how to preview or test chapters in camtasia 9

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I need to make sure that chapters are starting at the exact frame I need to, and because there are many chapters in my e-learning I would also like to be able to test how it renders without having to export the whole file.

Ideally it would mean having the smart player available directly from the editing screen or be able to preview more than the first 30 seconds, alternatively it could be the same way as quizz questions can be tested.

Do any of these feature exist or is there another way to quickly render chapters ?
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lukevdb

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Jayne Davids

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Hi, I'm not familiar with an option to preview chapters but this option may help - you can produce a selection on the Timeline - use the Playhead to make a selection, select the Share menu or right click and select 'Produce Selection As....' to open the Camtasia Production Wizard.
Hope this helps, Jayne
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You can do a 1 minute preview without actually producing the selection. Unfortunately
it will take a few clicks.

First change the preview length to 60 seconds (that's the max length Camtasia allows).

In the editor go to Edit>>Preferences and under the "Timing" tab change the preview time.



Now do as Jayne Davids posted.

use the Playhead to make a selection, select the Share menu or right click and
select 'Produce Selection As....' to open the Camtasia Production Wizard.

 
When the Production Wizard opens do a "Custom Production"
Do mp4 - Smart Player (HTML5) click Next

In the Smart Player window make your settings than click the "Preview Button"
at the bottom left then "Preview current settings"



You will be able to preview 60 seconds (1 minute) of the selection you made.
** If the selection you made to preview is shorter than 60 sec. it will play all of it.

If you have done multiple previews you can also compare your settings if needed.
Click the "Preview Button" and then "Preview manager"



Only way to do previews without actually having to render sections that I know of.

:)
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Joe Morgan

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I wanted to expand on this topic a bit,

Previews are "Rendered Videos" that reside on your hard drive.

Because they take up free space, when your done with them they should be deleted.

The production preview window is an organized location for dealing with those previews. If you select all from the drop down menu  you access all the previews you have generated for other projects.

I created some out of curiosity from 3 different projects in the example below.

 

I've only used this technique a couple of times myself "long ago at that", so I was playing around with it this morning  to re-familiarize myself with it's functionality. For myself, I just don't need this particular feature.

I'm sure there are a number of ways to use it to your advantage.

Regards,Joe