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Camtasia Studio 8.2
Help File
Release 8.2
November 2013
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
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Welcome Window
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Recorder
Record PowerPoint
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Your First Recording—Use the Default Settings
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Recorder's Preview Window
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Change the View
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Post-Recording Options
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Camtasia SmartFocus Recording Tips
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Record
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The CAMREC Recording File
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To Change the Recording File Format
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Extract the AVI or WMV from a CAMREC Recording
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Move or Resize the Recording Area
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Lock the Recording Area to a Window or Application
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Record the Entire Screen
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Record at Standard or Widescreen Dimensions
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Record a Region or Window
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Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
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Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
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Highlight the Cursor or Mouse Clicks
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Record with a Custom Cursor
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Show or Hide the Cursor
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Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sound Effects
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
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Use ScreenDraw While Recording (Custom Dimensions)
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Use ScreenDraw While Recording (Full Screen)
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ScreenDraw Hotkeys
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Add a Caption While Recording
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Add a System Stamp While Recording
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System Stamp Options
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Add Markers While Recording
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Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
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Full Screen Recording Minimizes the Recording Toolbar
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Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
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Audio Toolbar
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Webcam Toolbar
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Statistics Toolbar
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Effects Toolbar
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Change the Recorder Hotkeys
Default Hotkeys
Record Audio in Camtasia Recorder
To Record Audio
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Troubleshoot the Volume Level
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Audio Recording Tips
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Record a PowerPoint Presentation
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PowerPoint Add-In Hotkeys
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PowerPoint Recording Tips
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Enable the PowerPoint Add-In
PowerPoint Add-In Options
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PowerPoint Add-In Watermark Options
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Advanced Video and Audio Setup Options
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Save PowerPoint Slides as Images
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Pixels to Inches Conversion
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Record a PowerPoint Presentation Without the Add-In
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Recording Equipment
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Edit Your Video
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Camtasia Editor Overview
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Preview Window and Canvas
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Editing Dimensions and View Options
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Working on the Canvas
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Canvas Keyboard Hotkeys
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Playback Controls
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Editing Dimensions
Editing Dimensions Overview
Manage Video Projects
Create a Camtasia Studio Project
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Import a Zipped Project
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Back up a Project Automatically (AutoSave)
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To Change the AutoSave Interval
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Export a Project as a Zip File
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Create A Zipped Project
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Clip Bin
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Change the Clip Bin View
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View Media Properties
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Sort Media in the Clip Bin
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Remove Unused Media in Clip Bin
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Import Media into Clip Bin
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Import Media into the Clip Bin
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Import Media into the Clip Bin from Google Drive
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Import Media into the Clip Bin from a Mobile Device via TechSmith Fuse
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Import Media From a Mobile Device
Import images or videos from a mobile device
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About Mobile Sharing For TechSmith Fuse
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Troubleshooting TechSmith Fuse
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Unable to Send Files from Fuse to Camtasia Studio
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The QR Code is Missing
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Connect to a Shared Network
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Unable to Scan the QR Code
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Library
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View Media Properties in the Library
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Sort Media Assets in the Library
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Add Media to the Library
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Add Library Media to the Timeline
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To Add Media to the Library
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How do you want to add assets to the Library?
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Copy Content into Library
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Link to Content
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Clean Up Library
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Manage Library Content
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Change an Asset Name
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Create a Folder
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Add Assets to a Folder
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Delete an Asset from the Library
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Delete a Library Folder
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Clean Up Library
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Create Library Asset from Timeline Selection or Timeline Media
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Add a Timeline Sequence
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Add Timeline Media
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Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Export Assets or the Entire Library as a ZIP File
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
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Import from Editor
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Import from Windows Explorer
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Timeline
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Timeline Toolbar
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Navigate the Timeline
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To Move Through a Video on the Timeline
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Timeline and Media Navigation Hotkeys
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Media and Effects Hotkeys
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Timeline Tracks
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Tracks Overview
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Make a Timeline Selection
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To Make a Selection
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To Select More than One Media on the Timeline
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Cut a Timeline Selection
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Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
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Split a Clip
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Extend the Frame of a Video Clip
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Adjust Clip Speed
To Adjust the Clip Speed
Markers
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Markers on the Timeline
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Add a Marker While Marker View is Closed
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Add a Marker While Marker View is Open
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Pin a Timeline Marker to a Media Clip
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Turn a Media Marker into a Timeline Marker
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Marker Options
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Group Media
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Group Characteristics
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To Group Media
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Name a Group
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Open or Close a Group
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Ungroup Media
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Add Media to a Group
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Remove Media from a Group
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Edit Media within a Group
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Resize Group
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Add a Group to the Library
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Save Current Frame as an Image
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Callouts
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Add Callouts
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From Images on the Timeline
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From the Callouts Tab
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Copy and Paste a Callout on the Timeline
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Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
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Move a Callout
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Resize Callout
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Rotate Callout
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Flip a Callout
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Delete a Callout
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Callout Properties and Effects
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Turn Drop Shadow On or Off
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Fade In or Out
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Style
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Border
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End or Start Caps for Straight Line Callout
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Text Box
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Sketch Motion Callout
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Highlight Callout
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Add a Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
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To Add a Hotspot to a Callout
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Hotspot Actions
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Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
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To Blur the Screen With a Callout
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Spotlight Callout
Add a Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Add a Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
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Add a Manual Keystroke Callout
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Auto Generate Keystroke Callouts from a CAMREC Recording
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Use Any Image as a Callout
To Use an Image as a Callout or Title Clip
Zoom and Pan
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Add a Zoom Animation
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Add a Pan Animation
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Delete a Zoom Animation
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Adjust the Timing of the Zoom Animation
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Apply Easing to an Animation
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Zoom-n-Pan Tab Options
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Auto Zoom and Pan with SmartFocus™
SmartFocus Options
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Audio
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Transitions
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Add a Transition
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Change the Duration of a Transition
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Delete a Transition
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Change a Transition
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Use Trimmed Content In Transition
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Visual Properties (Animations)
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Voice Narration
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To Record Voice Narration
Editor Audio Setup Wizard
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Select the Audio Recording Source
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Tune the Volume Input Levels
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Advanced Audio Settings
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Cursor Effects
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Add a Cursor Animation
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Cursor Effect Options
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Hide the Mouse Cursor
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Delete a Cursor Animation
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Captions (Closed and Open)
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Captioning Methods
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ADA Compliancy
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Camtasia Studio and ADA Compliant Captions
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Restore ADA Compliancy
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Tips for Creating Effective Captions
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Manually Add Captions
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Speech-to-Text Captions
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Training for Speech Recognition Accuracy
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Tips Dialog
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Add Captions Using Speech-to-Text
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Add Captions by Synchronizing Text and Audio
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Speech Dictionary
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Add Words Directly the Speech Dictionary from Within Camtasia Studio
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Import and Export Captions
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Export Captions
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Import Captions
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Edit Captions
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Change Caption Text
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Change Font Attributes
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Merge Synced Captions
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Move and Size Captions
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Change Caption Duration
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Delete Captions
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Hide Captions in Produced Video
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Quiz and Survey
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Example of a Quiz Hosted on Screencast.com
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Example of the Quiz View Answers Screen
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Camtasia Quiz Service
Quizzes on the Timeline
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Add a Quiz While Quiz View is Closed
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Add a Quiz While Quiz View is Open
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Pin a Timeline Quiz to a Media Clip
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Turn a Media Quiz into a Timeline Quiz
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Question Types
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Multiple Choice
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Fill in the Blank
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Short Answer
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True / False
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Add a Quiz or Survey
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Add a Quiz or Survey
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Record Camera (Webcam) Video in Editor
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Produce and Share a Video
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Produce Your First Recording
Produce and Share Directly to Screencast.com
From within Camtasia Studio
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From Recorder’s Preview Window
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Screencast.com Production Results
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Produce and Share Directly to YouTube
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From within Camtasia Studio
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From Recorder’s Preview Window
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Produce and Share Directly to Google Drive
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From within Camtasia Studio
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From Recorder’s Preview Window
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Produce Using Custom Production Settings
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Production File Format Overview
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Produce to MP4 Flash / HTML5 Player
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To Produce to MP4 Flash Format
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Flash / HTML 5 Player Options
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Flash/HTML 5 Player Options
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Controller Tab
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Size Tab
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Video Settings Tab
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Audio Settings Tab
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Options Tab
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Quiz Reporting Options
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Quiz Reporting Options
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Quiz Appearance
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Camtasia Quiz Service
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Marker Options (Customize the Table of Contents)
Marker/Table of Contents Options
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Video Production Caption Settings
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Produce Closed Captions with or without Search Capability
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Produce Open Captions with or without Search Capability
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Produce with Captions Under the Videowith or without Search Capability
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Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
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To Produce to Windows Media Player Video File Format
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Windows Media Encoding Options
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Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
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Produce to the QuickTime Movie Video File Format
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QuickTime Encoding Options
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Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
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To Produce an AVI Video
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AVI Encoding Options
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AVI and TSC2
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TechSmith's Screen Capture Codecs
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Uses for AVI Files
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Recommended AVI Production Settings
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Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
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To Produce an iPod, iPhone, or iTunes Video
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iPod Options
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Produce Audio Only (MP3)
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To Produce an Audio Only MP3
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MP3 Encoding Options
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Produce an Animated File (GIF)
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To Produce an Animated GIF File
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Animated GIF Encoding Options
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Production Wizard Video Size
Video Size Options
Production Wizard Video Options
Video Options
Video and Project Information
Project Information Options
Quiz SCORM Manifest Options
SCORM Manifest Options
Production Wizard Watermark Options
Watermark Options
Production Wizard HTML Options
HTML Options
Production Wizard Marker Options
Marker / Table of Contents Options
Video File and Post-Production Options
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Production Results
Production Results Options
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Other Production Options
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Upload Video by FTP
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To Upload a Video by FTP
Batch Production
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Batch Produce Using One Preset
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Batch Produce Using Multiple Presets
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Produce a Selection on the Timeline
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Save Production Settings as a Preset
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To Save Production Settings as a Preset
Add or Edit a Production Preset
To Add or Edit a Production Preset
Share a Production Preset
To Share a Production Preset
Preview the Production Settings
To Preview the Production Settings
Preview Manager
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To Access the Preview Manager
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To Move, View, or Hide Column Headings
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Reference
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Camtasia Studio System Requirements
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About Camtasia Player
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Camtasia Player System Requirements
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Make Camtasia Player the Default Player
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About Screencast.com
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Camtasia Studio Integration
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System Stamp and Caption Options
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Recorder Tools Options
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Recorder General Tab Options
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Help Options
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Capture Options
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Saving Options
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Recorder File Name Options
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Hardware Acceleration
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Recorder Inputs Tab Options
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Video Options
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Audio Options
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Webcam Options
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Audio Settings
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Recorder Program Tab Options
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Recording Region Options
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Workflow Options
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Minimize Options
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Camtasia Studio Tools Options
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Program Tab Options
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Partner Tab Options
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PowerPoint Add-in
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Mobile Sharing
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Google Drive Default Storage Folder
Change Media Durations
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Change the Duration from the Timeline
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Change Media Default Durations
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Upgrade Options
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Hotkeys Options
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Camtasia Studio Hotkeys
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Preview Window Options, Controls, & Hotkeys
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Canvas Keyboard Hotkeys
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Editor Hotkeys
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Help Improve Camtasia Studio
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TechSmith User Design Initiative (TUDI)
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Program Participation Options
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Welcome Window
The Welcome window appears when you open Camtasia Studio.
