Removing unwanted circles on recordings?

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My recording has random circles on it, sometimes two circles that overlap. I am on Windoes 10 and using Camtasia 9. I don't know what causes these but it would be great if I could eliminate them without havng to re-record the entire video. I use large fonts and a medium screen resolution because of visual impairment. If that causes this, I am making a feature request for Camtasia to be able to deal with such matters. It's not very accessible anyway. Thanks.

Ken
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Hi there

Is this an intermittent thing? For example, the video only has these in parts? Maybe for a few seconds, then they disappear?

Just shooting from the hip here, but if these are intermittent, pondering whether you might position the playhead where the circles aren't visible, then exporting  the frame and adding it back to the project at a higher layer so as to mask out the circles.

Or, perhaps separate the audio and video and cut just before the circles appear, then extend the frame to provide the look that they never appeared and weren't recorded.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick,

    Yes, I would say that this is intermittent.The problem is that sometimes, the circles have words with them at the same spot in the recording..

What I also see on the screen is a bit odd. I use a screen magnifier program. It enables me, among other things, to have a mouse pointer of custom size and color. In the instance of the circles that I am looking at, that custom cursor is where I want it to be from moving the mouse pointer to that spot.

However, I also see a second, smaller mouse pointer that is not custom and that I seem to have no control over. Why that shows up and why Camtasia puts circles on the screen for it, I don't know.  This only happens in Camtasia. I've been using the accessibility software for years without anything like this happening. I had this same problem a couple of years ago but cannot find that thread, which gave me a solution. Thanks.

Ken

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I remember those conversations.
I found that thread yesterday but found no solution. You  said you deleted the project and began again.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia-9-selector-rings-im-recording

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Joe,

   Thanks. I guess I didn't remember that because it was awful having to throw a project away.

   So now, I don't know what causes this. Therefore, I don't know how to prevent it in the future. I would not want to find that it happens in every video but I just haven't seen it.  Thank.s

Ken
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Ken, is it possible that you have enabled the "sonar" option for your mouse? With this option enabled, smaller concentric circles start large and a few new and smaller circles appear to help you locate the pointer when you press the Ctrl key.


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I'm not sure way you need a separate program to handle screen magnification?

In the instance of the circles that I am looking at, that custom cursor is where I want it to be from moving the mouse pointer to that spot.

However, I also see a second, smaller mouse pointer that is not custom and that I seem to have no control over. Why that shows up and why Camtasia puts circles on the screen for it, I don't know.  This only happens in Camtasia.

I believe that probably says it all.
Camtasia records cursor activity separately.For the propose of adding cursor effects.
To me, that indicates the cursor information  becomes corrupted during the recording process.
  Camtasia cannot parse out some form of conflicting data generated by your magnification program.

In the 2 years that have elapsed since your initial post. No one else has reported this problem.

  Theres ways to install a larger default cursor in windows.
I installed the one appearing below just moments ago.



If this interests you, and you need further instructions.
Let me know.

Regards,Joe
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Joe,

   Thanks for your response, First, I'm significantly visually impaired. Second, All the videos I do are library tutorials that involve "type here," "Click that link," etc To do this, I have to be able to see and do what I am saying on the recording.  Third,  Windows 10 has a magnifier but you cannot set it to a custom zoom level, whereas my usual program, ZoomText lets me much more fine-grained, sucyh as 1.4x magnification. Using screen magnifiers is normally a problem, no matter what I do because it appears that Camtasia records the magnified version of he screen, not the actual screen without magnification. The resulting video has very little screen real estate. I don't always get the circles problem. I hvae not tried using Camtasia with the Windows 10 magnifier. Perhaps it will behave differently., Does that answer the question of why I need a screen magnifier? Camtasia does not do this for me because when I'm recording, I'm in a browser.

Ken.
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I understand completely.
I wear glasses and am fortunate enough to see pretty good with them.

What I didn't understand is why Windows magnification didn't fill your needs. I use Firefox and a in browser zoom level app. It has a few more levels than Windows offers.


Camtasia records what you see. Theres no way to override the behaviour.
I wish I could perform tasks on my 2560 x 1440 monitor. While duplicating the display/my activities on my 1920 x 1080 monitor.
Recording the smaller screen instead. There are actually a number of reasons why this cannot work. {:>(
My thought was that if you replace the default windows cursor with an oversized cursor. Allowing you to disable the one you program uses, it might meet your needs.
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Hi Joe,

   Thanks for your response and additional suggestions.

Ken