Highlight multiple areas?

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I saw this question first posed 9(!) years ago, and the last post in that thread was 4 years ago.  It was closed at some point.
It would seem that the ability to highlight multiple areas still doesn't exist?  And I haven't found a suitable workaround.  Anyone have a solution?

(Asking myself, "Why do certain seemingly identical functions exist (for years) in SnagIt, but not in Camtasia?")



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David B. Demyan

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I "me-too-d" this one because it is super annoying to not be able to apply more than one spotlight annotations per screen. When using more than one on a screen, Camtasia defaults to layering them on top of each other, multiplying the darkening effect and rendering the other highlights darker too. This renders the feature unusable if you need add more than one highlight area, as Andre's example shows.

I think rather than boost the brightness of the highlighted area, Camtasia applies darkening to areas outside the highlight boundary, making them additive with each additional highlight applied.

Of course I have used the tedious workarounds of taking the clip or a frame into another application like Premiere, Photoshop or PowerPoint and using the the more robust annotation tools to accomplish what I want. It takes extra time and would be so much easier if it could be done within Camtasia.

I was in a "dark" mood today and made a screenshot of a clip with 5 spotlights applied.


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Hi there!

If I understand correctly, this is what you're looking to do: https://www.screencast.com/t/6JL3NBCYjOCL ?
You would hold Shift then select the various areas first, then apply the Spotlight + Magnify effect.
-Robert
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For Camtasia?
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Andre

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Robert, your example is in SnagIt, not Camtasia.  (I made the reference to SnagIt in my OP, where I pondered why seemingly similar functionalities don't exist across the applications.) 
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How To Get Multiple Spotlight Effects In CS 9 And CS 2018 Projects 2018-07-03
https://www.screencast.com/t/2BP6hCUXxq

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Andre

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Nice job!  The first way to explain/demo it seems a bit cumbersome, but the second example with the "3 spotlights" was much more concise.  A solid workaround for a function that seemingly should've existed for years now.

I recommend changing the title of your video, as it reads like "I'm going to show you how to do this effect in the Adobe apps."
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kayakman, Champion

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thanks for the name change suggestion; I'm not a heavy Adobe user so I did not make the connection

should have used "Camtasia 9" and "Camtasioa 2018"

was too used to referring to them as "Camasia Studio"; an old habit from all previous versions; so my bad
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@Kayakman's solution delivers exactly what @Andre asked for. I'm not quite as clever as Kayakman, so when I couldn't figure out how to do that a couple of years ago, I just switched over to red rounded rectangles or yellow highlights. 
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paulwilliamengle

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Doing what @Kayakman is talking about is solid. 

Separated but somewhat related: I recently put together a corporate video in which I needed to use a device frame to simulate mobile app experience, but I didn't want the people moving in the background. 

So I screenshotted a still frame of my recording and place it as four layers so they surrounding the moving part of the image but kept the background still. 
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@paulwilliamengle Can you send us a link to the video, or just a screenshot to show us what you did? Thanks.
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Let me see if I can’t recreate it.
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paulwilliamengle

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Hey @davemillman

Forgive the super choppy video -- on a 2011 MBP that did not enjoy Camtasia and Snagit running together. 

But basically - I used a still layer to mask moving picture I wanted still. So snipped the screen and used it to cover the part of the moving video I wanted still.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61KV5YmVBOY&feature=youtu.be

If I was on my work comp (in which I record at 2k and edit/export 1080p), I'd detach my monitor, move the playhead to a part of the video that I wanted still, snip a 1920x1080 screenshot, and use that as a top layer. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

This worked well for the device frame + screen recordings. I dunno if it has another use case. 
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@paulwilliamengle, Thanks for the example! I'm working on an app video right now and appreciate the technique.