Camtasia 9 spotlight feature - circle?

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Is there a way to use the spotlight annotation but make it a circle instead of a rectangle? Just seems harsh and inflexible if what we're really trying to do is add a "spotlight" (I would assume circular) to the video editing process. Any way to do this? I can't seem to find it if there is. I would have thought bumping up to version 9 would give more options for edits.
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Rick Stone

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I think your answer is found in this video.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Nadia Munro

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Oh dear god...thanks for the link - seems like it would work but that's WAY too many steps/too much time to just make a rectangle (pre-built) into a circle... I'll stick with the rectangles.  no freakin way it should take that long! :)

thanks though for the speedy response!

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This link doesn't work anymore, Im assuming there may be another way - 2 years later?
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try this link ...

How To Make Custom Area Spotlight Effect

also ...

How To Get Multiple Spotlight Effects In CS 9 And CS 2018 Projects

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There actually is an easier way to simulate a spotlight effect if you're working with shapes. In this example, I had about 10 circles on a screen and wanted to highlight two of them.
  1. I created a square gray shape the same size as the canvas and adjusted it to the opacity I wanted.
  2. I put it behind the two circles I wanted to highlight and in front of everything else (using the Arrange option on the right-click menu).
Voilà! The two circles appeared as spoltlighted.

Hope that helps someone!