recorder missing cursor tab

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Cursor Tab missing in Effects -> Options for the New Camtasia Recorder:

This morning I installed the upgrade for Camtasia so now I have the version 8.4.0 (Build 1699).

It seems an undesired result of this update is that when I go to the Camtasia Recorder, Menu Effects -> Options ... it shows a window with just to tabs: Annotation, Sound.
I am missing another tab called "Cursor" where I could add cursor effects while recording (as highlighting mouse cursor).

Is there any (easy) way to get these options back?

Thanks,

Gabriel Fernandez Borsot
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Gabriel Fernandez Borsot

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Kevin Liu, Staff Software Engineer

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This tab is hidden by design for TREC recording format. The cursor data will still be recorded and you can edit and change the cursor properties etc when you bring this recording in editor for editing. eg, the the cursor is always editable and won't be burnt in during the recording time. If you want the cursor burnt in during the recording time, you may choose AVI as recording format and the related cursor tab will then be visible.

Hope this helps.

Thanks,

Kevin L.
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Just Solved, Thank you Kevin, for the tip.
The recording file format needs to be set on .avi

After setting recording mode to AVI,
the cursor will *NOT* be visible while recording the screen,
but it *WILL* show up when the recorded file is replayed

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To change recording format on the screen recording bar
Detailed steps:

Step 1 From "screen recording" bar, 
go to > Tools >Option(window open) >Saving >
Record to (look right for down arrow)
>drop down arrow(two options) >.avi >OK

Step 2 
From "screen recording" bar,
Effect >Cursor(option appears) > Show Cursor, or Highlight Cursor, etc......

This did it for me. 
record in avi format is a must.
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This solved my cursor not recorded issue.

Thanks again Kevin.
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The down-side of using the AVI format is that the cursor is "burned" into the video, and cannot be turned off, enlarged or otherwise enhanced with the Cursor Effects tool in the editor.

For me, however, I have discovered that with 8.4 there is no cursor information being recorded into the TREC file, which I believe is the crux of the problem.
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I am having the same problem but when I try to add cursor effects in the studio I get an error that no cursor data exists on the recording
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Hello,

What version of Camtasia Are you using?
Are you recording as an AVI or as a Camrec / Trec?

When you recorded, did you actually use your cursor to click on things on the screen?

Can you try and do a very short test recording of say, 30 seconds and make sure you click on some menus, dialog boxes, etc. to see if that video has cursor data in it?

Kelly
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brucerothwell

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I just did a short test capture, Kelly.... as a TREC file -- no cursor information was recorded, even though I definitely was using it. (clicks, RMB, LMB)... and the Cursor Effects tool in the editor gives me the error in red text, about being only available with TREC files that have cursor information in them.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Bruce,
What version are you using?
Did this crop up recently? Perhaps after you installed some other software?

Kelly
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I am using 8.4.4 -- but am installing 8.6.0 just now.

I ma not sure when it started -- I normally don't use the Cursor Effects feature in the editor, but was trying to make a demo video for someone else to see what it can do, and notice it not being possible anymore.

(NOTE: I _have_ used it before, successuly, but in an earlier version.)

I'll report back with the testing of 8.6.0 in a bit.
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Any progress on this fix? I'd rather use the more flexible .trec file format, but I'm wondering if I have to do the paid upgrade from 8.6.0 to 2018 in order to get this feature back, which was taken away. Otherwise I'll have to change to record the less flexible .avi format in order to get the cursor effects back, but to have them "burned" into the video file. Anyway, any updates on this that would fix this issue and return this functionality without requiring the upgrade to the 2018 version? The features in the 2018 version aren't compelling enough for my company to justify the upgrade, but since this used to be an existing feature in previous versions of Camtasia that was removed for some reason, I'm curious if there was a fix to bring it back for people like me who are still using version 8.6.0.
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if you want to record cursor effects, as opposed to adding them during editing, you have to set Recorder to save a AVI file type

if you want the trec file type, add cursor effects during editing [more flexibility]
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Hi Zack.church,
What is the fix you are needing? I've read through this post, but it is not clear to me exactly what you need.

When using the trec format, your cursor effects are added within the Editor. They are not recorded in the Recorder.
So, you add your recording to the timeline, turn on the cursor data, and then you can add the effects to the timeline.

Kelly
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Actually my comment was due to the fact that the "Cursor" tab is completely gone from the "Effects Options" window when .trec is the selected file type in the recorder via Tools | Options | General. The "Cursor" option on the "Effects" menu is also completely gone when .trec is the selcted file type. Those options appear when .avi is selected, but I thought I remember seeing those same cursor options there in a previous version of the recorder. Now that I can make use of the cursor options in the studio application, that solves my issue/question. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.