Need interactive hot spots to work with production of mp4 or html

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When producing a file in Camtasia 2018 the hot spots and video branching does not work from the mp4 or html.  However an internet browser is opened and the interactive hot spots work there. How can I get it to work with mp4 format?
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lynn.clee

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Posted 11 months ago

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Rick Stone

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Unfortunately that's the way TechSmith has it at the moment. My guess is that it's not likely to change any time soon.

MP4 videos simply don't have any inherent capability to allow linking of any kind. The linking capability relies entirely on the files that are created at the same time Camtasia created the video.

Cheers... Rick :)
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To further explain what Rick said, the MP4 file itself is video/audio content only -- no interactive elements at all.

The only thing that adds interactive functionality is what gets added in the supporting files that work for a player that operates in a web browser.

If you are publishing in YouTube, there are ways to add interactivity through the YouTube player.

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Although, it does get a bit confusing here because one is able to simply upload the MP4 that Camtasia created to TechSmith's ScreenCast.com site and the interactivity should work. But that's only because the ScreenCast.com site already has all the supporting player files present.
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just to expand further on Rick's comments re screencast.com and MP4's ...

when you create a MP4 with player production, the resulting support files include 2 xml files; these xml files contain the scripts needed by the smart player to enable interactive content [captions, hotspots, TOC, quiz]; when you launch using the generated .html files, the smart player reads the xml files and thus activates interactive content

the MP4 file itself, that is created with a player production, also has the xml script info embedded within it as XMP metadata; this xmp metadata is used by screencast's version of the smart player to enable any interactive content

however, if you just play the MP4 directly in a media player [not in a browser or via screencast.com], the embedded xmp metadata is ignored

this tutorial might be helpful ...

About The Various Files From A MP4 With Smart Player Production 2018-02-04
http://www.screencast.com/t/PskL7hzG

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Thank you both for your response.