Change Mouse Pointer

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Five minutes into my video my mouse pointer got stuck as the Windows 10 hourglass / circle.

It's very annoying, and therefore I would like to change the mouse pointer to just a normal arrow.

I see all sorts of ways to enhance the mouse pointer with magnifying, highlighting and enlarging, but I can't find the simplest choice I need - how to change the mouse pointer graphic.

I have searched and googled, and all the answers I've found relate to old versions and settings you have to change before recording :-(

So if someone could tell me where in Camtasia 2019 I can go to replace the graphic for the mouse cursor I would greatly appreciate it!

Or, if TechSmith forgot to put that feature in PLEASE issue a hotfix to add this extremely simple feature - if you can make the cursor bigger, highlighted, etc, it should be child's play to replace the actual cursor/pointer image.

Thanks in advance,

Shawn


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Ed Covney

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It's good programming manners to change the mouse cursor when attention is shifted to a called routine. When the routine is complete, focus is returned to the calling routine and the normal mouse cursor is set. So it's the called routine that's causing you a problem. 
It would be very helpful if you could be more precise as to what you were doing, exactly, and was hoping to do.  
Whenever this happens to me, I do 2 things:
1) I clear writes cash on all drives*  
2) See if there are any impending windows updates.

* I use Mark Russinovich's "sync.exe" program  from a batch file:
sync c
sync d
sync f
exit

Notes: 
1) The sync command must be used from a drive not being cleared, in my case my RAM-Drive, which by definition doesn't have a cache. 
2) You can clear cache while in the hang. Yes, a near miracle - at times.
3) Set "sync.exe" to run always in admin mode.
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I'm sure you're trying to be helpful but your answer is off topic and does not help after the fact.

If TechSmith can change the size of the mouse pointer after the fact, they should also be able to replace it.

Easy  Peasy, and something I asked for back in 2014/15 so I'm hoping whoever is doing their code now can make it happen.
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NOTE:  I am aware of the new Cursor Smoothing feature available in the Cursor Effects section. I always try that first. I love this new feature and use it often to reduce cursor problems.

However, there are times when the cursor smoothing effect does not accomplish the miracle I seek. For those cases, I know this suggestion is not extremely simple, but it works for me so I will share. For the affected area of the timeline where the cursor is doing something other than what I want to show, I isolate that part of the recording by cutting the clip before and after the defect. For that isolated clip, I "turn off" the cursor graphic by selecting the clip, selecting the cursor tab on properties and setting Opacity to zero. Like this:



Then I insert a better cursor (like this one) and use a custom animation to match the beginning and end positions.



This technique is fussy to use and has pitfalls, but mostly works OK for me. In many cases, it's less effort than rerecording the scene.

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Thank you for sharing some very helpful ideas! 

Unfortunately in my case it's quite a long section of my lesson, so the second option won't work but I'll give the mouse smoothing a try ;-)
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Sure, I wouldn't want to animate an hour's worth of cursor. Ugh!
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Ugh. Just had this happen again - looks like I'm going to have to uninstall 2019 and reinstall 2018 - really stinks!