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Camtasia

Camtasia is a suite of software applications for creating video tutorials and presentations (screen and video capture). They offer a range of tools to record, edit and enhance your content. Videos can be uploaded to Panopto for sharing.

Camtasia 2018

For advanced editing of your videos, use Camtasia 2018 to:

  • remove unwanted footage/mistakes from anywhere within a recording
  • zoom in, draw circles or otherwise highlight important screen details so they are easier to see
  • break a large recording into smaller chunked videos

Installing Camtasia 2018

A note on installing Camtasia 2018: You can only use Camtasia on an ECU computer (unlike Panopto), and to install it you can either

Steps and resources

Camtasia 2018 operates almost the same in both Windows and Mac versions. However, there are some differences. Most notably, in the Windows version there is a separate ‘Camtasia Recorder 2018’ part of the software. You begin by creating a project file and adding media (recording). Please note: Project files are not interchangeable between Windows and Mac versions. The final step is to convert your edited file into an .mp4 file which you can then upload to Panopto, so that students can actually view it on their computers and mobile devices.

You can add quizzes and a table of contents in Panopto.

Screencasting using Camtasia 2018 for Windows

Before doing anything else you need to secure a quiet room and a decent microphone for recording. For the best results...

  • Find a quiet room - CLT has a proper recording studio in JO 34.530, and you are more than welcome to make recordings here - you can book this room within ECUSIS.

(LinkedIn Learning videos 10m18s) connecting your mic

  • Position your mic - a good spot is generally about 2cm below your mouth and 2-5cm in front of your face - this way it shouldn't pick up the sound of your nostrils as you breathe!

You may have noticed more than one program lurking in the TechSmith>Camtasia folder on your Windows computer - Camtasia 2018 is actually broken into two parts:

  • "Camtasia Recorder 2018" - you can use this first to make your recording.   A .trec file will be saved on your computer and, when you finish recording, the second part (Camtasia 2018) will open a new untitled project containing the recording.
  • "Camtasia 2018" - the editing program - take any existing .trec file to here for editing. You can also record directly from within Camtasia 2018 using the Record option.

All videos below open in new windows...

  • Make your first Video (Camtasia Tutorial video 21m12s) - this video includes how to create a raw recording from Camtasia Recorder.
  • How to Deal with Mistakes (LinkedIn Learning video 4m52s) - this video explains why you should resist the urge to restart your recording from scratch after making a slip-up - simply take a breath and continue where you left off, Camtasia makes it easy to edit out your slip-ups later!

As mentioned above, you are not going to get your recording perfect all in one shot - perhaps you sneezed mid-sentence at one point, stumbled over a particular word, or had a full-blown swearing fit when something on screen went wrong - whatever the case, Camtasia's editing tools are designed to make these awkward moments disappear without a trace.

  • Video Editing Basics (Camtasia Tutorial video 3m52s) - this video will acclimate you to the video timeline, which is very important when making cuts/edits onto footage
  • Working with the Canvas  (Camtasia Tutorial video 3m32s) - learn how to work with media on the Canvas and adjust media properties

It is extremely important to zoom in onto any detail the student needs to see really clearly, since your video will only be a fraction the height/width of the things you originally recorded - without zooming, certain details in your video may become too small to view clearly!

Camtasia allows you to zoom in and also to move the camera around ("pan") quite easily:

You can draw attention to particular screen details by using "Callouts", where we can for instance draw a circle around them, or highlight them in some colour.

ECU adheres to the WCAG 2.0 (AA) Accessibility Standards, which state that all videos include captions.

Camtasia Studio has an automatic captioning tool that listens to your voice recording and writes out captions for you that sync up to your video - it isn't perfect (so you may need to correct it somewhat), but learning how to use this will save you time in making your videos fair and accessible to all. Essentially there are 3 steps as outlined in the video below...

