Camtasia Studio 8: Create an Interactive Table of Contents (and Save Time Editing) with Markers

Would you like to make it easier for your viewers to navigate through your videos? Or, would you just like help speeding up the editing process? If so, then markers are a great tool to add to your repertoire.

In the following video, you’ll learn how to:

  • Find and open the marker view (0:30)
  • Differentiate between the two types of markers. (0:52)
  • Add markers to your project. (1:40)
  • Quickly pinpoint a section to delete. (2:00)
  • Add markers while recording. (2:35)
  • Use markers to set up a table of contents. (3:30)


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  • Fred G.

    Thanks for sharing Cait. Great information and very well explained tutorial for users.

    • Cait Ryan

      Thanks, Fred! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. Please feel free to let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see explained in a future blog post. :)

  • http://twitter.com/IntranetSites William

    Hi Cait great lesson

    I have a problem

    I need to have a pause button

    can you help

    so a callout that PAUSES when you click and unpauses when second click

    I use this on tablets where by the public is using their finger or thumb to navigate

    see sample
    http://coughlinteam.com/images/coughlinteam/movies/WWLLH/30344_Marshall_Rd_Abbotsford/30344_Marshall_Rd_Abbotsford_player.html

    • Cait Ryan

      Hi William,

      Thanks for posting. I’d be happy to help, but first I need a little more clarification about the problem. Are you looking to have the video pause at the end of each section so that the viewer must then pick a new section? Or, are you finding that tablet users are having difficulty with the pause button within the player, and need to create a larger option for them?

      Please feel free to either post a response here, or email me directly at c.ryan@techsmith.com.

      Thanks,

      Cait

  • Donna

    Cait – Great blog! I am doing a lot more with TOCs in my videos and would like to know if there is there an advantage to producing a video with TOC as multiple files versus as one mp4 file? It seems like jumping from one chapter to another is smoother and more reliable when the video’s been rendered with multiple files. The videos are being viewed from Screencast.com, any tips you have would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Cait Ryan

      Thanks, Donna!

      How long are the videos you’re working with? Unless it’s super long and creating a really large file, I’d recommend using one MP4 with a TOC. It’s easier to keep track of one MP4 file, and using the TOC to navigate should be smooth and reliable within the single file (especially if you’re sharing your videos on Screencast.com). If you’re finding this not to be the case, I’d be interested in taking a look at one of your videos to see what might be causing the issue. You can email me at c.ryan@techsmith.com if you’d like to go that route.

      - Cait

  • http://blog.scoop0901.net/ Scoop0901

    how did you do the animated boxes?

    • Cait Ryan

      Hi Scoop, thanks for watching. The animated boxes were created using a combination of sketch motion callouts and additional animations (from the visual properties tab). Here’s a screencast with a few more specifics if you’re interested – http://www.screencast.com/t/iZMhv5lEV. Please feel free to let me know if you have any additional questions

  • Ani Karapetyan

    Hi I am trying to use Table of Contents, and I have my video with TOC however it doesn’t look nice.
    Here is where I fail. I try to do the following
    Camtasia Studio > Produce video as > Custom production
    settings > MP4/SWF – Flash Output > Next > Select a Template with a TOC
    > Flash Options button > Table of Contents tab

    and there is no option for me to select a template. Any thoughts?

  • Hazel

    Hi Cait,
    Are all markers included in the table of contents? Or is it just global markers that are included in the table of contents?
    Thanks!
    Hazel

    • Cait Ryan

      Hi Hazel,

      I used the global markers as an example, but the media-based markers will also be included in the table of contents.

      Hope that helps,

      Cait

  • Kate

    Hi Cait,

    I have tried to produce a video using markers and, once produced, the marker button is not appearing in my control panel. I have followed all steps in the above video in Camtasia 8.0.4 and I’m trying to produce a video recorded from a PowerPoint. Please let me know if there is something I can do differently to fix this.

    Thanks!
    Kate

    • Cait Ryan

      Hi Kate,

      Could you send me a recording of the steps you’re taking and the final problem (c.ryan@techsmith.com). You can either use the Camtasia Studio Recorder or Jing, whichever is easier for you. Without seeing what’s going on, it’s difficult to know what’s wrong.

