How to re-synch captions after inserting transitions?

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Working with Camtasia 7.0. I have a video track, audio track, and captions synched to the audio. Now I want to insert transitions between some of the slides. When I do, both the audio track and the captions track "split" and there is silence for the duration of the transition. I know I can just slide the audio track back where it was. But can I slide the captions track, too? I looks like I'm going to have to do the captioning all over again AFTER I finish adding my transitions. Any solutions?
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Jacob Anderson, Employee

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Hi pweinberg,
If you upgrade to 7.1.1, I believe that it has the option of changing caption duration and a shift-drag feature that could help. That upgrade would be free for you if you already have 7.0.0

An upgrade to Camtasia Studio 8 would be an even better option due to the multitrack timeline feature.
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Hello,
Yes, adding transitions will cause your captions to be off.
There is no easy fix for this in the version you are using.
Just as an FYI, captions should always be the very last thing you add to the timeline because of this.

And, as Jacob mentioned, version 7.1 has more robust captioning options for you to use.

Kelly
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I would like to see 7.1 caption options in 8. This version is preventing me from buying :(

Also the Transitions and Clip Extending. Why change a good thing?
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Hi razsteroxzine,

What specific aspects of Captions, Transitions, and Clip Extending are you looking for and not finding in version 8? I think you'll find in most cases those features are much more powerful in 8 than in earlier versions, though it's very possible that we've missed something. :)
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In version 6 there was a BUG (Feature) which allowed me to place a highlight over a caption word, I would associate that word with another highlight on the video - I primarily use Camtasia for my companies software tutorial.

So I would say as such "To begin, click the "OK" button", and have the OK button a magenta color and then have the WORD flash with the OK button flash with a highlight of it's own. So both would flash (Blink) at the same time.

Then I upgraded to 7.1 and no longer could use the highlight over a caption. (I saved as AVI then re-opened again and add my highlights).

In version 8, that under-video option is missing and I have to calculate the needed extra black space for the caption to seem like it is under video. Not that happy with it. Why remove this option? It was a decent one to keep.

- As for transitions
I could place a 'fade to black' transition between my Image Intro and the video clip, it would add a second or two of 'fade to black' the play the video
- In version 8 I have to do a couple extra steps which is extra time.
Also I could right click on transitions and choose a duration time, again fewer clicks.

Another thing - when I add an image, such as my intro image - I would right click and select to extend that Image duration by 2 seconds, which was faster than dragging the image to 2 second. In 8 I have to zoom in to the timeline and drop my mouse DPI down a bit to make the drag motion slower and slide the time to 2sec or so on.

I do like version 8 because of all the new animation options, I love it! Also the fact that my recordings are smaller and smoother!
So right now I'm getting version 8, but with protest of a few features I grew to enjoy.
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In version 6 there was a BUG (Feature) which allowed me to place a highlight over a caption word, I would associate that word with another highlight on the video - I primarily use Camtasia for my companies software tutorial.

Right, the fact that captions are rendered over everything else is the intended behavior, at least for now. In fact, interestingly enough, I remember at one point during development on version 8 seeing a bug opened because captions weren't rendering over highlights! Interesting bit of trivia, anyway.

Can I ask why you want to involve captions in making the "Click to begin" hotspot? I created something similar using text callouts and grouping, and I'm curious to know if a similar arrangement would work. You could just split and delete the captions around the callouts. Here's a video demonstrating what I mean:

http://www.screencast.com/t/mA3djV7NUN

I could place a 'fade to black' transition between my Image Intro and the video clip, it would add a second or two of 'fade to black' the play the video.

I think what you're trying to accomplish can be done using an edge transition and some blank space on the timeline in version 8:

http://www.screencast.com/t/py9S5tbdtb

One of the key underlying changes in Camtasia Studio 8's transitions is that clips in the transitions play while the transition is happening. This lets you make content that is much more dynamic. If you want more "space" between two transitioning clips, simply pull the clips apart -- you'll see the transition split into two transitions; one from the first clip to the canvas background (usually black), and the second from the canvas background to the second clip.

Another thing - when I add an image, such as my intro image - I would right click and select to extend that Image duration by 2 seconds, which was faster than dragging the image to 2 second.

I definitely agree with this one. Would you consider opening this as a separate feature request so that we can track it?

Thanks again for sharing your detailed feedback. We're excited about the new avenues that Camtasia Studio 8 opens, but we understand there's always room for improvement.

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