Apply Motion Path to Text Callouts/Titles

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I would like to see a way to apply motion to a callout -- especially a text callout.
The idea here is to apply a subtle bit of motion to a text title as it fades in, for instance.

Any way to see this developed?
Could it be done somehow using the sketch motion technology?

Thanks!
Bruce
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I like the idea. Thanks for the suggestion Bruce!
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You can simulate this several ways.

With a non fade-in callout, put splits across it about every 6 frames; slightly reposition each slice of the callout.

If you want the fade in effect, it gets tricker; but use Snagit [of free Jing] to capture the callout [with fade-in] as you walk the timeline with arrow keys, stop every 6 frames and take an image capture of the callout; make 6-frames-long image callouts from all those captures.

Takes a little work; but do-able.

Camtasia Studio 7 is very flexible; usually where's there's the will, there's a way.
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I just want to point out that I personally want a does NOT take a little work and does NOT require complicated instructions type of solution. This point isn't really directed towards you - I appreciate your suggestion and am happy for the work-a-round - more just to note to the folks at Techsmith the type of solution I would like.
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As a suggestion, the way PowerPoint handles motion would be great. It comes with several canned forms of motion paths as well as a free-motion tool that allows you to move objects around the screen at varying speeds.
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I agree with the previous comment - PowerPoint's animation pane - which besides motion path also includes the entrance, exit, and emphasis of items - is powerful and easy to use. It would be a great model to emulate.
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Bruce, sorry for replicating your idea. I must have missed it. I really like the idea.

Kayakman ... thanks for the tip. I have done that but have not done it frame by frame.
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I was about to post that I would like to see a library of text effects when I saw this post here. Just like there is a library of transition effects, a nice library of textual effects would be nice - one's that are easy to implement. I believe there are a number of libraries that already exist for Flash and After Effects - I'm sure you could get some good ideas from those libraries.
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I started out developing assets for the lecture portions of training material, but I have resorted to moving to Powerpoint 2010 instead -- where the text effects are finally approaching the elegance of Keynote and SlideRocket.

Now, if Techsmith does not think we who develop material for our companies don't want tools that help us create something professional in appearance -- well, they are sadly out of touch.

And don't give me that line of "do it another tool"... that approach only works for tools that can utilize plugins, or can import/export project data -- like Premier and After Effects do.

So Techsmith -- realize that Camtasia is thought of like a video editing tool, but for creating a different kind of production... but we still need to create nice schtuff.

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Bruce Rothwell
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Yes I would love to see this in Camtasia. At the moment I have to make anything that animates in 3D, including text. Maybe some 3D transitions.
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Along with motion paths, a staging area would be great, so that things can move in and/or out of the field of view.
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i thought about going to cinema 4d for titles :/
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ScottW

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It just makes sense Camtasia, This is a video producing tool right!? It's about motion, moving stuff on the screen. I've wanted this for years. I could finally drop using Flash with the ability to move a callout across a timeline. Resize would be nice too!
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Hello Bruce,

In the latest version of Camtasia Studio, the Visual Properties tab lets you add motion keyframes to any media on the timeline. I threw this little clip together in about a minute: http://www.screencast.com/t/UKGC7ql4

Andy
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Totally awesome. That's exactly what Camtasia has been missing and needed for years!!
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Eric Salerno

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I don't know why, but I can't see the videos on the What's New page, or the video you just posted. Is this an issue with the new CS player?

I'm running Firefox 13.0.1 (was running 12 yesterday with the same issue) on Windows7.
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You might try disabling / enabling the Flash plugin in Firefox's Add-ons Manager.
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Eric Salerno

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Why would this affect IE and Chrome?
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Eric Salerno

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I am not behind a corporate firewall, it's not security, it's probably not Flash. I think it's the files that CS8 produced or the new CS8 plater.

If I can view every other video I can find online except TechSmith's why would you assume it's something on my end? My plugins, players, browsers and OS on this machine are up to date.

I would like to hear someone from TechSmith chime in.

To help them along and compare our environments, what version of player are you using? (right click on a video that is using it to play, or check your FF plugins - 11.3.300.257 is the latest) Also, what's your OS?

TechSmith guys, sorry for hijacking this topic - I created a new one on here called "Why can't I see videos on the What's New page."
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11.3.200.257 Windows XP SP2 & Windows 7 - Good luck on your wanting to blame the CS8 player. To my knowledge mp4s don't use the CS player. If it works for the rest of us it's not the Camtasia files; it's something on your end.
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I could be wrong, but based on the code I can see within the page, the videos on the What's New page are using the tsc-player to play an mp4 file.

On the topic set up about this issue, it was pointed out that turning off the hardware acceleration on my flash player enabled the video to be seen, but I think that's going to be a problem for TechSmith if it prevents users from viewing CS published videos.
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well if that's the case (tsc-player is rendering the video) then the flash player should have absolutely nothing to do with fixing your issue.

Using hardware acceleration involves your video driver and card in the process of rendering the video. Are they up-to-date/possibly corrupt/insufficient for the process. I use hardware acceleration as well but mine worked fine. My driver is NVIDIA 2.5.630.15

I'm guessing is the logic uses the tsc-player when shockwave is not available/enabled ... which was when the video worked for you!
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Good point about tsc-player working when flash was disabled, and thanks for pointing out that you have hardware acceleration turned on, yet it's working. I'll post graphics processor and driver information on the other topic, and see if the TechSmith guys think it's out of date. Just seems like a weird issue, since I haven't run into a video I couldn't play until yesterday on their site.
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Are we supposed to tell that to everyone that wants to view videos created by CS8?
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Eric Salerno

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With the plugin (Shockwave Flash 11.3.300.258) disabled, the videos play. With it re-enabled, no visual. Nothing showing in Chrome or IE regardless of the enabled/disabled setting.

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