If you close out and want to reopen it, go to the Help menu and select Show Welcome Window.
Record the Screen:
Open Camtasia Recorder to record the screen.
Import Media:
Select the video, audio, or image files to import into the Clip Bin.
Recent Projects:
Displays the last three projects opened. To open another project, click the more… link.
Free Training:
Click any of the options to access video tutorials, the help file, technical support, and PDF documentation.
Community
Click the left and right arrows to cycle through the online TechSmith community options. Click an option to go to that site.
See also
Editing Dimensions
Clip Bin
Import Media into Clip Bin
Library
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
Editor Preview Window and Canvas
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Recorder
With Camtasia Recorder, you record exactly what you want: the entire screen, specific dimensions, a region, a window, or an
application. Recorder is designed to be simple and easy-to-use starting with your first recording—just click the Record button
and begin your onscreen activity.
Recorder automatically records:
Microphone audio recording
System audio recording (not supported on the Microsoft Windows XP operating system)
SmartFocus zoom and pan keyframes to automatically optimize the viewing experience
Keyboard shortcut data that generates automatic callouts in Editor
Cursor data that allows you to customize the cursor in Editor
Record PowerPoint
Share more than just the slides from a presentation, use the Camtasia Studio PowerPoint Add-In to record and share PowerPoint
presentations for attendees to watch again or for people unable to attend the presentation.
With the PowerPoint Add-In, you can:
Quickly record and produce a PowerPoint presentation as an interactive video to appear on a webpage.
Include audio or camera video to include as a Picture-in-Picture recording.
Save the PowerPoint recording as a Camtasia Studio project file (CAMPROJ) to edit or produce into a variety of file formats.
Automatically add markers to the recording file for each slide in the presentation. If you include a table of contents in the
final video, the markers appear as table of contents entries.
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
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Your First Recording—Use the Default Settings
Camtasia Recorder is designed to be simple and easy-to-use starting with your first recording - just click the Record button. The
default settings in Recorder give you a recording file that includes:
Full screen recording
Microphone audio recording
System audio recording (not supported on the Microsoft Windows XP operating system)
SmartFocus zoom and pan keyframes to automatically optimize the viewing experience
Cursor data used to enhance the cursor in Editor
Keyboard shortcut data used to generate automatic callouts in Editor
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See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
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Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
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Recorder's Preview Window
The Preview Window appears once you stop a recording. This allows you to preview any audio, camera video, and effects
recorded.
Change the View
Click the Shrink to Fit button to view the entire recording within the Preview Window. In this
view, the recording preview is scaled down to fit within the window. The preview may appear
fuzzy or pixilated. This does not reflect the quality of the final recording file.
Click the View at 100% button (recommended) to view the full recording video. If you recorded
the full screen or at large dimensions, scroll bars may appear in the preview to allow you to view
the entire video.
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Post-Recording Options
Save the recording as a Camtasia Recording file (CAMREC), close the Preview
Window, open Editor with the video in the Clip Bin and on the timeline. Camtasia
Recorder remains open.
Save the recording file as a Camtasia Recording file (CAMREC) or AVI file and
close the Preview Window. Camtasia Recorder remains open.
Save the recording file and open the Production Wizard to produce the file into a
shareable format.
Permanently delete the recording file.
See also
Record the Entire Screen
Record with Widescreen or Standard Dimensions
Record a Region, Area, or Window
Move or Resize the Recording Area
Lock Recording Area to Window or Application
Record Audio in Camtasia Recorder
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Camtasia SmartFocus Recording Tips
TechSmith's exclusive SmartFocus technology keeps track of where the action happens during your recording. Then it produces
a video that zooms in on the parts you need to show. Camtasia SmartFocus™ is ideal for videos where the source clip or recording dimensions are large (example: full screen recordings) and you want to produce the final video at smaller dimensions (example: for the Web or for an iPod).
When recording in Recorder, SmartFocus collects data about the actions completed and the cursor movement in the recording.
SmartFocus predicts where to add zoom and pan animations in the recording, saving you the time it takes to manually add zoom
and pan animations.
If you plan to apply SmartFocus during the editing process, use the following recording tips to help SmartFocus predict where to
apply the zoom effects:
Slow down. Use slow, deliberate mouse movements. Do not click around the screen too fast.
Record at full screen dimensions and produce at smaller dimensions. SmartFocus is ideal for cases when you
need to record at full screen or large dimensions, but want to produce the final video at smaller dimensions. For example,
if you record a full screen application and then produce the final video for distribution on a smaller mobile device, the full
screen recording is not viewable at the original dimensions without zooming.
Record clips longer than 30 seconds. SmartFocus is optimized for recordings longer than 30 seconds. For shorter
clips, you can manually add zoom and pan animations.
Hover the cursor where you want the viewer to look. Keep the cursor still on the area of focus in the recording. For
example, if you want the viewer to focus on a hyperlink, place the cursor on or near that area as you speak and then click.
Do not “talk” with the cursor. Do not move the cursor around the screen as you speak. Try to keep the cursor still in
the area of focus in the recording.
Keep the cursor close when entering text. SmartFocus may not predict the correct action if you click in a text box,
move the cursor to the other side of the screen, and then start talking. If you want the viewer to see what is typed into the
text box, keep the cursor in the text box.
Use the mouse scroll wheel (if applicable). Try using the mouse scroll wheel instead of clicking and dragging on the
scroll bar. SmartFocus may zoom in on the scroll bar instead of the content scrolling. For example, use the mouse scroll
wheel when scrolling long Web pages.
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
Captions (Closed and Open)
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Record
By default, SmartFocus™ animations are automatically recorded and appear during the editing process on the Zoom track.
SmartFocus zooms in on areas within the recording to optimize the viewing experience for videos produced at dimensions
smaller than the original recording. See Camtasia SmartFocus Recording Tips.
In addition to screen recording, Camtasia Recorder allows you to draw on the screen and add effects while recording.
1. Choose area to record:
Full screen recording is the default.
Record with custom dimensions
Record a region
2. Record from a Web Camera.
3. Record Audio.
Microphone audio is recorded by default.
System Audio is recorded by default (option not available if using the Microsoft Windows XP operating system)
4. Click the Record button to begin.
5. Click the Stop button or press F10. The recording preview appears. See:
Edit the recording
Produce into a shareable format
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
Captions (Closed and Open)
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The CAMREC Recording File
Camtasia Studio records in one of two file formats: as a CAMREC or as an AVI. By default, recordings are saved as a CAMREC
file.
The CAMREC is a custom file container that holds more than just a video file. Other video editing software can't read or open a
CAMREC file. The data contained in the CAMREC allows you to edit your video within Camtasia Studio after recording is complete.
The CAMREC file may contain:
AVI screen recording
Webcam video to use as a Picture-in-Picture
Cursor data
SmartFocus zoom and pan keyframe data
Keystroke Callouts
Audio from a microphone
System audio
Marker data
To Change the Recording File Format
In Camtasia Recorder, select Tools > Options > General tab > Saving group box > Record to option.
Select one of the following formats:
Camtasia Recording File (.camrec):Default recording file format. Proprietary TechSmith file format
used to store screen and camera recording plus metadata about various streams into a single package.
To add markers, apply Camtasia SmartFocus™, or record a Web camera, you must record with this format.
Audio Video Interleave (.avi): Use AVI files to share the recording outside of Camtasia Studio. You cannot add markers, apply Camtasia SmartFocus™, capture keystroke shortcuts, or record a Web camera
with the AVI format.
Extract the AVI or WMV from a CAMREC Recording
The Extract CAMREC Contents option allows you to extract the screen (AVI) and camera (WMV) recording files from the CAMREC file. Use this option to edit the main video and Picture-in-Picture (PIP) clips separately.
Or, use the AVI file extracted from the CAMREC with a third-party video editor as long as you have the TSC2 or EnSharpen
codec installed on the computer. When installing Camtasia Studio, the TSC2 and EnSharpen codecs are also installed.
To Extract the AVI or WMV:
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In Camtasia Studio, right-click on a CAMREC file in the Clip Bin.
Select Extract Camrec Contents from the context menu.
Select the destination and click OK.
The AVI (screen recording) and WMV (camera recording) files save to the directory selected.
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Move or Resize the Recording Area
When you click the Record button, a dashed green line appears around the recording area.
To move the recording area, click and drag the compass icon inside the recording area to a new location on the screen.
To resize the recording area, click and drag a handle on a corner of the recording area in or out.
See also
Record the Entire Screen
Record at Standard or Widescreen Dimensions
Record a Region or Window
Lock the Recording Area to a Window or Application
Record Audio in Camtasia Recorder
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Lock the Recording Area to a Window or Application
The Lock to Application option allows you to automatically size the recording area to the size of the selected application window.
If the recording area is changed, the window or application automatically resizes to stay within the recording boundaries.
When used in conjunction with the Lock Aspect Ratio option, proper aspect ratio is maintained if further resizing of the window
or application is needed.
1. Click the window or application to record to give it focus on the desktop.
2. Open Camtasia Recorder.
3. Click the Custom button. The custom options expand.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Click the Custom dropdown and select Lock to Application.
Click the Custom dropdown and select Select area to Record.
Click on the window or application.
Click the Lock Aspect Ratio icon to ensure proper aspect ratio is maintained if further resizing is needed.
See also
Record the Entire Screen
Record at Standard or Widescreen Dimensions
Record a Region or Window
Move or Resize the Recording Area
Record Audio in Camtasia Recorder
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Record the Entire Screen
Select Full Screen to record large, maximized applications or all activity on your computer desktop.
1. Open Camtasia Recorder.
2. Click the Full Screen button.
3. Optional: Record from a Web Camera.
4. Record Audio. By default, both microphone and system audio are recorded.
5. Click the Record button.
6. Press F10 to stop recording. The Preview Window appears.
Click Save and Edit to open your video in Editor where you can enhance and edit the video.
Click Produce to open the Production Wizard to create a shareable video.
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
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Record at Standard or Widescreen Dimensions
Select Custom to record using preset dimensions based on widescreen or standard aspect ratios.
For best results when recording at custom dimensions, use dimensions with the same aspect ratio to edit and
produce the final video.
1. Open Camtasia Recorder.
2. Click the Custom button. The custom options expand.
3. Click the dropdown to select from a list of Standard or Widescreen dimensions. Or, enter dimensions (in pixels) into the
Width and Height fields.
When entering dimensions into the Width and Height fields, click the lock icon to maintain the aspect ratio
4. Optional: Record from a Web Camera.
5. Record Audio. By default, both microphone and system audio are recorded.
6. Click the Record button.
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7. Press F10 to stop recording. The Preview Window appears.
Click Save and Edit to open your video in Editor where you can enhance and edit the video.
Click Produce to open the Production Wizard to create a shareable video.
