Positioning of Captions in Camtasia 8 has disappeared

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Where has the positioning of Captions gone in Camtasia 8? There used to be an option to position the captions over or under the video but that seems to have been removed in 8 ?
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,
Yes, you are correct.

The new workflow would be to choose the size you want the video to be including the captions. Then size your video and other media on the canvas to make the captions appear either on or below the video.

With the older workflow, adding the captions below the video would actually change the video dimensions. Now, you choose how your video will appear using the dimensions you set.

There is a lot of new / different functionality with the captions in version 8. Please consult the help file to read all about it! Do a search for "Captions".

I hope this helps!
Kelluy
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What are some tips on the video size to include ADA compliant captions BELOW the video? What should be the relationship of the embedded size vs the video size when producing the video? The help file doesn't give guidance on this.
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This really is not an acceptable workaround, as changing the video size degrades the quality of the video vs. the file with closed captions.
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Hi I can not see how to place captions below the screen.

Captions are integral in the projects now. I have made the following video to demonstrate.

Captions would need to go below the screen.

I am Ray from Australia.

http://www.screencast.com/t/h06XTkaQ6fER

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Camtasia Studio 8 Captions Not below Edit Screen.
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Hi Ray,
Is this a project that you are upgrading to version 8 from 7.x?

Have you tried to change the font of the captions and it doesn't change you out of the ADA Compliant mode?

As to the captions being under the video, the new workflow would be to choose the size you want the video to be including the captions. Then resize your video and other media on the canvas to make the captions appear below the video.

Kelly
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Here is the finished video in cross platform
it is 27 mb
http://savethelake.com.au/mod/resourc....
It streams from Moodle.

The captions work but the toc is clunky.
The captions took a while to set but I think I will get faster.
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Oh goodness. Just like the removal of the Title slide. Another change that means there's something else to have to do. Two very simple things that you didn't even have to think about have now changed.
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What are some tips on the video size to include ADA compliant captions BELOW the video? What should be the relationship of the embedded size vs the video size when producing the video?
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How do I produce videos with the captions below the video? The tutorials suggest this is possible; but do not give any hints or suggestions. Nor is this mentioned in the help documentation.

I want to produce captions below two video sizes: 1024 x 732 (recording dimensions) and 670 x 480 (maintaining the aspect ratio).

What should be the embedded size and the video size? What is the general rule for the relationship of the embedded and video size? The tutorial only mentioned that embedded should be < the video size. This is not enough guidance and my experiments in playing with different settings didn’t get the captions below the produced video.

Thanks for your help.

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Camtasia 8: how to produce with captions below video?.
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Yes, Kelly, please make a video to show us, just a brief demo with interactive toc is all we need.

Also how to remove empty captions spaces created by Speech to text :(
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To remove empty captions, right click on the purple caption bar in the time line. This has options such as merge with previous...

http://screencast.com/t/VSvTiQWRYgpu
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reasons why captions are a hassle in CS8

1 the merge is often not available and is greyed out.
2 positioning of speech to text is often problematic and has to be moved.
3 can not add a space of nothing, a break between captions.
4 no spell check
5 very inaccurate speech recognition
6 can not delete by selecting a range and clicking delete, we now have to ctrl x
7 captions have to be exported to spell check before importing back.
8 this results in an additional pass to double check the corrections.

Big thanks to Kevin Mojek for this video http://www.screencast.com/t/PKztEVHr6RN
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Here is the finished video in cross platform
it is 27 mb
http://savethelake.com.au/mod/resourc....
It streams from Moodle.

The captions work but the toc is clunky.
The captions took a while to set but I think I will get faster.
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Why captions doesn't appear in Camtasia 8 produced video
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987ray

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You may have to go to settings and enable captions to start when the video starts. When producing select the format, say Mp4 then edit the settings for this production format, here you will see how to have captions on or off when the video is produced.
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reasons why captions are a hassle in CS8

1 the merge is often not available and is greyed out.
2 positioning of speech to text is often problematic and has to be moved.
3 can not add a space of nothing, a break between captions.
4 no spell check
5 very inaccurate speech recognition
6 can not delete by selecting a range and clicking delete, we now have to ctrl x
7 captions have to be exported to spell check before importing back.
8 this results in an additional pass to double check the corrections.

Big thanks to Kevin Mojek for this video http://www.screencast.com/t/PKztEVHr6RN
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I am currently using Camtasia 7 but testing Camtasia 8. In Camtasia 7 it is possible to choose either to use captions below or on the video at all times. Unfortunately, this function has been removed in Camtasia 8. In Camtasia 8, you can add captions and then resize the video in order to put the captions below the video. But if you add a zoom to the video, the captions do not stay below the video. Any idea if this function will be included again?

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Captions in Camtasia 8.
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Official Response
Underlay captions are now available again in Camtasia Studio. We just released version 8.0.3, which addresses many issues based on customer feedback.

See the complete version history here: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-ver...

This is a free upgrade for anyone who has Camtasia Studio version 8.x.

Thanks for your patience and feedback!
Mike Curtis
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Mike, thanks for the update. Are there any tutorials available for this feature?

I am new to captioning, and I'd like to separate and align captions to fit the speaker. For instance the interviewer is always sitting on the right, so I would like all of his captions to be aligned on the right. While his guests always sit on the left and I would like to align their captions on the left. Any advice?
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Sounds Cool, and big thanks for this, next please allow the cursor effect to be applied to all clips, in the current video I have over 41 clips and have to set the mouse and click effects each time, because I save a lot of time using the mouse to guide users, rather than creating call outs each time.
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I am making an education seiries of online videos and want the captions to be hard coded (always visible) to the viewer, not a function they can toggle on / off.

Is there a way to do this?

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Can I set it so the captions are always visible?.

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