Interactive Hotspots in Camtasia

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I am a teacher using (and loving) the hotspot and quizzing features of Camtasia.  The only thing this program is lacking is the ability to embed interactive audio or text components.  A hotspot can only lead you to another website.  I would like to have clickable, pop-up text boxes or audio tracks to provide more information when/where needed for my learners with varying abilities.  For example, if a student were able to click on a hotspot to gain access to more information/hints/reminders during a flipped lesson without being relocated to another website.
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Conan Heiselt, Employee

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One way to get the result you want is to create part of the video that shows the popup, perhaps right after the content its about. Then create a hotspot to jump to the part of the video with the popup, and create a hotspot to jump past the part of the video with the popup to continue the lesson.

This is called "branching." I did find a functional example of branching here: http://www.spectorial.com/branching.html You can also download his/her Camtasia Studio project to see how it was done.


Conan.
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you can actually launch any browser supported file type using a hotspot

the file opens in a new browser window or tab [so you are not sent to a different web site], and the launch location in the original video is preserved

here's how to do this using an audio WAV file as an example ...

http://cookbookplus.com/Temp/TechSmith/HowTo/HowToLaunchAFileWithAHotspot/HowToLaunchAFileWithAHotspot_player.html

there is a hotspot at end of this tutorial that will play the example launch video and the working audio file, as depicted in the tutorial

the method described will work for locally hosted or web site hosted file sets
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Another Great Tip! Thanks Kayakman!
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Hello - Has the above link to How to Launch a File w/ Hotspot been moved? Clicking on the link returns a 404 - File or directory not found error.  Thanks.
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here's that old tutorial ...

How To Launch A File With A Hotspot 2017-04-10
https://www.screencast.com/t/q5H4ntwlO

things have changed since the tutorial was made

relative URLs are no longer supported; you must use a full path URL
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Yep. If the method Kayakman suggested above works for you, I'd go that route since it's much easier than dealing with branching in Camtasia.
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I am currently trying to use branching within Camtasia to produce something similar to the example given above. However, I am missing a step somewhere. I get it to jump to spot on the video I would like it to but then it continue to play into other content. Do I need to add another hotspot at the end of each segment to bring it back to where I want it to stop? Or is there another way to do this? 

Thanks!
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If you look at the video that Conan provided, you can see that there are indeed hotspots at the end of each section to pause the playback. To my knowledge, there is no way to construct a hotspot where it will simply transport the playhead to a different time point in the video when it has been reached. It will need to be configured to pause and wait for the end user to click it in order for that to occur. So the bottom line is that you will indeed need to carefully think about how you want to construct the video and insert the hotspots accordingly.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Got it! I see it now! Thanks for the clarification! 
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could you explain in more detail exactly what hotspot behavior you are seeking?

maybe explain in a short screencast hosted on Screencast,com?