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I'm amazed that Camtasia doesn't support VTT caption files

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  • CHINCHUDO
    I TOTALLY AGREE!!! There are a few simple things that just seem to be lacking in Camtasia to make you scratch your head asking, "Why?"


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  • PodiumJason
    I don't understand why you have to import your caption files into moodle. Just embed the captions (optional captions, of course) within the Camtasia player, and then embed the player within Moodle.

    Problem solved, no? It seems to me you're adding an extra step by importing your captions into Moodle...
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  • George.McGeachie
    if I generate the MP4 file with captions, they're embedded in the video and I can't turn them off.
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  • CHINCHUDO
    @jstobbe While that may be a work around fro you it still doesn't address the fact that what you suggest doesn't work for everything. In my case I'm putting my video up on Microsoft Stream and Stream only allows VTT caption files. While that is silly Microsoft only allows one type Camtasia should offer the VTT file format because it is widely used. Again my needs necesitate a VTT file and it isn't that big of a change and wouln't require much time developing it.

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  • PodiumJason
    VTT is a more advanced form of captioning, over SRT, isn't it? 

    But YouTube GENERATES only srt files, and not vtt. I also get that you can UPLOAD vtt to YouTube.

    But SRT is the base of all captioning files, much like soil is to plants. Why does Microsoft Stream only support ADVANCED file formats, and not basic file formats? 

    In my view, the open-source and "responsible software" world generally starts with a good solid basic format, and builds from there. Maybe bring it up with Moodle and Microsoft Stream that they only support advanced formats, and not the basics.

    Walking before running...

    That said, I agree, it would be nice for Camtasia to support VTT.

    But I think your frustration is misguided. Don't be mad at Camtasia for only supporting SRT. Perhaps direct some frustration at Microsoft/Moodle for only supporting VTT.

    And George - there are many tools for converting captions, even online
    https://subtitletools.com/
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  • CHINCHUDO
    Yes, my frustration is directed at Microsoft, don't ge tme wrong. But Camtasia also doesn't support other basic walk before running things link not being able to reverse a video clip. While it is easy to call out Mircosoft it is also easy to call out Camtasia. If they don'tsupport VTT which is a simple item then they are likely to lose cusmers to competitors.

    My frustration is not misguided. We're all subject to our situations and frustrations can go two ways. But between Camtasia and Microsoft, Camtasia has the need to make this change, especially when it is a simple one. Microsoft is never going away. Camtasia is not so well established that there won't be another option. 

    Now, yes I could leave and use a different product... but there are things I like about Camtasia and I want to support the underdog. But... They have to give me reason to support them. 
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  • Permanently deleted user
    Just a gentle reminder from the sidelines here.

    When it comes to "basic walk before running things", it may seem as though reversing a video clip is a very basic feature that ANY video editor should have, we also have to keep in mind that Camtasia doesn't have the "typical" video editing roots.

    As users, it's often helpful to remember that this product actually began life as a screen recording tool. And as such, it likely never really occurred to the development team that such a "basic" feature would ever be needed when recording screen activity.

    This isn't to say the feature should not be present and would not be valuable to many, but only to serve as a reminder as to why the product may appear to "lack" certain "basic" functions that are offered with similar products.

    Cheers... Rick :)
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  • CHINCHUDO
    Just an example. Didn't meant to get things off from the real basic thing that this conversation was origionally about. but still...
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  • George.McGeachie
    I have another work-around, which may be permanent - host the videos on Vimeo (which does support SRT files) and embed them in Moodle. That way, I don't use up my Moodle storage anywhere near as quickly. Plus, I can replace the Vimeo videos when they get out of date, and it's simpler than doing it in Moodle.
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  • Darren

    If Camtasia could let us export VTT it would be useful. Microsoft Rise and Articulate applications use VTT files so we have to export the SRT files from Camtasia and then convert them to VTT. Surely at least the options should be there. Our global translation system also supports VTT natively but for SRT it has to be turned into a text file to be recognized. Our Corporate LMS also only supports VTT files.

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  • Meghan Fitzgerald

    I know this is an old topic, but is probably even more relevant these days - I also find it frustrating that Camtasia doesn't allow importing of vtt files - which is the file type available from a zoom recording. I can just share the recording using the zoom link, of course, but I'd much prefer to edit it down first and build in some interactive componants.  

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  • Chris McQueen

    Zoom provides VTT files. It would make editing Zoom recordings and maintaining the transcription files much easier if Camtasia imported VTT files.  Voting up other comments on this as well.

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  • Jane

    Upvoting the ability to import and edit VTT files. 

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  • Chris Panayides

    Also upvoting the ability to import and edit VTT files. 

    This is a vital feature

    Cmon guys !

     
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  • M. Afolayan

    I agree with Chris Panayides. When importing media for editing, it would be immensely helpful if we could also import the accompanying VTT files for captions so we wouldn't have to re-type them.

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