Enhanced Cursor and Keyboard annotation/effects wanted

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WHY?
The videos I'm responsible for making use a lot of different mouse clicks, modified clicks (Shift/Ctrl/Alt), keyboard (function, arrows, tab, etc) to navigate through the GUI.  Currently, it's pretty time consuming to add this annotation to the screen, or I have to talk and say, "double click here",  "click down here, drag over to here, release".  I would like the current "Cursor Effects" beefed up so that the nuances of all relevant actions are made manifest to the viewer.


Here is a quick little video http://www.screencast.com/t/A1dUl702 of the kind of functionality for cursor effects I'd like to be able to add to my Camtasia videos.   Ways to differentiate, with no additional effort on my part, what is happening with the mouse clicks and keyboard strokes.  The software demonstrates one person's take on how to do it (I really like what he's done--spacing/alignment could be improved, but that this minor compared to the functionality gained).

Mouse Annotation

  • Left        Middle  Right  mouse
  • Double left         Single Left          
  • Click drag  shows mouse down, and mouse up
  • Keyboard Modified Clicks (Shift/Ctrl/Alt)
  • Scroll up         Scroll Down
Keyboard Annotation
  • Page up, page Down
  • Arrow Right, Ctrl Arrow Right, Ctrl Shift Arrow Right, Shift Arrow right
  • Function Keys

Having this kind of functionality embedded in Camtasia would allow me to turn this functionality on and off during the editing stage of production.  Currently, it is pretty time consuming to add this kind of annotation to a video, except with 3rd party software (which locks it down, so it cannot be modified during production).

 The demonstration of keyboard/mouse annotation in the video are all the result of software called
                 Spot On The Mouse
                (It has more functionality than above, and the ability to fine tune the display as well)

http://www.markuswelz.de/software/index.html

 

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Bruce Morehouse

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Have you tried to Generate Keystrokes from the Camtasia Recording?

By Saving and edit, then Right Click the Video part of the recording and at the Bottom of the Pop-Up window choose Generate Keystroke Callouts?
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Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.

Hmm.  I seem to be missing something.  All that it'll put on the screen is one of my keystrokes.  It ignores all the others. (and it says it cannot do it in Cam9--beware the dot-oh upgrade!).

Ideally, I'd like the cursor/keyboard annotation to follow the cursor around, and be able to turn it on off.
I don't want the viewer to have to constantly change focus from a fixed point on the screen and back to the cursor.  That is like those darn moving ads at the side of a webpage--very distracting.
 
The viewer's attention is typically focused on the cursor, so keyboard strokes should appear proximal to the cursor.  For now, while not ideal, I'll keep using SpotOnTheMouse, but it is pretty darn good.

Cheers,
Bruce
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Hey Bruce,

You can still generate Keystroke Callout with Camtasia 9. You can no longer access that feature directly from the timeline.
First select the clip on the timeline. Then you need to go up to the "Modify" tab at the top left hand side of the editor to generate them.
See Image Below, Click to Enlarge

Regards,Joe

 
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Hi Joe,

Thank you for the reply.
I've got that going in Cam9, but all it seems to add for keystrokes is my "Enter" key.  It didn't track the letters or the modifier keys.  I clicked the "Show all" button in "Generate Keystroke Callouts" window, and got naught but "Enter" key.

Because my work is predominantly in a GIS application, where the user is focusing individually on objects scattered around the canvas, the more static nature of the placement of the Camtasia keystrokes is sub-optimal.  As stated above, what I think works best is to have the display follow the mouse around so that the viewer's attention can remain focused in a small area of the canvas during data input so that they can see the input and the result simultaneously.  Our brain's ability to focus outside of a narrow field of view is quite limited.  Keeping the display of cause and effect proximal helps those neural pathways develop.

Cheers,
Bruce
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Thanks Bruce,
for the Spot On The Mouse Tip.
It seems like it has some features that could be useful.

Bob
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