      Otherwise, one thing that might be an issue is the hosting location. If you’re hosting the video somewhere that doesn’t support the TechSmith Smart Player, the table of contents button won’t show up.

      Thanks for posting!

      Cait

  • http://twitter.com/NJLobsterGator LobsterGator

    I’ve followed all of the directions and my end result is a folder full of files, and none of them are interactive and I do not have a table of contents. I need to have a splash animation, then a table of contents from which to choose to watch parts of or the whole video, then watch the video, then have a mandatory quiz at the end. How do I do this?

  • Peter Gillberg

    Camtasia is just getting more and more amazing :) Thanks!
    Peter

  • Don

    Is there a better way to organize the TOC. I have several chapters and within those chapters I need other options for tabs that drill down to other subjects. Is this possible? Basically the option to move the detailed tabs into the chapter tabs.

    Thanks,

    • Don

      This is in Camtasia Studio 8. I also don’t see the icons to move markers in or out.

  • Amazed

    Hi Cait

    I am quite amazed at the User friendliness of Camtasia. I am using an
    eval version before I decide to join the band. I will appreciate if
    you could kindly guide me on followings:

    1) How to create a PAUSE, so that a user has to ‘Press a key’ to move FORWARD.

    2) How to create a jump, similar to moving to ‘ A DEFINED SEQUENCE like JUMP TO MARKER 25′

    3)
    I have managed to make TOC based Publishing , using the MP4 flash /
    HTML-5 option. The results created Blurred Images. With same images,
    when I Published an AVI output the result images were clear as the
    original. Please Note that my input images are 900×509 PNG images from
    3D Studio MAX to show an animation. I am a little perturbed on this
    peculiar mistakeThanks .. Hope I have not added 2 much

  • Amazed

    Hi Cait

    I am quite amazed at the User friendliness of Camtasia. I am using an eval version before I decide to join the band. I will appreciate if you could kindly guide me on followings:

    1) How to create a PAUSE, so that a user has to ‘Press a key’ to move FORWARD. ( never mind if it involves a callout etc )

    2) How to create a jump, similar to moving to ‘ A DEFINED SEQUENCE like JUMP TO MARKER 25′

    3) I have managed to make TOC based Publishing , using the MP4 flash / HTML-5 option. The results created Blurred Images. With same images, when I Published an AVI output the result images were clear as the original. Please Note that my input images are 900×509 PNG images from 3D Studio MAX to show an animation. I am a little perturbed on this peculiar mistake

    Thanks .. Hope I have not added 2 much

  • AgzaJM

    How can i create TOC which auto hide and auto pop up upon rollover of mouse leaving video size 1280 x720 (this demand meet Adobe captivate). I dont want toc left or right at fixed position not even in play control bar.

  • mhaggy

    Cait,
    I read thru your post and found it very helpful; however, I am having an issue with producing a video. I added markers and then went to Produce and Share. I followed the steps provided —
    selected ‘Custom production settings’ and the MP4 – Flash player option. I left as defaulted the options for Flash and Video and then configured the ‘Marker options’. The MP4 was generated. I play the video using Windows Media Player but I cannot find the table of contents. Is some other player required to be used? Please assist.
    Thank you,
    Matt

  • Colin C

    How can I add a Camtasia interactive video into powerpoint? I have seen flash being added ,but I understand you do not support that. Excuse my ignorance but what is needed when using html5 and MP4 ?. Do all the files created need to be loaded in some way? I am looking to create an interactive video with quiz and contents that can be loaded into a power point. Is this possible and if so,how? Thanking you in advance guidance.

  • TBenn

    What does the Multiple files based on markers option do in the Video settings tab? I am looking for answers to the problem: After uploading SCORM file to LMS (Exceed), the video plays fine in most browsers tested. However, the TOC will not allow jumping from chapter to chapter…will only allow user to jump to chapters before the progress bar. Can’t jump to a chapter beyond that. Have tried all other export options but this button so….? Thoughts.

  • Vikinglord

    Hi Cait. Is there any way to make the TOC appear as soon as the video opens and stay there? And if so, is there a way to keep it from overlapping existing video, as it does in the video above? Thanks so much! Michael