How to Create Videos With Camtasia
What is Camtasia Studio?
Camtasia Studio is a screen recording and video editing software program which is powerful, yet very easy to use.
Camtasia is made by TechSmith, the same company that makes Snagit. Snagit is an inexpensive, fun screen capture program which also allows you to record your screen. However, if you need to create a full-motion video as well as edit your video and apply some special effects, then Camtasia is recommended.
With Camtasia, you can easily record your screen, create videos in a snap, and then share your videos on nearly any device.
What Can I Create in Camtasia?
- Software demonstrations
- Step-By-Step Instructions
- Animated stories
- Streaming video
- PowerPoint recordings, including movement, animation and audio in one movie
- Hotspots/limited interactivity
Camtasia Basics – Creating a Basic Video
If you don’t already have Camtasia Studio installed, you can try it for free by going to the TechSmith website and clicking Free Trial.
To demonstrate how to create a basic video, I’ll begin on the main Camtasia screen:
As you can see from the graphic above, the two main options in the Task List are:
Record the screen
Let’s begin by selecting Record the screen.
Next, you will notice a green dotted line border, which you can adjust to select the area of your screen which you will be recording. You can adjust your recording area by using the handles on the edges of the dotted green line border, or you can use the options in the Settings Area to specify full or custom screen:
In this example, I have my browser open to the Google home page and I have adjusted my window size manually.
Next, click the red Record button to begin recording.
In the sample recording, I started on the Google home page and navigated to the TechSmith home page to demonstrate where you can download the free trial of Camtasia. I didn’t use a script when recording this basic demonstration. However, I did practice what I was going to say before recording.
How to Stop Recording
There are several ways to stop recording.
When you are finished recording, do one the following to stop the recording:
- If the Recording toolbar is visible, click the Stop icon
- From your system tray, right click on the microphone icon, then select Stop
- Press F10
Saving, Editing and Producing Your Video
Once your stop the recording, it will play on the screen and the following toolbar will display:
Save –Save your recording as a Camtasia file (.camrec)
Delete – Discard your recording
Edit – Save your recording as a Camtasia file (.camrec), and then edit your recording in Camtasia
Produce – Save your recording as a Camtasia file (.camrec), and then produce the video in a variety of formats
For this example, let’s select Edit.
Camtasia will automatically prompt you to save your file. A default file name, such as capture-1.camrec will default in File name field. Be sure to select the location where you want to save your file, and specify a file name, then click Save.
Next, the Project Settings dialog box displays. The project dimensions default to a standard size (640 X 480) for use on the Web. You can change this as needed by clicking on the drop-down arrow under Presets. Caution: if you change the dimensions manually, be sure to check the Keep Aspect Ratio checkbox; otherwise, your video may end up being distorted.
SmartFocus will automatically be applied by default. This will focus and zoom in when you move you mouse and click during the recording). In this example, we will keep the default selection. Next, click OK.
The final step is producing your video. From the Camtasia screen, click File, Produce Video As.
In the Production Wizard dialog box, click the drop-down arrow to change the format as needed. In this example, I need to change the format to YouTube. Then, click Next, Next, Finish to render the video.
Click Next, and then Finish to complete the process.
While your video is rendering, a status bar will display.
The end result is an mp4 file that you can upload on YouTube.
I then uploaded my video on You Tube (I'll be covering that in a separate hubpage).
The Finished Project, A Basic Video (No Bells or Whistles Added Yet)
This article explained the basic steps on how to create a simple video using Camtasia Studio. However, there’s a lot more to Camtasia, including editing videos, adding callouts and more.
In a future hubpage, I’ll explain how to edit a video and add bells and whistles to make your video a whole lot better!
Did you find this hubpage helpful? If so, please let me know in the comments section below.
Note: This is Hub #8 of 30 of my 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge.