Multiple Spotlight callouts at the same time?

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Hi guys,

I was wondering if it's possible to add multiple spotlights at the same time. Right now I have a table with multiple columns, and I'd like to place a spotlight on two columns that are not beside each other. When I try to add two spotlights at the same time on different tracks, they end up blurring each other out.

Any idea if this is possible, and if not, can you suggest a workaround?

Thanks
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KathyM

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I would like to know this, too. Anyone have ideas?
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James .Cousins

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Hey Kayakman, that's a pretty good fix. I think I'll submit a request for a split spotlight anyway, but in the meantime, this is a clever solution! Thanks.
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Devin Roza

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I really need this too. As well as custom shapes for spotlights.
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@kayakman: Could you please repost your solution? It seems like a good workaround but the link is broken. Thanks!
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kayakman, Champion

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the link still works for me ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/snoMHld6
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simon

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Weird, it didn't work just now. Thanks!
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Rick Stone

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Hmmm, I just tried it and it's working for me as well.
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ErikT

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I need this too.
I'm curious to know how you did make it work, Kayakman, but the link appears not working to me. I get the following message:

    "We are unable to connect to the content you've requested. We apologize for the inconvenience."
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Try another browser, copy and past the link into it.
I use FireFox and it works for me.

Regards, Joe
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kayakman, Champion

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thanks for checking, Joe

I checked too, and it works OK for me

let me know if you continue to have problems accessing it
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ErikT

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Joe and Kayakman, thanks for getting back to me.

I work in Windows 7 64 bit.
I normally work in Waterfox latest version (a 64 bit version of Firefox) and I cannot view the video.
I then tried to open it in Firefox latest version and also could not view the video.
I finally tried in Internet Explorer and there it works.
So, it seems browser related.

Anyway, I've seen your work around and it's a simple and elegant solution, thanks Kayakman.

I already came up with my own work around, which is less elegant: I added several rectangular black callouts, sized and positioned them all to cover the whole screen except the areas I wanted to spotlight. You have to disable the border of the callouts. Finally I grouped them. works too but is far more work.
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Adding a group of callouts works well if your image is moving and you use the highlighter option in gray. Thanks for the idea. :)
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bacizone

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Please Techsmith, make the mulitple spotlight available without the need of workarounds....
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I confirm it'd be a nice feature to have
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If you only have SnagIt and not Camtasia, here's my solution to what you're after.  I'm using SnagIt v12.  Snag an image.  We'll call it the original.  Select All then Copy All into your clipboard. From the File menu,  choose New from Clipboard.   We'll call it the copy.  Switch to the original image and spotlight a section.  Switch to the copy and select an area you also wanted to spotlight.  Click on your selection and copy it to your clipboard.  Switch to the original, paste from the clipboard and move the result into the place, making it appear like the first spotlighted.  Repeat as frequently as you like.  
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If what you have underneath is not a still image, you can simply take a screenshot of the video, draw a rectangle in black hiding the part you want, then import just the rectangle as an image into your workspace and change its opacity as you want. The program seems to don't open png files with their transparent areas, so if you want more than one area covered, just add another rectangle.
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Was surprised to find this fairly basic need not covered by Camtasia already. Please add it!
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Steve I would suggest posting this in the Idea Section of this forum and see how many votes it may get. Just a suggestion.
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I found an existing post in the Ideas section that I have voted for, however comments were closed off so I was unable to add to the conversation.