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Camtasia: How to Extend the Duration of a Custom Callout in the Timeline

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I have created a custom callout and placed it into my project timeline.  It appears for only a few frames and then terminates.  I remember being able to grab the edges and drag them to extend the duration of the callout.

I am unable to grab the edges.  I have tried to copy the callout and place on another line, but to no avail.  I have closed the application and re-opened, to no avail.  When I add a standard callout, such as an arrow, I can grab the edges and drag them.

Can someone suggest how to extend the duration of a custom callout in the timeline?
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Although I'm not familiar with this product, find it intriguing and from the following cut/paste and source link, see that this callout is an option.  

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Add Flash Hot Spots to simulate applications and add onscreen navigation.
Provide users with clickable areas to either continue video, jump to another frame or go to a URL.
Zoom-n-Pan in over time or cut immediately to a focused area of the screen to make full-screen recording playable on the smallest PC and handheld screens.
Add callouts, annotations and text notes to AVI videos after recording.
Customize the callout text, font face and size.
Customize the callout color, shape and location.
Customize the callout duration and speed of the fade in and out.
Use timeline bar to choose where and when annotations appear in videos.

Source:  http://www.pcreviewonline.com/reviews/graphics/camtasia4/camtasia4.html

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Based on this comment .... also in the above link .... Callouts automatically resize to fit
 
Have a lot to say in your callouts? Now Camtasia Studio will automatically resize your callouts to fit your text.
This may be the default that you're experiencing and need to adjust.   Looks like there were two updates to Version 4, which may be helpful to you.
http://techsmith.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/techsmith.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1248&p_created=1197044248&p_sid=l66Z9dXi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=460&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9NSZwX3Byb2RzPTYsMTEwJnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0yLjExMCZwX2N2PSZwX3NlYXJjaF90eXBlPWFuc3dlcnMuc2VhcmNoX25sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9dXBkYXRlcw**&p_li=&p_topview=1

Good luck,
":0) Asta

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by:WizeOwl
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Flash Hot Spots and Clickable areas do seem interesting.  I had not been aware of those.

Regarding my question however, I figured it out.  Here's the...


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The callout appears in the Timeline.  The timeline has a zoom feature to change the viewing resolution.  It is adjustable by the plus (+) and minus (-) symbols.

Click the + zoom a couple times.  This will expand the timeline and the callout, and give you a larger area by which to grab the edges.  Now you can expand the callout to cover a larger area of the timeline.

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I believe other members will find the information useful.
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by:Asta Cu
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Excellent, thank you WizeOwl, for adding value to this question.

":0) Asta
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