How Can I split a video into multiple chapters?

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Dear Camtasia use,

I want to split a video into multiple chapters. For specifiic, I wanted to split a video into 10 chapters and allow the user use remote control by DVD player or Window Media Player to select the wanted chapter. For example, split a video into 10 chapters, and the user can select chapter 6 by a remote control (in DVD machince) or by a click in Window Media Player (in PC).

Many thanks!

Best Regards,
Stephen Lam
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Posted 7 years ago

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Hi Stephen,

I hope I'm understanding your question correctly, here's my input:

Camtasia Studio doesn't support directly writing to DVDs, but we do support writing out files that can be converted to DVD by another program( Roxio, DVD-Lab, etc). AVI files work fairly well.

We also have a production feature called "Create multiple files based on my markers". You will have to use the "Custom" production path. This allows you to put markers at certain points on your timeline, and then create separate video files when you produce.

I think if you used that feature, you could probably find another tool that will let you burn those separate files to DVD as separate chapters.

Hopefully I explained that clearly and it answers your question.

Randy
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Where is "Create multiple files based on markers"?
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You have to add at least one marker to your timeline in order to see the option during production. You can do this by putting the playhead where you want it on the timeline and hitting the "M" key or going to Edit->Markers->Add Marker.

Then you have to choose the "Custom Production Settings" path, as shown here:



On the next screen, you can pick pretty much any output type you want. I recommended AVI if the ultimate goal was producing to DVD. If you choose the MP4 path, you will need to make sure the "Table of Contents" functionality is turned on in the flash options page:



I would also choose the "No Controls" option on that page.

After hitting "Next" once or twice, you will come to the "Table of Contents" page. This is the page with the "Produce multiple files based on my markers" option. All you need to do is click a checkbox:



Then you can continue through the wizard, giving the production a name, etc. and hit Finish.

** I should point out that the multi-file feature doesn't play well with HTML embedding and the flash controllers. It's best to use it just to produce video files on their own. If you choose to use it with HTML/Flash, it will indeed try to produce a playlist file and/or set the right settings in our SWF controller, but it will only work in certain versions of certain browsers and maybe in Windows Media Player. In general, multi-file production wasn't intended to go with HTML/Flash.

I hope I explained that all well enough :-).

Randy
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... ok, lets back up one spot.

I've seen the Share menu, with a bunch of options, including "Export", which works but does not give me control over the bitrate, and "Advanced Export", which gives me full "Export to QuickTime movie" functionality but has a 100% failure rate.

I've never seen anything like that dropdown.

I'm using Camtasia 2 (trial) for the Mac. Is that the same version of Camtasia you're talking about?

My goal is to take a long video, and export out 3 to 5 30 minute YouTube's, with one set of instructions (given that once I start outputting one, that Camtasia window is now locked and I cannot even start, or schedule the next one to start, so if I'm not waiting around when the first one finishes my computer is idle and I cannot have it continue processing; think "Run this big job overnight while I sleep".)
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My fault... I should have asked.

I'm talking about Camtasia Studio. I assumed that since the original post was tagged for that product. As far as I know, Camtasia:Mac does not support production to multiple files based on markers. It's a very specialized feature that was introduced into the windows version quite some time ago, and not many people use it. But it does come in handy every once in a while.

I would suggest posting another question/topic specific to the Mac version, that way we don't add to the confusion already on this thread. Also, if C:Mac doesn't already do what you need, having it as a separate post will allow us to promote it to a feature request specifically for the Mac version.

Sorry for the confusion

Randy

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