Is it possible to trigger an animation / callout using a hotspot?

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I've seen a website that sells actions in powerpoint that trigger an animation
http://www.presentationpro.com/powerpoint-triggers-preview.aspx

I am wondering if it is possible to create this in Camtasia?

I figure that one would have a callout that is a hotspot - but where does the hotspot point to that enables that animation / behaviour to occur in the right place during the video?

Surely there must be a way to do this in Camtasia?
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No, it is not really possible to produce something like that in Camtasia.  Camtasia produces videos, where each frame of the video is fixed.  If you jump to a specific time in a video, you will always see the exact same content.  This is not peculiar to Camtasia.  This is common to all the common video formats, such as MP4, AVI, MOV, etc.

With hotspots you can create a "choose your own adventure" style video, where you jump around to different times in the video, based on the users action.  But just as in a "choose your own adventure" book, where the contents of a specific page are fixed and never change, the contents of the video at any given time are fixed.  And if you were to watch the video straight through, it might not make much sense, just like if you were to read a "choose your own adventure" book straight through.

To create a something like that, you would need to have a chunk of video with the animation in its closed state, in its open state, and all the states in between for all the possible times a user could have clicked on the hotspot.  It would be a nightmare to even try.

In order to really support something like this, you would need a special player, and a special video format.  This is not something that MP4 or MOV or any of the standard video formats supports.  

-Stephen
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Hi Stephen, 
Apologies for making you think about this over dinner! :)
I think I can see where you are going with your example. It may work - my only requirement would be to be able to click to open and close the callout without having to rely on getting to a STOP point to do it.
Did that make sense?
Let me try again. 
As a user, I want to have the choice myself on when i click the button to get more information. The example shown here appears to only allow the click when the pause has been reached.
Not sure if even that makes sense.
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Actually, let me have another go at that explanation:

I am the learner watching the interactive video which has TOC. I get to 2min36 seconds and I see a screenshot of the software. Whilst the video is still buzzing along, a button pops up on screen saying "click here to learn more" and, if I am not interested in learning more, it fades away after 3 seconds. At the point I see the button, if i want to learn more, i click the button and the video stops whilst I read what is on screen. When i click the button to close the text on screen, the video continues from that point. 
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Thanks to Microsoft's help files, i now know how to do it in PowerPoint. Question is, Maybe I should skip Camtasia and make my whole presentation in PowerPoint......
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Use-triggers-to-create-an-interactive-slide-show-in-PowerPo...
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as a side note, it was actually possible to do what you describe here in CS6; you could configure jump-to-URL hotspots to either pause at end [so a viewer could click] or to just go away if video played past the callout and the viewer took no action

when a viewer clicked a don't-pause callout, the video would pause and the jump-to-URL would play; exiting that URL would leave you looking where you were in the main video when you did the jump

I used that functionality to great effect in one of my video collections

unfortunately, that hotspot capability disappeared with CS7 [if I remember correctly]
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There is no requirement that the video has to stop at a hotspot, so you could have a button that shows up, and can be clicked while it is on the screen.  The tricky part is what to do when the button is clicked.  You could almost accomplish what you want in Camtasia.  You would have to put the "scene" with the animation and the additional information at the end of your video and jump to that spot when the user clicks the "Show" button.  However you will not be able to jump back to the exact time the user clicked.  You could jump back to the time the "Show" button appears.  Also you would not be able to have a fancy animation when the user hits 'Hide'.

Honestly, if your viewers all have access to PowerPoint and are not confused about how to watch your presentation, that may be a far easier alternative for this particular problem.

-Stephen