See also
Record the Entire Screen
Record a Region or Window
Move or Resize the Recording Area
Lock the Recording Area to a Window or Application
Record Audio in Camtasia Recorder
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Record a Region or Window
Record a specific area on the screen, a window, or an application.
1. Open Camtasia Recorder.
2. Click the Custom button. The custom options expand.
3. Click the Custom dropdown and choose Select area to record.
To select a window to record, move the cursor until the area or window is highlighted. Click to select.
To select a region to record, click and drag make a selection on the screen. Release mouse when done.
4. Optional: Record from a Web Camera.
5. Record Audio. By default, both microphone and system audio are recorded.
6. Click the Record button.
7. Press F10 to stop recording. The Preview Window appears.
Click Save and Edit to open your video in Editor where you can enhance and edit the video.
Click Produce to open the Production Wizard to create a shareable video.
See also
Record the Entire Screen
Record at Standard or Widescreen Dimensions
Move or Resize the Recording Area
Lock the Recording Area to a Window or Application
Record Audio in Camtasia Recorder
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Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
Record camera video, such as a video of the speaker, along with your screen recording.
Camtasia Recorder only supports camera recording when saving to the CAMREC file format. To change the file
format, go to Tools > Options > General tab.
1. Click the Webcam button to enable webcam recording.
2. Click the dropdown to select the camera device.
Camtasia Recorder does not support Digital video (DV) cameras.
3. A live preview of the Web camera appears to the right of the Webcam option. To view a larger preview, hover your cursor
over the preview thumbnail.
4. To change the camera options, select Camera dropdown > Options.
You can record camera video at a later time with the Record camera option in Camtasia Studio.
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Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
With these options, the cursor is permanently burned into the recording and cannot be changed or removed.
To have Recorder gather cursor data that can be enhanced and edited in Camtasia Studio, leave the Make cursor
effects editable in Camtasia Studio option enabled within the Cursor tab.
Highlight the Cursor or Mouse Clicks
The Highlight Cursor effect focuses the viewer’s attention on the movement of the mouse cursor and ensures the cursor does
not blend into the background. The Highlight Clicks effect adds animated emphasis to mouse clicks during recording.
1.
2.
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4.
Select Effects > Options > Cursor tab > Disable the Make cursor effects editable in Camtasia Studio option
In the Highlight cursor group box, choose the shape, size, color, and opacity.
In the Highlight mouse clicks group box, choose the shape, size, and color for the left and right mouse clicks.
Click OK.
To enable effects before recording, select Effects > Cursor > Highlight Clicks, Highlight Cursor, or Highlight Cursor & Clicks.
To enable effects during recording, click Cursor Effects on the Recording toolbar to expand the options. Select
Highlight Cursor, Highlight Clicks, or both options.
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Record with a Custom Cursor
1. Select Effects > Options > Cursor tab > Disable the Make cursor effects editable in Camtasia Studio option
2. In the Cursor group box, select the Use custom cursor or Use cursor from file option.
Camtasia Recorder supports cursor (CUR) or icon (ICO) files for the custom cursor. C:\Windows\Cursors includes several icons you can use as the custom cursor.
3. Click OK.
To enable effects before recording, select Effects > Cursor > Highlight Clicks, Highlight Cursor, or Highlight Cursor & Clicks.
To enable effects during recording, click Cursor Effects on the Recording toolbar to expand the options. Select
Highlight Cursor, Highlight Clicks, or both options.
During recording, the system default cursor shows. The custom cursor is burned into the recording file and
appears during the recording preview.
Show or Hide the Cursor
To not record the cursor, select Effects > Cursor > Hide Cursor. During the recording, the cursor appears on the screen. However, the cursor does not appear in the recording preview or recording file.
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add a Caption While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
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Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
With these options, the mouse click sounds are permanently burned into the recording and cannot be changed or
removed.
To have Recorder gather cursor data that can be enhanced and edited in Camtasia Studio, leave the Make cursor
effects editable in Camtasia Studio option enabled within the Cursor tab.
Add Mouse Click Sound Effects
Mouse click sound effects play a sound whenever you click the mouse button.
1. Before recording, select Effects > Options > Sound tab.
2. To use different audio files than those provided, click the Browse buttons. Search for and select the audio files (WAV).
Click OK.
3. On the Sound tab, click OK to exit.
4. Turn on the Mouse Click Sounds option. Select Effects > Sound > Use Mouse Click Sounds. A checkmark lets you
know the option is turned on.
The sounds appear in each recording file until the option is turned off. Select Effects > Sound > Use Mouse Click Sounds.
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add a Caption While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
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Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
With these options, the drawing is permanently burned into the recording and cannot be changed or removed.
Adding arrows or callouts in Camtasia Studio creates a similar effect. However, arrows and callouts in Camtasia
Studio can be edited.
Add drawing effects like arrows and circles over the screen as your record with ScreenDraw.
Use ScreenDraw While Recording (Custom Dimensions)
1.
2.
3.
4.
Open Recorder.
Select Tools > Recording Toolbars > Effects toolbar.
Click the Record button to begin recording. After the countdown, the ScreenDraw option appears.
Click the ScreenDraw button on the Effects toolbar.
5. The ScreenDraw tools expand. Select a tool and click and drag to draw on the screen.
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6. To change the default tools, select an option from the dropdown list next to a tool on the Effects toolbar.
7. To undo the last ScreenDraw action, press CTRL+Z.
8. To exit ScreenDraw mode, press ESC or CTRL+SHIFT+D.
Use ScreenDraw While Recording (Full Screen)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Open Recorder.
Select Tools > Recording Toolbars > Effects toolbar.
Click the Record button to begin recording. After the countdown, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to enable ScreenDraw.
Use the ScreenDraw hotkeys to select tools, tool width, shape, and color.
Click and drag with the cursor to draw on the screen.
To undo the last ScreenDraw action, press CTRL+Z.
To exit ScreenDraw mode, press ESC or CTRL+SHIFT+D.
ScreenDraw Hotkeys
When recording the full screen, use the ScreenDraw hotkeys to enable ScreenDraw and to change the tools. You can change
the tool, color, or width of the drawing tools.
Option
Hotkey
Enable ScreenDraw
CTRL + SHIFT+D
Tool Width
1 through 8
Frame
F
Highlight
H
Ellipse
E
Pen
P
Line
L
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Option
Hotkey
Arrow
A
Black
K
Blue
B
Cyan
C
Green
G
Yellow
Y
White
W
Red
R
Undo
CTRL+Z
Redo
CTRL+Y
Exit ScreenDraw
Esc
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add a Caption While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
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Add a Caption While Recording
Use captions to add copyright information, special instructions, additional information, etc.
Camtasia Recorder permanently overlays the caption text onto the recording. Adding captions or callouts in
Camtasia Studio creates a similar effect. However, captions and callouts added in Camtasia Studio can be
edited; those added during recording cannot.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Before recording, select Effects > Options > Annotation tab > Caption group box.
Enter the caption text in the Caption field.
Enable the Prompt before capture option to show the caption dialog box prior to recording.
Click the Caption Options button to customize the font and background for the caption. Click OK.
In the Annotation tab, click OK to exit.
Turn on the Caption option. Select Effects > Annotation > Caption. A checkmark lets you know the option is enabled.
The caption appears in each recording file until the option is turned off. Select Effects > Annotation > Caption.
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
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Add a System Stamp While Recording
A system stamp inserts recording information such as time/date and elapsed time into the recording.
Camtasia Recorder permanently overlays the system stamp text onto the recording. This cannot be removed or
edited within Camtasia Studio.
1. Before recording, select the system stamp options. Select Effects > Options > Annotation tab > System Stamp group
box.
2. Click the Time/Date Format button to change the order and layout of the Time/Date stamp. Click OK when finished.
3. On the Annotation tab, click OK to exit.
4. Turn on the System Stamp option. Select Effects > Annotation > Add System Stamp. A checkmark lets you know the
option is turned on.
The system stamp appears in each recording file until the option is turned off. Select Effects > Annotation > Add
System Stamp to turn the option off.
System Stamp Options
Stamp
Option
Description
Example
Click the Time/Date Format button to change the order and
layout of the Time/Date stamp.
Time/Date
Use the Time/Date stamp when you need to know exactly
when something occurred in the recording, such as for usability testing.
Elapsed
time
Shows the amount of time passed since the recording started.
Display
Time/Date
first
Determines the order when including both the Time/Date and
Elapsed time.
Options
Customize the font and background for the system stamp
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Add Markers While Recording
Add markers when recording to a CAMREC file in Camtasia Recorder or while editing in Camtasia Studio.
Insert markers to:
Create recording notes. For example, mark a pause in the recording to cut out during editing.
Set points to split a long video into multiple videos.
Create navigation points. If you include a table of contents in the final video, the markers appear as table of contents
entries.
To add a marker while recording, press CTRL+M or click the Add Marker button on the Recording toolbar.
To view markers added during recording, import the CAMREC file into Camtasia Studio. The markers appear on the timeline.
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add a Caption While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
Record a PowerPoint Presentation
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Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
You can customize which toolbars appear on the toolbar during recording. By default, only the basic recording controls and audio
toolbar appear when recording.
Full Screen Recording Minimizes the Recording Toolbar
When recording full screen, the recording toolbar minimizes to the system tray. Click the tray icon to access the recording
options. Click the tray icon to hide it again.
If you open or move the toolbar into the recording area, the toolbar is included in the final recording. To change
when the toolbar minimizes, select Tools > Options > General tab > Minimize to system tray during recording.
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
1. In Recorder, select Tools > Recording Toolbars. The Recording Toolbars dialog box appears.
2. Enable or disable the desired toolbars.
The Audio and Camera toolbars are only available when recording audio or camera.
3. Click OK.
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Audio Toolbar
The Audio Input meter displays the audio level for the recording. The best audio quality occurs when the Audio Input meter is in
the green to light orange range. Audio clipping may occur in the mid-orange to red range. Drag the slider to adjust the audio.
Webcam Toolbar
A live preview of the Web camera appears on the Camera toolbar. To view a larger preview, hover your cursor over the preview
thumbnail.
Statistics Toolbar
The statistics toolbar provides information about the recording performance including: frames, frame rate (in frames per second),
and the duration of the recording.
Effects Toolbar
Option
Description
ScreenDraw
Click to enable ScreenDraw and to expand the ScreenDraw tools.
ScreenDraw
Tools
Click to select a tool. Select an option from the dropdown to change the default tool.
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Option
Add Marker
Description
Click to add a marker.
Click to expand the cursor effects options:
Cursor Effects
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Change the Recorder Hotkeys
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2.
3.
4.
In Camtasia Recorder, select Tools > Options > Hotkeys tab.
Select a recording function.
Choose the shortcut keystrokes.
Click OK.
Default Hotkeys
Option
Default Hotkey
Record/Pause
F9
Stop
F10
Marker
CTRL + M
ScreenDraw
CTRL+SHIFT+D
Select Region
None
Hide Tray Icon
None
Mute
None
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Record Audio in Camtasia Recorder
It is important to create your recordings with the best possible audio quality because the audio codecs used in producing the
final video may cause audio quality to degrade.
