I want to create a callout like an arrow or a title and retain the dimensions and position

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In Camtasia Studio 8:  I want to create a callout like an arrow or a title and retain the dimensions and position every time it is added to either the same timeline or to one in another project.  I know I can save custom callouts in the library and export them, but they do not retain position or dimension information. This is important because I need many video editors to adhere to the same standard.  I do not see any recent responses to this kind of question.  
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Tech support tells me that this cannot be done. What's the most efficient way to work around this?  I started creating a "Resources" project from which people can cut and paste my customized callouts, but that's pretty clunky. Ideas? 
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Hello,

Actually some good news on that IMHO. Confirm the first callout in terms of style, dimensions and (x/y) location. Copy and paste that callout for further identical instances.

If you already have these placed on the timeline but they are not uniform, confirm the first is correct and then right-click and select copy visual properties. Go to the next callout and right-click and PASTE visual properties and this callout will conform to the size and alignment of the first instance.

Once I found (by accident) that I could copy the visual properties, it was much faster to get a consistent array of callouts.

HTH, Tim



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Further, if you gave them a template project file to start from with callouts as you wanted them, they should be able to get started on the right foot. Then use the tip above to make any quick corrections.
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There is a technique that works.

If you are working with a 1920 by 1080 video. You would start by adding a simple rectangle callout to the canvas. Set the fill color of the simple rectangle to transparent. Size the simple rectangle to fill the entire screen “1920 by 1080”.

 Create and style the call out to taste. Position it where you want it to appear in the video. Group the simple rectangle and your callout together. Save them to the library. Give the callout a proper name so you can remember what it is down the road.

This technique will only work when applying the same callouts to another 1920 by 1080 video. So when you name the callout in the library I would also specify 1920 by 1080. That way you'll know what size video that the callout should be used with.

If you want to create other callouts for 1280 by 720 videos on any resolution for that matter, you need to use the same procedure and name them accordingly.

Regards, Joe

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