Using a Callout over several frames

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I'm using Camtasia Studio 7.1.1. Is there a way to have a callout span across several frames?

I am producing a training video of how to use our software and the video portion has been prerecorded and given to me as an .avi file. My job is to add the narration, spotlights, callouts, etc.

The problem is that sometimes in the video, the person clicks too quickly or moves the mouse around sporadically which makes the viewer dizzy. To fix this, I have split the video and repeated several frames to keep the mouse still or to pause on what the person is clicking on for the viewer to see it better.

If I want to add a callout to this section with all the split frames, I end up having to add the callout many different times for each frame. In addition, the frames are usually too small to allow a fade in and fade out - which makes the callout look jumpy and unsmooth as it appears and disappears.

Is there a way to make the callout ignore the individual frames and span across the entire time frame?

Thanks for the help!

Tracy
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Joe Morgan

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Hello,

Piece of cake. Click on the image to enlarge it. If I remember correctly this works with Camtasia 7 as well. Just position the callout above everything else.

 Regards, Joe


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Thank you for the information, but this doesn't answer my question.

I know how to stretch out the Callout within a frame. My problem is that I need it to stretch over several frames and then I want it to fade out. See the picture below.

Because I've had to break the video up to repeat the same frame over and over, I can't stretch the callout very far each time - and then there's no room for a fade.

Maybe the question I need answered is: How can I capture a frame of video and stretch that one frame out for several seconds?

Tracy







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Kevin Mojek, Employee

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It sounds like an extended frame is what you need? Select a piece of video on the timeline and hit 'E'. It will bring up a dialog asking for a duration but once it's added to the timeline you can stretch the ends out to be as long as necessary.
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Hi Kevin,

Thank you for your response. I do believe this is exactly what I was looking for. :-)  I think my Camtasia likes this method better too since it doesn't have so many tiny frames to keep track of. It seems to be less of a memory strain now.

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