A fairly simple workaround "In my opinion"is to use a black png with a round transparent hole in it. I've used this technique myself. You place the png over the video and scale the circle to taste in the properties panel.The image is much larger than the video.It has to be in order for the the highlight effect to cover the entire video area.
You turn down the opacity to taste and drag the circle where you want it.
Like any callout or image, duration is controlled by dragging the ends of the image in the timeline.
For a polished effect, add a Fade Transition to the start and ending of the effect.
Once you've created one, you can right click it and add it to your library.That way you can add it quickly in the future.Just re-position it's location and size.
Here's 2 png's that are ready to go if you want them, just right click them and chose save as.
The small one is 4000 x 4000 pixels will cover 1080p and below videos. The larger one is intended for 4K work. It's 6000 x 6000
I wasn't sure if maybe it had been a feature added to later versions or if someone had a trick with Callouts or Shape Fills that would do what I'm looking for. For both the Callouts and the Shape fills there is an "opacity" setting but that dulls what it behind the shade fill rather than highlight it.
Thanks again for your response Joe!!
Photoshop has used blend modes forever and I'd be nice to see them as part of the SnagIt arsenal one day.
I added various shapes in Photoshop and used "Darken" blend mode.All the darken options seemed to have the same effect on the selections.
I opened the image into SnagIt and applied rectangular highlights next to the Photoshop examples.
See the results for yourself.Purple seemed off a tad,I didn't investigating why that may be.RGB values didn't jive? Doesn't matter really.Blend modes,great feature.
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TechSmith - there are some pretty smart feature requests in this thread:
- Provide a Highlight option to any shape
- Provide blending mode
I hope this makes it on to a list of possible upgrades in the future.