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Making a Video Tutorial in Camtasia

 

Review Camtasia "Getting Started" Tutorials

  1. Select Start > Programs > CamtasiaStudio7 > Camtasia Studio.

  2. In the Welcome screen, click "Visit the Learning Center."

  3. Review tutorials 1-5 in the "Getting Started Series."


First Steps in the Digital Media Room

  1. If necessary, connect the microphone to the PC with the USB cable.

  2. Right-click on the Speaker icon on the taskbar and select Open Volume Mixer. Make sure that the volume is not muted and is at an appropriate level, then close Volume Mixer window.



  3. Right-click on the Speaker icon and select Sounds. Under the Recording tab, make sure the correct microphone is selected (Samson C01U in the DMR).



  4. Double-click the microphone name. Click the Levels tab and make sure the Speaker icon is not muted and that the level is set to the appropriate level (in the high range, about 95). Click OK; click OK again to exit the Sounds settings.

  5. Do a short test before you record your whole project to make sure your settings are as you want them.

 

Recording the Screen

Tip: Create a folder for all your project-related files on your network drive or a USB drive.

  1. Select Start > Programs > Camtasia Studio 7 > Camtasia Studio.

  2. Select Record the Screen.



  3. Open the browser window you want to record in, or if you are recording an application, open the application to the screen where the recording should begin.

  4. Select the area to record: Full screen or Custom. (If you select full screen, you can still resize the recording area by dragging the resize boxes on the green rectangle around the recording area).

  5. If you would like to record narration at the same time you record the screen (recommend if your video is short):

    1. Turn the audio on: if there is a red X and you see "Audio off," click the microphone icon.

    2. When you see a green checkmark and "Audio on," click the arrow to the right of the icon and click on Microphone (Samson C01U in DMR).

      Tips: Be aware of where your cursor is when you start recording. It is distracting for the viewer for the cursor to move from a far corner of the screen to get to the first place you will click. Try not to have unnecessary movement with the cursor--leave it where it is until you need to move it.

  6. Select the window you want to record; then click the Record button.

    To pause your screen capture, press the F9 key on the keyboard or click the Pause button on the recording toolbar.

    When you're finished recording, click the Stop button on the recording toolbar, or press the F10 key.

  7. A preview window of your recording will appear; there are options to view the preview at 100% (which may not display the bottom of your recording) or shrink it to fit the preview screen (which allows you to see all parts of the recording).

  8. If you are satisfied with your recording select Produce. If you would like to edit your recording (delete video or audio, split the recording into clips, or add transitions or zooms), select Save and Edit. If you want to delete this recording and start over, select Delete and follow steps to record again.



  9. If you selected Produce or Save and Edit in the previous step, select a location to save your file.

  10. Give your file a title and select Save. You are now saving the .camrec file, which is your recording; it is recommended that you retain this file because that you will allow you to produce the recording in different formats, such as for blog, CD, iPhone, iPod, or other mobile devices.

 

Editing Your Video

If you choose Save and Edit, you now have the option to select the size of your produced video. Use the arrow to the right of the Dimensions box to select a preset recommendation.

You now see the timeline at the bottom of a screen. You can play through your video using the Play button under the Preview window, or by scrubbing through using the playhead on the timeline. You may first want to zoom in on your timeline using the Zoom Out and Zoom In icons on the toolbar directly over the timeline.

 

Cursor Effects

If you want to highlight the cursor and/or mouse clicks:

  1. Click Cursor Effects on the toolbar above the timeline. (You may need to click More to access this option).



  2. Choose cursor size and highlight effect (if any), and left-click, right-click, and click sound effect.

 

Zoom and Pan

To zoom into part of your video, click on the Zoom-n-Pan tab above the timeline.



Use the playhead to move the screen where you want to zoom.

In the Scale box:


  1. Drag the marker to the right to zoom in as far as you like.

  2. Drag the box you see on the image in the Zoom-n-Pan window to the place on the screen where you want the zoom to end. Note the percentage of zoom that you are using, since you may want to zoom to the same level on other screens, for continuity.

