Cursor effect for handheld devices

  • 2
  • Idea
  • Updated 1 month ago
A video created on an iPad was imported in Camtasia. The video shows a few steps to follow when using a certain app. It would be nice to have an option in Camtasia which simulates a 'cursor' effect so for viewers of the video it is clear that buttons and options are 'pressed' in the app (since no mouse has been used and every action like clicking buttons or options is done directly by touching the iPad screen). Current workaround is using highlighting. This works for now, but the 'cursor' effect could take this to a next level.
Photo of Ronald

Ronald

  • 7 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Posted 5 months ago

  • 2
Photo of Dubie

Dubie

  • 961 Posts
  • 740 Reply Likes
A couple of mouse click visuals would be nice.

For the mean time maybe something like these will work.




If you would like give these a try you can download them here and add them to your library.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/x1pwmqe4lza1ndc/ClickRings.zip?dl=0
You can resize and adjust the speed to suit you needs.
:)
Photo of Ronald

Ronald

  • 7 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Hi Dubie, thanks for the gestures,. It looks like I am not able to import the file into my library, a message appears that the library was created in a newer version of Camtasia?

Currently I am using Camtasia 9.1.2 and it seems I have to purchase the new version 2018?


Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 5634 Posts
  • 2923 Reply Likes
If you change the file extension from .libzip to .zip you can open it like a standard zip file.
There will probably be folders, thumbnails and videos.You want the videos of the gestures. 
Photo of Dubie

Dubie

  • 961 Posts
  • 740 Reply Likes
Hey Ronald

This libzip should open in Camtasia 9
https://www.dropbox.com/s/25630agxkol497u/cam9%20clickrings.zip?dl=0

Extract the zip file,  then open the folder and just drag and drop the .libzip file into your Camtasia 9 library.

The other link above was bundled up in Camtasia 2018
My bad

:)
(Edited)
Photo of Ronald

Ronald

  • 7 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Hi Dubie, no problem. In the mean time I managed to import the files by changing the .libzip extension to .zip, as Joe pointed out to me.

Thanks!

Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 5634 Posts
  • 2923 Reply Likes
Here's a bunch of Touch gestures I converted to work in Camtasia

https://www.mediafire.com/file/g3f4yksst557fi6/Gestures%202.zip
Here's  some examples all thrown together.
Photo of Ronald

Ronald

  • 7 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Hi Joe, thanks for the gestures. I tried them and they work fine in my project. Just a question, is it perhaps also possible to make these gestures available in green color #A2D721? It is the branding color of our company.

Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 5624 Posts
  • 2919 Reply Likes
So,  here's what I came up with.
Apparently Monopoly minded Apple took away the PNG codec for mov videos.I don't need to use for much.


So that means I can no longer export videos from Premier Pro with transparency. At least not ones that you can use in Camtasia.
That's how I rendered these gestures about a year ago. I have a Premier Pro saved project. All I had to do was apply your color and render. The original gestures are on an alpha channel so colorizing them in Camtasia is not an option.
Anyway, I've been looking for a solution for my sake, as well as yours.  Haven't found one yet.


However, I created some Green and Slate Gray gestures by request for some else quite some time ago.
Then I realized, these are PNG files, colorized, and no longer alpha based as a result. So they can be colorized.

You can place the green ones on time line and apply the  Colorize filter. Use your company color. Apply it 100%. Save it to your Library.
You may want to tweak the color slightly? It's not going to be a perfect match.


So, here's a link to the green and gray gestures. 

https://www.mediafire.com/file/g3f4yksst557fi6/Gestures+2.zip

It's back to hating Apple for me and searching for a solution that could work for me. I'm not that pleased with TechSmith either. Only one codec with transparency that works in Camtasia?

In most cases, it's okay for someone like me.I can do my transparency work in other programs because I have them. But it's still inconvenient. Adds a few steps. 

 Anyway, hope they help

Photo of Brent Beckman

Brent Beckman, Strategy Lead

  • 34 Posts
  • 13 Reply Likes
Hi Joe, 

Thanks for sharing that.  Just a heads up in regards to apple transparency.  I've found that if you install quicktime essentials (not the player), you'll have access to the PNG codec again in Adobe products.  However, you have be on a 2017 version of Adobe CC or below, as they removed that support in 2018.  You can download the install file from the link below, just make sure to only install essentials, as the player has the security vulnerability.    

https://support.apple.com/kb/DL837?locale=en_US

In regards to transparency support, we do have it on our backlog to support additional codecs.  But you are correct, in that PNG is the only codec currently supported.  
Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 5624 Posts
  • 2919 Reply Likes
Awesome Brent, Thanks so much.
Yeah, that where I rendered these things.CC 2017I'd like to think I would have realized this on my own. {:> )
I was beginning to think I left Creative Cloud 2017 installed for no good reason at all. I left in After Effects, Premier Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.

