import prepared captions via notepad or word document, comma or paragraph separated

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Importing captions, can I import a comma separated notepad or word document? The commas or paragraph breaks can determine a new caption, I was hoping,
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Is this for Camtasia for Mac, or Camtasia Studio for Windows?
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Mac, but I would want it for windows also. just a basic text file with comma separated.
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Camtasia Studio supports importing captions in SubRip (*.srt) format, or SAMI (*.sami, or *.smi).
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Quick Answer: No, not like you've suggested.

I think the problem with importing a document like that with just text is that captions need to be linked with a time. How would you envision that working in the editor once they'd be imported?

You can create an SRT file, which is just a simple text file with a number, then time ranges before each line of captions. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SubRip ).
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Dro, sorry, maybe its easier than I imagine, what is Subrip, sami or .smi? I read this in the help notes but didnt know what was being said. Ok i`ll check Conans link..

Conan I found I got confused when creating long tutorials, in what I was going to say, so I found it easier to type out my script before hand, I also wanted the text in the tutorial as captions because the people listening to it dont have english as their first language, or my english is hard to understand for American or other countries.

I thought I could just paste the script into the captions box, then it would break up automatically according to where I placed the commas or fullstops (periods). Or paragraph breaks, either of the three. I would only use either fullstops, commas, or paragraph breaks to denote where a new caption should start.

But then I realized it only gives 3 lines per caption. Understandably so, you can only fit so much text at the bottom of the video so there went my silly idea.

So I adjusted my script to be in blocks of 3 lines, I then paste it into the first caption and every three lines i press the "add new " caption button to create the next caption. However I wanted this to generate automatically, break my pasted text into 3 lines per caption.

To answer your question Conan, not sure if this is feasable, if when doing my recording I add M markers as I record the video, we could create a separate kind of M marker or different marker to denote when new captions start displaying.

The truth is I want to read the text after I do the recording.

to myself I read the text (in mind) and execute & record the functions on screen, I might chatter the text to myself a bit to get the timing right.

but in general I want to then play the recorded screen actions and read the speech over the video as I play it through. then save out and import that sound file to break it up and shift it exactly where I want the pieces on the video.

Ive seen a couple other people do talk through`s like this for zbrush and photoshop and they were able to give advice and feedback while working on something like a 3D model or painting that would be hard to do in real time when actually doing the work. (mind attention conflict of observational action focus versus instructing and advising).

I dont need the text words timed exactly to the spoken words, just displaying in the general timing of those spoken words. The text is only there to assist those who dont get my spoken words.

but yea, M markers while recording the video for each new caption or a type of M marker, (since we already have M markers being used for chapter divisions or reminder notes, or other link points).

otherwise even being able to just automatically paste my script in and have captions generate every 3 lines would be great to start.

I initially used numbers to separate where I wanted the captions, like this sample, up to 40. (much easier to know where I`m up to when recording my audio and scrubbing through my video edit).

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ARTBOARDS
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In illustrator you draw right on the document window
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However the organized way of working is to create ARTBOARDS
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These are like pages or canvases you draw them out and choose the size of them
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You then do your artwork on them And on export they can be saved out individually or all together
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They can be created with the artboard tool and drawn out to any size
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Click the artboard tool in the tool bar and drag out different size art boards on your document canvas like this
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You can click the x in the top right of an artboard to delete it
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Drag the handles to resize them or move them by dragging inside the artboard

this method allowed me to know which number I am up to when reading my script instead of having to try and find my spot every time when adjusting the video and recording my voice.

hope this helps,

this would be most flexible and easiest way for me to work with my record first, read audio 2nd method.
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if I could type it into excel cells and export some kind of file into camtasia that would do the job too, and to match up to markers would be a great bonus.
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>>Dro, sorry, maybe its easier than I imagine, what is Subrip, sami or .smi?

SubRip is free captioning software that outputs a *.srt text file with the captions and timing info. It's also one of the formats that YouTube accepts for captions. If you produce using the YouTube path in CS 7.1.0 or later, Camtasia Studio automatically uploads your captions in this format. You can read more about the SubRip format here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SubRip

SAMI is a captioning format, designed by Microsoft, that's been around for a long time. You can read more about the SAMI format here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libra...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAMI
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I think Camtasia Studio for Windows might have something to help you out. We have a feature called "Sync Captions" that allows you to paste an entire script into the captions tab and then follow along captioning your video as it plays. I make a short tutorial for you, unfortunately Jing isn't able (easily) to record system audio and mic audio so you won't be able to hear the audio for the project I'm captioning but I think you should still be able to get the jist of it:

http://screencast.com/t/gslDGov6o8

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions on it.
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Thanks Dro, thats interesting to read about the youtube captioning as I`ve noticed they have more sophisticated captioning options on the lower left of the players now.

I`m still keen on inputting options via text doc automatically broken into 3 lines per caption or via an excel sheet and spaced via a new set of Markers
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Thank you Brad for making that recording.

