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bboursaw73 [Avatar]
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Hello,

I have been on the search for some time now to figure out how I can do what should be incredibly simple in the world of video editing. I just want to highlight (I am trying to avoid the word spotlight, as that seems to bring up motion tracking, which I'm not really trying to do - I don't think) a specific area on the screen and shade out 'screen' the rest of it. I am sure I'm getting the terminology wrong here, so I do apologize. I create training videos and am trying to highlight a specific are of my recorded video. Let's say I want to call out a specific window of an application in my video. I've seen this in several other video applications such as Camtasia, which they refer to as a spotlight annotation. You can see this in action in this youtube video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbBprdlSNCA

Can PD really not do this?
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optodata
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There are many ways to hightlight various subjects in PD.

There are animated PiPs that can be downloaded from DirectorZone that will draw a circle or box around an item. There are also both included and 3rd party FX that will give you a spotlight and/or blur out and/or desaturate your background.

You can also use a mask on one copy of your clip that's overlaid on another copy that's got reduced opacity, and there's even a tutorial creation pack that has all kinds of active arrows and other attention-grabbing animations:




That comes free with the subscription version of PD17, or it can be purchased separately.

I don't know which PD version you have, but if you look in the FX room you should see at least one spotlight effect along with a color focus and normal focus effect. You can also search for PD tutorials here and on YouTube to see how other people have done this.
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