I was aware of the codecs, had them installed all along. I even put in a question to the Premiere Pro forum looking for help.Normally, there pretty sharp over there. Make me feel like an amateur with the answers they come up with.
Nothing, no help today.I guess I'll have to go back and answer my own question.LOL
I even created my own preset. PNG codec for Camtasia



Have a good one
(Edited)
Photo of Brent Beckman

Brent Beckman, Strategy Lead

  • 34 Posts
  • 13 Reply Likes
Hi Ronald,

Thanks for the suggestion!  I'll look into what cursor effects may be available for us to source for TechSmith Assets for Camtasia.  In the meantime, I took Camtasia's ripple cursor effect, and placed that on a transparent background for you.   You can download that from the link below.

https://goo.gl/rbS6e2
(Edited)
Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 5634 Posts
  • 2923 Reply Likes
So Ronald,

in honor of getting my png video codec back. I rendered some  A2D721 green gestures for you.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/74h46ikfiwp9fdi/Gestures%20Green.zip

I'm still  kicking myself for not thinking to use Premier Pro CC 2017 .

Thanks again Brent Beckman  ,they still haven't answered my question in the Adobe Premiere Pro forum

How can I export video using the PNG format in Premiere Pro CC. 

Photo of Ronald

Ronald

  • 7 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Hi Joe,

Many thanks for the A2D721 green gestures, with which I'm very happy!

Is it also possible to have these gestures available in a true circle shape, since they are a bit oval shaped?
The gestures you published before these ones are perfectly circle shaped.

This would surely solve it for me!

Sorry for the inconvenience ;-)



Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 5624 Posts
  • 2919 Reply Likes
My bad, here ya go http://www.mediafire.com/file/llj4qzcpuu4jgn7/Gestures%20Green%20Updated.zip
The aspect ratio was wrong in my preset. D1/DV NTSC 16:9 (1.2121) Anamorphic aspect ratio.
The video was still 1080 x 1920 which looks correct and playbacks normally in a media player. I thought something must be wrong on your end till I stuck one in Camtasia myself.Oops, that's what happens when you don't double check your work. 

Regards,Joe
(Edited)
Photo of Ronald

Ronald

  • 7 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Hi Joe, these new gestures are perfect, thanks for the quick solution!

Regards,
Ronald

Photo of Kelly Rush

Kelly Rush, Product Manager

  • 321 Posts
  • 60 Reply Likes
Hey Ronald and Joe, this is a great conversation, thanks for sharing your insights and feedback!

One thing to consider is that Camtasia Mac 2018 does already have a feature for touch/cursor effects for mobile devices called "Gesture Effects". I know that's not very helpful if you're using Windows, but in looking at how the feature works, is that maybe pretty similar to what you'd be hoping to accomplish? Here's a screenshot of what it looks like in action:



(you can learn more about it on our "Recording Your iOS Device" tutorial page)

I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about that feature, and if that'd come pretty close to giving you what you're trying to accomplish.

Cheers!

Kelly
Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 5634 Posts
  • 2923 Reply Likes

I think Camtasia should capture gestures actions automatically.

Sometimes, I like to use my Wacom tablet as a touch pad with my desktop. If I did this while recording. Those actions would not be captured.

Adding and timing them manually seems like too much work.

 Considering laptops have touch pads. I'm surprised a touch gesture feature isn't requested more often.

Perhaps laptop users have became accustomed to recording with a mouse out of necessity?


I kept reading requests for touch gestures for Windows. I was aware that MAC users had them for years. Yet, TechSmith never added this feature.


So I converted Aaron Wades touch Gestures to the PNG format for Camtasia 9 users to help fill that need.https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/gestures-are-now-available-for-the-pc-as-a-downloada...
 
So, not being able to test the MAC version. I have no Idea if I would like it or not. I tend to believe if the actions are not added automatically. I wouldn’t like it.

Adding them manually as videos is no walk in the park either. If your using a lot of gestures, that’s a lot extra work.

 I’m a Desktop kind of guy. I hate Laptops. Used ones at my brother’s house for a couple of months without a mouse. Got quite proficient with the ‘Ol pad. If I were recording my actions. That would require way too many touch gestures.

Regards,Joe

(Edited)
Photo of Ronald

Ronald

  • 7 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Hi Kelly and Joe,

Looking at the screenshot Kelly posted, the solution in Camtasia 2018 seems to come pretty close to what I like to accomplish. For now the solution Joe recently provided works for me.

It seems like a good feature to have the gestures generated automatically, like already possible with 'regular' mouse clicks. And like possible with the mouse clicks, it would be nice to affect the opacity so you can have control over where the gestures should be shown and where they shouldn't.

Regards,
Ronald

Photo of Lisa.x.Chow

Lisa.x.Chow

  • 1 Post
  • 1 Reply Like
Hi Joe,
Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  I've been pulling out my hair trying to figure out how I was going to put in the taps for a demo video I'm creating for my boss to show at a conference.  Like yourself, I'm a dyed in the wool PC user.  The only thing Apple I own is my phone.  Your touch gestures have saved me!

Cheers,
Lisa