It is particularly useful for creating movies that capture activity on a computer screen. For example, you could record a ‘how to’ demonstration, create an online training tutorial, or capture and narrate a PowerPoint presentation.
The PC version, Camtasia Studio, comprises and complements a suite of programs. The Mac version has recording and editing software only. Deakin currently provide licenses for Camtasia 2.1 on a MAC and 9 on a PC.
Note: This guide aims to provide advice on where to get help within the Camtasia application and on the Internet
1. Get prepared
- Consider using a script.
- Ensure you have a good headset (headphones with a microphone).
- Ensure you know which application windows to show, and resize the windows in preparation for the recording.
- Get comfortable with any keyboard shortcuts you may wish to use, e.g. know where the pause button is.
- Ensure your space is quiet. Do everything you can to avoid disruptions and get your thoughts in order. Don’t forget to divert your phone to voice mail. Close any unused applications e.g. Microsoft Outlook.
2. Making the recording
- Configure settings for recording: frame rate, video display dimensions, effects etc.
- Plan for editing in post-recording, e.g. allow for introduction time or an audible gap between topics.
- Try to keep your recordings a short as possible.
3. Post-Recording: preparing the video
- clean/enhance/add audio
- add visual cues (mouse clicks, zooming, highlighting, etc).
- For longer recordings, it is recommended that you cut your video into 30 minute sections.
- Think about the medium your viewers are using (browser, mobile). This will provide you with an idea of which video format to produce. For example, if you are zooming into a screen area, will this view OK on a mobile device? Will they be viewed on an iPad (no flash)?
4. Export your recording for the web
- on a PC this is called “Produce and Share”
- use the “Editing Dimensions” within the application to help you decide what output to author.
- on a Mac, this is called “Share”
- define the capture area, use either full screen or custom.
- Audio Only: the recommended audio format is 44.1kHz (44100Hz), 128 kbps, MONO
The following will assist you to decide which format to use:
- YouTube and Vimeo video display sizes are generally 640×360 normal definition and 1280×720 at high definition (HD).
- Exporting to Flash format (.swf or .flv) will mean that the videos are not viewable on an iPad or iPhone.
- For PowerPoint presentations, the recommended frame rate is 5.
- For human movement, the recommended frame rate is 25. Please note that this will significantly increase the file size.