If the audio source is on and set up properly, the source meter appears active in Recorder and for all active sources in the Audio
dropdown menu.
Troubleshoot the Volume Level and Audio Recording Tips.
The live audio meters in the dropdown are not available on the Microsoft XP operating system.
To Record Audio
1. Enable the Audio option.
2. Click the Audio dropdown to select the audio source. Available sources show an active audio meter.
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3. Adjust the Input level so the highest volume displays in the green to yellow range. Audio clipping may occur in the midorange to red range.
4. Click OK.
You can also record audio at a later time with the Voice Narration option in Editor
See also
Record the Entire Screen
Record at Standard or Widescreen Dimensions
Record a Region or Window
Move or Resize the Recording Area
Lock the Recording Area to a Window or Application
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Troubleshoot the Volume Level
Speak into your microphone or turn up the speaker audio (for system audio). You should see the audio meter respond. If it does
not, use the table below to troubleshoot a solution.
Level
Issue
Audio level is in the green
range and responds to
changes in the audio.
Action
No change needed.
Verify that the selected audio input
Audio level does not change
when audio is present.
source is connected and turned on.
Verify that the correct audio input
source is selected. To verify, click
the Audio dropdown and select
Options.
Verify that the volume is not muted.
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Audio level is too low. (i.e.
Audio is not in the green to
yellow range.)
Drag the slider to the right.
Audio level is in the yellow
to orange range where clipping might occur.
Drag the slider to the left.
Audio level is in the orange
to red range where clipping
occurs.
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Audio Recording Tips
Use the best microphone you can afford.
Sound is critical to screen recording videos. Quite often, if the sound is bad, people will not watch the video.
Use a USB microphone.
USB microphones use less computer resources and record better audio than an analog microphone connected to your
computer’s sound card.
Use the Camtasia Recorder default settings for audio.
This includes recording your system audio to a separate track (not supported on the Microsoft® Windows XP operating
system).
Practice using a microphone.
Experiment with different volume levels and the microphone placement. Six inches from the microphone is usually good
to record full tones, but not too close that other noises interfere.
Record in a quiet location.
Any microphone can pick up nearby noises. Most office areas have a lot of background noise that you may or may not
notice.
Take a second and listen. What do you hear?
Try not to record your audio in a public location.
Use an office or conference room away from high traffic areas.
Place a note on the door letting others know that you are recording.
Do a short test recording to make sure audio is being recorded.
Use a script.
A script helps you produce the best audio by allowing you to avoid mistakes or saying "um" or "uh." Even if you do not
want a formal presentation, an outline can help reduce some mistakes.
Project and enunciate.
Speak as though you are addressing a small audience in a large room.
Monitor the audio level as you record.
The green to yellow range indicates normal. Orange to red warns you the input is close to becoming over-modulated. Best
audio quality occurs when the Audio Input meter is in the green to very light orange range.
Use the Editor’s Audio Enhancements after you record
Audio enhancements help you automatically improve the quality of the audio tracks by reducing noise, evening out volume levels, and eliminating white noise, as well as "um’s," and "ah’s."
Adjust the audio volume in Editor.
If your volume is too low or too loud, use the volume controls in Editor to adjust the audio up or down. Add audio points to
enhance certain areas of the waveform.
Background music can add a nice touch if done correctly.
If you have background music playing on your computer while you are recording narration with a microphone, the background music appears on a separate track within Editor. Edit the background music to fit the narration using fade effects
or volume adjustments.
Record the audio and video separately.
After you become familiar with using Camtasia Studio, try recording the screen without the audio. Within Editor, complete
all of your video editing. When the video editing is finalized, add the audio using the Voice Narration option. This is the
preferred process for people who routinely create screen recordings.
Stop and listen to the sound in your recording area.
Record your screen with audio, but don’t speak. Then, listen to the recording. You’ll be surprised how much noise is in a
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room. Is your chair squeaky or creaky? Is your phone ringer on? Is your keyboard loud when you type? Are there pets or
kids in the background? Do you have a heating or cooling vent overhead that can be heard? Is your microphone picking up
humming from your computer or other devices?
Block the computer’s humming sound.
Build a small box lined with foam to put your microphone in as you record, use pillows or blankets to muffle the noise, or
cover your head with a blanket.
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Record a PowerPoint Presentation
Use the Camtasia Studio PowerPoint Add-in to record and produce PowerPoint presentations from within Microsoft PowerPoint®.
1. In Camtasia Studio, choose Record PowerPoint from the Record the Screen menu:
2. Microsoft PowerPoint® opens. Open a PowerPoint presentation to record.
3. Select the recording options from the PowerPoint Add-In Toolbar.
To record voice narration, enable Record Audio
.
To record camera video (Picture-in-Picture), enable Record Camera
To preview the camera stream while recording, enable Camera Preview
Click Camtasia Studio recording options
.
.
to change the settings.
.
4. Click the Record button
5. The presentation opens in presentation mode. A Camtasia Studio dialog box opens in the lower right corner of the screen.
Click the Click to begin recording button.
6. Progress through the PowerPoint presentation slides.
7. To stop the recording before the last slide, press ESC. To stop the recording at the end of the presentation, click Stop
recording.
8. Enter a file name and location and click Save. The presentation recording saves as a Camtasia Studio recording file
(CAMREC).
PowerPoint Add-In Hotkeys
Option
Hotkey
Record
CTRL+SHIFT+F9
Pause
CTRL+SHIFT+F9
Stop
CTRL+SHIFT+F10
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PowerPoint Recording Tips
Use the following tips for best results when recording and sharing a PowerPoint presentation.
Best Font: 32 point Arial
Use sans serif fonts
Use high contrasts: Either a light background with a dark font or a dark background with a light font
Use simple backgrounds
Spell check before recording
Use the Notes option—import slide notes into Camtasia Studio as captions
Use Title placeholders—title text imports into Camtasia Studio as table of contents markers
Use well-cropped images
Use simple animations
Add transitions between slides in PowerPoint, not Camtasia Studio. Use the same transition throughout the entire presentation.
See also
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
The CAMREC Recording File
Show or Hide Recording Toolbars
Add Markers While Recording
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add Mouse Click Sounds While Recording
Add a Cursor Effect While Recording
Draw on the Screen While Recording (ScreenDraw)
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Enable the PowerPoint Add-In
Use the Camtasia Studio PowerPoint Add-in to record and produce PowerPoint presentations from within Microsoft PowerPoint®.
In the Camtasia Studio installation, the add-in is enabled by default. You can enable the add-in at a later time by selecting Camtasia Studio > Tools > Options > PowerPoint tab > Enable PowerPoint Add-in.
PowerPoint Add-In Options
To access the options:
In Microsoft PowerPoint® 2010 and earlier versions, select PowerPoint Add-in toolbar > Options button
In Microsoft PowerPoint® 2003 and earlier versions, select PowerPoint Add-in toolbar > Options button
See also
PowerPoint Add-In Watermark Options
Advanced Video and Audio Setup Options
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PowerPoint Add-In Watermark Options
To access the options:
In Microsoft PowerPoint® 2010 and earlier, select Add-ins tab > PowerPoint Add-in toolbar > Options > enable Include
Watermark > Watermark button
In Microsoft PowerPoint® 2003 and earlier versions, select PowerPoint Add-in toolbar > Options > enable Include Watermark > Watermark button
Add a watermark to:
Identify the video owner/creator
Protect intellectual property
Brand a video with a company’s or institution’s logo
You can also add a watermark in the Production Wizard in Camtasia Studio
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Advanced Video and Audio Setup Options
To access the options: In Microsoft PowerPoint® 2010 and earlier versions, select Add-ins tab > PowerPoint Add-in Toolbar > Options >
Advanced
In Microsoft PowerPoint® 2003 and earlier versions, select PowerPoint Add-in toolbar > Options > Advanced
Option
Description
Video Codec
Displays the selected video codec. Click the Video Setup button to change the codec settings
Audio Device
Select an audio input device.
Audio Codec
Displays the audio codec selected in the Audio Format dialog.
Audio Format
Displays the audio format selected in the Audio Format dialog.
Audio Setup
Wizard
Open the Audio Setup Wizard to set up and adjust the audio for the recording.
Save as CAMREC
Save the PowerPoint recording as a Camtasia Studio Recording file (CAMREC).
Save as AVI
with a project
file
Save as an AVI file to immediately share the recording outside of Camtasia Studio. Use the
Camtasia Studio project file (CAMPROJ) to edit and produce the recording file.
Defaults
Restore the PowerPoint Add-in default settings. The default settings are recommended for
most recordings.
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Save PowerPoint Slides as Images
You can save PowerPoint slides as images to import into Camtasia Studio. If you make a mistake in the voice narration or find a
typo in a slide, you can easily fix the error without needing to record the entire presentation again.
1. Open the PowerPoint presentation.
2. If you know the dimensions you plan to produce your Camtasia Studio video as, resize the PowerPoint slides to match.
Use the chart below to convert the height and width (in inches) to the output dimensions (in pixels) for the final video.
For example, if you plan to produce the final video at 640 x 480 pixels, enter 6.67 in the Width field and 5 in the Height
field.
Microsoft PowerPoint® 2010 and earlier version, select Design tab > Page Setup.
In Microsoft PowerPoint® 2003 and earlier versions, select File > Page Setup.
3. To save the slides as images:
In Microsoft PowerPoint® 2007, select Office button > Save As > PowerPoint Presentation.
In Microsoft PowerPoint® 2003 and earlier versions, select File > Save As.
4. The Save As dialog box appears. From the Save as type drop down, select an image format (BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG) and
click Save.
5. Click Every Slide or Current Slide Only from the dialog box that appears.
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Pixels to Inches Conversion
Pixels
Inches
Ratio
Width
Height
Width
Height
W:H
320
240
3.34
2.5
1.33
400
300
4.17
3.13
1.33
480
320
5
3.34
1.5
640
480
6.67
5
1.33
720
480
7.5
5
1.5
800
600
8.34
6.25
1.33
936
624
9.75
6.25
1.33
1008
672
10.5
7
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Record a PowerPoint Presentation Without the Add-In
After you save the PowerPoint slides as individual images, you can create the presentation in Camtasia Studio.
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In Camtasia Studio, select Import Media.
Select the image files saved from the PowerPoint presentation and click Open.
The images of the slides import into the Clip Bin. Drag the images onto the Timeline in the desired sequence.
The Project Settings dialog box appears. Enter the dimensions into the Width and Height fields and click OK.
In the Task List, select Voice narration.
Begin recording voice narration.
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Recording Equipment
I want to record...
Equipment Sound
Microphone
Audio
For best results, use a USB microphone. A lapel microphone
works well for presentations or when you don't want the microphone to appear on the camera video.
Sound card
Camera video (Picturein-Picture)
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Edit Your Video
Use Editor to arrange and edit clips on the timeline to build your video. The timeline is the primary working area for editing your
video. You can import images, recording files, video clips, and audio into Editor to include on the timeline.
There are several components within Editor including the Clip Bin, Library, Preview Window, timeline, and task tabs used to
add and edit effects. Before you begin to use Editor, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these components. You’ll
also want to learn how to create and manage video projects.
