Text and Annotations

Annotations, such as callouts or arrows, are graphics that appear on top of a video to draw viewers’ attention to important objects or processes. Annotations also include effects like blurs, highlights, and interactive hotspots.

 

Add an Annotation

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  1. Click the Annotations tab.
  2. Click a sub-tab to select a category.
  3. Select a Style from the menu.
  4. Double-click to add to timeline at playhead. Or, drag annotation to desired location on timeline.
  5. Customize in Properties. Properties.png
  6. To edit the text, double-click the annotation on the canvas and enter the desired text. 

 

Annotation Types

Annotation Category

Includes

Callouts
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  • Speech bubbles and plain text.
  • Add a plain text annotation to an image to create a custom callout.
  • Choose from various styles like Abstract, Basic, Bold, Urban, and Legacy.
  • Legacy lines and arrows are from the previous version of Camtasia and are not cross platform compatible.

Arrows and Lines
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  • Assorted lines and arrows without text.
  • Choose from various styles like Abstract, Basic, Bold, Urban, and Legacy.
  • Legacy lines and arrows are from the previous version of Camtasia and are not cross platform compatible.

Shapes
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  • Assorted shapes without text.
  • Add a plain text annotation to a shape to create a custom callout.
  • Choose from various styles like Abstract, Basic, Bold, Urban, and Legacy.
  • Legacy lines and arrows are from the previous version of Camtasia and are not cross platform compatible.

Special Annotations
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Blur

Hide portions of the video containing confidential or sensitive content.
Blur.png

 

Spotlight & Blur

Dim and blur outside areas of selection.
Spotlight.png

 

Highlight

Highlight selection or invert effect.
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Interactive Hotspot

Add a hotspot to include interactivity within a produced MP4 video.

  • Options include: Pause video, go to a URL, jump to marker, and more.
  • For your viewers to make use of this interactive features, playback in the TechSmith Smart Player is required.
  • Hosting your video on Screencast.com provides the optimal viewing experience.

 

Pixelate

Hide portions of the video containing confidential or sensitive content.
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Sketch Motion Callouts|
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Animations drawn on the screen over a period of time.

SketchSample.gif

 

Keystroke Callouts

 

Windows Options
KeystrokeCallouts.png

 

Mac Options
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Show keyboard activity in your video. For example, if you press Ctrl+C or Cmd+C on the keyboard as you are recording, show that keyboard combination using the keystroke callouts.

Add Manually

  1. Drag keystroke annotation to timeline.
  2. Enter keystrokes in Properties. Properties.png

 

Auto Generate (Windows)

Keystroke callouts can be auto generated from keystrokes captured in a TREC recording.

  1. Select recording with keystroke data.
  2. Select Modify > Generate Keystroke Callouts.
  3. Choose options.
  4. Click Generate.

 

Auto Generate (Mac)

  1. Click Visual Effects tab.
  2. Drag the Keystroke effect to a recording with keystroke data.

Working with Annotations

To perform this action... Do this...
Edit text Double-click the annotation on the canvas and enter the desired text.
Customize the color, style, and other properties Select annotation on timeline, click Properties. Properties.png
Customize motion

Add Behaviors to plain text or callouts to create unique effects.

Options include: In, During, and Out actions, motion styles, directions, and more.

Copy and paste to other location
  1. Right-click annotation and select Copy.
  2. Move playhead on timeline to new location.
  3. Right-click timeline and select Paste. (Mac: CMD+V)
Move annotation to new location on timeline or canvas Click and drag to desired location.
Resize annotation on canvas

Click and drag a handle in any direction.
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Move annotation through layers on canvas

Right-click annotation > Arrange:

  • Bring to Front
  • Bring Forward
  • Send Backward
  • Send to Back

Arrange.png

Rotate annotation on canvas

Grab center handle and drag left or right.
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Delete

Select annotation on a clip or media, press the Delete key.

Change duration
  • Drag either end of the annotation out to extend the duration.
  • Drag either end of the annotation in to shorten the duration.
Remove drop shadow
  1. Click the Effects tray on the annotation.
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  2. Click to select Drop Shadow effect.
  3. Press the Delete key.

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