Video editing. Button: pause/continue

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How can I make a Camtasia 2 (Mac) video pause and continue on click? Can't find this functionality anywhere...
Thanx!
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Jan

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Mike Curtis, Employee

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Good morning Jan,

I believe the feature you are thinking of is not currently part of Camtasia for Mac.

I think you must be familiar with our Flash hotspots feature in Camtasia Studio on Windows. There, the content creator is able to add a callout and have the video auto pause for the viewer. The viewer, then, must click in order for the video to resume playing.

There are a number of disclaimers behind that last paragraph including that the video has to be in a certain format and the viewer has to be watching it in particular settings or software. (For example, it won't work on YouTube or in QuickTime.)

We agree this can be a handy feature and would like to learn more about what you would expect from it. The landscape has changed quite a bit since we first implemented this feature on Windows, and we might need to consider a range of alternatives to allow the pause & continue functionality you desire.

Mike Curtis
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Thanks Mike,

you are right. That's exactly how it is :)
I used Camtasia Studio on Windows for several projects some years ago and now with a new project I defaulted back to Camtasia - but on a Mac.

From my experience with several guided tours and online help videos callouts are usually shown too short and don't give users enough time to read AND understand them.

Actually, I wouldn't necessarily need a true hotspot feature. Would be enough to tell the timeline "stop here" (like breakpoints in coding) and force the user to click the video play button to continue (and perhaps have a global setting where the user could say "ignore all breakpoints").

Brilliant? I know :)

Jan
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Bret Blackmore

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Hi Jan,

Sorry to bother you, but have you had any luck finding this feature on a Mac? I'd really appreciate any help as I have some tuition videos that require this exact feature. 

Many thanks
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Stephen Wagner, Employee

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Camtasia for Mac has hotspots, which behave much like the hotspots in Camtasia Studio.   You can make any media be a hotspot, not just callouts.   Here is a tutorial about using hotspots in Camtasia for Mac:  https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-mac-interactive-hotspots.html
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Bret Blackmore

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Thanks for getting in touch and the trial information Stephen. Much appreciated.

I really like this hotspot/pause feature, although I am not sure about using it online. In order for the hotspot to pause does the video need to be uploaded through screencast? Can the video and it's features work if uploaded on another site? 

Sorry for bothering you, but I am struggling to get my head around this.

Cheers.
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Stephen Wagner, Employee

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Hotspots can work with other sites.  You need to use the "Export as Web Page" option under the Share menu.  This will create a folder with a number of files in it.  If you upload these files to your own site, the hotspots should work.
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bruce.jacobsen

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I entirely agree with Jan. Just something that pauses the movie and the player has to push "play" to continue. Even the techsmith training videos would benefit from this feature.
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Ged Mead

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For any other Camtasia Newbies like me, who happen to land here after searching for tips on how to do this, I just wanted to add that I tried this approach of using Flash to pause the video feature and thought it wasn't working. That's because clicking on the callout doesn't work when you're still tweaking the video in the Studio. But if you then use the 'Produce and share' menu item and make your production choices, then the feature works just fine. At least it did when I chose the 'Web' format in the production options dialog.
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Bret Blackmore

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Hi guys,

So... This is from two years ago. Have there been any developments yet? As I am looking for exactly what Jan has previously mentioned.

I'd appreciate any kind of advice on being able to achieve this feature in my videos, thanks.

Bret
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