Standard callouts - please?

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Every time I create a video, I want all the callouts to have the same font and the same styling: fade in, and no drop shadow. For every single one of the dozens of callouts in my video, I have to
1) create callout
2) select and apply theme (because it cannot be applied automatically)
3) add transition, and
4) delete drop shadow (because everything has a drop shadow by default and the defaults cannot be changed)
Or I can scroll back to a previous callout, copy it, scroll forward, paste it into place & then edit the content.

This wastes a ludicrous amount of time. Any chance of setting these preferences once per video?
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  • fed up and exhausted.

Posted 1 year ago

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Gord Isman

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Hilary, once you make a few creations, why not just add the sample to the library, and then just add it to the timeline when you need it?  I do get that it could get tedious to create a bunch, but you will have something ready-made for you and then you just change/update the text?
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Joe Morgan

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You can create callouts.
Add them the Library. Name them appropriately so you can tell which one is which.
Add them to timeline and use them instead.

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Brooks, Camtasia Technical Product Manager

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We're planning on adding this workflow / capability. If you are interested in being a part of an early beta, please let us know and we'll get you added to our list so you can play with it when it becomes available.

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At the most basic level, it would be useful to (at the least) offering an option to set the Add Callout function to automatically apply the last callout used.  I usually use plain text -- font style and size might vary, but the first thing I reach for is not usually a blue rectangle with rounded edges and a white border.
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Clint Hoagland, Employee

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For what it's worth: as of Camtasia 2019, drop shadows are no longer applied by default.

(It was not clear that everyone always wanted them and drop shadows are very expensive in terms of rendering performance. You can still add them if you want them.)
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David Demyan

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My workaround was always to create Annotations I like and add them to the library as suggested by some of the other posters. And for about the past 4 years, I **always** shut off drop shadow because modern design shuns them. To my eye, minus drop shadow as well as restrained use of gradients and bevels produces a cleaner look.