Best practices for cursors?

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I'm making a huge software training course where I will be recording screens of our system. What are some best practices for the cursor? It seems like mine is always shaky, jumpy, or in the way when it shouldn't be. I would love some advice on how to make the cursor be a seamless part of the screen recording instead of a distraction.

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Joe Morgan

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While recording, I’ve trained myself to be aware of where the cursor is positioned at all times. I don’t move it to fast or slow. That’s 90% of the battle.

If you record to the default format .trec. You can make the cursor temporally invisible when its unneeded or getting in the way.

You can fade it in and out so it’s a subtle change.

There is a cursor smoothing effect you can apply. I don’t use it myself.


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as a first approach, capture your screen as you naturally use it, with Recorder set to capture as .trec files

when editing, apply cursor effects as the very first step; I like to set my cursor to a large size, same with left/right click ring effects, I change the default R click color to blue [from yellow]

if the cursor gets in the way, you can temporarily hide it by splits and setting its opacity to zero

Camtasia has a cursor smoothing effect, but I've never used it

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Kayakman's Screencasting Best Practices
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