Making Engaging Videos in Camtasia 9: Cursor and Mouse-Click Effects

This article explains the use of cursor and mouse effects in making Camtasia Videos

Camtasia 9 is available for free to UW-Stout faculty and staff for loading onto their computers issued by UW-Stout

PC users should go their Software Center desktop app and install Camtasia 9. Instructions on using software center for PC are located here.

Mac users can use Self Service to install Camtasia 9. Instructions on how to install for a Mac are located here.

Cursor and mouse-click effects can be very effective in helping your viewers to follow along with what you're doing on the screen. Once you've made a recording and opened it in Camtasia Studio, you're ready to get started.

Go to the left menu and click on Cursor Effects. 

cursor effects in left menu

You'll see three different cursor effects that you can use.

different cursor effects choices

By using the menu at the top, you can also view the choices available for left-click effects.

left click effect choices

You can also view the choices you have for right-click effects.

right-click effects choices

It is important to note that you can combine multiple effects for the same action, For example, you could have a right click show the Right Click Target and the Right Click Ripple at the same time.

In some cases, you may only want to have your effects show in certain parts of your movie. You can facilitate that by adding splits to your timeline at the points where you want the effects to show and not show.

splits added to timeline

Once you have done that, click and drag your effects down to the clip in the timeline where you want them to show.

click and drag effect to clip on timeline

When you successfully add the effect to your clip, you will get a message on the clip that says, "Effect Added."

effect added message

You will also be able to check on the effect by clicking on the arrowhead in the middle of the clip.

effect menu

You can also see the effect added if you open the Properties menu by clicking the Properties button.

properties button

In the Properties menu you can modify the effect. It is recommended that you experiment with modifying the different effects. Slight modifications may make the effects more suitable for your viewers.

effect modification

If you want to lengthen or shorten the duration of any effect, you can do it by opening the effects menu by clicking on the arrowhead in the middle of the clip. One you have opened the menu, you can modify the effect by clicking the left end and dragging right or clicking the right end and dragging right. 

lengthen or shorten effect duration

If you want to remove an effect, you can do it two ways. One way is to go the Properties panel and click on the "X" in the upper right-hand corner of the effect you want to delete.

deleting effects through the properties panel

Another way is to open the menu of effects in the clip on the timeline by clicking on the arrowhead in the middle of the clip. Once the menu is open, you can select one or more effects and then right-click, and choose Delete from the menu that opens.

dleteing effects through clip on timeline

If you need training for or assistance with Camtasia, please contact the Instructional Technology Consultant for your college.

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Keywords:camtasia, camtasia 9, camtasia help, camtasia tutorials, making engaging videos, cursor effects, mouse click effects, using camtasia, camtasia tips,   Doc ID:75847
Owner:Rich B.Group:UW Stout
Created:2017-08-18 09:42 CDTUpdated:2018-05-04 14:45 CDT
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