multiple spotlights

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I see this has been asked before, and a workaround has been suggested (although I cannot for some reason view the linked workaround video) but is there an easy way to Highlight several parts of the screen at the same time? 

Thanks in advance
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kayakman, Champion

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here is one technique ...

How To Make 2 Spot Lights Effect
http://www.screencast.com/t/snoMHld6
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I made an updated tutorial; in CS9; easier technique; can have any number of spotlight objects ...

How To Get Multiple Spotlight Effects In CS9 Projects
http://www.screencast.com/t/2BP6hCUXxq
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This one works really well. Thanks so much.
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Very creative!  Thanks for the idea and for the tutorial.

Does adding an entire project to the library, then positioning it on the timeline multiple times, add lots of overhead?
I do tons of edits to my vids...lots of deleting sections of screen captures, zoom/pans, still images, yada...
To the point where I start to get that nasty stuttering during edit that I thought 64bit Camtasia would make a thing of the past.

So - will this make it worst?
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Library assets, like regular media placed on timeline in the normal way, are just "references" to the media behind the Library asset; so using Library assets, even multiple times in the same project, is no different than adding the same media to the timeline multiple times

As you add stuff to the timeline, make cut edits, etc., the tscproj project file, which is a xml-like text file, gets larger and more complex; this increasing complexity can cause the "stuttering" you mention

There are several techniques that you can employ to manage such "stuttering" ...

When it gets bad, save project, exit CS, relaunch, reload project

If practical, produce the project as-it-is to AVI [or MP4], then use the AVI/MP4 in a new project and continue editing.  This will burn in objects like callouts and transitions [I usually add my transitions at the end of editing] , but it also will greatly reduce the complexity of the tscproj file and usually has dramatic effect of editor performance. 

You can also break your projects into logical sections, put the sections in Library, then work on the section separately, recombining them at the end to create your final composite project.  This approach can also have a dramatic effect when building out large, complex projects,  These tutorials might be helpful ...

How To Use The Library To Build Out Large Projects From Multiple Small Projects
http://www.screencast.com/t/2WOFIA1G

How To Use The Library To Build Out And Produce Very Large Projects
http://www.screencast.com/t/2aJ7zDst2Ri

How To Use The Library To Break Up Large Projects Into Multiple Small Sections
http://www.screencast.com/t/2epIH0TuulzN
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Great clear advice.  Thanks again.
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Example 4 Animated Spotlight Objects
http://www.screencast.com/t/lcOpMbim
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I don't know if this will help with what you're trying to do, but if you want to highlight a callout text box AND a part of the screen, all you have to do is put the callout box on a track BELOW the spotlight and voila!