Version 4 and below
Camtasia Studio is a screen recorder program that allows you to show exactly what's on your screen to anyone, anywhere. With this software you can make anything from training videos to PowerPoint presentations to lectures look better, reach more people, and pack more punch.
This help document uses Camtasia Studio version 4 or 3. If you have version 5 the concepts are basically the same, but some of the screens might look different. To view the new version of the help file, Click Here
- Before you start recording with Camtasia, you want to set your screen to a smaller size like 640x480 or 800x600. To do this, navigate to your desktop, right click and select Properties, then go to display settings. Slide the bar until you see either 640x480 or 800x600 and click ok. Then launch Camtasia Studio.
- Add a New Project and the Record Wizard will come up.
- Choose what you'd like to record and click Next and then choose audio or video.
- Choose your audio settings, making certain that you had a live imput level in the green and/or yellow zone. Adjust the imput level as needed and click Next.
- When finished with the wizard, the recorder will be available. You can move it anywhere on your screen by dragging it by the top blue header. The red circle is Start Recording (F9) and the Gray Square is Stop Recording (F10). Bring up the screen that you want to demonstrate and record and click Record. You can begin speaking and clicking on the screen as you demonstrate. When finished, click Stop.
- After recording is stopped, your recording will play back automatically. At the end, choose Save or Delete in the lower right hand corner. You will then have a chance to edit your saved project by clicking on Edit My Recording and OK.
- In the Timeline Editor, you may edit the audio. The .avi file of the screen images is one file, so you would have to split it and insert another avi file if you wanted to edit the screen shots.
- You may also add slide transitions, call-outs, zoom and pan, Flash quiz, and captions.
- Drag the playhead back and forth to select an area of the audio file. You can play the recording by clicking on the play button to find an area to cut. Once you have selected an area between 2 playheads, go to Edit and Cut Selection. Or select an area of the .avi file and go to Edit and Split. Only do this if you want to insert another (correct) avi file between the two split files.
- In the Timeline, click in the Edit section, Callouts.
- Click on Add Callout. An arrow will be added to your screenshot and to the timeline below, so that you can specify how long you want the arrow to stay on screen. You can change the shape, color, and add text to any of the callouts.
4. Save--Produce a Video
- Go to File and Produce Video As... in order to mount your video into Moodle or on a webpage.
- A wizard will come up so that you can convert the Camtasia files to Flash.
- Click on Flash Option and choose the SWF format.
- Give your project a name and look at the names of the files that will be created. All of these files must be zipped together and uploaded to the web. If you upload them to Moodle, create a folder to put them in before you unzip them. When linking to the homepage, choose the html file.
- After clicking Finish, the video will render and replay.