Taught by Brandon Blinkenberg and Guy Larcom

Agenda For This Afternoon




Advanced Editing and Production
This section covers a variety of advanced editing and production techniques that were not covered in the beginning workshop, including advanced callout features, cursor effects, smart focus, working with audio in the timeline, using the object library, and producing for an iPod or iPhone.
  1. Create a new screen recording.
    - To complete this and further sections, we will need a new screen recording to experiment with and add features to. Take a few minutes to outline a 3-5 minute recording (on paper, notepad, etc.), and record yourself completing a task of your choosing. You can record something quick and dirty like finding your school on Google Maps, or you might want to record yourself explaining something you find yourself repeating over and over in class. This recording is not meant to be a polished presentation and we will be littering it with features as we learn about and practice using each feature of Camtasia Studio.
  2. Add Callouts to draw attention to specific items on the screen.
    - If you are unfamiliar with callouts, begin by reviewing Callouts - The Basics and then practice adding callouts as seen in the demonstration.
    - Watch Callouts - Tips and Tricks and try the following features: copy & paste, adding custom callouts to the library, creating additional callout tracks on the timeline, hotkey C, drag-and-drop image callouts, zooming in on the timeline area
  3. Learn to use the Camtasia Studio Library.
    - View Working with the library
  4. Add Cursor Effects to draw attention to your mouse activity.
    - View the video on Cursor effects
    - Try adding effects to your own recording.
  5. Review Zooming and Panning if needed
    - Zooming and panning around your video is a great way to magnify and draw attention to specific areas of the screen (this material was covered in our Beginning Camtasia workshop, but is repeated here for those who could not attend).
  6. Add a Quiz or Survey to your video
    - Periodically asking your students questions is a great way to keep them engaged and break the "one-sided conversation" effect of recorded lectures.
    - View Flash Quizzes and Surveys in Camtasia 6 to learn how to do this. Please note that while this was recorded for version 6, the quiz hasn't changed for the current version. The main interface will look slightly different, but the quiz functionality is the same.
  7. Create and import animated sequences from Animoto (or similar sites)
    - Since your Camtasia project can incorporate external videos (in addition to the ones you create by recording the screen), let's use the creative computing power over at Animoto to generate a fancy title sequence or slideshow. We'll then import it into our project for a little added spice (If you are unfamiliar with Animoto, watch their 60 second overview). - Then watch this walkthrough to see how to integrate the two.
  8. Optional: Publish iPod/iPhone-ready video
    - If you wish, you can also publish a version of your video that is iPod/iPhone ready


Debrief on the last section
  • What new tip or technique are you most excited about?
  • What feature or technique are you most frustrated with?


The latest version of Camtasia Studio now offers automatic captioning of your screen recordings. While it's not 100% accurate, it will save you quite a bit of time if you spend time training your computer to transcribe your voice. Let's take a look!
  1. Learn the basics of captioning in Camtasia Studio
    - View the Captions Overview
  2. Practice adding captions manually to your video
    - View the overview of Adding Captions Manually and then use the "tab" and "enter" shortcut keys to help you quickly caption your video.
  3. Experiment with the Speech-to-Text feature
    - Since you haven't trained your computer to recognize your voice, your results will likely be abysmal... but don't give up! If you plan on doing a lot of captioning then a little training goes a long way. Watch the Speech to Text video to see the process, then try it on your own.
  4. Make your videos searchable
    - Once you've added captions to your video you can make the video searchable when you go to produce it. View Make your Videos Searchable to learn how, then try it in your own video. - Produce your searchable video and try out the search feature to see how it works.
  5. Optional: Sync captions with a pre-typed script
  6. Optional: Import/export options for third party providers


Debrief on the last section
  • What new tip or technique are you most excited about?
  • What feature or technique are you most frustrated with?



PowerPoint Plug-in
  1. Familiarize yourself with the toolbar and its settings
    - The Camtasia add-in toolbar allows you to start, stop and control your recording right in PowerPoint. Get started by familiarizing yourself PowerPoint toolbar and its settings
  2. Record a presentation
    - Learn about some tips for Recording a presentation
    - Then record your own presentation. If you don't have a PowerPoint presentation handy, just create a new presentation and add some dummy slides with text. The value today is in learning how to use the features, not necessarily creating a professional presentation.
  3. Optional: Review the process of editing your project dimensions
    - Optional: much of this material will be familiar to you, but if you wish, please view Editing your project dimensions
  4. Learn the benefits of using Markers in your timeline
    - When you make a recording with the PowerPoint plug-in, Camtasia will automatically insert markers at each slide change. Learn how to cutt and split using markers on the timeline
    - Then try it out in your own project
  5. Create a table of contents using markers
    - View the overview of using markers to make a table of contents
    - Creating the table of contents is actually done in the production settings, which will be covered in Step 7 below. For now, hold off on doing this while we explore one last editing trick: Removing Background Noise.
  6. Audio adjustments and noise removal
    - Ideally, we would always want to start with perfect, noise-free audio, but frequently we end up recording in less than ideal conditions. Background noise removal attempts to remove constant hums or buzzes by eliminating only those frequencies from the recording. Learn how to remove background noise, then try it out on your recording.
  7. Custom production settings, and creating a movie with a table of contents
    - A table of contents is one of the best things you can do to give your viewers control over the presentation. For some great tips, view custom production settings
    - Produce your movie with a table of contents
  8. Optional: Review the ways you can share your movies


Debrief on the last section
  • What new tip or technique are you most excited about?
  • What feature or technique are you most frustrated with?


Final tips, work time and wrap-up

Camtasia Theater and Camtasia MenuMaker
  1. If you have many recordings that you want to collect into one interface with a table of contents then consider using Camtasia Theater (PDF)
  2. If you plan to deliver your instruction offline (e.g. on a CD-ROM) you can create a free-standing executable by using Camtasia MenuMaker (PDF)
  3. Please feel free to use any remaining time to work & practice or ask questions

Workshop Evaluation