Spotlight Feature Requests and my current workaround (Multiple spotlights, custom shapes, rounded corners, softened edges)

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I do professional training videos for a software company using Camtasia Studio, and oftentimes use the Spotlight tool, but have found it inadequate. Here are a summary of the features I wish it had that it doesn't currently have:

1. Multiple spotlights - At times I need to spotlight multiple parts of the screen.
2. Custom shapes - The software I do videos for is academic, and that means working with texts. I oftentimes need to spotlight sections of text. That means I have to be able to create a rectangle, and then remove parts of that rectangle to correspond to the sentence or section that I need to point out.
3. Rounded corners - Oftentimes looks more professional
4. Softened, feathered edges - Oftentimes looks more professional

BTW, I currently achieve ALL of these feature requests in Camtasia Studio using workarounds. My workaround goes like this:

1. I use ShareX to take a screenshot.
2. ShareX then automatically applies a transparent .PNG watermark to the image, which perfectly imitates the spotlight grey coloring that Camtasia applies. Here is the file, in case anyone wants it:
3. ShareX then automatically opens up GIMP to edit the file.

So, these first 3 steps are all automated by ShareX, and all take place with one simple keystroke.

4. Within GIMP, I delete the sections of text, or the multiple parts of the screen that interest me from the image. GIMP is configured to delete with rounded corners and with feathered edges. I save the edited image.
5. I import the edited image into Camtasia, and place it above my video, creating a fake spotlight.

Thanks for considering these feature requests!! I hope as well that my workaround helps others while TechSmith works on getting these features in the software!
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good ideas

perhaps a workaround like this might work ...

Circle Masks

you could easily use different shape masks, and multiple ones at same time?

you could simulate the shadow effect by using visual properties/opacity

might be worth trying?