Animated arrows in Camtasia 8/9

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Hi, 

I've been racking my brains over how to create animated arrows that appear on a map and point to a specific location. The arrows are supposed to look something like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACyoP--TmFE

Anyone have any clues?

Thx!
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Wow!  I could show how to move an arrow, as a straight line from one place to another, rotating it if need be, by using the 'transform' controls with the arrow track selected.  But to follow a curved 'text' path as in the example in your link - that would be cool.  I shall have to explore C9 to see if such an effect is possible:  the example is I believe using After Effects, which is of course a very feature rich compositing programme.  Not sure C9 would be capable of such effects, but worth having a look to see if something close to it could be achieved.
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Thank you for your answer :) It'd also be nice to know how to achieve the effect you mentioned, i.e. moving an arrow as a straight line and rotating it. I bet it would come in handy too :)
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I have very quickly thrown a Camtasia demo together of how to do it:  it should be fairly clear even though there's no VO.  It is here - https://vimeo.com/203808910?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campa...

(For 'arrer read arrow!)

Hope it helps.  Of course if you have After Effects - or any decent video editor that allows 'text to be applied to a curve and animated, then use that to provide an overlay video as the next post suggests.  My demo here is how to do it crudely in Camtasia.  I will look to see if there is a way to get similar 'arrow on a curve' animations in Camtasia though 

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I got the idea, thx :) Do you think the same principle can be applied to achieve what I want? I mean, I can add some fade-in effect at the beginning, then follow the steps shown in your video and achive the curving-arrow-pointing-to-a-specific-location effect?
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Yes, you can apply the fade in/out transition to the arrows as you want. Looking at the example of the sort of thing you're trying to achieve, you can do it but without the gradual bending of the arrows (well - I haven't explored that possibility yet).  Simply overlay the additional arrows on new tracks and anchor their start points over previous arrows - if that is what you're trying to achieve.  Once you get into the swing of it you'll find it very easy and straightforward.

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Maybe there's another way - and a simpler one - of handling this predicament :) How about chopping the arrow image into smaller sections horizontally and then placing them on top of a background image in a cascade fashion? Of course, the sections will have to be arranged by using the drag and drop option in the preview window so they are properly aligned.
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If you've got After Effects, create that (really cool) arrow against a colour background.  Import the video into Camtasia, make the background colour transparent - job done.  If the AE programming is a bit above you, and if it's a map you are trying to follow, something I have used before (so can be done in Cam 8 as well as 9), is to create the map image (map1), copy that image but put the line or arrow following the road (map2). Put map1 on a higher layer than map2, select map1 and set it to crop, then animate the crop from left to right to reveal the line on map2.
Here's a 5 sec example:  https://www.screencast.com/t/izxQN45bX
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Thanks for the tip :) I'm afraid AE is a bit over my head :( And what you're suggesting is not exactly what I'm looking forward to achieving, unfortunately. The arrows I'm trying to create should come up at a certain point during video playback, curving like an arch and pointing to a specific location on a map. I don't want them to follow a route because that would be something looking a bit two-dimensional, if you know what I mean...
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