None of the behaviors in Camtasia 9 work like the thumbnail

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Behaviors are a very cool idea but I can't get any to work like they show. I exited and started Camtasia again but that had no impact.

For example, the Scale behavior thumbnail shows the letters displaying individually from left to right and large to small. My text comes in all at once then shrinks out. I have tried various combinations of settings and it still does not change. 

There is nothing in the Help that explains what the options actually do. "Choose the desired motion effects" is not sufficient to help me. No matter what I do, I cannot get the behavior to "behave" like the thumbnail.  

If the action does not apply to each letter, why do you show it that way?

Animating separate letters and animating all the words are very different effects.

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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Patti,
I'm sorry you are having trouble!

I think I might know what is happening but please correct me if my thoughts are not right.

If you want the Behavior to act EXACTLY like the view in the icon, you need to add a TEXT ONLY callout to the video. The Behavior is applied to whatever you put it on. So, if you put it on a callout with text, it applies to the motion and behavior of the callout as a whole. Not as individual letters.

Please see this demo as a comparison. I used the same exact Sliding Behavior on each object, you can see how different they perform.
Overall, I think you might be using a graphic callout, and you need to use the Plain Text Callout to get the look you want.

Also, there is another setting to be aware of that controls the overall aspect of the Plain Text Behavior actions. You can find that here and it tells the
Behavior to treat the plain text callout on a per-letter basis or as one object - like the image callouts behave.
From there, you can choose further how you want the letters to behave.

Thank you for asking this question. I'm sure others will find this helpful.

(And, if this was not the issue, please let me know!)

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