Notes area in Camtasia 8

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I use Captions to record editing notes and comments, saving the caption file and renaming it .txt to send to others. Does Camtasia 8 have a real notes area, or will one be added?
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c pomaski

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Mike Curtis, Employee

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Hello,

Thanks for the screenshot and description of the problem you're trying to solve. It's an interesting idea. Currently Camtasia Studio doesn't have any kind of notepad or area to make notes like this. I can see how it would be helpful if you were sharing the project with another person and editing collaboratively. That was a creative idea in using the captions, but I can see how it doesn't quite meet your needs.

Thanks for taking the time to post! I wish I had a better answer for you.

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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I've used callouts to hold project notes; they can hold a lot of text, and are easily deleted when no longer needed.

In CS8, optionally put them on a free track below the videos; that way they don't display unless you click on them [view in callouts tab] or move them into view [in the canvas area]
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Kayakman,

Tried out your method and it works fine. So, delete the video and send only the .camproj file and your recipients can add their copy of the subject video upon receipt. Huge space and time savings!

c
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A "Notes" section would be fantastic! I just finished 40 screencasts, totaling roughly 5 hours of tutorials. I learned a great deal about proficiency. :-)

My notes were scattered allover,... from .txt files to MindMaps, and everything in between. Just adding notes about a video required me to create a .txt file, enter the notes, and add that file to the "Project Notes" folder. And you better name it correctly or it's not fun trying to find it.



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write your notes in Notepad, capture them with Snagit, add to timeline as an image; keep all notes on their own track; delete the notes when producing, or use visual properties to set their opacity to 0% so they do not show in production

this technique keeps everything together, and your notes are synced to project in the time domainĀ 
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I still like and use the method you described above. The only problem I find is that you can't gather them all into one text file. Typing into the captions files and saving the srt puts time stamps on them. There was an older program, "Video Note Taker" I believe, that was great, but only for mpg files. A tab like "Captions" called "Notes" that that allows text input and automatically time stamps it would be perfect. "VirtualDubMod" has this feature.
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Thats not a bad idea, but it still requires several steps. The other thing to keep in mind is that "notes" can have various uses. It may be that the notes are used later to create written content, not just notes about the video. As I mentioned earlier, videos are generally part of a project, and often times, projects have various modalities for delivering content. Therefore, having the ability to export notes would add even more flexibility to how we work with our projects.

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