Annotations highlight something in a video to call the audience eye to a specific area. Explore the possibilities for directing audience attention to items on the screen.
- [Instructor] Annotations can help to clarify my message, and bring attention to important areas of my screen capture. I can find the annotations under Media in the left-side menu. Callouts, Arrows & Lines, Shapes, and Sketch Motion can bring attention to key components of my presentation. Blur & Highlight can allow me to hide sensitive information I might have accidentally captured with my screen capture. And Keystroke Callouts clarify, on the screen, what I'm doing on my keyboard.
I've marked a few spots in this tutorial that could benefit from annotations. Here, I want my viewers to click on the blue Share button in the top right corner of the screen. That sounds like a good place for a callout. I'm going to click on Callouts, and then select my style. If I select All, I can see all of the options that are available. I like to choose a specific style, because that helps ensure that the colors and characteristics stay consistent throughout my project.
I'm going to select Abstract for my style, and let's try this aqua arrow. I'm going to drag and drop it to the timeline, Camtasia creates a new track for this annotation. And if I move my playhead overtop of the callout, I can see what will look like in my project. Now, a huge arrow right in the center of my screen isn't exactly what I'm going for. So I'm going to need to edit a bit. First, I'm going to click and drag the arrow so that it's pointing at the blue Share button I want to highlight.
If I want to change the size of my callout, I can click and drag from any of the handles. If I click Shift, and then drag, it will stay in proportion. And if I want to rotate the callout, I can use the green rotation dot in the center of the shape. Now, I don't want my callout to say ABC, so I'm going to double-click on the text on the canvas, and replace that ABC with the word share. Let's see what that looks like in my video.
From your document, just click on the blue Share button in the top right corner. In the center-- Okay, I like that, I could live with that. Now, it does go on a little bit too long. The callout lasts a long time in the timeline, and it doesn't match the script. So, I want to shorten my callout. I'm going to move the playhead to the place where I want the callout to end. I'm going to click on the end of the callout, and drag it back to that spot.
Great, let's listen one more time and see how that works. From your document, just click on the blue Share button in the top right corn-- That's much better. If I want to control any other properties of this callout, maybe change the font, or font size, change the background color, I can do all of that in the Properties menu. I can make changes to visual properties, text properties, or annotations properties. There are many other options that would have worked in this spot as well.
Let's delete this callout by clicking Delete on the keyboard, and take a look at a different one. I often use the Sketch Motion annotations. Let's try one of those to hightlight the Share button on this Google doc. I'm going to click the one that I choose, and drag it to the timeline. Let's see what that looks like. From your document, just click on the blue Share button. Okay, we're going to need to do some editing, but I think that could work. I'm going to click on the oval, and drag it overtop the blue Share button.
I'm going to resize it, so that it highlights that spot. Okay, let's see what that looks like in the project. From your document, just click on the blue Share button in the top right corner. Great, but once again, it lasts a little bit too long. So, I'm going to mouse over the callout to the spot where I want it to end. I'm going to make sure the callout is selected, and I'm going to click S on my keyboard. That's going to split the callout.
I'm going to click on the second part, and click Delete. That's going to remove that end section. And let's check one more time to make sure that ended in the right spot. From your document, just click on the blue Share button in the top right corner. Good, I like that. It definitely draws the eye to the area I want to highlight. Now here at the end, I mention clicking on F10 as the hotkey to stop the recording. Let's add a keystroke callout to reinforce that idea.
From Annotations, I'm going to click on Keystroke Callouts, I'm going to click and drag on the keystroke that I want to use from the Annotations panel, and I'm going to place it on the timeline. This annotation's definitely going to need some editing. I don't want it there in the center of the screen, that doesn't look very nice. And I also don't want it to say Ctrl + A. I'm going to head over to the Properties panel, and I can see that there are different styles that I can choose from, so I can change the style of my keystroke.
I'm going to click in the keys box, and anything I hit on my keyboard, is going to show up there in that spot. I want it to say F10, so I'm just going to click F10 on my keyboard, and that's now on my keystroke callout. Let's put is somewhere that isn't quite as obtrusive. Alright, and let's see what that looks like in the timeline. When I'm done with my capture. Fantastic, I can live with that. If you want to make your annotations even more engaging, you could also add behaviors, or animations.
For now, though, why don't you open up your tutorial video, and use a callout to highlight something important on your screen.
- Understanding the Camtasia 9 interface
- Recording tips and tricks
- Capturing your video
- Providing feedback
- Capturing a slide presentation
- Making a basic edit
- Adding annotations, transitions, and music
- Hiding mistakes
- Posting your video