Making Engaging Videos in Camtasia 9: Adding Callouts
Camtasia 9 is available for free to UW-Stout faculty and staff for loading onto their computers issued by UW-Stout
This article shows you how possible uses for callouts and how to add callouts to your presentation.
PC users should go their Software Center desktop app and install Camtasia 9. Instructions on using software center for PC are located here.
Mac users can use Self Service to install Camtasia 9. Instructions on how to install for a Mac are located here.
Your LTS Instructional Technology Consultant or the Technology Help Desk can assist you with downloading the software.
There are many possible reasons for using callouts to enhance your presentation.
You may want to point out a certain area in a map, diagram, map, or other item.
You may want to call attention to an item in a list
You may want to share some important information that viewers will need.
You may even want to show your logo.
To get started. Open your project and then click on Annotations in the left-side menu.
When you open the Annotations pane, it will usually default to the Callouts menu. There are multiple callouts and you can search them by style by opening the dropdown menu.
There is also a menu of arrows and lines.
There is also a menu of shapes.
There is also a menu of blur and highlight options.
The sketch motion menu has selections that will actually "draw" themselves on the screen.
To add a callout, you can click and drag it from the menu to the canvas. It will appear on the canvas and will appear in the timeline at the location of the playhead.
You can also right-click on a callout and choose Add to Timeline at Playhead.
Once you have placed a callout in your presentation, you can adjust the length and placement in the timeline.
You can also change things like color and opacity by opening the Properties panel. To open the Properties panel, click on the Properties button on the right side of the screen.
If you have any questions, please contact the Instructional Technology Consultant for your college.
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