Where has Express Show gone in Camtasia 8?

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Wow - just bought Camtasia 8 and CAN'T BELIEVE you got rid of the Express Show feature with the always visible Table of Contents now gone and the graphic above it not available. HUGE MISTAKE!!!! This is how we branded the videos for clients. This alone may be a deal killer for me. All the other features are good, but not being able to visibly brand the player may mean I'll have to stick with Version 7. And according to the service rep I just talked to, nothing was done to upgrade SCORM capabilities which has always been a weakness for Camtasia. I'll dig a bit deeper into the program, but it's looking like a very unworthy upgrade and it might be refund time.
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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Hi David,

Thanks for your post. I would love to chat with you directly over the phone about what you are trying to do. The Express Show controller is gone, and has been replaced by the TechSmith Smart Player, which ensures playback on nearly any device, including iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets. You didn't get that with Express Show.

As for branding and table of contents, I think you can accomplish a similar result with Camtasia Studio 8, just in a different way. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss further. Email me at s.lovellette@techsmith.com.

Thanks,

Shane Lovellette
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Hi Shane, please post your ideas on replacing the branding and table of contents functions of Express Show. I'm interested and I'm sure others would be too.

Mike
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Hi everyone,

I put together a screencast showing how you can create a branded area of your video with table of contents like functionality using hotspots. Sorry about the length, but I wanted to show in depth how you can create it, and also how you can leverage it across projects with the library.

Here is a link to the video: http://www.screencast.com/t/VAAWKV6o53Y

I would love to get your feedback on this and other ideas on how we can better support branding of the video content for your audience. I'm happy to answer additional questions about this.

Best Regards,
Shane Lovellette
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Great response, Shane. Thanks very much. Your suggestions give me more creative flexibility with designing the TofC as well!
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Jenny Rae Mettee

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Could that customized Table of Contents have a scroll, if say, there too many buttons?
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This is actually a really nice solution since you can customize it however you want. It took me some time to find it though... Maybe you would consider posting it with the Camtasia Studio 8 Tutorials too?
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I agree with Jenny above - the online courses I work on oftern require 20+ buttons, I need a scoll bar or some other creative solution
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Mark Nowowiejski

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Here is where I am at

http://www.screencast.com/t/BgosyRUBR0

I'm just having trouble with some of my TOC button jumping and than PAUSING instead of playing.
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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Hi everyone,

I have a potential solution to help with the problem where you have a lot of Table of Contents entries, so you need the table of contents to be scrollable. However, you may want the table of contents to stay visible, and not to cover up the main part of your content. Here is a screencast that shows how you can accomplish this: http://www.screencast.com/t/zl4KyfcMc

I look forward to your feedback on this.

Best Regards,
Shane Lovellette
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Nice post, Shane. The only problem I see with this fix is that you can't "brand" the table of contents with a logo or icon. The scroll ability comes at the expense of the branding possibilities of the fixed length T of C solution you presented earlier.
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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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You are correct David. It is definitely a trade off currently. One other thing you could do is put your logo at the beginning of the video so the first marker thumbnail is an image of your logo, and then name that marker with your company name. That might help a little, but it is not ideal.
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Jenny Rae Mettee

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With this solution though, when you hit Closed Captioning, some of the text appears underneath the TOC. Is there a solution for that?
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Mark Nowowiejski

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That's interesting- we're just starting to work on captioning this week - might it have to do with your track stacking order?
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Jenny Rae Mettee

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Captioning is the top track
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Hi Shane. This is really a primitive solution to this problem. First of all, there's no reason that the program can't offset the video content when producing if I choose some option when producing. But more importantly, this new table of contents no longer stays synced with the video content, and the contents no longer has the ability to indent some topics under others. What you've proposed works if you have a series of equal value subtopics, but it loses the important ability to show users where they are in the overall scheme, and loses the ability to have several main topics each of which have several subtopics. Definitely lost ground on this one.
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Just one more musing on this one... this solution appears to be rather painful to implement if you've already created the video and it's full of zoom & pan already. If one resizes the canvas, the screen capture ends up being placed exactly in the center of the new bigger canvas. One can use the zoom/pan to reposition, but if one already has lots of zoom/pans, this appears to throw them all off. Sorry... no kudos on this one.
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Jonathan Barel

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Have to agree with Eric Taylor!
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I have gone back to the previous version of Camtasia so that I have Express Show. Sadly I made one video in Camtasia 8 that now needs editing. I had manually created the TOC before and as it was quite long and I needed to add one extra entry I decided to redo it per this screencast. Sadly what I found was that the size of the TOC varies according to the screen size so whilst I fixed window sizes etc (took forever) I can't use the video as some people will watch it full size and others in a smaller window.
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Hi Shane. I watched your video and I have programmed my video to have images fixed-left and use the scrolling TOC. How did you make your images disappear when the TOC was visible? When my TOC is visible, I can still see my images behind it.
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Is there a way to keep the TOC from going all the way from top to bottom? I'd like to have a layout like this one. I need 50 items in my TOC. Thanks!

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Jenny Rae Mettee

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I would like a similar solution.
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I agree that loss of the option for a permanent side panel TOC is a bit of a set back.  While the workarounds offered above are useful to some extent, the fact is the TOC offers many features that you can't manually add by placing linked objects. The real TOC automatically 1) updates when markers are added and labeled (or edited), 2) provides standard navigation visual cues such as mouseover highlighting, highlighting of the TOC entry corresponding to the current slide showing, etc., 3) expands or contracts in length as content items are added or removed in the project, and 4) automatically provides the vertical scrolling when it is needed.  All this just happens, with no manual editing of TOC objects or their layout on the screen..

While the workaround above is better than nothing as an approach, it's a far cry from having the real TOC, and would be a maintenance nightmare in a complex project with many TOC entries, especially when they need to be changed frequently..  

I would still cast a strong vote for reinstating the real TOC as a permanent sidebar option --- from a UX standpoint, not having it there is akin to a web site that makes the nav panel invisible by default, and then obscures content when it's made visible... not good.