Specifically, How does one use the cursor effects in Camtasia? (show .gif please)

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I'm using Camtasia and I cannot understand how to apply this URL to a video I am working on. 

TechSmith URL 

https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000341292-Cursor-Effects?flash_digest=ca125b0702b...

Somewhat Helpful

It's somewhat helpful to show what the tool can do on the .gif video but not so helpful to show actual steps in the software of how to recreate the .gif example. 

Anyone know how to apply cursor effects to a Snagit .gif image that has the cursor explaining how to do a certain function? 

What I'm Trying To Do 

I'm trying to help someone in Snagit with a .gif image but cannot figure out Camtasia. Doh! lol.  


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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi there!

You can only apply cursor effects to Camtasia Recorder files (TREC files) so you would not be able to apply cursor effects to an imported GIF or media file (such as AVI, MP4, or other flattened video file).

-Robert
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How do I create these files?
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coldwhitefire

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Speaking coding wise, how difficult is it to implement this feature that is in Camtasia into Snagit? I have all my color palettes, shapes, and what not's in Snagit, but I can't edit a flattened .gif in Camtasia. 
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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

In order to add cursor effects to a video clip, that clip needs to have cursor metadata associated with it. Videos recorded with Camtasia will have that, but videos made with Snagit do not.
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coldwhitefire

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Is it possible for TechSmith to create this metadata in Snagit to bring over to Camtasia? 

I mean it seems somewhat challenging to have to buy a software to edit a flatted .gif in Camtasia, and one cannot even do things in the software they would like to get done as the image sequence (.gif) file is flattened. 

Either allow Snagit to annotate a .gif file with the custom color palettes, shapes, etc that I had already made in Snagit...

Or 

Allow Snagit to create metadata that enables the user (me in this case) to be able to use .gif files in Camtasia. 

Creating .gifs in Snagit, kind of feels like a culdesac that I cannot do anything within Snagit nor Camtasia. 
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Hi there

The metadata being referred to here is actually created at the time you record your screen. I believe that metadata consists of the cursor type, position, path, etc. So there is presently no way to "add" this in. While the cursor is treated as a separate object in Camtasia when you record, we still haven't seen any ability to add and manipulate it.

Cheers... Rick :)
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So does one screen record with Camtasia and not Snagit to get this metadata?
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coldwhitefire

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Well, TechSmith is doing this with Camtasia, how difficult would it be to implement this code into Snagit? It just seems to be a little challenging to make a .gif in Snagit, but not have any way to edit it. 
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Your argument is one I see all the time with these tools in this forum venue. And I have to admit, that as a user (I'm not a TechSmith employee, just a fan) I scratch my head and wonder how often TechSmith regrets ever adding video recording capability to SnagIt. 

The thing is, sure, they could add that feature to SnagIt if they wanted to. As a matter of fact, they could really just combine SnagIt with Camtasia if they wanted to and have only one product they market. Then again, if they were to do that, the price of admission would leap from roughly $50 to maybe $350. 

The bottom line is that I view anything related to video capture in SnagIt as an "added bonus". If I'm going to get serious about video stuff, Camtasia is my tool of choice.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I'm trying to upload a 4.4MB (under 30 seconds) .gif made in Snagit to another post on TechSmith, but its saying I cannot do it because there is a 2MB limit. I have a screenshot showing file size below (macOS Sierra): 



Notice I have above two screenshots merged together

1. Finder showing the file name, size, kind, date last opened. 

2. A cut from Recent items in Snagit showing the recent screenshots I made in Snagit. 

I had to show both as I wanted to show that a 00:27 second image, is more than the recommended 2MB that we are allowed to upload; which caused this problem of wanting to BLUR out my email in the top corner for a .gif I have to do all that in Camtasia. 
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coldwhitefire

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I personally cannot blur out my email from the top corner in Snagit in a .gif format in Snagit, so I came into Camtasia to do that. 
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coldwhitefire

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I noticed that when I export a .gif from Snagit from Camtasia the .gif doesn't work as originally desired. Why does this happen? 
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This might sound a little weird, but the bottom line is that .gif is not a video format. It's got the capability to make sort of an... ugly and inefficient animation, which is pretty popular to be sure for memes and marketing materials. But, it's not actually a quality video format. MP4 is the video format of choice worldwide, and much more compressed and high quality. Those types of videos work well in Camtasia. If you have Camtasia, start there for recording and editing. 

Snagit is great for a simple thing that doesn't need much editing (really just trimming).

But for your needs, you definitely want to record using Camtasia and work from there.
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I guess cursor effects were a secondary task I wanted to perform, but it seems somewhat challenging just to do that also.