Annotations and Callouts

Annotations, like 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.

 

To add an annotation to the timeline:

  1. Click the Annotations tab.
  2. Click a sub-tab to select a category.
  3. Select a Style from the menu. (Only some annotations have this option.)
  4. Double-click to add to timeline at playhead. Or, drag annotation to desired location on timeline.
  5. Customize in Properties

Annotation Types

Annotation Category

Includes

Callouts

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

Blur

Hide portions of the video containing confidential or sensitive content.

 

Spotlight & Blur

Dim and blur outside areas of selection.

 

Highlight

Highlight selection or invert effect.

 

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.

Sketch Motion Callouts

Animations drawn on the screen over a period of time.

 

Keystroke Callouts

 

Windows Options

 

Mac Options

 

 

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

 

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...
Customize color, look, style, and more... Select annotation on timeline, click Properties
Customize motion...

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

Options include, In, During, 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.

Move annotation through layers on canvas...

Right-click annotation > Arrange:

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

Rotate annotation on canvas...

Grab center handle and drag left or right.

Delete...

Select annotation on a clip or media, press Delete on keyboard.

Change duration...
  • Drag either end of the annotation out to extend the duration.
  • Drag either end of the annotation in to shorten the duration.

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