For your viewers to make use of Camtasia's interactive features such as a table of contents, closed captions, search capability, hotspot functionality and quizzing, playback in the TechSmith Smart Player is required. Hosting your video on Screencast.com provides the optimal viewing experience since the SmartPlayer is built into Screencast.com.
The TechSmith Smart Player is designed to offer a high level of interactivity between your videos and your viewers. Before you begin the video creation process it is important to understand the benefits and limitations when sharing your content to different hosting services and devices since certain features require the TechSmith Smart Player in order to work properly.
The Smart Player is built into the video production and upload process. It is not a standalone application or program you download and install yourself.
For example, when producing your video to MP4 and uploading it to Screencast.com, the video will playback in the Smart Player by default. If your video contains any interactivity like a quiz, searchable table of contents, or hotspots, the Smart Player will give your viewers the best playback experience.
On the other hand, if you upload that same video to YouTube, those interactive features will not be available to your viewers.
Captions can be imported on YouTube. For more on importing captions, check out: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8-import-export-captions.html.
You need the TechSmithSmart Player if you want to host interactive/quizzing videos on your private website. For more on how to host the TechSmith Smart Player on your website, check out: http://blogs.techsmith.com/tips-how-tos/host-the-smart-player-on-your-own-website.
Other Smart Player Hosting Options
The Smart Player will work on most mobile devices and tablets. However, iPhone users need to download the Smart Player App to view videos with interactivity such as quizzing, table of contents, hotspots and closed captioning. If a viewer tries to watch a video that uses the Smart Player, the viewer will be directed to download the app, which is free. Once they have the app, they can play back video content created from Camtasia on the iPhone.
You need the TechSmith Smart Player if you want to host interactive/quizzing videos on your private website. For more on how to host the TechSmith Smart Player on your website, check out this article and video.
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