I need to create some screencast tutorials, and I would like to animate my mouse for this purpose. E.g. Ideally I would like my mouse to be highlighted, to use an animation when clicking, and possibly to show click and drags. Can anyone suggest a solution?

I am happy using gtk-record-my-destop for the screencasts.


If you are using compiz (part of Ubuntu's Unity DE) you can install ccsm and there is a mouse option that adds spinning objects around the mouse, you can reduce there spacing to 0 or near it so it will be right on the mouse, if you need to record the keyboard presses/mouse buttons you can use keymon (the debs do not install the program, just dependencies); also i think kazam works better than gtk-record-my-desktop

  • Thanks for the suggestions, GM-Script-Writer-62580, key-mon is very helpful. Thank you very much for that. I do have ccsm installed, but the advanced search doesn't pull up any mouse options like you describe. Where might I find that? I have tried kazam, and it is nice too. Both kazam and gtk-record-my-desktop work fine for me. – Sam Copeland May 12 '13 at 19:56
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    try installing compiz-plugins – GM-Script-Writer-62850 May 12 '13 at 22:59
  • older versions of ubuntu use compiz-plugins-extra – GM-Script-Writer-62850 May 12 '13 at 23:09
  • Many thanks for the clarification GM, the ccsm mouse settings do suit my needs. – Sam Copeland May 13 '13 at 14:11

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