Can I replace the cursor icons in a camrec file?

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I had access to a remote environment for a week, and captured quite a number of .camrec recordings. Now that I am editing the recordings, I have discovered that the cursor captured by the recorder is a horrible black blocky opaque thing, even though it looked fine at the time.

Is there any way to replace the cursor icons in the .camrec file? I have recordings from other environments whose icons would make suitable replacements.

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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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First of all, I'm sorry that the recordings didn't come out right. I'm not sure why the cursor would come out as black and blocky looking. I'm curious to know what kind of "remote environment" you were in that led to this problem. If we can reproduce the problem, we'll definitely try to fix it. Any details you can provide that might help us to reproduce the problem would be helpful.

There's no easy way to replace the cursors, but it is possible. Please note that this is not an officially supported feature. But I'll offer this workaround in the hopes that it might be faster than re-recording the videos you created. I created a screencast to demonstrate the process of replacing a cursor: http://screencast.com/t/Xchqloji9 (3:19)

Hope this helps.
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dro,

That workaround will do the trick, so thanks very much for the demo. The alternative workaround will be to hide the cursor and use cursor highlighting to guide the viewer's eye. I've extracted the camrec contents and there are about 70 cursor icons in one file alone, so I may not have the patience to recreate them.

I was accessing the remote environment using Sun Global Desktop, displaying a Gnome desktop from Linux box. I think SGD uses Java to do its stuff, so perhaps that's a clue?

And it was with Camtasia 7.1.0 Build 1631
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Thanks for the additional info. We'll try to reproduce.

If you do find yourself recording in this environment again, in the Recorder, Effects > Options... dialog, try unchecking the option shown here: http://screencast.com/t/iQ2KXDEJg

By unchecking that option, the Recorder will draw the cursor onto each captured frame at record time. In this case, the cursor is burned into the screen video, so you won't be able to use the Cursor effects in the Editor. But if it solves your black blocky cursor problem, you might be better off.

If it's easy for you to try this, I'd be curious to know if it solves the black cursor problem or not.

Hope this helps.
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dro,

Yep, unchecking the "cursor effects editable" option fixes the problem in recording the cursor on this remote system.

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This is a really helpful workaround !Would it possible to hack the recording to remove the cursors altogether and then add different cursor action in Camtasia? I know you can hide the cursor but what if you want it to make completely different movements. Would this work?

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