Video stays paused after navigating to marker using hotspot or TOC

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I feel certain this must be my own user error. I am using Camtasia 9 to create a training video with multiple sections, and I want users to be able to skip past certain sections, interact with others, etc. To this end, I've created a prototype, (see link below) but I keep running into issues.

https://www.screencast.com/t/dTuba0R8xxnI

Let's say, for example, that a viewer wants to skip Topic 1 and go straight to Topic 2. I want the video to pause at the custom table of contents (TOC) and give the viewer the chance to make his or her selection. Once the viewer selects Topic 2, I want the video to skip that marker and begin playing - without the viewer having to click play on the controller. And yet, I find that once I navigate to a new section (using either the hotspots I've created OR the auto-TOC pane on the left), the video pauses and remains paused. That is not the desired behavior - if they click Topic 2, I want Topic 2 to play immediately, without another click.

A few things I've tried:
  • Designating only ONE object ("Topic 1") as "Pause at End"
  • Designating ALL objects as "Pause at End"
  • Designating a small hidden object as "Pause at End"
Note that all objects navigate to a marker, not URL, Time, or Click to Continue. 

Please tell me what I am doing wrong!
Thanks,
Will
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it would help if you posted a full screen screenshot of your project on timeline at max zoom out [ctl-shift-7], display as many tracks as possible; need to see how you've laid out markers and hotspots

otherwise, have you placed stop-at-end click-to-continue hotspots at the marker locations?

when you navigate to a marker location, you do not need a hotspot there

for best performance, do custom production with keyframes set to 1 second; that usually improves marker and hotspot behaviors

does this TOC work the way you want?

About The Various Files From A CS9 MP4 With Smart Player Production
http://www.screencast.com/t/PskL7hzG
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Thank you SO much for your response. Here is a screenshot of my timeline:

Now, in this present version, I've got small hidden objects at the END of each segment, just before the next marker. These objects are set to "Pause at End" and "Click to Continue," and all other objects are NOT set to pause at end (simply so it will pause and the viewer can use the Topic 1, Topic 2, etc. hotspots). Could that be the issue? Because the "Pause at End" objects are touching the marker in the timeline, it's carrying on to the next segment? 

I read about setting keyframes on another post, and have already made this change (although I'm not 100% certain I understand why - if there's more info, would love to learn).  

And yes, that TOC works exactly the way I want! I knew it had to work... :-)
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Replying to my own post here - That was it! When the "pause at end" objects end right at the marker, and the next segment begins right at the marker, of course it carries over. I only feel a little stupid, but I certainly feel smarter than I felt 10 minutes ago. 

Mr. Kayakman, you are my hero and I greatly appreciate your reply!
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glad its now working for you

I do often use stop-at-end hotspots that are associated with marker locations [a pause to let the viewer decide when to start the next section], BUT ... those hotspots end 2 frames before the market spot

this example uses them, and also has "marquee line timer" hotspots that enable the viewer to do more precise inter-marker navigation; works very well on large projects with many TOC items ...

How To Use Marquee Line Timers With Go To Marker Hotspots
http://www.screencast.com/t/fxbbke7Q