  3. Under Duration, you can adjust how quickly the screen zooms in.

  4. Use the playhead to move to where you want to zoom back out.

  5. Drag the box out or readjust the scale to zoom out.



Removing Parts of your Video or Audio

If you have recorded audio at the same time you are recording video, your audio will be on the Audio 1 track and will be linked to your video so that any editing you do will affect both. If you want to unlink them to work on only one part (e.g. your audio is fine but you have some image screens that are too long):

  1. Unlink video and audio by clicking the small blue sphere to the left of the Video timeline. You will get a message asking if you want to permanently unlike the audio and the video. Select Yes.

  2. Then lock the track (video or audio) that you don't want to change by clicking on the padlock icon to the left of the track.




  3. Scrub through the video to where you want to begin your cut.

  4. Drag the red square on the right side of the playhead to where you want to end the cut. You have now selected the area to cut.



  5. Click the Scissors icon on the toolbar above the timeline to remove the area you selected.

 

Adding Still Images in your Video

To add a still image to your video:

  1. Bring the image into Camtasia by clicking the Import Media button right beneath the menu tool bar at the top of the screen. You will see your image in the editing window to the left of the Preview window.



  2. Scrub through the video to the point where you want to drop in the image.

  3. Click the Split tool on the tool bar above the timeline.



  4. Drag the image you imported down to the timeline and drop it in the timeline at the playhead or right-click the image and select "Add to timeline."

 

Recording Narration

If you did not choose to record narration at the same time you recorded the screen, and you want to add it now, follow these instructions:

  1. Select Tools > Voice Narration from the menu at the top of the screen.



  2. Select the radio button for Audio 2. This allows your audio to remain unlinked from the video, making it easier to edit.



  3. Select the duration you would like to record audio for:

    • Until I manually stop or end of selection on timeline gives you the most flexibility, since you can manually stop the recording before the end of your video recording on the timeline.

    • Until end of clip will record until you reach the end of the current video clip selected.

    • Until end of timeline will record until your entire video has reached its end.

  4. Click the Audio Setup Wizard button.

  5. Select your audio device from the drop down menu.

    • NOTE: If you are in the DMR, it should be the Samson C01U.

    • Under Recording source, select Microphone.

    • Click Next and make any adjustment needed to the volume. Click Finish.

  6. Click Start Recording.

  7. Record your narration.

    • Video will play in a Preview window for you to narrate as you go.

    • When you are finished, click Stop Recording.

  8. Once you've stopped recording, a pop-up menu will ask you to save your narration.

  9. Select the location you'd like to save your audio.

  10. Give your audio a file name.

  11. Click Save. Your audio should now appear on your timeline.

  12. Your narration can be edited separately from your video; if you need to remove any extra audio on the timeline, follow these steps:

    • Make sure you have the audio track selected by clicking on it in the timeline. It should be highlighted in blue. Scrub through the video to where you want to begin your cut.

    • Drag the red square on the right side of the playhead to where you want to end the cut. You have now selected the area to cut.



    • Click the Scissors icon on the toolbar above the timeline to remove the area you selected.


    Once you've recorded your narration, you may need to adjust the audio. Click the Audio button on the toolbar above the timeline and select your desired settings. Selecting "Enable noise removal" will help cancel out any ambient sounds in your recording. You can also select specific tracks and raise or lower the volume.

 

Producing your Video

  1. Click the Produce and Share button at the top of the screen.



  2. In the Production WIzard, select from the drop-down list the format for your video.

  3. Click Next.

  4. Name the production and choose a destination folder to save it in.

  5. Leave a checkmark in "Organize produced files into sub-folders" and in both Post production options.

  6. If you see "Watermark," make sure it is not checked.

  7. Click Finish and wait for the project to finish rendering.

  8. Click Finish in the "Production Results" window.

Review Camtasia "Getting Started" Tutorials

  1. Select Start > Programs > Camtasia Studio 7 > Camtasia Studio.

  2. In the Welcome screen, click "Visit the Learning Center."

  3. Review tutorials 1-5 in the "Getting Started Series."

First Steps in the Digital Media Room

  1. If necessary, connect the microphone to the PC with the USB cable.

  2. Right-click on the Speaker icon on the taskbar and select Open Volume Mixer. Make sure the volume is not muted and is at an appropriate level.

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