Is there a way to hide the video but keep the cursor?

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I want to keep the cursor data from the clip but change the clip itself for a still image that I photoshopped. Is there a way to do that?
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There is no technique for displaying just the recorded cursor, and reducing the opacity of the video to zero so you cannot see it.

From your description, it sounds like you want to place a still image or video on the timeline and place the recorded cursor information over it. If that's the case.It might be easier to just re-record the session.Save your Photo-shopped image as your desktop image and record that.

Anyway you slice it, a botched recording can take forever to salvage, and the end result is still cobbled together.

A fresh recording is usually the best course of action.    

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another technique ...

if the replacement image does not need a lot of cursor animations, use a image of your cursor [with transparent background] over top the image, and move it as needed with animation keyframes

I work with large-sized cursors, which makes doing this a lot easier
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Thanks for your replies!
I was hoping it was the case of "reduce video opacity to 0, increase cursor opacity to 100", but since it's not that easy, it would make more sense to just re-shoot the video.
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I often use the animated cursor gif over a Still image when clients don't have the bandwidth for videos but can use animated PPTs.  I agree with Joe about, if it's a big job, it's often better to start from scratch again.  But if the reason that you want to do this over PhotoShopped stills is to change the background screen due to upcoming branding changes etc, another (expensive) method is to record it in Captivate as the cursor is reproduced on a separate layer.  Downsides to this are that unless you already have it, or access to it, it's expensive and most importantly, it's not easy to use like Camtasia is