How to Edit Videos With Camtasia

Camtasia Studio
Camtasia Studio | Source

How To Edit a Camtasia File

If you’re new to Camtasia and haven’t yet created a basic file, you can learn how in the hub, How to Create Videos With Camtasia.

If you’ve already created a basic Camtasia file, then you are ready to roll!

Let’s begin on the main Camtasia screen. Note: If you are using a version higher than Camtasia Studio 6.0, the screen may vary slightly.

Camtasia Main Screen
Camtasia Main Screen | Source
Camtasia Clip Bin
Camtasia Clip Bin | Source

First, you’ll need to add your Camtasia file (.camrec file) to the Clip Bin, by doing one of two things:

  • Click File, Recent Recordings, and select your camrec file; or,
  • Click File, Import Media, and select your camrec file

Once you select your camrec file, it should display in the Clip Bin, as shown in this graphic:

Add Clip to Timeline
Add Clip to Timeline | Source

Next, add the clip to your Timeline by doing one of the following:

  • Drag the clip down to the Timeline using your mouse; or,
  • Right click on the clip and select Add to Timeline.

When the Project Settings dialog displays, click OK to accept the recording dimensions. The video clip should then display in the Timeline at the bottom of your screen:

Camtasia Timeline
Camtasia Timeline | Source

How to Add Callouts

This video can benefits from having some callouts added to emphasize buttons, icons or commands as they are recited in the audio.

In the first part of the video, a URL is typed in an address bar. To emphasize the address bar as the URL is being typed, let’s add a spotlight callout around the address bar.

First, position the pointer on the Timeline in the location of where you would like to add the callout. This has already been positioned on the Timeline, as shown in the graphic below.

Next, click Callouts on the left.

Adding Callouts
Adding Callouts | Source
Adding Callouts
Adding Callouts | Source

Next, in the Callout Properties window on the left, click the plus sign icon to add a Callout.

In the Type field, click the drop-down arrow, as shown below. The list of Callout options displays, also show below, to the right.

Callout Options
Callout Options | Source

As you can see, there are a large variety of callouts available. In this example, the Spotlight callout is selected. The callout region on the right has been adjusted. Next, click Finished.

Adding Spotlight Callout
Adding Spotlight Callout | Source

Next, let’s add an Arrow callout when the Camtasia link is clicked. Again, position the Timeline pointer at the location of where you would like to add the callout, and click Callouts, using the same steps as shown above. In this example, the Arrow callout has been selected, as shown in the graphic below. The color of the Arrow callout has defaulted to yellow, but let's say we want to change it to red.

Adding Arrow Callout
Adding Arrow Callout | Source

In the graphic below, several changes have been made:

  • The Fill Color has been changed to red
  • The Rotation has been changed to the left
  • The arrow object on the right has been dragged down using the mouse, to point to the Camtasia link
  • In the Timeline, using the little handles for the object, the length of time that the object displays has been shortened

To save these changes, click Finished.

Changing Arrow Callout Properties
Changing Arrow Callout Properties | Source

How to Cut a Selection

If there is a section of your video that you would like to remove, you can select it on the Timeline, right click and select Cut Selection.

Cut a Selection
Cut a Selection | Source

There are lots of other Callouts you can add as needed, as well as Captions. In this example, I have added 3 additional red rectangle highlights to emphasize additional buttons as they are mentioned in the audio.

Finally, I saved my Camtasia file and select File, Produce Video As, and I selected YouTube as the format. I then uploaded the video to my YouTube channel.

The edited video is shown below:

Sample Camtasia Video With Callouts Added

Did you find this hubpage helpful? If so, please let me know in the comments section below.

Note: This is Hub #9 of 30 of my 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge.

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