Crucial Steps for Success: Complete Your Video in this Order
For the best video editing, complete your edits in the following order. You may not include each of these steps in every video
project you work on, but, to ensure success, the order below should still be followed.
For example, always import all the media and arrange it on the timeline before you begin to edit the audio.
Or, edit the audio on the timeline before you add a transition.
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Import images, recording files, video clips, and audio and arrange the clips on the timeline.
Make basic edits to the clips on the timeline. Cut and split clips, move clips, add markers, etc.
Record camera video (webcam)and add to timeline.
Edit the audio.
Add voice narration.
Add title clips and transitions.
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7. Apply SmartFocus and add zoom, pan, and other animations to draw viewers’ attention to specific action in the video.
8. Add other effects such as callouts, captions, quizzes or surveys.
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Camtasia Editor Overview
Access to three of Editor’s important features: Record the Screen, Import Media, and Produce and
Share your video.
Menu Options
Access program settings and options, import and export functions, and features.
Editing Dimensions
Click to open the Editing Dimensions dialog box. Select a dimension for editing your video.
For the best results, choose the size you want your final video to be.
Choose editing dimensions smaller than the original recording to optimize your recording forSmartFocus zoom animations.
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Magnification View Options
Click to choose the magnification level of the video on the canvas. This does not change the editing
dimensions of the video.
Choose Shrink to Fit to view the entire video within the boundaries of the canvas.
Get help using Camtasia Studio
Choose Help > Camtasia Studio Help or click the help icon
to open the help file. The help file
contains valuable information to help you learn how to record, edit, produce, and share your video.
Click the Online Tutorials icon or choose Help > Tutorials to access training videos and documentation on the www.techsmith.com website.
Preview Window View Options
Toggle Pan View(or hold the Spacebar to enable pan mode)
Turn pan mode on or off. When zoomed in on the video at a high magnification level, use pan to
move the video around within the boundaries of the canvas.
In pan mode, the cursor turns into a hand while hovered on the canvas. Click and drag the video
on the canvas to get a better view.
While in pan mode, the canvas editing features are disabled.
Switch to Full Screen Mode
View the entire canvas in full screen mode.
All editing features are enabled while working in full screen mode.
Press the <Esc> key on the keyboard to exit full screen mode.
Detach or Attach the Preview Window
Click to detach the entire Preview Window from the Editor.
Click again to reattach the Preview Window to the Editor.
Toggle Crop Mode On / Off(or hold the Alt key to enable crop mode)
Use Crop to remove unwanted outer areas of a video or image clip.
1. Click Crop icon to turn crop mode on.
2. On the canvas, drag the blue handles to remove desired area.
3. Click Crop icon again to turn crop mode off.
Canvas
The Preview Window's canvas is the working area where you arrange, rotate, resize, and order the content on the timeline.
When a clip, group, or other media is selected on the timeline, it is also selected on the canvas.
To size, grab a handle and drag .
To rotate, grab center handle and turn.
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To reorder media, right-click and choose the placement from the menu. Media reordered on the
canvas is automatically reordered to a different track on the timeline.
Playback Controls
Use the playback controls to move throughout the video.
Task Tabs
Choose a tab to add callouts, transitions, zoom and pan animations, and more.
Click the More tab to reveal more options.
Double-click a piece of media (callout, transition, zoom animation, etc.) on the timeline to automatically open the related tab.
Library
Holds timeline sequences, video, audio, and image clips you want to use from project to project. Items in
the Library are called media assets.
The Library comes pre-populated with professional media assets you can use to add professional looking
intros, outros, title clips, and more. These media assets are royalty free.
Clip Bin
Holds all video, audio, and image clips imported into the current project.
Timeline
The primary working area used to assemble and edit your video.
Timeline Toolbar
Access to basic editing tools such as zoom in and stitch
out, copy and paste, cut and split.
Timeline Tracks
Tracks represent the sequence of all clips and effects in a video.
Multiple tracks can be added.
Click on track name to rename the track.
Right-click a track to see track options like add a track, remove a track, select all media on track,
and more.
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Stitched Media
Stitching joins video clips together.
When using Cut, the gap between any clips on the timeline is closed and the two media clips
stitched together.
When using Delete, a gap will be left between any clips on the timeline.
Right-click between two clips and choose Stitch Media to join clips together.
See also
Editing Dimensions
Welcome Window
Clip Bin
Import Media into Clip Bin
Library
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
Preview Window and Canvas
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Preview Window and Canvas
The Preview Window consists of three areas: the Canvas, the Editing Dimensions and view options, and the Playback Controls.
The Preview Window might not always show the video exactly as it will play once it is produced.
Clip speed animations, zoom animations, visual properties animations, callouts, or transitions, etc. might not
play back correctly in the Preview Window. To see exactly how a transition, callout, animation, or other effects
will appear in the final video, use the Produce Selection As option.
Continue with
Editing Dimensions and View Options
Working on the Canvas
Canvas Keyboard Hotkeys
Playback Controls
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Editing Dimensions and View Options
Editing Dimensions
The Preview Window displays a preview of how the final video will look produced with the dimensions selected in
the Editing Dimensions dialog box.
Click the icon to open the Editing Dimensions dialog box.
Select a dimension for editing your video. For the best results, select the
size you want your final video to be.
Choose editing dimensions smaller than the original recording to optimize your recording forSmartFocus zoom animations.
Editing dimensions of at least 640 x 480 are required for any video
that will have a table of contents (TOC) or quiz.
Background color. Change the color of the canvas. The canvas is the background of your video. Therefore, the background color appears in the final video whenever it can be seen in the Preview Window.
Magnification View Options
Click the icon to change the magnification level of the video on the canvas.
This does not change the editing dimensions of the video.
Choose Shrink to Fit to view the entire video within the boundaries of the canvas.
When the view is magnified, use the Pan tool to move the video around within the boundaries of the canvas.
Canvas Tools
Toggle Crop Mode
Crop removes the unwanted outer areas of a video or an image clip.
1. Click the Crop icon to turn crop mode on.
2. On the canvas, drag the blue handles to remove desired area.
3. Click the Crop icon again to turn crop mode off.
Toggle Pan Mode
When zoomed in on the video at a high magnification level, use pan mode to move the video around within the
boundaries of the canvas.
Click the Pan icon to toggle pan mode on or off.
In pan mode, the cursor turns into a hand on the canvas. Click and drag the video on the canvas to view an
area of the video not currently shown on the canvas.
While in pan mode, the canvas editing features are disabled.
Switch to Full Screen Mode
Expand the canvas to fit the entire screen.
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All editing features are enabled while working in full screen mode.
Press the Esc key on the keyboard to exit full screen mode.
Detach or Attach the Preview Window
Click the Detach / Attach icon to detach the entire Preview Window from the Editor.
Click icon again to reattach the Preview Window to the Editor.
Working on the Canvas
The canvas is the working area where you arrange, rotate, resize, and order the appearance of the media that is on the timeline.
The option to change the background color of the canvas is located in the Editing Dimensions dialog box. The
canvas is the background of your video. Therefore, the background color appears in the final video whenever it
can be seen in the Preview Window.
Selected Media
When a clip, group, or other media is selected on the timeline, it is also selected on the canvas.
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Move, Resize, or Rotate Media
To move media, grab and drag to new location on the canvas.
To size media, grab a handle and drag to desired size.
To rotate, grab center handle and turn.
Press and hold the ALT key while dragging the clip for 3-D rotation.
To Select More than One Media
Press <Shift> then click on media to select.
Selected media can be moved, rotated, and resized together.
Group Media
Group multiple media clips together to make moving, editing, and saving to the Library easier. Tracks within a group can be
edited like any other track on the timeline.
To create a group: Press <Shift> then click on all media to select. Right-click one of the media selections and choose
Group from the menu.
To ungroup: right-click the group and choose Ungroup from the menu.
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To reorder media, right-click and choose the desired order placement from the menu. Media on the timeline is automatically updated on the timeline tracks to reflect the new order of the media.
Align Media with Snapping Guidelines
Snapping is available on the canvas to assist in aligning media. As media is moved on the canvas, the snapping guidelines
appear.
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Non Active Part of the Canvas
A non active area surrounds the active part of the canvas. Anything on the non active part of the canvas is not included in the
video.
The active part of the canvas. Everything on the active part of the canvas is included in the video.
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The outside edges of the canvas contain boundary guidelines to help you snap media to the edge of the canvas.
The non active part of the canvas surrounds the active canvas. Anything on the non active part of the canvas is n
included in the video.
The non active part of the canvas is convenient for having media appear from off the canvas and into the video vi
animation.
Media on the non active part of the canvas can have animations added to them.
Canvas Keyboard Hotkeys
Moves the selected media on the canvas.
When in pan mode, moves the view.
Arrow Keys
Scroll Mouse Wheel
Increase or decrease the magnification view level.
Shift Key
Hold the shift key while resizing media to maintain aspect ratio.
CTRL Key
Override maintaining the aspect ratio while resizing media.
Double-click
Double-click on any media to edit it or open its tab.
CTRL Key + Scroll Mouse
Wheel
Adjust scale for the selected media.
Playback Controls
Use the playback controls to move throughout the video.
Preview Window Button
Option
Previous
Clip
Step Backward
Play/Pause
Step Forward
Next Clip
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CTRL+ALT+Left
Arrow
Description
Move the scrubber to the beginning of the previous
clip on the timeline.
CTRL+ Left Arrow
Hold the keys
down to rewind.
Spacebar
Rewind the video frame-by-frame.
Start the video from the playhead/scrubber position.
Click again to pause.
CTRL+Right
Arrow
Hold the keys
down to fast forward.
Fast forward the video frame-by-frame.
CTRL+ALT+Right
Arrow
Move the scrubber to the beginning of the next clip
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Option
Hotkey
Description
Scrubber
Indicates the playback progress on the timeline.
Time code
Shows the current position of the playhead within
the duration of the timeline. The time code displays
in Hours:Minutes:Seconds;Frames.
See also
Editing Dimensions
Welcome Window
Clip Bin
Import Media into Clip Bin
Library
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
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Editing Dimensions
To access these options, in Editor click the Editing Dimensions icon on the Preview Window or choose View menu > Project >
Editing Dimensions.
Editing Dimensions Overview
The Editing Dimensions dialog box appears the first time you add a clip to the timeline. The editing dimensions allow you to edit
your video at the size you want your final video to be.
For the best results, select editing dimensions that match the size you want your final video to be.
To change the editing dimensions to a standard size preset, click on the dimensions and choose the preset from the
menu.
To enter a custom width and height for the editing dimensions, enter dimensions (in pixels) into the Width and Height
fields.
Editing dimensions of at least 640 x 480 are required for any video that will have a table of contents (TOC) or quiz.
Choose editing dimensions smaller than the original recording to optimize your recording forSmartFocus zoom
animations.
See also
Welcome Window
Clip Bin
Import Media into Clip Bin
Library
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
Preview Window and Canvas
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Manage Video Projects
By default, a Camtasia project file (CAMPROJ) is created when you begin work on your video in the Editor. A project is created
automatically when you open Editor to create a new video or, if you choose the Save and Edit option after recording.
