get rid of the mouse arrow when publishing

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how can I get rid of the cursor arrow when I publish from camtasia? The avi is on the timeline but when I go to deselect Mouse cursor visible I get this Note: The "file.avi" contains no cursor data. Cursor effects cannot be applied. But I see the arrow!
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Posted 5 years ago

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I can see the potential for confusion here. The short answer is that if you record your mouse, it will remain in the AVI. There is no way to make it disappear.

Now let me try and explain how you might be able to recover this project and certainly manipulate the cursor in future projects.

The key is that Camtasia Studio creates a "camrec" file. This is a proprietary file format that contains the video information (as well as webcam if applicable), audio, keystroke data, and cursor data.

If you drop the camrec file onto the timeline, Camtasia Studio will allow you to manipulate the cursor size, click effects, and even make the cursor disappear if you wish.

The problem is that once you turn the video into an AVI (or record an AVI instead of a camrec) all of the images and audio is "burned in" to the video.

Do you happen to have the original camrec file still? If not, I'm afraid there isn't much you can do about the cursor. Depending on what you need, one good trick is to take a screenshot of the UI and then bring it into Camtasia as an image. You can lay this over your video, and as long as there is no movement, you can obscure things this way.

Is this helpful? We'll be here if you need a hand!
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Mike's answer is right on.

One extra tip: if you're using Camtasia Recorder to record the screen and getting AVI files, the default setting might have changed. You can change it back to record to the .camrec format by setting the option in Tools > Options:

As Mike wrote, recording the .camrec file format lets you edit and preview changes to the cursor (hide or show it, apply effects, etc.) right within Camtasia Studio.

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