Cursor Path Editing

Learn how to edit the cursor path in a recording or add a new path to an imported video or image.

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In this tutorial:

Add or edit cursor paths to create polished looking videos such as:

  • Software or product demos
  • Instructional or how-to videos
  • Business presentations and recorded slideshows

Emphasize a button or link with your cursor, match your voice narration with the on-screen cursor movement, correct a mistake made with the cursor during recording, and much more.

Note: It is not recommended to edit or add a new cursor path and apply the Cursor Smoothing effect to the same media or you may experience errors.

Edit a Recorded Cursor Path

  1. Select a short Camtasia recording (TREC) on the timeline or canvas.

    Note: You can only edit the cursor path on screen recordings captured with Camtasia (TREC). To add a cursor path to a video or image imported into Camtasia, see Add a New Cursor Path.

  2. On the Cursor tab in the Properties panel, click the Edit Cursor Path button.
    Press edit cursor path button
  3. In the Edit Cursor Path dialog, select Simplify Existing Path or Create a New Path in the dropdown and click Continue.
    Select a cursor path editing option from dropdown
  4. The cursor path and points appear on the canvas and timeline.
    Cursor path and points example on the canvas Example of a cursor path and points on the timeline
    Click to select a point to edit, then complete any of the following options:
    • Click and drag a point on the canvas to adjust where the cursor moves in the recording.
      Example of moving the cursor point on the canvas
    • Click and drag a point on the timeline to extend or reduce the duration of the cursor movement to that point.
      Example of moving cursor point on the timeline
    • Select a Line Type in the Properties panel to set straight or curved cursor movements in and out of the point.
      Select a line type for cursor point on path

      Note: After selecting a line type, click and drag the handle of the point on the canvas to manually adjust the curve of the cursor movement if desired.

    • Select an option from the Easing dropdown to set the cursor speed as it passes through the selected point for a more natural look.
      Select an easing type for cursor point on path
    • Right-click a point on the timeline and select Delete to remove that point.
  5. Click and drag the playhead on the timeline to the location to edit. Right-click the playhead line, then select one of the following options to edit the cursor path:
    Right click a point to select from the context menu for a cursor path
    • Extend Cursor Path to Playhead: Extends the path duration to the selected location and adds a new point overlaying the previous point.
    • Add Cursor Point at Playhead: Adds another point to the path to allow for more detailed control over the cursor movement and look.
    • Split Cursor Path at Playhead: Adds a new path segment and two new points to the timeline.
  6. Click Finish Editing to exit cursor path editing.
    Press finish editing (cursor path) button

Add a New Cursor Path

  1. Drag the Cursor Path Creator effect from the Cursor Effects or Visual Effects tab on to an image or video on the canvas or timeline. For a complete list of file types compatible with Camtasia, see Import & Manage your Media.
    Drag cursor path creator effect onto timeline or canvas

    Note: You cannot add the Cursor Path Creator effect to media recorded with Camtasia. To edit a cursor path in a Camtasia recording (TREC), see Edit a Recorded Cursor Path.

  2. The cursor path and points appear on the canvas and timeline. Click to select a point to edit, then complete any of the following options:
    • Click and drag a point on the canvas to adjust where the cursor moves in the recording.
      Example of moving the cursor point on the canvas
    • Click and drag a point on the timeline to extend or reduce the duration of the cursor movement to that point.
      Example of moving cursor point on the timeline
    • Select a Line Type in the Properties panel to set straight or curved cursor movements in and out of the point.
      Select a line type for cursor point on path

      Note: After selecting a line type, click and drag the handle of the point on the canvas to manually adjust the curve of the cursor movement if desired.

    • Select an option from the Easing dropdown to set the cursor speed as it passes through the selected point for a more natural look.
      Select an easing type for cursor point on path
  3. Right-click a point on the timeline and select Delete to remove that point if desired.
  4. Click and drag the playhead on the timeline to the location to edit. Right-click the playhead line, then select one of the following options to edit the cursor path:
    Right click a point to select from the context menu for a cursor path
    • Extend Cursor Path to Playhead: Extends the cursor path duration to the selected location and adds a new point overlaying the previous point.
    • Add Cursor Point at Playhead: Adds another point to the cursor path to allow for more detailed control over the cursor movement and easing of the cursor path.
    • Split Cursor Path at Playhead: Adds a new path segment and two new cursor points to the timeline.
  5. Click Finish Editing to exit cursor path editing.
    Press finish editing (cursor path) button

Restore the Original Cursor Path

To restore the original cursor path, click Restore Path in the Properties panel.
Press restore (cursor) path button