Save a set of callouts for regular use

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I have a series of watermarks that I like to overlay onto my videos.  I am using Camtasia 3 for Mac (loving it so far).  I would like to save these watermarks so that I don't have to keep creating them from scratch every time I do a video - is there a way to do this?

Also, is there a way to override the "snap to" setting so that I can precisely position where I want callouts to sit within the video, rather than them auto-aligning with the yellow lines?

Thanks!
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Jack Fruh, Champion

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Hi Danny, 

If they don't ever move, then I would create them in a paint or design program and export them as a PNG file with transparency.



I created one here you can try. I created a 1280x720 document in affinity designer, then added text, and did file->export I selected PNG, and set the export resolution to 1280x720.

In Camtasia Import this png, and put it on a track above your video.
You can stretch the image in the timeline to make it last the whole time or just part.
And you can 'fade in' and 'fade out' the image like you would any other asset in camtasia.

When you do this for yourself, make your document the size of your typical projects - ie if you record and publish in 1920x1080, use that.

While I used Affinity Designer, other tools such as Acorn, Pixelmator, Photoshop, Affinity Photo would all get the job done - you might already have one of these tools.

Also, note that while Camtasia supports PNG Transparency for import, it does not support it for export, so you unfortunately can't just create the text in Camtasia and choose Share->export Frame as.

One more note: Camtasia supports importing transparent video, which can be created in a tool like the $49 apple motion program, so if you wanted to have animation 'baked in' to your titles, you could create them in motion, save them as transparent video, and then import that in a similar way.

- Jack
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Rick Stone

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I'm not sure about Camtasia for Mac, but on Camtasia for PC, you have the ability to add things like callouts you want to use again and again to the library. Same should hold true for the image or video Jack mentioned. So perhaps consider that if it's available?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Danny Young

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Thanks Jack.  I already created everything I need using Camtasia callouts, so I don't ideally want to use an external program if possible.  I was thinking maybe I would save the project and re-use it, adding different video each time.  I have Photoshop but I struggle with it to be honest!  Using Camtasia 3 I've got exactly what I need right inside the application, so ideally I'd like to be able to save the template and re-use it.

Plus I want the transparency to be available on export, and this works using Camtasia callouts.

Great idea about the transparent video import, I will certainly take a look at that!
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Danny Young

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Hey Rick - I don't think the Mac version has a library unfortunately, I did a search in Help but it returned no hits and I can't see it anywhere in the menus... :/
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Jessica Brown

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It has to. There is a section called “user” in the list of types of callouts, but I still haven’t found a way to actually get them in the library.
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itsski

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I have been looking too. Any updates on how to get them in the library?
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Danny Young

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Is there a way to override the "snap to" setting so that I can precisely position where I want callouts to sit within the video, rather than them auto-aligning with the yellow lines?
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You can temporarily disable snapping by holding down the Control key while moving a callout on the canvas.  You can also disable it toggling 'Enable Canvas Snapping' in the View menu.
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Danny,

Is there any reason you cannot select all the overlays (annotations?), copy them from one project, and paste them into the next project? I just tried that, creating three different annotations with different opacity and other properties, and they copied and pasted between project files with properties intact. Will that work for you? 

To override the Snap-To function, hold down the Option key while you are dragging an object around. The yellow lines won't appear, and the object won't snap.
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Danny Young

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Hey Dave thanks - that could be an option, I will check it out.  I am also going to save the project as a template with just the overlays/annotations, and then add the video from there, that could be an option and I think that will solve the problem too.

Thanks also for the help on the snap-to function, little tips like that make a massive difference.  Appreciate you coming back to me!
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Jessica Brown

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Why do that when you could have it in the library like a preset? That’s what the question is. If anyone in the future is reading this and use the Mac version, we’d appreciate some guidance.
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davemillman

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Jessica and Danny,

The Mac version unfortunately does not have the library feature available on windoze.

To save a User Callout, set the properties exactly the way you want, then click this button:




Not quite as useful as a Library, but it will save you time and effort.