Camtasia 9 Won't let me add a cursor effect.

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The file allowed the effect just fine. I added a second video file, then I could not add the cursor effect. I created a new file and tried to add the effect with a new video and the problem persisted. I tried to repair the program, restarted, and I still can't add the effect. 
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kayakman, Champion

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if you captured using Recorder saving to trec file format, you should be able to add cursor effects

be sure the target clip is selected on timeline before adding the cursor effects

maybe do a short screencast showing what issue you're seeing; host on screencast.com
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I would like to add a feature request to allow one to add a cursor effect to a video (e.g. AVI) on the Timeline, not just to a .TREC. (I know you can take your .AVI, play it while recording the screen to create the .TREC, then place the .TREC on the timeline, but that is a lot more work).
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Hi Charles,

You can add cursor effects to AVI recordings using the recorder.
The difference is that the effects are applied during the recording process and burned into the video.So, the effects and permanent and cannot be changed.

The trec recordings save the cursor information in a separate file. It's the information contained within it that allows Camtasia to change those effects.

Regards,Joe

Image is Camtasia 8's toolbar but Cam 9 works the same way.
Those options  only become available after switching the recording capture preference to avi.

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I am having the same issue with this... I just changed my recording to .AVI and I see the options but can't seem to figure out how to save or apply the effects. What am I missing here? Clicking "OK" does not seem to add the effects - is there another step to this?

Nadia
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I ran some tests with Camtasia 8 and 9.
Camtasia 8 seems to be having difficulties on my Windows 10 Anniversary Edition computer.Sometimes clicks display properly and sometimes they display as a small dot. Despite the fact that I have the cursors click "Ring size" set to the largest setting.
  

Camtasia 9 works but I find the behavior to be erratic.I don't record cursor effects using AVI so I don't know how well they behave normally. My thought is that the click effects have performance issues.I would not be pleased with the way they behave in the least.
I would place the duration of the click ring effect in Cam 9 at 1/2 second.That's to fast in my opinion.
In Cam 8 it's even faster at times.




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Regards, Joe

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I'll do that, thanks Joe for the quick response.
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Anyone know why the heck you can't add cursor effects after the fact on .AVI like you can on .TREC? I keep forgetting this is the case and then don't get the effects at all.  Is it a bug or just annoying? 
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cursors are burned into an AVI as part of the video stream capture

in a trec, which is a container for multiple types of capture data, cursor info is a separate stream which can be affected using cursor effects in the Camtasia editor
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ugh ok. makes sense, just annoying when you forget before doing the recording :( thanks.
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just curious ... why record as AVI?
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well it was a trial honestly... I have been having audio issues and I wanted to try AVI instead of TREC because for some reason it allows more flexibility with the recorder audio settings. Although perhaps this is something else I have not understood correctly. Using TREC I notice that the audio settings are disabled/fixed whereas using AVI I have more flexibility. I wanted to try it out, so recorded 3 videos using AVI to compare and see if it really did anything. BUT...of course I forgot to enable the captions ahead of time, as I am more accustomed to the interface/functionality using the TREC file types. 
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OK; thanks for the explanation