Need mouse animations for instructional videos

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I mainly use Camtasia to create instructional videos on how to use certain professional software applications. Allot of the functionality in these applications can be triggered via certain mouse interactions, for example clicking&dragging the middle mouse button, or holding down the CTRL key while left clicking and dragging. It would be great if Camtasia has a set of callouts that can be used to explain mouse movement, showing which buttons are pressed on the mouse and how to move the mouse (up/down etc...) Hopefully there is a solution out there! Thanks
koen.vergote@agfa.com
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Koen,

This is some great feedback, thank you!

We have a lot of features that are very similar to what you are explaining. For example you can turn on click effects that indicate what type of clicking you are doing on the screen. But these are currently limited to left and right click only, so they would not help with your middle mouse button needs.

We also have keystroke callouts, which are great for when you want to show a keystroke combination that only uses the keyboard, such at "Ctrl + A". And these can actually be generated from the camrec by either right clicking on the clip and selecting "Generate keystroke callout". But again we fall just a little short of exactly what you are describing because we there are no accelerator keys + mouse activity (movement, clicks, etc) icons currently built in.

I agree that these things would be a great thing to have built in!

But although we don't have those exact features within our callout and cursor effect features, I don't think it would be too difficult to manually make something that might accomplish your needs. Here's a video of how I used a combination of different types of callouts and images to make a callout object that can be reused across projects by grouping them and adding it to the asset library http://www.screencast.com/t/epgXDrZfi7D

Copy + Paste comes in very handy then making something like this too since it wouldn't be too hard to start with template, and then make tweaks based on whether you wanted it to be left or right click, which accelerator key was pressed, etc.

I hope this is helpful
Cheers
-Brandon
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Camtasia has keystroke callouts that can show keystrokes like Ctrl+v and so on. Is it possible to show also mouse keys, e.g. Ctrl+Click, Ctrl+Drag, Ctrl+RightClick and Ctrl+RightDrag (and possibly also middle mouse buttons)??

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Is it possible to use keystroke callouts to show mouse keys?.
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Hi. I wondering if it's possible to register event like ctrl + right click with camtasia which seems to register only ctrl or alt when use with another keyboard key.

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capturing keyboard + mouse event.
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you can use Snagit to create a custom image that depicts a mouse with a ctl+click annotation, then add it to Library, then use it as a manually placed keystroke callout

I've done this for mouse select, mouse click, mouse double click, and mouse triple click; I got the mouse image from MS office clip organizer
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I am not sure if this is the very best place to post this request, but I would like for a mouse-click to be recognized as two actions: (1) pressing down on the mouse button and (2) lifting up/letting go of the mouse button. The current sound effect for clicking assumes I am performing a standard (fast) click, but I often find in my tutorials I am clicking, dragging, and then letting go of the mouse button. The quick click sound effect is a little confusing to viewers in this case. Thank you for your guidance
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I wish Techsmith would create a call out for right/left mouse clicking for novice tutorials.
I have been a Windows end user trainer for 20 years. The most asked question I get from novice end users: "Right click? or left click??"... Or I say right click and they left click because they really don't understand the significance of the instructions.  I wish there was a call out illustrating for a mouse right-button click and a left-button click. It seems every couple of years I submit this request to Techsmith.  As a military contract trainer, I have a steady universe of older contractors & civil service staff that I am constantly explaining (how to crawl) the basics, before I can move on to the bigger picture. Much is taken for granted in this hiring universe.  The question may have been answered here, but the issue still remains at large.
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have you looked at adding cursor effects?  you can make right click and left click look very different.  Use the controls on the cursor effects tab
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@geekme. I understand your frustration.
I do video tutorials and have created my own Right click and Left click callouts. They are full HD and centered on the screen. But you can resize them and position to taste. Very much like a callout. 
The mouse fades in, lights briefly with a right or left click. Then the mouse fades out. This occurs over a 1 second time frame.
The only catch might be Camtasia itself.
I'm running version 8.1.2 and it works just fine.
Version 8.2 would not recognize the transparent background needed.
Camtasia is aware of the glitch and have said they would be fixing this problem. This was posted in response to a comment I had posted when I first became aware of the problem.
 I haven't tried upgrading to 8.3 because I've realized I'm not interested in the features it offers to begin with. So I don't know if they have addressed that yet.
As far as I know this should work with most Camtasia versions.
If you E-mail me at
freedommydog547@gmail.com 
I can make them available to you or anyone else who is interested. FREE!
They work perfectly for me on a Windows 8 machine and a Win7 machine as well.
I'm no software engineer. These are video files with a transparent background. 
  

   
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Callouts for Mouse Actions.


It would be nice to have built in callouts in Camtasia Studio for mouse actions (right click, left click, etc.) the way they're included for key strokes on the keyboard.  I'm developing training for engineering analysis software that employs lots of them.
Thanks.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled We need right and left click mouse call outs.

We need to visualize mouseclicks.
Either automatically or using callouts.
Thanks.
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They merged my response from earlier today into Oblivion. You can Download some Right and Left click animations from two Drop Box links I am providing you.
Left Click....
https://www.dropbox.com/s/igu803y5s1o2ccl/Left%20click%20mouse%20640p.mov?dl=0
Right Click
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fdl3yb32sumrj2e/Right%20click%20640pi.mov?dl=0

They are 1.25 second animations that fade in, light up with a mouse click and then fade out. 

You can scale them pretty large or small with enough clarity so that they look good. The Image below is a screen shot of the animations. The two mice at the top left are to scale and the others are just an example. The Image is 1920 X 1080. 

Because they are .mov Animations. You can change their duration or simply export a .png Image of the mouse click and use it as a still Image. I'm sure you could also find .png images  of mouse clicks that you can download for free as well.

Regards, Joe

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WRT the PNG images, SnagIt either has or used to have images like this in the Stamps library.

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I found this icon and used it as a temporary solution
http://findicons.com/icon/557775/mouse_right_click
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