How to embed a YouTube video in a Wordpress page and display Table of Contents and Burned In Captions

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I have been struggling with this all morning. I want to do what appears to be a very simple thing:

1. Produce a video in Camtasia with Markers and Captions
2. Upload the video to YouTube.
3. Embed the YouTube video in a Wordpress page and have the Captions appear all the time (burned in) and also display the Table of Contents on the page.

I have been successful in creating a video with the burned in Captions. I have uploaded that MP4 file to YouTube and it plays fine. I can embed the YouTube video into a Wordpress page with no problem. 

I do not see a way to use all the files generated by Camtasia (the config.xml, controller.swf, embed.css, and so on) on the Wordpress page that has the YouTube video embedded in it. Is there a way to do this?

I have tried the (very old, out of date) Wordpress plug in referred to in other posts about this issue, but I get an error that the size of my video is too long. I really won't want to play the video off my web server in any case - I want to use the YouTube CDN to host and play the video. 

I have tried rendering the video directly to YouTube from Camtasia. This works a little better, except the Captions are NOT burned in and the ToC is only visible within YouTube itself and are not visible on the Wordpress page (of course.) 

Is there a way to use the ToC generated by Camtasia with an embedded YouTube video?
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Hugh Heinsohn

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

The Camtasia TOC relies on the other files that make up the Smart Player. So you would need to be able to add those other files to your WordPress in order to make it work. I'd be willing to bet that you won't be able to upload to YouTube and make it work because YouTube re-encodes the video. And that would likely destroy the metadata added to the video. You would need to also just upload the MP4 to your WordPress site in order to make it all work.

Perhaps @kayakman or others have better information to provide.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I don't YouTube, but basically you can't do what you want; if you're looking for a hosting solution, try producing and share to Screencast.com; all the CS interactive content is supported; 

I thought that YouTube supported closed captions [not those generated by CS], maybe a YouTube TOC [?]

but if you must do YouTube, stick with burned in captions; you can also burn-in a TOC by using marquee callouts in your project; crude, but usable

maybe a YouTube expert can chime in here and help??

also, I seem to recall a recent thread that addressed WordPress; perhaps see if you can search this forum for "word press"; I thought that there was a way to get the interactive support files to work on WordPress??

sorry I can't offer more assistance
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Might be thinking of this thread?

Click here to view

Cheers... Rick :)
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thanks Rick; could be, but I don't recall specifically; but that thread seems to address the issue; good catch ...