Add ability to annotate in Snagit while recording

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It would be great if we could annotate our screen as we are speaking and recording. To be able to add icons, text and manually draw attention to certain objects on the screen to really support the point we are trying to make. Currently Microsoft Snip has this capability and I think it would really increase SnagIt's buyer appeal. Thanks!
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Hi Bramos - thanks for sharing this idea! I'd love to hear more about how you use this functionality in Snip: what kinds of projects you use it for most and how it's made your life a bit better.

It's actually possible to do this (and a bit more) in Snagit, though we haven't highlighted it as a workflow or smoothed off the rough edges. Here's how:

If you turn off the option to "Hide Snagit before capturing" (screenshot below) you can launch a video capture and capture whatever image is on the canvas of Snagit Editor plus your voice. You can use the pen tool to draw on the image while talking and even switch between images using the open captures tray at the bottom of the editor.

We're planning a blog post about this soon, to gauge interest in the concept. Any thoughts you can share on when and how you use this capability would be most welcome!  
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As a teacher, I would love this feature as well! I tried Ink2Go but I'm not really impressed with it. I need SnagIt quality graphics and annotations. Would love this feature in a future version of SnagIt. I use this software for almost everything!
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where do I find this blog?  I need this tool.
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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The post was removed from the blog but you can read the draft of it here. I have not updated the content since early 2016 so the Snagit interface looks different now but the principles are the same. Would be interested to hear about your experiences if you try it out!
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The fact that it was 3 years ago tells you the answer.

TBH, if you want to do things like this, you need to look at other products such as TechSmith's Camtasia.  SnagIt is a screenshot capture tool that has a rudimentary video capability designed for creating very simple un-annotated videos.  What you are asking for is not in SnagIt's sweet spot and unlikely to happen give the presence of the sister app