Making Engaging Videos in Camtasia 9: Adding Callouts

This article shows you how possible uses for callouts and how to add callouts to your presentation.

Camtasia 9 is available for free to UW-Stout faculty and staff for loading onto their computers issued by UW-Stout

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.

photo map with arrow pointing to building






You may want to call attention to an item in a list

bulleted list with arrow pointing to one item






You may want to share some important information that viewers will need.

video screen with name and phone number






You may even want to show your logo.

picture of clock tower with UW-Stout logo







To get started. Open your project and then click on Annotations in the left-side menu.

left side menu with Annotations chosen






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.

menu of callouts






There is also a menu of arrows and lines.

menu of arrows and lines






There is also a menu of shapes.

menu of shapes






There is also a menu of blur and highlight options.

menu of blur and highlight features






The sketch motion menu has selections that will actually "draw" themselves on the screen.

menu of sketch motion






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.

adding callout by right-clicking and choosing 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.

properties button




If you have any questions, please contact the Instructional Technology Consultant for your college.

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Keywords:camtasia, camtasia 9, camtasia help, camtasia tips, camtasia tutorials, callouts, camtasia callouts   Doc ID:74966
Owner:Rich B.Group:UW Stout
Created:2017-07-31 13:46 CDTUpdated:2017-08-11 13:35 CDT
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