Looking for a library of video elements to improve screen recordings, but I don't know the properly terminology to google them

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When I first started doing screen recordings, I needed some "lower thirds" but couldn't find them for the life of me because I didn't know the term "lower thirds". Now that I do, I can find them everywhere.

Well, now I'd like to find some videos to clean up my screen recordings at times, but I can't figure out the correct terminology to google them and can't find them.

In any case, if you can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.

Here's what I'm looking for: Often in my videos, I need to do a right-click cut or paste, and depending upon the app, sometimes these popdown menus are pretty clean and simple, but for other apps, there's loads of unnecessary (for my videos) stuff in those menus that just get in the way of the video.

I've recorded a somewhat clean popdown->copy video, and one for paste too, but when I snip out the original clunky menu and overlay my simplified popdown menus, they aren't as good of quality as I imagine I could get from a company that provides a library of useful screen recording elements (such these desired videos, and mouse cursors, and so on).

Do you know of any collections of screen recording elements out there (free or paid), and what would be the proper terminology to google these elements? ("Elements" doesn't seem to be it...)

Thanks in advance!

- Steve
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Joe Morgan

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Have you considered capturing screen shots of the pop down menus and cropping out everything else?
Then you could just overlay the images.

Regards, Joe
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What I've done is take a short screen recording of me popping down a menu, selecting copy, and having the popdown disappear. Then, within Camtasia, I've pulled in the edges of the video on all 4 sides of the popdown clip, changed the canvas size to be exactly the size of the popdown menu, and exported this new mini-video. From there, in the video I'm editing, I snip out the few seconds with the ugly popdown happening, and overlay this new short 2-3 second video. Looks pretty sharp, but the popdown doesn't fade out to the background image -- it fades to white which isn't as nice. Just looking for something that does fade to transparency, etc.
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What you can do is apply a fade transition to the videos you are creating.That way the video will fade to transparency.

 You can shorten the duration of the fade by zooming into the timeline to make the selection easier to control. Then place your cursor at the start of the fade and drag it toward the end of clip to shorten the duration.
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I don't know of any company's that produce the type of animations you mentioned. If you create them all yourself it's cheaper in the  long run anyway. Plus, I think it's probably your only option.

Regards, Joe
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Thanks Joe, I'll try this.