Standalone MP4 output with hotspots

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We are evaluating Camtasia Studio 8.6 for one of our customers who require standalone mp4 files as an output.

After a few initial projects, we seem to have hit upon a hurdle that Camtasia Studio 8.6 does not allow us to publish to standalone mp4 files.

There are a bunch of files, other than the MP4, that are generated when we publish a project.

In addition, the hotspots and other camtasia features work only when the html file (from the pack of files) is run on a Web browser.

Unfortunately, only the call outs can be seen in the video when the standalone MP4 file is played.

Does Camtasia Studio 8.6 enable publishing to a standalone MP4 file with working hotspots and other features?


Are we missing something in the entire process?

Any support or help would be appreciated.

P.S: Our purchase decision for Camtasia Studio 8.6 will depend entirely on the capability to produce standalone MP4 files with working hotspots.

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Posted 4 years ago

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Joe Morgan

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Hotspots are dependent on those files to function.

The easiest thing to do is host your videos on

You can also host videos on your own server.

Regards, Joe
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to expand of what Joe has offered ...

all interactive content [quizzes, hotspots, captions, markers] is scripted within 2 files when you produce to MP4 w/controller

the 2 files are xxxconfig.xml, and configxml.js; these files are used by the .html and _player.html files to provide the player/controller with the data needed to display interactive content

when you produce and share to, the MP4 and correct config file are uploaded, and used by the player

when you host on your own web site, you must upload ALL the files that result from a MP4 w/controller production; those files should be placed in their own sub-folder; target the .html or _player.html file to play the video and get interactive content

and, as you've seen, callouts are burned into the video during production
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As others are indicating, MP4 video (or any other "video" for that matter, will not have interactive features.

That is part of the player and wrapper data.