Camtasia 7.1 Lab - 60 minutes



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If you are a Macintosh person feel free to try out the Camtasia Mac Lab!

1. Now it's time to learn about Camtasia! Get started by watching this overview video:

2. Now that you have an overview of how Camtasia works, watch this video on recording:

3. After watching those two videos, practice recording your own screen:
  • Open a web browser as well as Camtasia Studio 7
  • Begin recording - select your entire web browser as the recording space and adjust the window size as needed
  • Record yourself going to Google Maps and finding your school. Switch to Satellite view and see how close you can zoom in!
  • Mimicking what you saw in the video, when you are finished recording
    • Click "Stop"
    • Click the "Edit" button (which will open your recording in Camtasia Studio)
    • Save your project when prompted (we will be using it later on in the day)

4. Before going any further, learn about the editing features in Camtasia

5. There was a lot of information in that video, but for now just practice some basic edits. Switch back to Camtasia and...
  • Select your desired project settings in the pop up window from the previous step (the defaults are fine)
  • Save your project in the same location you saved your recording (remember: your recording is the .camrec file)
  • Preview your video to see what the automatic zoom and pan points look like
  • Try splitting your video into chunks using the "split" tool
  • Try selecting and cutting out a short portion of your video

6. Now that you know how to cut and move video clips, lets look at how to save movies for the web:

7. Now you try it
  • Click "Produce video as"
  • Use the "Web" preset for this run-through, and leave the other settings as they are
  • When your video is done rendering, take a look and see what you think!

8. There are many ways to share your videos. To see what your options are watch the final video:

Congratulations! You've just created your first screencast with Camtasia Studio 7!