Pop out zoom

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When doing an instructional video that steps the student through a process, it would be fantastic to be able to identify particular spot or object in a picture and have a "hot spot" that pops out a blown up picture of the object. I recently was building the start up instructions for an emergency generator which is mounted on a trailer. Used by many different people who may only perform these operations once or twice a year during an emergency.  I was developing this app to remind them of the necessary steps to perform to set up and start the generator. Using a pictorial of the generator I would like to identify the step.s using a number (1-2-3 etc.) and have a blown up image of the particular item pop up when the mouse rolls over the item.  By putting this together it allows the person doing the set up and start to quickly view the steps rather than trying to read a paper instruction during storm conditions, plus the cell phone is always with the operator. Using this method will enable the operator to complete the operation with a minimum amount of slides.
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Great idea.
Since you appear to be a TechSmith employee, what's stopping you? Go ahead!
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Rick Stone

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Similar to what is described below?

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Ed Covney

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Rick, great video. Have any others in hiding? I downloaded it and its now in my library. 
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Lon Naylor

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Actually, that's my video Ed. I don't mind if it is downloaded to your library for purely personal use but please don't upload or share the source video anywhere. Certainly you can feel free to use the YouTube Embed or Share link if you like. Thanks. ;-)
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Great video on How to do it with Camtasia. I typically don’t have a great deal of time to edit after. It would be great if WHILE recording the session you can press a key and smoothly zoom in the area you are recording. Like a hot key + to zoom and - to restore. This way, you can record, and save the final product at once. You could set the + to record a certain percentage of the screen. I would love to have that!
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You may be interested in the "Smart Focus" feature of Camtasia. Basically Smart Focus analyzes activity and applies zooming for you.

Like any kind of automated tool, it may not behave perfectly enough to suit many, but it's better than nothing.

The video below uses version 9, but the UI is basically the same as 2018.

Cheers... Rick :)
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you mean pop out zoom, like this, right?

Yep, that would be another nice feature!
I just test the normal zoom... wich is okay, but you always have to copy the other part of the image and build the zoomed version next to the other...

It would be useful to have a separat feature, inside the zoom function to just drag and drop and have a zoom percentage (1-1000%) and zoomsize % and also round, cube, whatever shape (mostly zoom lens)

see this screenshot from themeforest (TheGem Theme)

> see this:

and add this soon as well ;)