How do I make Fading Bullets in Camtasia 8?

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Fading bullet points up or down on a slide in Camtasia. NEED HELP> :)
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Are they not fading and you want them to fade? Or are they somehow faded or fading and you want them to stop?

What version of Camtasia? 
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Camtasia Studio 8
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I want them to fade. So if I have a slide and it's too busy, so what I want to do is break the slide up, so when the audio is talking, the audio talks to just 1 bullet at a time.
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What you need to do is to have several callouts that contain your bullet points. Then configure them to fade in. The timeline would look kind of like this:



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So you have 3 diff. slides and then time them essentially to fade one by one?
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Or if you want them to appear then disappear for the next, maybe it looks like this:


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Auh yes! That's it. Thank you very much!
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do you give out your email incase I need help again. lol
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LOL, I'm always happy to help if I can, but I'm not constantly here on the forum. Likely best just to post here and see who responds. I'm but one of many very helpful voices here. ;)
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Great, I'll take whatever I can get. L) Thank you for your time.
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Depending on how you construct your bullet, you may want to investigate the transition "fade through black"  in CS 2018 at least.
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I'm a bit curious as to why that specific transition would be preferable?
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The method you used seems to work on the text, and not the actual 'bullet'. I like Reynolds' approach, but not everyone has PP. I used to teach and do lots of PP presentations. I often found the bullets handy to insert in many places. I would create them in various tools; screen capture them as .png files; and put them in my library. Reuse is a great time saver. The 'fade through black' effect was a good way to present.
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Rather than have them as graphic files you could also include them as text; as long as you have a numeric keypad and are using Windows, holding down [Alt] and typing 0149 will get you a standard bullet point. In that way the bullet will resize automatically with the text, since it's just another character.
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If you use "Legacy Callouts"

Selecting Ctrl+Shift+L will give you a large variety of bullet point styles to chose from.

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The method you've been given is perfectly workable, but my preferred way of dealing with this is to do the bullet points in PowerPoint and record them there.

Why?
  • First, the bullet points give me a built-in prompt while I'm doing the narration.
  • Second, I don't make the bullets for the things that I've already covered vanish (in case anyone gets distracted and needs to play catch up), but instead fade them to grey text so that only the current point is highlighted in white. Of course you could do the same thing in Camtasia if you work at it, but with PPT it's just an animation effect which can be just copied from one bullet point to another and automatically triggered as you go through the points.
  • In Powerpoint (UNLIKE CAMTASIA) I can stop the program from playing stretchy-squishy with my text so that the size of my text doesn't distractingly change from one slide to the next.
The biggest down side of this method is that Camtasia is not great at matching the audio from multiple sources (screen recording, PowerPoint and voice narration) no matter how much you stuff around with the audio levels, but I no longer find that a problem because I wash the narration track through Audacity anyway and the compression / equalisation / normalisation process balances the levels from the various sources.

It's not necessarily a better way, just an alternative way but it may save you some time if you have a lot of bullet points. PowerPoint makes it easy to copy effects and animations from one object to another. Camtasia doesn't.