Animated .gifs yet?

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I'm new to using Camtasia, so am trying to find ways to do things here that I did in other authoring systems. One of those is as follows:

1: I've got instruction on the screen. The user needs to click my Next button to carry on. I'd like the Next button to begin to slowly cycle from say dim-blue to light-blue and back as a visual cue that this is what they do next.

2: I do software simulation, so (for instance) I might want the user to click the File button (or at least the area on the screen grab where the File button is). I see that I can use a Hotspot that will stop the movie until they click it. That's good. But I'd like to be able to put an animated outline around that target button / area to point out that "this is what you're looking for."

In both these instances, an animated .gif would be perfect. But the searches that I've run here have only returned questions from two years ago say, "No support for animated .gifs."

Has the answer changed yet? Can I import and use an animated .gif? If so, what starting what version (so I can check or justify my office getting the correct version)?


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In Camtasia, you can CREATE an animated .gif.  I don't think you can import one though and use it, but someone else may know better.
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Hi All,

That's correct. Projects can be produced as .gifs, so if you're seeing posts that mention ".gif support", they might be referring to that. 

Also, .gifs can be imported to the timeline and used in projects, but only as static images, not looping animations.

What you're trying to do (have a looping animation that plays until a viewer clicks a hotspot) is not possible within a Camtasia video. Any animation would play only as many times as you set it up to before pausing. Therefore, you *could* have an animation repeat itself for several seconds (or as long as you'd like, really), but eventually the hotspot would need to end for the video to truly pause. This technique is currently seen often with annotations at the end of YouTube videos.

Hope this helps,

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