This is useful and how I am doing it now, what I`m finding is i`m double doing in a sense.

The way I`m working is, I`m working on 3D modelling, and or a photoshop painting tutorial, I may or may not time lapse it to speed it up in parts. Also working on beginner illustrator & photoshop classes. So there will be no audio to start for this type of work. This is typical for people doing long tutorials on say zbrush or Photoshop etc.

I import my video recording to camtasia, then read and record my prepared speech via voice narration tab.

Then paste that speech into the first caption. I could go through again and align with the method you outlined.

but i`d be sitting there waiting for each part to come up.

Better is I wanted to be able to press the M key to add a marker as I read the voice narration in real time. However this is not possible while recording the voice narration, my method explained in this video...

YOUTUBE 2 minutes . (can be watched at 720 HD fullscreen)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MIVhR...

(in the video I said "press" a marker on the fly, I meant "add" a marker, while doing a voice narration recording).

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On another note i`ve noticed in cases where I want to record some voice narration, where there is already an audio track, that while i`m speaking, the other audio track is playing, and its confusing,

can we have camtasia automatically silence the other audio track while speaking a voice narration?

I didn`t want to use the silence button in the audio panel to permanently delete the current audio from the area I am voice narrating over, I just wanted to have camtasia to temporarily silence the sound of the other audio tracks while someone is voice narrating a piece. So they can concenratrate on what they are saying.

It could also be a tick option in the audio panel, as someone voice narrating may well want to keep the other audio audible to time their entries.

kind regards.
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Have you tried using Cantasia's Speect Recognotion [speech to text] against a timeline selection?

I generally narrate my videos without any script prepared ahead of time; then, to add captions to a project, I select a narrated section that has what I want for a caption, right click, and choose the speect to text option.

I have excellent results using this method.

As for slicencing 1 track to hear another, you can add splits across audio tracks, select shift and move all [to right] of a track's audio out of the way; then listen or do speech to text, etc; then move displaced audio clips back to left where they belong.

This too works very well for me.

Or, send audio slice to library, delete it from timeline, listen, then return slice back from Library.
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Kayakman thankyou for your feedback,

I haven`t tried speech to text as yet, because when I downloaded the plugin from microsoft it said you had to train it for 4 hours with spoken dialogue. (? I dont have that time my concern is it wouldnt work after all that) thats a lot for speech to text did you have to do that for your system? (4 hours training) I should have enquired about this at the beginning.

That splitting the track and recording voice narration, then moving the track back is excellent. I appreciate that help Kman !

installing speech recognition says this for those with office installed I have 2007.
http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/ans...

Click Start, and then click Run.

Type control appwiz.cpl add new hardware in the Open box, and then press ENTER. The Add or Remove Programs window is displayed.
etc etc,
Double-click Alternative User Input, click Speech,.... etc

however I dont have "alternative user input" available in that dialogue box...so cannot install it from these instructions.

I followed the download link for visual studio 11 beta from the microsoft site:

These steps use English TTS to create an .msi file.
Start the Microsoft Visual Studio Installer, which is available for download from the following MSDN Web site:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstu...

It tells me I dont have the system requirements to run it (visual studio 11 beta). I am using XP pro.

I`ll leave speech to text for now. I have to keep moving.

I like to type my screen directions before hand because I find I have more brevity, structure, and word efficiency without straying from the point. Then give instructions over the video afterward. Then importing a text file or spreadsheet separated by cells or commas or paragraph breaks which align in sequence to M markers placed in real time with the narration seems solid to me. I`m hoping it makes a future feature down the line.

Thanks Kayakman for the help and insite on splitting/shifting the track. I`ll buy a new computer and upgrade.

How long did you spend training your system for speech to text recognition? including ongoing training? I need to get a real estimate to plan ahead.
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I've used speech to text only on my Vista 32 box; initially with CS6 [using the Windows STT app], then in CS 7 using the built in Camtasia STT function.

I've done a gazillion select-existing-narration then do STT to make captions [and even callout text in CS6]; so I would say that the training happened [by default] that way. On my system with my voice and deliberate enunciation, I had great results right from the beginning.

But for the most part, any STT I do now using CS7's built in function gives me almost 100% accuracy [again, for short timeline selections].

My style for capturing screen video with audio narration always uses Recorder paused at start. That way, I can set up the capture, collect my thoughts on exactly what I want to do and say; then unpause and execute. I only do short segments, then pause again, etc. That way, the chance for a goof is greatly decreased, and even if I do, a quick delete capture and repeat, for me, is much faster and less grief that doing after the fact editing and clean up.

If curious, I made this tutorial a few years ago showing how to do STT captions in CS6 [again, on my Vista box] ...

http://cookbookplus.com/temp/TechSmit...
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thanks Kayakman, I`ll have to get it working on my pc & give it a try, thanks for your generous time.

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