How to adjust where the split occurs when adding captions

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I am trying to add captions to a video. In the captions area the letters turn red where the split will occur and one can click on the "Split" arrow on the left and it will split the caption at the point where the text turns red. I know I can't split the text after the point where it turns red, but I'd like to split the caption text before where it turns red because that is a more natural split. But I can't find any way to split the caption other than clicking on the "split" button and splitting it at the wrong place. Is there some way to split the caption at an earlier point? This is a pretty obvious need and I'm disappointed that there isn't an obvious way to do this that I can see. 
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Robert

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  • frustrated. Wasted about three hours trying to add captions and no success.

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This video will show you want to do. Start watching at about 2 min. 20 sec. for the actual procedure.
Caption Series: Add Captions Manually
https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8-add-captions-manually.html

I agree that it's not intuitive at all.
 
To me, it seems like you should be able to click inside the text window. This would allow you to place the blinking cursor wherever you want. Then, chose split.

However, it takes additional steps. At a glance, in my opinion. The  workflow for splitting captions needs to be changed. I gave it a whirl and didn't like it. If I were from England, I'd call it Bloody Awful!

Good Luck. Regards, Joe
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Hi Joe, I had seen the video before posting this, but it is really an incredibly cumbersome way for adjusting the breaks.  Honestly, I can't believe how bad I think this is. There is another method whereby you click on the break while listening.  But it looks too easy to miss the spot and make mistakes. It seems that TechSmith doesn't think captions are important, but I got this program because more than 50% of my users are not English speakers and so captions are essential. Camtasia isn't cheap.  I would expect something more professional. If there is another work around that you hear about, please let me know. Thank you. 
Bob
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additional tips on working with captions that might be helpful ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/JbvG6oWjfij
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That works pretty good kayakman. Great advice!
I don't understand why they don't just let you place the cursor and choose split. Having to press Shift+ Enter the proper number of times to add up to three is less than Ideal.

Regards, Joe
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I don't have a clue, either

I do most of my captions using speech-to-text across short segments of split narrated media; works great for me, and the captions are then split correctly from the get-go
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Thanks very much. I'll practice with these ideas.  I tried the speech recognition but the accuracy was so low that it seemed more work than just importing the text.
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Hi Robert,

Have you tried the 'sync captions' feature? with it you can enter all of the text and then click on words as the video plays to indicate where the splits should go.

Regards,

Aaron

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