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How to Create Videos With Camtasia

Updated on December 12, 2014
Camtasia Studio
Camtasia Studio | Source

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
  • Tutorials/Lessons
  • Step-By-Step Instructions
  • Animated stories
  • Streaming video
  • PowerPoint recordings, including movement, animation and audio in one movie
  • Hotspots/limited interactivity

Camtasia Overview

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:

Camtasia Main Screen
Camtasia Main Screen | Source

As you can see from the graphic above, the two main options in the Task List are:

Record the screen


Record PowerPoint

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:

Camtasia Recording Settings
Camtasia Recording Settings | Source

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.

Camtasia Recording Button
Camtasia Recording Button | Source

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 in Camtasia
How to Stop Recording in Camtasia | Source

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

Camtasia Save Options Toolbar
Camtasia Save Options Toolbar | Source

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

Camtasia Edit Option
Camtasia Edit Option | Source

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.

Save Camtasia camrec file
Save Camtasia camrec file | Source
Project Settings
Project Settings | Source

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.

Producing the Video
Producing the Video | Source
Rendering Status
Rendering Status | Source

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.


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    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      3 years ago

      Hi Easy Exercise, glad you like the hub and found it helpful. It's a pretty nifty software program and let's you edit and publish. I'm not too familiar with Periscope which is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android. I'll have to check it out! Thanks. :-)

    • Easy Exercise profile image

      Kelly A Burnett 

      3 years ago from United States

      Hi Amelia,

      I have never heard of this before and look forward to giving it a try. Have you tried so seen Periscope? How would you compare it? Is there a way to integrate Camtasia into Periscope? Or just tweet a link? Thanks for the help!

    • Easy Exercise profile image

      Kelly A Burnett 

      3 years ago from United States

      Hi Amelia,

      I have never heard of this before and look forward to giving it a try. Have you tried so seen Periscope? How would you compare it? Is there a way to integrate Camtasia into Periscope? Or just tweet a link? Thanks for the help!

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      3 years ago

      Thanks again, SAQIB6608. I hope you liked my "How to Edit Videos in Camtasia" as well. Thanks again for stopping by!

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      3 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      hmm.. will look forward to it definitely

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      3 years ago

      I will have to check out PICASA, thanks for the tip, SAQIB6608. Thanks fir your comment! My next hub will be editing a video in Camtasia. :-)

    • SAQIB6608 profile image


      3 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Camtasia is a great VIDEO editing software. Among Photo editting softwares I have a great liking for PICASA being light and easy to use indeed.


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