parts of the larger whole.

In the end, I'm not sure how the playback will operate. For example, will it simply play? (that would certainly be nice) Or will the user have to click the Play button on each new segment? I suspect the latter will be the case here.

Cheers... Rick :)
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the last time I checked, screencast.com did not support multiple-files-from-markers productions

otherwise, Rick's suggestion will work just fine

an alternative technique would be to produce/upload [to sc.com] all the separate sections; then grab their their respective URLs; plug those back into the projects, produce again, then upload each again using the "replace media" options
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I was thinking about what I suggested and I'm not sure, but it would seem that simply selecting the parts between the markers and producing would be better than producing, then adding back into a new project. I was wondering if it would like "double-compress" by sticking a produced segment into a new project. So by just producing the segments directly, I was thinking perhaps a higher quality video would result.
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Perhaps this approach would work for you?

I would produce two separate videos. Splitting the project into two sections. Adding a title at the beginning of the first video, informing the viewer this video has two parts. The second video would be linked by URL to a hotspot at the end of the first video.

This is all contingent on the ability to split the video without breaking functionality. Meaning, If video 2 contains hotspots that require jumping back to various locations in video 1. Or vice versa. You should probably disregard the rest of my post. If this still sounds feasible to you, read on}:>)

I would begin by saving the project twice. Using 2 names. The first video could be called video 1. The second video could be called video 2. Or whatever floats your boat.

Working from video 1. Determine where to split the video. You don’t have to split it in the middle.

I would delete the remainder of the project. Adding a hotspot to the end of the project.

Take note of where you split the video. Save the project and close it.

Open video 2. Splitting it at the appropriate location. Deleting all previous content. Produce the video and upload it to Screencast. At this point you have a URL to add to the hotspot and video 1. Close and save project video 2.

Reopen video project 1. Add that URL to the hotspot at the end of the production. Produce and upload the video to Screencast.

By all rights, the URL from video project 1 is all your client should need. Although, it probably wouldn’t hurt to give them the second link. Just in case something goes wrong.

 

Regards, Joe

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here is a short example of a multi-files project that that has been broken down into marker segment pieces, with each piece produced separately and and hosted on screencast.com

each separate production uses the end action go-to-url to auto-launch the next in order

there are 6 clips in this example

to initially get their specific URLs off sc.com, just "share" a very short dummy project to act as a placeholder for each segment

in this example, the URLs are placed in the hotspot TOC buttons that enables the play of any segment, and the appropriate URL is added during the final production of each segment as the go-to-url value; final segment production is a local custom production to MP4 w/controller; then each new MP4 [use a different name than placeholder clip] is uploaded to replace the original placeholder clips using the details/edit/replace media function

https://www.screencast.com/t/SnL6LskMk


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Sweet! I like that you did the "menu" using the hotspot callouts and that they fetch the video from Screencast.
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Thanks for the information and especially the SC example! I am a Camtasia/Screencast Newbie but I have been using Adobe CC for years. I generally understand what you are describing but will have to jump in and do some testing to completely digest it all.

I will say that I am disappointed that Camtasia supports hotspots (the reason I purchased Camtasia) but has so many limitations that require inventing workarounds. I hope a lot of enhancements are on the way.