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Using Camtasia Studio 7

Using Camtasia Studio 7

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Contents

Introduction .............................................................................................. 3 Preparing to work with Camtasia Studio 7 ..................................................... 3

Writing a Transcript ................................................................................ 3 Recording Audio ..................................................................................... 3 Recording Video ..................................................................................... 3

Making a Project ........................................................................................ 4 Recording the Screen .............................................................................. 4 Tips on Recording a PowerPoint Presentation ............................................. 9 Recording a PowerPoint presentation with Camera and Sound .................... 10

Editing a Recording .................................................................................. 14 Viewing the Timeline ............................................................................. 14 Importing Media ................................................................................... 15 Managing items in the Clip Bin ............................................................... 16 Title Clips ............................................................................................ 17 Inserting a Split ................................................................................... 18 Zoom and Pan ...................................................................................... 19 Transitions .......................................................................................... 22 Callouts ............................................................................................... 23 Captions .............................................................................................. 27 Cursor Effects ...................................................................................... 30 Audio Enhancements ............................................................................ 32

Outputting the Final Project ....................................................................... 33 Getting Help using Camtasia Studio 7 ..................................................... 42

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Introduction

Camtasia Studio 7 is a product that allows you to create short movie clips with accompanying video and sound to facilitate presentation of a subject electronically. Clips may capture a teaching event, such as a lecture with

accompanying presentation slides, or may be used to demonstrate computer based tasks by providing self-paced learning movie clips that users can

download from a web site and watch in their own time. Camtasia Studio 7 supports a number of output types, meaning that a lecture or presentation can be recorded and then distributed electronically via the web to be viewed or

listened to in a multitude of ways, such as through a web-based learning system such as WebCT or on a handheld device such as an iPod or other MP3 player.

Preparing to work with Camtasia Studio 7

Writing a Transcript

If recording some form of screen capture, be it with a presentation or a

demonstration of a computer based task of some sort, it is very helpful first to write a transcript of what you wish to say. This makes you think about all the

steps involved and gives you an opportunity to think about the correct order in which to say things. Walking through your demonstration or presentation with the transcript to hand prior to recording will allow you to identify possible issues

that may come up during the recording process, such as a pop-up window or dialogue box which may otherwise be distracting or confusing to the viewer if

not explained in the transcript.

Recording Audio

It is recommended that you record your audio using a good quality microphone

in a suitably quiet environment with no interference or background noises. Quality audio recordings will lessen the need to using Camtasia Studio 7 as an audio editing tool, which is not its primary function, although from the Tools

menu some Audio options (not covered in this guide) can allow some basic sound file editing.

Recording Video

Test the quality of the output from your camera prior to recording. Set up the camera in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines on white balancing to

ensure a balanced picture that does not bleach facial tones. Try to ensure a plain and light background as a busy background will distract from the speakers image and a background that is too dark will make the video capture less

appealing.

Further tips appear in the Tips on Recording a PowerPoint Presentation section of this document.

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Making a Project

Camtasia Studio 7 refers to a project to represent a screen capture of a presentation or some other activity on screen. Projects may of two main types:

Recording the Screen Recording a PowerPoint presentation

Recording the Screen

Making a Project by Recording the Screen allows users to generate a movie clip that captures the mouse movements in time with a narrative. This can be used

effectively to demonstrate tasks that users need to undertake on a computer, allowing self-paced learning opportunities for those viewing the clips.

To make a project by Recording the Screen, follow these steps.

1. From the Camtasia Welcome dialogue box (Figure 1) select Record the

screen.

Figure 1 - The Camtasia Welcome dialogue box

2. If the Camtasia Welcome dialogue box is not showing click Record the

screen option at the top of the screen (as shown in Figure 2).

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Figure 2 Record the screen option

3. The Camtasia Recorder floating dialogue box appears (Figure 3). Select

whether to record Full screen or Custom.

Figure 3 - The New Recording Wizard

4. The options in more details are:

Full Screen This would capture all on-screen events. Users of Camtasia Studio 7

would need to set their screen resolution to one that would allow viewers of the output to see the entire screen capture.

Custom This will allow a pre-defined part of the screen to be the focus of the

screen capture and is the recommended option. A pull down menu allows you to choose a region of a specific size.

Figure 4 - Menu of Region size options

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Lock to Application This would capture just the events in a selected application and would

not allow any further windows that may be opened on top to be captured as well.

Select area to record This option allows a specific region to be defined by clicking and dragging

a rectangle around it. The drawn rectangle may be moved once created.

5. Once defined, the selected area may be dragged around on screen (assuming the full screen has not been selected) using the crosshair in the centre of the selected area (Figure 5).

Figure 5 - The crosshair at the centre of the selected area

6. Under Recorded Inputs select whether to switch the webcam and audio

on. Once plugged in the web cam will toggle on and off by clicking the

webcam button. Use the pull down at the side of the webcam button to select the required webcam in the event that more than one is plugged

in. Toggle the audio input on or off in the same way by clicking the audio button. Select the correct audio input from the pull down menu alongside the audio button. This pull down menu includes the option to Record

microphone and system audio if required. Figure 6 shows the webcam and audio turned on.

Figure 6 Webcam and Audio on under Recorded Inputs

7. You are now ready to start recording your Camtasia Studio 7 clip. Click

Rec to start the recording process.

8. Camtasia Studio 7 prompts to remind you that pressing the F10 key on the keyboard will stop the recording, counts down from 3 and then starts

the recording. The Camtasia Studio 7 recording toolbar appears (Figure 7).

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Figure 7 - The Camtasia recording toolbar

9. Click Pause to pause the recording and Resume to start it again. 10. During the recording any on screen mouse movements will be captured,

as will any audio input from the microphone. The importance of having a transcript to follow will become readily apparent during this process.

11. Click Stop or press F10 to stop the recording. 12. Click Delete if the recording is unsatisfactory and you wish to scrap it.

Before doing this please bear in mind that it is almost impossible to get

the capture perfect first time and as long as significant chunks have not been omitted, many of the pauses and issues may be ironed out during

the editing process. 13. After clicking Stop the Camtasia Studio 7 Preview window displays and

plays the recording just made (Figure 8).

Figure 8 - The Camtasia Studio 7 Preview window

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14. Click Delete to scrap the recording at this point

15. Click