Create an Animated Countdown

**This is an advanced tutorial. If you're looking for an intro to Camtasia and Behaviors, see these videos.

prepare the canvas

Getting Started

Creating an animated countdown engages your audience and gets people excited about you message.  Here’s how to get started with a fun example:

  1. Open a new project in Camtasia.
  2. Set the editing dimensions to 1280x720 pixels.
  3. Change the canvas color to a dark blue (#0F80FF).
create a circle callout

Create the Circle Callout

  1. Open the Annotations tool panel and change the Style to Bold.
  2. Add the orange, speech bubble callout to the canvas.
  3. On the canvas, select the tail of the speech bubble and drag it into the the center of the callout to “hide” it.
  4. Select the callout and center it vertically and horizontally on the canvas. Use the canvas guidelines to help with positioning.
  5. Change the text inside the callout to the number 5.
style the circle callout

Style the Circle Callout

  1. Select the callout and open the Properties Panel.
  2. Change the Thickness of the Outline to 0.
  3. Increase the Font Size to 96pt.
  4. Change the Font Color to blue (#0F80FF).
  5. Change the Scale to 150%.
timing the stars


  1. Select the callout on the timeline and right click it.
  2. Set the Duration to 0.8 seconds.
  3. Copy and paste the callout to create four more of the exact same callout.
  4. Position the callouts so they’re all on the same track on the timeline.
  5. Select each callout and change its text to the next number in the count down.


modifying a behavior

Make Them Pop!

  1. Select all of the callouts on the timeline. This allows us to add and customize a behavior for all of the stars at once.
  2. Select the Pulsating behavior from the Behaviors tool panel and drag it to one of the callouts.
  3. In the Properties panel, change the Style attribute of their Out to None.

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Congratulations! You made an amazing title slide. If you love it, select your media on the timeline, right-click it, and choose Add to Library. Now you can use it in all your videos.

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