Spaces between captions

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I ́m using camtasia 8 and all the captions are "glued" toguether. How do I create a space between them, for the areas in the video where there are no speech.
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Gilberto Mendes

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Hello,
There are several way to add captions in Camtasia Studio 8.

When you enter captions one after another in the text boxes, they append to each other.

You want to add independent captions so you should use the Add button.

Please read the topic entitled Captions in the help file to ensure you are adding the captions correctly according to your workflow

Kelly
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You can left text as blank, in the mute caption.
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And if you've got a bunch that are already 'glued' together, you can separate them. One way to do this is by selecting (in the captions tab) one where you want to move around and then do a split on the timeline. Here's a quick example: http://screencast.com/t/OEuyAG08

Kevin
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Thanks for the info Kevin. I was able to watch the example but there wasn't any audio...but I think I figured out how to split captions so that they can be edited individually. And for inserting a caption box somewhere in the video, I found it necessary to first split the captions in the location where you want to insert...then 'add' a caption box which will fall onto an upper track...then size it to fit in the required space and finally drop it down onto your captions track. This enabled me to place 'space' between captions when needed after syncing or importing files. 'Splitting' captions at a specific location in the video also allowed me to delete individual captions.

I will say, it is much more clumsy than how it functioned in Cam 7. Being able to manipulate synced or imported captions individually made life a lot more simple! I miss those days! :(

It would be GREAT to have the ability to manipulate captions as in Cam 7...added to Cam 8! Now we're talkin' :)
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I agree Ginny - it took me a while to figure out how to move, add, split, etc. And it was an accidental discovery - I couldn't find anything that addressed the issues. I do like the changes made in Camtasia 8 - and once you figure some of these things out - it really is much better! lol
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I agree. It is more intuitive to move the captions freely, and its hard to figure out the current way. Maybe some split command in the context menu to separate the captions, or an option to make all the captions independent as timeline objects.

But thanks for the quick reply and for such a great product.
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Ginny Fitzloff

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Yes! An option to make all the captions independent with the click of a button!
I like it!

I have been working on a video for the past hour or so with the techniques I described above for synced captions. And after just an hour, my thoughts were correct...very time consuming and also having issues with Cam 8 freezing up after each command :(
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Hi. Regarding your comments above, you're right, some audio explanation there would've been more helpful. I'm sorry you're finding the new workflow to be clumsy. Thanks for the feedback; if people are having trouble with it, we'll try to address that in a future release. Freezing up after each command sounds like more than a usability issue; that shouldn't be happening. Problems like that are often best handled one-on-one via tech support. If you wouldn't mind opening a ticket, that might be the quickest way to track this down. Here's the link: http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/uti...
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Thank you Kevin.

Deb and I are also commenting on a separate thread. Here is my response (with some additions) from that thread: Editing Synced or Imported Captions in Camtasia 8 :(
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@Deb...I sync the text 3 pages at a time. Otherwise I experience the 'lag' that has already been mentioned...I learned this while working with Cam 7 and I've not tried anything different with Cam 8.

My 'freezing' issues involve the 'split' button.

As I stated earlier, whenever I 'add' a new caption box it places it on a different track and I have to manually place it on my captions track. I do this process when I need to insert a caption box for 'blank space'. Unfortunately, this is often with the videos I work with....hence, the 'clumsy' and time-consuming extra steps needed.

When using the 'split' button it does (as you said) divide the caption box into two...and places it on the caption track. Not actually having to 'add' a new caption box and then place in on the captions track is nice. But this is where I am experiencing the 'lag time'.

I am running a brand new system...that was purchased with Camtasia (and other captioning software) specs in mind. It's a pretty 'beefed up" system! I also work from home during the week and recently purchased a new laptop that is supposed to accommodate Camtasia...just getting it set up now and haven't had the opportunity, as of yet, to give Camtasia a whirl, so to speak.

As of now, with my limited experience in Cam 8, overall I have to say that I'm still torn on whether I will return to Cam 7...mainly for the reason of being able to manipulate the captions individually. I am also looking into other captioning software. After my experience with Cam 8, my co-worker is choosing NOT to upgrade to Cam 8...at least not right now!

Up until recently, Camtasia has been my first choice in software for captioning. So, it is my wish, that Camtasia return the options regarding captions...possibly a combo of the two...captions as individual objects on the timeline while still having the option to 'group' them as needed.

Thank you, again for all your responses. They have definitely helped :)
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Also, the visual of the audio track in Cam 7 was more user friendly.

Let me also add, that the 'merge' captions option is great...along with the addition of the opaque caption background :)
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Re the freezing, wondering how your situation compares with mine (I'm not experiencing the freezing ;-)):

is it just the caption-related commands that are freezing, or commands in general?

are you pasting in several para's worth of a script at a time and timing that chunk relative to the video, or pasting in and timing the whole script at once? If all-at-once, how long (#words) is the script?
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I'm very frustrated with the changes to captioning, and the lack of tutorials to support those changes. I'm going to go and look again but I guess they still don't see the value or need for captioning - at least not at the same level as everything else!

It has taken me longer trying to figure out how to separate, move, delete captions (and I'm only a couple minutes into the video) than it took me to transcribe the entire 4 minute script and sync the captions!

Yes - - FRUSTRATED!
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The ability to caption easily and quickly has taken about ten steps backwards with version 8. Not only is there the issue with glued captions, but when I split the caption, it moves the end point of the caption I split from and it makes the new caption some arbitrary length...sometimes a fraction of a second, sometimes the whole length of the screen capture! I am also very disappointed in the lack of ability to create captions below the video in anything but HTML 5.

I'm seriously thinking of trying to roll back to version 7!
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It's been two years since this thread, unless i'm mistaken, this caption-superglue is still an issue, right ?
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You can left text as blank, into mute caption. It will not appear even caption's background.
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Hi Dror,

What are you trying to accomplish with your captions? Perhaps if you let us know the desired look you need, we can give you a hand.

It is possible to add single captions anywhere on the timeline - they don't need to be strung together.
Just place your playhead where you want the caption, click the Add caption media button in the Caption tab, then enter your caption text.

Is this workflow not working for you?

Kelly
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I would like to add space (silence) between the captions to create pauses between the captions but I am really struggling with this. I don't want to silence the existing sound, I want to add in some more silence in-between the captions. I have been searching like crazy for this without results, any help on this?

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