A Camtasia Studio project file (CAMPROJ) saves of all media in the Clip Bin, clips and effects on the timeline, any editing completed on the timeline, and the editing dimensions.
With a CAMPROJ file, you can:
Continue work on a video at a later time.
Share the CAMPROJ file with others for collaboration on a video. Or, zip up your project to move it to another computer.
Produce and share your video to a number of popular video formats.
Create a Camtasia Studio Project
1. Start a new project by selecting one of the following:
a. In Editor, choose File > New Project.
b. After recording with Camtasia Recorder, click Save and Edit in the Preview Window.
c. After recording with the PowerPoint Add-In, click Edit my recording from the Post-Save Options dialog box.
2. To add other media to your project, in Editor, click Import media
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3. Arrange all clips and elements on the timeline.
4. Choose File > Save to save the Camtasia Studio project file (CAMPROJ).
See also
Import a Zipped Project
Back up a Project Automatically (AutoSave)
Export a Project as a Zip File
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Import a Zipped Project
When a zipped project is imported, Camtasia Studio unzips it to a folder that you choose. At that time, the project is ready to
open within Editor.
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In Editor, choose File > Import Zipped Project.
The Import Zipped Project File dialog box appears. Click Browse and select a zipped project file.
Select a project destination folder.
Check the Open project after import option to open the project in Editor.
Click OK.
See also
Back up a Project Automatically (AutoSave)
Export a Project as a Zip File
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Back up a Project Automatically (AutoSave)
AutoSave automatically saves a backup project file for recovery. AutoSave is enabled by default and is set to save every two
minutes.
To Change the AutoSave Interval
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In Editor, select Tools > Options > Program tab.
Make sure the Enable AutoSave option is checked.
Enter the number of minutes between saves into the AutoSave interval field.
Click OK.
If you open the project after a crash or system failure, Editor automatically recovers the last saved project file.
See also
Import a Zipped Project
Export a Project as a Zip File
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Export a Project as a Zip File
Use the Export Project as Zip option to:
Transfer a project to a new location on a network.
Save a backup copy of the project files.
Send the project file to others for team collaboration.
Moving or deleting original files (for example, on a hard drive or network) that have been imported into the Clip Bin
can break your Camtasia Studio projects. Before moving or deleting any files, open your video projects and
export them as a Camtasia Studio zipped project file.
Be sure to check the Include all files from the Clip Bin in zip option. This creates a self-contained project
with backed up Clip Bin files.
Create A Zipped Project
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In Editor, select File > Export Project As Zip.
The Export Project as Zip dialog box appears. Click Browse to select a folder destination for the zip file. Click Save.
Check the Include all files from Clip Bin in zip option to include a copy of all media files in the Clip Bin in the zip file.
Click OK.
See also
Import a Zipped Project
Back up a Project Automatically (AutoSave)
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Clip Bin
The Clip Bin references all video, audio, and image clips imported into the current project. You can add multiple instances of a
clip onto the timeline.
To add a clip to the video, drag the clip from the Clip Bin onto the timeline or right-click on a clip and select Add to Timeline at
Playhead.
A produced video only includes the clips and elements on the timeline.
Clips in the Clip Bin are not affected by any editing on the timeline. When you add a clip to the timeline, you create a copy
of the source clip. For example, if you split a clip on the timeline, the split is not reflected in the original clip in the Clip Bin.
To import media, see Import Media into Clip Bin.
Moving or deleting original files (for example, on a hard drive or network) that have been imported into the Clip Bin
can break your Camtasia Studio projects. Before moving or deleting any files, open your video projects and
export them as a Camtasia Studio zipped project file.
Be sure to select the Include all files from the Clip Bin in zip option. This creates a self-contained project with
backed up Clip Bin files.
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Change the Clip Bin View
By default, the Clip Bin displays the clips as Thumbnails sorted by Groups. You can change the Clip Bin view or sort the clips by
different criteria to help organize the Clip Bin.
To change the view, right-click in the Clip Bin and choose the view from the menu.
Thumbnail View
Display an image of the clips.
Details View
Provide detailed information about the clips, such as file size, dimensions, and duration.
View Media Properties
To view additional clip properties such as file name, location or size, right-click on a clip and select Properties from the contextmenu.
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Sort Media in the Clip Bin
By default, the Clip Bin organizes the clips into groups by media type. You can sort the clips in the Clip Bin by name or type.
To change the sort criteria, right-click in the Clip Bin and choose Sort by from the context menu.
Remove Unused Media in Clip Bin
To remove any clips or media not being used on the timeline, right-click in the Clip Bin and select Remove unused clips from the
context menu.
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Editing Dimensions
Welcome Window
Import Media into Clip Bin
Library
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
Editor Preview Window and Canvas
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Import Media into Clip Bin
Editor adds imported media files into the Clip Bin.
You can import the following file formats into a Camtasia Studio project:
Video files (CAMREC, AVI, MP4, MPG, MPEG, WMV, MOV, SWF)
Camtasia Studio does not support multiple tracks in a MOV. Camtasia Studio imports one video and one
audio track from a MOV file.
Only SWF files created from Jing or a previous version of Camtasia Studio can be imported.
Image files (BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG)
Audio files (WAV, MP3, WMA)
Zipped project files
Import Media into the Clip Bin
1. In Editor, select the Clip Bin tab.
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2. Select Import media
3. Browse and select the file(s) to import. Hold <CTRL> to select multiple files.
4. Click Open. The media appears in the Clip Bin.
To add a clip to the video, drag the clip from the Clip Bin onto the timeline or right-click on a clip and select
Add to Timeline.
Import Media into the Clip Bin from Google Drive
1. In Editor, select the Clip Bin tab.
2. SelectImport media.
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3. You may be prompted to sign in to Google Drive. Enter your email address and password and click Sign In.
4. You may be prompted to accept the Google Terms of Service to share information. Click Accept.
5. Google Drive opens. Browse and select the file(s) to import. Click Import.
The media file(s) is sent to the Camtasia Studio Clip Bin. Depending on the size of the file and the network connection, it may
take time for the file(s) to appear.
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Import Media into the Clip Bin from a Mobile Device via TechSmith Fuse
TechSmith Fuse is a mobile app that allows you to send images or videos from your mobile device directly to Camtasia Studio
or Snagit.
To send media files from your mobile device to the Camtasia Studio Clip Bin you must:
Install Fuse from Google Play or the App Store onto your mobile device.
Connect TechSmith Fuse to Camtasia Studio on your computer via the same shared network.
To Import Media From TechSmith Fuse
1. In Editor, select the Clip Bin tab.
If you are working in another tab when the file transfer occurs the Clip Bin will open by default.
It is best to stop working on your project while the file transfer occurs. Once the transfer is complete, you can
resume work.
2. Open TechSmith Fuse on the mobile device and select the image(s) or video(s) to send.
3. TapConnect to Camtasia Studio.The media file(s) is sent to the Camtasia Studio Clip Bin. Depending on the size of the
file and the network connection, it may take time for the file(s) to appear.
See also
Editing Dimensions
Welcome Window
Clip Bin
Library
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
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Import Media From a Mobile Device
TechSmith Fuse is a mobile app that allows you to send images or videos from your mobile device directly to Camtasia Studio or
Snagit.
Fuse is supported on the following devices:
iOS version 7 and later (phones and tablets)
Android version 2.3 and later
Supported image and video files on either platform can be sent to Camtasia Studio via Fuse. For example, videos
and images from an iPhone can be sent to Camtasia Studio on a Windows computer using the Fuse iOs app.
Import images or videos from a mobile device
It is best to stop working on your project while the file transfer occurs. Once the transfer is complete, you can
resume work.
1. Install Fuse from Google Play or the App Store onto your mobile device.
2. In Camtasia Studio, select File > Connect Mobile Device. The Connect Mobile Device screen appears with a QR code.
(Can't see the QR code? Go here.)
Leave this screen open.
3. Connect your computer and mobile device to the same shared network.
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4. Open Fuse. Select an image or video to send.
5. Tap Connect to Camtasia.
6. The Scanner appears. Point your camera at the QR code in the Connect to Mobile Device dialog. Once the QR code is
scanned, this screen closes and the image or video is sent to the Clip Bin in Camtasia Studio.
You may only need to make the connection from Fuse to Camtasia Studio one time. Learn more.
Camtasia Studio must be open to transfer files from Fuse.
Tips for scanning the QR code
Follow these tips for scanning the QR code with Fuse:
Make sure the device is on and connected to the same network as the computer running Camtasia Studio.
Aim the mobile device camera at the QR code on the computer screen.
Position the camera so the QR code is centered within the corners of the Scanner screen in Fuse.
If the code isn't scanned within a few seconds, check to make sure you are connected to the same shared network.
See also
About Mobile Sharing For TechSmith Fuse
Troubleshooting TechSmith Fuse
Partner Tab Options
Import Media into Clip Bin
Produce and Share to Google Drive
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About Mobile Sharing For TechSmith Fuse
Mobile Sharing is a feature used to turn file transfer capability from Fuse to Camtasia Studio on or off.
To transfer image or video files from TechSmith Fuse to Camtasia Studio, a connection must be created between the mobile
device and Camtasia Studio across the same shared network. If Mobile Sharing is turned off, the connection cannot be made.
The actual connection is made when Fuse scans a QR code generated by Camtasia Studio.
Once the connection is made and Mobile Sharing remains turned on, files can transfer when Camtasia Studio is open.
Camtasia Studio must be open to receive file transfers from Fuse.
The connection between the mobile device and Camtasia Studio is a secure connection. However, if you have
concerns about the connection remaining open after you have transferred files from Fuse, you can turn off
Mobile Sharing.
If Mobile Sharing is disrupted at any time, you must turn on Mobile Sharing and repeat the connection process.
The service might be disrupted if:
Your computer network automatically generates new IP addresses.
You manually turn off the ability to share media via TechSmith Fuse.
You change network providers.
Your network / router is disconnected or needs to be reset.
If an attempt to create a connection from Camtasia Studio to TechSmith Fuse is made, and Mobile Sharing is
turned off, you are prompted to enable Mobile Sharing.
Choose Yes to turn on Mobile Sharing and transfer files.
Choose No to keep Mobile Sharing turned off and prevent files from being transferred.
See also
Import Media From a Mobile Device
Troubleshooting TechSmith Fuse
Partner Tab Options
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Produce and Share Directly to Google Drive
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Troubleshooting TechSmith Fuse
Unable to Send Files from Fuse to Camtasia Studio
If:
The media files will not transfer from Fuse to Camtasia Studio.
The QR code will not scan.
You receive a "Disconnected" error:
Then:
Make sure your mobile device and the computer running Camtasia Studio are on and connected to the same network.
Reset the router or wireless network.
Check your network or firewall settings to ensure sharing files using a port is possible.
Contact your company's IT professional.
The QR Code is Missing
Camtasia Studio > File > Connect mobile device > Connect Mobile Device screen
If a QR code cannot be generated, an error appears in the Connect Mobile Device screen.
For help, please see this related support article on the TechSmith website.
