Ability to Modify Cursor Movement Post Recording

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I would love to be able to add in cursor movement after i have recorded my video. Sometimes i find i have a piece of video i could use but there are no cursor movements to point to what i want. If we could turn the cursor movement off for just a small section along the timeline and then add in our new cursor movement that would be very useful.
thank you.
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Mike Curtis, Employee

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Hi, I think this would be super useful too. I know in Snagit for the Mac platform you can manipulate the cursor after the fact and that's come in handy. Hope you don't mind that I added a little more detail to your feature request so others can see at-a-glance your idea.
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Camtasia Studio 8 was just released and we've implemented the ability to animate any type of media on the timeline. Here is a video of me animating a callout over top of a video: http://www.screencast.com/t/CVsvxgpKi

And while we still don't have a way to directly modify the cursor position, with this capability we have a workaround that matches what you were asking for. I'll demonstrate: http://www.screencast.com/t/76unIvFY9rf

It's not the easiest thing to do, but it accomplishes what you were asking for.

Here are some cursors that you can use, I've created all the larger ones (which may be useful for when you want to zoom in and have the cursor still look nice): http://www.screencast.com/t/2Mm6S6nEu

I'd urge you to download Camtasia Studio 8 and try it out!

Download: http://www.techsmith.com/download/cam...

Here is our page describing what else in new in this release: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha...
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Carlomán Arcila Zuluaga

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¿Can I edit mouse cursor movement path in edition process?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Cursor Path editing.
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Bernd Appelhans

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I would love to see this in camtasia studio (I have version 8). The workaround is smart but doesn't help me in my use case as I'm using the magnifying effect for the cursor at the point where I want to change the location. In any case demo videos will look much more professional if it would be possible to correct unnecessary/off-track cursor movement in post production. When recording it's hard to get it perfect.

So a big +1 from me to this feature request!

Please find the screenshot of my recording where I want to move the cursor a little bit down so the user can actually see the little arrow he is supposed to click.

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Amy

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I would love to be able to smooth out cursor movements. Those who created the Camtasia tutorials - how did the developer create those smooth cursor moves?
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Deepanjan Dey

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Yes, +1 from me for this feature request. The workaround above is great but tedious. And I'm guessing that since Camtasia 8 already knows where the cursor is and can show/hide it with ease, customizing its movement would be a relatively simple enhancement.
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Deepanjan Dey

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Also, I love how you guys are so prompt and meticulous with every response. Great support - one of the big reasons I love Camtasia!
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Lincoln Ellis

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Has Techsmith gotten anywhere on this yet? It's been years since people have been asking for this by the looks of it. This is where Captivate really has a big advantage. Plus, probably as a byproduct, they have the ability to swap out the background layer. This means that when our vendor updated the software interface, we wouldn't have to re-record everything all over again. Just swap out the background and everything else is layered on top. These two things combined literally mean hundreds of hours saved in maintaining animations. I don't want to go to Adobe, I want to see Techsmith listen to their valued customers! :-)
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Joe Morgan

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I'm not familiar with Adobe captivate because I've never used it. I'm assuming there's a number of steps involved in re-animating a cursor movement.

There is one thing you can do in Camtasia studio that I am aware of, but you need to be working with a .trec or . camrec file.

Under the cursor affects, at the point in the video where you want to modify the movement.  You can click on add animation, shut the cursor off. You could then use a PNG image of a cursor and animate it around the canvas. You can also bring the original cursor back using the same add animation button.

That's the only option I'm aware of.

Regards, Joe

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Joe Morgan

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@ Lincoln Ellis, This is a follow up.

The easiest way to swap out the background  "Or anything else" Post production.

Save your videos as a Zipped project with all the project assets. Then you can reopen the project and change anything you want. Many years later if need be.
The fie contains all the original source footage, Images, titles, etc. You never lose any pieces of the project that way. 

Regards, Joe
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Lincoln Ellis

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Unless I'm mistaken the background refers to the original animation right? I am referring to swapping out the background image but still having the cursor movements separately above that and all the other effects layered on top of those.
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In Captivate this is possible since ages, right? Please add it as feature.
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Link

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Yes Captivate has had it for ages and you can edit the cursor path. It's brilliant. I can't believe this is not a top priority for Techsmith!
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Matias Hernan Miño Moro

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Yes, cursor path editing is one of my most desired features that camtasia lacks right now. Animating a fake cursor is also not that good of a solution right now as  animations cannot be smoothed out and the movement itself is very restricted, however, I'm sure that next versions of Camtasia will come with lots of improvemts, as always. Thing is, I'm not that patience :P
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I don't mean to be overly dramatic but if Techsmith hasn't incorporated this feature in the five+ years since its been requested then one can simply assume that they either undervalue their customer's concerns and/or misunderstand the importance of layering cursor movements. I hate to think that they're that out of touch so perhaps it comes down to the fact that it's a big project to code that requires many resources and a large budget. Whatever the case I hope this is continually revisited so we don't need to refer to their competitors to complete our animations.
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Christopher Charles Arthur Huber

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Recently, I had to create a 30 minute tutorial video our in house software. I've been using the trick of animating a .png mouse icon graphic. Took me nearly an entire week. Ridiculous. I've been waiting for this feature since someone asked for it 3 years ago. I'm going to start using Captivate as I can modify the cursor movements for an entire video within a day, and with much more professional results. I can't waste time on animating cursor movements by hand anymore. I like Camtasia, but this feature is critical in my opinion.

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