I want to highlight the cursor in Snagit videos

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How do I highlight the cursor and dim the background whilst recording a video in SnagIt?
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Hi all - I changed this from a question to an idea and will merge a number of other threads into it so we can keep the conversation in one place.

As has been noted, Camtasia gives a ton of control and choice for animating and highlighting cursor clicks, keystrokes, and more (see details for Win and Mac). It also keeps the cursor as a separate layer so these effects can be customized (or removed entirely) during editing. Snagit, on the other hand, creates a ready-to-share video in real time...so any effects like cursor highlighting would be "burned in" or permanent in your video. My questions for the folks who are requesting this feature:
  1. Would permanent cursor/click highlights be useful to you (no ability edit them later, either in Snagit or in Camtasia)?
  2. Would you expect to be able to toggle cursor highlighting off and on during recording or in advance of recording?
We appreciate your ideas and suggestions so please keep them coming!
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It would be great to have a toggle on and off highlighter even if it isn't editable later (in Snagit) 
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Silver Firefly

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Yes to both questions!
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After investigating a bit, I can recommend this little program to make the pointer visible:

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That's just what I am looking for - too bad I have to run 2 programs now (Snagit and Pointerfocus) - would be great if Snagit could have this feature built-in! :)
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In answer to your two questions, the answer is YES.  SnagIt is great/easy/fast for short-form videos (animated gifs) and having a highlighted cursor (with toggle on/off) would be of great value for me as a producer and to users (viewers of my videos) so they can better track a dark cursor amid dark(er) backgrounds.