  1. train the computer so it "recognises" your voice accurately
  2. hit the "speech-to-text" button and wait whilst Camtasia analyses the voice content of your video
  3. play your video back and correct any mistakes the software has made during auto-captioning

As mentioned earlier, your work in Camtasia begins with you making a raw footage recording (".trec" file), then editing that as a ".tscproj" file. The final step is to convert your edited file into an .mp4 file, and then upload that to Panopto so that students can actually view it on their computers and mobile devices.

  1. Using the "Share" button, select Local File.... to save your recording to your computer. Choose MP4 only - this creates a simple mp4 file that you may upload to Panopto.

Please note: any quizzes, hot spots or table of contents that you might have included in a Camtasia recording will be deleted as they are incompatible with the basic video type.  Any closed captions will still appear but will no longer be searchable.

2. Save your entire project (including all media) as a zip file. This will keep everything together for the next time you use the project.

A video saved as MP4 only can then be uploaded to Panopto so that students can view it.

You can add quizzes and a table of contents in Panopto.

More information about Panopto can be found on the Panopto Website.

Screencasting using Camtasia 2018 for Mac

Before doing anything else you need to secure a quiet room and a decent microphone for recording. For the best results...

  • Find a quiet room - CLT has a proper recording studio in JO 34.530, and you are more than welcome to make recordings here - you can book this room within ECUSIS.
  • Do not use the mic that comes built into your computer/laptop - the inbuilt mic picks up a lot of background noise and can also cause echoes, and you are recommended to instead use a USB headset mic (as shown). The video below shows how to make sure that the correct mic gets used before recording...
  • Position your mic - a good spot is generally about 2cm below your mouth and 2-5cm in front of your face - this way it shouldn't pick up the sound of your nostrils as you breathe!

After setting up the Recorder you are ready to create your first recording that will capture your voice and screen.

As mentioned above, you are not going to get your recording perfect all in one shot - perhaps you sneezed mid-sentence at one point, stumbled over a particular word, or had a full-blown swearing fit when something on screen went wrong - whatever the case, Camtasia's editing tools are designed to make these awkward moments disappear without a trace.

  • Video Editing Basics (Camtasia Tutorial video 3m52s) - this video will acclimate you to the video timeline, which is very important when making cuts/edits onto footage
  • Working with the Canvas -Camtasia Tutorial video 3m32s) -  learn how to work with media on the Canvas and adjust media properties

It is extremely important to zoom in onto any detail the student needs to see really clearly, since your video will only be a fraction the height/width of the things you originally recorded - without zooming, certain details in your video may become too small to view clearly!

Camtasia allows you to zoom in and also to move the camera around ("pan") quite easily.

You can draw attention to particular screen details by using "Callouts", where we can for instance draw a circle around them, or highlight them in some colour.

ECU adheres to the WCAG 2.0 (AA) Accessibility Standards, which state that all videos include captions.

Camtasia 2108 on a Mac allows captions to be typed in, added from a script, or imported.

Full instructions can be found in the Camtasia 2018 Help Manual.

As mentioned earlier, your work in Camtasia begins with you making a ".cmproj" project file and adding a recording. The final step is to save your edited file as an .mp4 file, and then upload that to Panopto so that students can actually view it on their computers and mobile devices.

  1. Using the "Share" button, select Local File.... to save your recording to your computer.
  2. Choose Export to MP4 (.mp4) - this creates a simple mp4 file that you may upload to Panopto.

Please note: any quizzes, hot spots or table of contents that you might have included in a Camtasia recording will be deleted as they are incompatible with the basic video type.  Any closed captions will still appear but will no longer be searchable.

On a Mac, your project includes all media files. This means that everything is kept together in the project file for the next time you use the project.

A video saved as MP4 only can then be uploaded to Panopto so that students can view it.

You can add quizzes and a table of contents in Panopto.

More information about Panopto can be found on the Panopto website.


Training and Support

To register for upcoming Camtasia workshops, visit the Staff Development Calendar.

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