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Connect to a Shared Network
The mobile device with Fuse and the computer with Camtasia Studio must be connected to the same shared network.
Connection Tips
The mobile device must be able to connect to the shared network via Wi-Fi. See the mobile device's Settings to learn
about connecting your device to a network using Wi-Fi.
The mobile device must have a camera. The camera is used to scan the QR code.
TechSmith Fuse remembers each connection and allows you to choose which instance of Camtasia Studio to send to.
You can name each connection to ensure you are sending to the correct computer.
Network Connection Scenarios
Camtasia Studio and the mobile device running Fuse must both connect to the same shared network.
Here are a few common examples of connecting your computer and mobile device to the same shared network.
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Camtasia Studio is on a work computer connected to
a corporate network
To send media files from Fuse on the mobile device to
Camtasia Studio, the mobile device must connect to the
corporate network via a Wi-Fi connection.
vc
Camtasia Studio is on a laptop computer and you are
working at a coffee shop.
To send media files from Fuse on the mobile device to
Camtasia Studio, the laptop and mobile device must connect to the coffee shop's network using a Wi-Fi connection.
Camtasia Studio is on a home computer connected to
the Internet and a wireless router.
To send media files from Fuse on the mobile device to
Camtasia Studio, the mobile device must connect to the
home wireless router via a Wi-Fi connection.
Unable to Scan the QR Code
Follow these tips for scanning the QR code with Fuse:
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Make sure the device is on and connected to the same network as the computer running Camtasia Studio.
Aim the mobile device camera at the QR code on the computer screen.
Position the camera so the QR code is centered within the corners of the Scanner screen in Fuse.
If the code isn't scanned within a few seconds, check to make sure you are connected to the same shared network.
See also
Import Media From a Mobile Device
About the Mobile Sharing Service For TechSmith Fuse
Partner Tab Options
Import Media into Clip Bin
Produce and Share to Google Drive
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Library
The Library holds timeline sequences, video, audio, and image clips that you want to use from project to project. Items in the
Library are called media assets.
The Library comes pre-populated with royalty free media assets you use to add a professional look to your videos.
To add a media asset to the video, drag the asset from the Library onto the timeline or right-click on an asset and select
Add to Timeline.
View Media Properties in the Library
To view additional properties such as file name, location or size, right-click on a Library asset and select Properties from the context-menu.
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Sort Media Assets in the Library
You can sort media assets in the Library by name, type, or size. To change the sort criteria, right-click in the Library and select
Sort by from the context menu. Or, double-click a sort option at the top of the Library.
See also
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Create Library Asset from Timeline Selection or Timeline Media
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
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Add Media to the Library
You can add the following file formats to the Library:
Video files (CAMREC, AVI, MP4, MPG, MPEG, WMV, MOV, SWF)
Camtasia Studio does not support multiple tracks in an MOV. Camtasia Studio imports one video and one
audio track from an MOV file.
Only SWF files created with Jing or a previous version of Camtasia Studio can be imported.
Image files (BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG)
Audio files (WAV, MP3, WMA)
Zipped Library file (LIBZIP)
You can also add the following timeline media to the Library:
Callouts
Timeline selections with or without transitions and animations
A group with or without transitions and animations
Quizzes that are pinned to media in a group
Quizzes pinned to media that are in a timeline selection
Captions in a group
Captions in a timeline selection
Add Library Media to the Timeline
To add an asset to the video, drag it from the Library onto the timeline or right-click on an asset and select Add to Timeline.
To Add Media to the Library
1. In Editor, make a media or playhead selection on the timeline or select a clip in the Clip Bin.
2. Right-click the selection and choose one of the following: Add playhead selection to Library, Add asset to Library, or Add
to Library.
The asset appears in the Library.
How do you want to add assets to the Library?
When assets are added to the Library, they are added as a copy of the asset file or as a link to the asset file.
To select a default method for adding assets, choose Tools > Options > Program tab > Library content group box.
Each option is explained below.
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Deleting Library assets can break other projects using those assets. Also, moving or deleting files that have been
imported into the Library can break your Camtasia Studio projects. Before moving or deleting any files, open your
video projects and export them as a Camtasia Studio zipped project file.
Be sure to select the Include all files from the Clip Bin in zip option. This creates a self-contained project with
backed up Clip Bin files.
Copy Content into Library
This option places a copy of all assets into the Library. Since copied assets increase the file size of Camtasia Studio projects, it
is best to only copy assets used from project to project into the Library. Use the Clip Bin to hold the media files only needed for
the current project.
When adding a timeline selection or group (also called timeline sequence) to the Library as a copied asset, if there is a video portion in the sequence, the entire video is added as a copy – not just the selected portion. Since this can increase the file size of
your of Camtasia Studio projects, it is recommended that timeline selections be added to the Library as links, not copies.
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Link to Content
This option links to the original asset file on a hard drive or network location. Since moving the asset from its original location
breaks projects that link to those files, it is recommended that assets be placed in a location where they will not be moved or accidentally deleted.
To change a linked asset into a copied asset, right-click the asset in the Library and select Properties from the context menu then
click Copy to Library.
Clean Up Library
The Clean Up Library option removes any broken links, rebuilds the Library indexes, and updates your folders.
If you frequently add, delete, and move assets within the Library, it is good to perform this routine maintenance on a regular
basis. See Clean Up Library for more information.
See also
Library
Manage Library Content
Create Library Asset from Timeline Selection or Timeline Media
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
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Manage Library Content
There are several options available to help you manage the media assets in the Library:
Change an Asset Name
Create a Folder
Add Assets to a Folder
Delete an Asset from the Library
Delete a Library Folder
Delete a Library Folder
Clean Up Library
Change an Asset Name
To change an asset’s name, click once on the asset, pause for a moment then click again. The name becomes highlighted. Type
the new name.
Create a Folder
Folders help keep your Library organized.
To create a folder, right-click in the area at the top of the Library tab. From the context menu, select New Folder then type a
name for the folder.
Add Assets to a Folder
To add an asset to a folder, click and drag an asset on top of a folder and drop it there.
The Library does not support subfolder hierarchy.
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Delete an Asset from the Library
To delete an asset from the Library or a folder in the Library, right-click the asset and select Delete from Library from the context menu. You are prompted to confirm the delete.
If the asset is in use on the timeline, the asset cannot be deleted from the Library.
Deleting Library assets can break other projects using those assets. Also, moving or deleting files that have been
imported into the Library can break your Camtasia Studio projects. Before moving or deleting any files, open your
video projects and export them as a Camtasia Studio zipped project file.
Also, be sure to select the Include all files from the Clip Bin in zip option. This creates a self-contained project
with backed up Clip Bin files.
Delete a Library Folder
To delete a folder, right-click on it and select Delete from Library from the context menu. You are prompted to confirm the
delete.
If the folder contains assets is in use on the timeline, the folder cannot be deleted from the Library.
Deleting a Library folder that contain assets can break other projects using those assets. Also, moving or deleting
files that have been imported into the Library can break your Camtasia Studio projects. Before moving or deleting
any files, open your video projects and export them as a Camtasia Studio zipped project file.
Also, be sure to select the Include all files from the Clip Bin in zip option. This creates a self-contained project
with backed up Clip Bin files.
Clean Up Library
The Clean Up Library option removes any broken links, rebuilds the Library indexes, and updates your folders.
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If you frequently add, delete, and move assets within the Library, it is good to perform this routine maintenance on a regular
basis.
Once you perform the cleanup process, you cannot restore the Library to the previous version.
To perform the Library Clean Up Maintenance:
1. Choose Tools > Option > Program tab.
2. Click the Clean Up Library button.
3. The clean up confirmation appears. Read the message and then click Yes to continue. The clean up process begins immediately.
See also
Library
Add Media to the Library
Create Library Asset from Timeline Selection or Timeline Media
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
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Create Library Asset from Timeline Selection or
Timeline Media
You can create Library assets from the content on the timeline. Timeline sequences may contain markers, zoom and pan
animations, video, audio, callouts, and more.
You can add the following file formats to the Library:
Video files (CAMREC, AVI, MP4, MPG, MPEG, WMV, MOV, SWF)
Camtasia Studio does not support multiple tracks in an MOV. Camtasia Studio imports one video and one
audio track from an MOV file.
Only SWF files created from Jing or a previous version of Camtasia Studio can be imported.
Image files (BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG)
Audio files (WAV, MP3, WMA)
Zipped Library file (LIBZIP)
You can also add this timeline media to the Library:
Callouts
Any timeline selections with or without transitions and animations
A group with or without transitions and animations
Quizzes that are pinned to media in a group
Quizzes pinned to media that are in a timeline selection
Captions in a group
Captions in timeline selection
If you have a particular sequence you want to use at the beginning or end of every video that you make, create the sequence one
time and save it to the Library to be used in other video projects.
If your company uses a standard callout, title clip, or transition for their videos, add those elements to the Library then export
them and share with everyone on your team.
When a timeline sequence that includes a portion of a video saved in the Library, the entire video is actually
saved. When you drag the sequence to the timeline, only the saved selection appears.
Add a Timeline Sequence
1. Make a selection on the timeline. Or, select a video clip, audio clip, or element (callouts, zoom animations, etc.).
2. Right-click the selection.
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3. Select Add playhead selection to Library.
4. The sequence is added to the Library as an asset.
Click the asset in the Library to rename it.
Drag asset into a folder for better Library organization.
Drag asset to the timeline to include in the final video.
Add Timeline Media
To add media such as a video clip, audio clip, callout or group to the Library:
1. Click to select a clip on the timeline. When the clip is selected it is highlighted in blue.
2. Right-click the media on the timeline.
3. Select Add asset to Library.
4. The clip is added to the Library as an asset.
Click the asset in the Library to rename it.
Drag asset into a folder for better Library organization.
Drag asset to the timeline to include in the final video.
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See also
Library
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
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Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
If you or your company uses a certain callout, title clip, survey, or transition for their videos, create those assets one time, add
them to the Library, then export the Library as a zip (LIBZIP) to use across several computers or to share with others.
You can also export folders or the entire library.
Export Assets or the Entire Library as a ZIP File
1. While in the Library:
Click to select an asset file.
To select multiple files, press and hold the CTRL key and click to select each file.
To export the entire Library, do not select any files.
2. Right-click a selected asset and select Export Library from the context menu.
To export the entire Library, right-click in the white space below all the Library folders and select Export Library
from the context menu
3. Accept the default file location and file name or click the Browse button to choose a new location and name. Click OK.
See also
Library
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Create Library Asset from Timeline Selection or Timeline Media
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
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Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
Import a zipped Library file (LIBZIP) to add media assets to your Library.
Import from Editor
1. In Editor, select File > Library > Import zipped Library.
2. The Import Zipped Library dialog appears. Browse for and select a LIBZIP file. Click Open.
3. Click OK to begin the import.
Import from Windows Explorer
1. In Windows explorer, double-click a LIBZIP file.
2. A confirmation dialog appears. Click Yes to begin the import.
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See also
Library
Add Media to the Library
Manage Library Content
Create Library Asset from Timeline Selection or Timeline Media
Export Library Assets as a ZIP File (LIBZIP)
Import a Zipped Library File (LIBZIP)
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Timeline
Use the timeline to assemble and edit the video. The timeline represents the sequence of all video clips and other media (callouts, markers, zoom animations, etc.) that will be included in a video.
