Screen Recording with Mouse Cursor

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Screen Recording with Mouse Cursor

Aaron Newsome
Hi all. I posted this question a few weeks back and got zero response. The list seems more active now so maybe someone has some insight into this now. Sorry for the repost.

I'm using the version 0.9.12 and 0.9.13. I'm very impressed with Guacamole so far. It's an excellent piece of software that really simplifies remote access for me.

I'm trying out the screen recording feature and the recordings look great (given a high enough bitrate for guacenc). My question is regarding the rendering of the mouse in RDP sessions.

When I create a screen recording, the movie file does not show a cursor. For the type of screen recordings I'll be doing, I'll need the mouse to be rendered for the movie file to be useful.

I've done a bunch of searching around to see if there's a way for RDP to render the cursor in the remote machine but I'm having no luck finding that option.

Does anyone know how to make a guacamole screen recording with the mouse cursor recorded as well?

Thanks, Aaron
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Re: Screen Recording with Mouse Cursor

vnick
On Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 2:59 PM, Aaron Newsome <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi all. I posted this question a few weeks back and got zero response. The list seems more active now so maybe someone has some insight into this now. Sorry for the repost.


No worries, sometimes we need a gently nudge.
 
I'm using the version 0.9.12 and 0.9.13. I'm very impressed with Guacamole so far. It's an excellent piece of software that really simplifies remote access for me.


Glad you like it.
 
I'm trying out the screen recording feature and the recordings look great (given a high enough bitrate for guacenc). My question is regarding the rendering of the mouse in RDP sessions.

When I create a screen recording, the movie file does not show a cursor. For the type of screen recordings I'll be doing, I'll need the mouse to be rendered for the movie file to be useful.

I've done a bunch of searching around to see if there's a way for RDP to render the cursor in the remote machine but I'm having no luck finding that option.

Does anyone know how to make a guacamole screen recording with the mouse cursor recorded as well?

I don't think I have good news for you - I'm fairly certain that, with RDP in general, the mouse cursor is rendered on the client-side and I don't know of a way to change this.  I think VNC has some options for showing client-side, server-side, or both, but I think RDP is fairly set in its behavior that the rendering happens client-side.  I don't think this is an issue specific to Guacamole, I believe it's something you'd see if you were using any screen recording software that operates outside the client.

The only potential work-around I can think of to tell you to try is to install a VNC Server on the Windows system and connect that way, and see if you can change the mouse cursor options on VNC (either in the Guacamole configuration or on the VNC server) such that you get the mouse pointer.  What you *should* see if this is working the way you require when you connect with Guacamole is actually dual mouse pointers - you'll see the client-side one on your system that is connecting to Guacamole, and then you should see a second server-side one "follow" that one around.

Beyond that, we'd have to see if there was a modification we could make to Guacamole, specifically in the recording feature, to render a cursor where it sees mouse activity.  I don't know how feasible this is, or if it's something other folks would consider desirable.  Mike, any thoughts on that?

-Nick