Timeline toolbar
Access basic editing options such as split, cut, copy, paste, zoom in, and zoom out.
Tick marks represent time in terms of minutes and seconds. A video is built sequentially through time moving from left to right.
Time / Duration
The scale of the tick marks on the ruler change according to the timeline zoom
level.
To change the zoom level, drag the zoom slider and drag in either direction.
Indicates the current frame selected on the timeline. The current frame displays in the
Preview Window.
Playhead
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Double-click any part of the playhead to bring the points together again.
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Make a selection with the playhead to:
Timeline Selection
Cut an unwanted portion of the video.
Produce a specific area as a separate video.
Save a sequence as a Library asset.
Copy and paste a section to another location on the timeline.
Tracks represent the sequence of media on the timeline both horizontally and vertically.
Everything that appears at one point in time vertically appears at the same
Tracks
time in the video.
Tracks can be renamed.
Tracks can be locked to prevent editing or other changes to the media on that
track.
Only media on a timeline track is rendered into the final video.
An unlimited number of tracks can be added to the timeline.
Audio appears on the timeline as a waveform.
Audio
Camtasia Recording files (CAMREC) with audio appear on the timeline as one
media. The audio can be separated from the video.
Add audio fades, points for precision editing, remove noise from audio, and more.
Transitions
Transitions add a visual effect between the end of a clip and the beginning of the next
clip.
Use transitions to indicate the passage of time, change in location, to call attention, or
to create a smooth flow between clips.
Add media to a group to help keep the timeline organized, to resize or move all media
at one time, or to copy and paste frequently used sequences.
Groups contain their own timeline tracks for editing. You need not ungroup to
Groups
edit tracks in a group.
Groups can contain an unlimited number of media or tracks.
Drag media in or out of a group.
Groups can be renamed.
Click the plus/minus icon to open or close a group.
Groups and media with animations can be opened for editing then closed again.
Open / Close
Media
Animations
Animations include cursor effects, visual properties effects, and zoom and pan
effects.
Click on the tray below the media to open the view for editing cursor and clip
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speed effects.
Double-click an animation on the timeline to open the Visual Properties tab for
editing.
Hide or show the quiz or marker view.
When a quiz or marker is added to the timeline, the quiz or marker view automatically
opens at the top of the timeline.
Hide / Show
Quiz or Marker
View
When the quiz/marker view is open, you are in a mode that allows you to add
other quizzes or markers.
A quiz/marker can be added to the timeline, media, or a group. When added to
media or a group, if the media/group is moved, deleted, copied, or pasted, the
quiz/marker goes with it.
You must be in quiz or marker view to edit or view this media.
Media Context
Menus
Timeline Context Menus
Right-click on media, a group, a quiz, a marker, etc to view the editing options for that
media.
The position of the playhead and the media on the timeline determine the options available in the context menu.
Right-click on the timeline tracks or the track names to view track options.
The position of the playhead and the content on the timeline determine the options
available in the context menu.
Snapping guidelines allow media on the timeline to be perfectly aligned with each
other.
When moving media, each time the beginning or end of one media aligns with
Snapping
another, a snapping line appears.
To change the snapping settings, choose View > Timeline Snapping. Check or
uncheck the media to snap to options.
To temporarily override snapping while moving media, press and hold the
CTRL key on the keyboard.
Snapping is also available on the canvas to help align media.
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Timeline Toolbar
Zoom in on the timeline.
Zoom out on the timeline.
Fully zoomed out shows the entire timeline. To change the zoom level, click the zoom icons
or grab the zoom slider and drag in either direction.
Cut Selection
Ctrl+X
Cut a selection from the timeline. The cut portion can be pasted on the timeline.
Split
Split a clip into two parts at the position of the playhead.
Copy
Ctrl+C
Copy the selection or media to the Clipboard.
Paste
Ctrl+P
Paste the contents of the Clipboard onto the timeline.
Undo
Ctrl+Z
Undo the last action in the succession. This is an unlimited undo feature.
Redo
Ctrl+Y
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Redo the last action in succession. This is an unlimited redo feature.
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Navigate the Timeline
To Move Through a Video on the Timeline
To search for a specific frame on the timeline:
Click the Play button in the Preview window's playback controls. Click the Pause button when the video reaches the
desired frame.
Drag the scrubber in the preview window to a specific location.
Press the left or right arrow keys on the keyboard to move the playhead on the timeline to the desired frame.
Click a location on the timeline intervals (tick marks). The playhead moves to that location.
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Media and Effects Hotkeys
The options in the Hotkeys tab allow you to change the default hotkeys for adding media or effects (callouts, markers, visual
animations, etc.) to the timeline.
To assign new hotkeys:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
In Editor, choose Tools > Options.
Click the Hotkeys tab.
Select a command in the Command hotkey list.
Choose the keystrokes.
When done, click OK.
See also
Timeline Tracks
Make a Selection
Cut a Timeline Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Split a Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Group Media
Add a Marker
Cut a Selection
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Timeline Tracks
Tracks represents the sequence of media on the timeline both horizontally and vertically.
Everything that appears at one point in time vertically will appear at the same time in the video.
Only media on a timeline track will be rendered into the final video.
An unlimited number of tracks can be added to the timeline.
Tracks Overview
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Option
Description
All tracks are located in the track section of the timeline.
Tracks
If there are several tracks on the timeline, use the scroll bar on the right
side of the timeline to view unseen tracks.
Click
Add a Track
Rename Track
Change the Size of All
Tracks
to add a track to the timeline.
Or, drag and drop media from the Clip Bin or Library onto this area to
automatically create a new track.
To change a track name, double-click the name and then type.
Use the track slider to resize all of the tracks at one time.
To resize only one track, hover the mouse over the track border above the
name and drag up or down.
Lock or unlock a track.
Lock / Unlock Track
Lock a track to prevent editing or other changes to the media on
that track.
Tracks in a group cannot be locked.
Show / Hide Quiz or
Marker View
Hide or show the quiz or marker view.
When a quiz or marker is added to the timeline, the quiz or marker view
automatically opens at the top of the timeline.
Each piece of media in a group has its own separate track.
Tracks inside a Group
There can be an unlimited number of tracks in a group.
Edit the media on a group track as you would on a timeline track.
There is no need to ungroup to edit media in a group.
Right-click on the timeline tracks or the track names to view track options
available in the context menu.
Choose from:
Track Options
Insert track above
Remove track
Rename track
Select all media on track
Lock track
Unlock track
See also
Make a Selection
Cut a Timeline Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
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Split a Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Group Media
Add a Marker
Cut a Selection
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Make a Timeline Selection
Make a selection on the timeline to:
Make edits to just that area of the timeline.
Save a timeline sequence to the Library.
Copy then paste the selection to a different location on the timeline.
The playhead consists of three parts: the green in point, the red out point, and the gray playhead. Drag the in and
out points along the timeline to make a selection. Double-click any part of the playhead to bring the in and out
points together again.
To Make a Selection
1. Click a location on the timeline.
2. Click and drag the In or Out points to make the selection. Drag the zoom slider to get a better view of the timeline, if necessary. The selected area is highlighted in blue.
3. Perform the desired edits.
To Select More than One Media on the Timeline
Press theShift key on the keyboard and click on each media.
Or
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Click and drag the cursor on the timeline capturing all the media.
See also
Timeline Tracks
Cut a Timeline Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Split a Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Group Media
Add a Marker
Cut a Selection
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Cut a Timeline Selection
A cut removes a selection from the timeline and adds it onto the clipboard. If desired, paste the elsewhere onto the timeline.
You can cut within a single clip or across multiple clips.
Edits on the timeline do not affect the clips in the Clip Bin. The Clip Bin maintains the original files.
1. Lock any tracks on the timeline that contains media you do not want to cut.
2. Drag the in or out points to make the selection. Use the zoom slider to get a better view of the timeline, if necessary. The
selected area is highlighted in blue.
3. Click the Cut button
.
4. To paste the selection elsewhere on the timeline, move the playhead to a new location and click the Paste button
.
See also
Timeline Tracks
Make a Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Split a Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Group Media
Add a Marker
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Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Mark-in or mark-out a clip to remove time from the beginning or end of a clip.
The mark-in/mark-out option differs from the Cut option in that the mark-in/mark-out option hides a portion of the clip instead of
cutting it.
1. Click to select a clip on the timeline. When selected, the clip is blue.
2. Hover the cursor over the beginning or end of the clip.
3. When the highlight on the end appears, grab the clip and drag in either direction.
See also
Timeline Tracks
Make a Selection
Cut a Timeline Selection
Split a Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Group Media
Add a Marker
Cut a Selection
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Split a Clip
The Split tool divides one clip into two clips.
You can move and edit each clip separately.
Split clips to insert transitions, title slides, or graphics between scenes.
Edits on the timeline do not affect the clips in the Clip Bin. The Clip Bin maintains the original files.
1. Position the playhead on the timeline where the split will occur. Only the media under the playhead will be split.
2. Click to select each media to be split. When a media is selected, it turns blue. To select multiple pieces of media, press
and hold the CTRL key on the keyboard then click each media to be split.
3. Click Split
or, press S on the keyboard. The clip splits into two separate clips.
Use caution when arranging and editing the split clips on the timeline. Both clips have the same name.
See also
Timeline Tracks
Make a Selection
Cut a Timeline Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Group Media
Add a Marker
Cut a Selection
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Extend the Frame of a Video Clip
The Extend Frame option extends the duration of a frame in a video clip by creating an image of that one frame and inserting it on
the timeline.
Use this option to extend the video frame to match the length of the audio or voice narration.
The extend frame option creates:
An image clip that only contains one frame. You can adjust the duration of this clip by dragging the end of it along the timeline. Press and hold the <Shift> key while dragging to move all other media on the same track.
A video clip that follows the image clip. This video clip is the rest of the original video.
To Extend a Frame of a Video Clip
1. Position the playhead on the frame to extend.
2. Click to select the video clip on the timeline. When selected, the clip is blue.
3. Right-click on the clip and select Extend Frame or, press E on the keyboard. The Extend Frame dialog box appears.
4. Enter the desired duration of the extended frame.
5. Click OK.
See also
Timeline Tracks
Make a Selection
Cut a Timeline Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Split a Clip
Group Media
Add a Marker
Cut a Selection
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Adjust Clip Speed
Adjusting the clip speed changes the playback speed of a video clip.
Adjust the clip speed higher to cause the video to play back faster.
Adjust the clip speed lower to cause the video to play back slower.
Clip speed cannot be applied to a selection or the entire timeline.
To Adjust the Clip Speed
1. Select a clip on the timeline.
2. Right-click the selection and select Clip Speed.
3. The Clip Speed dialog appears
4. Enter a percentage of the original clip speed (other than 100) to speed up or slow down playback.
100% is the original clip speed, 200% is 2 times the original clip speed, and 50% is half the original clip
speed.
5. Click OK.
6. On the timeline, clip speed has been added to the clip's animation view to visually show clip speed has been applied.
7. Click on the end of the clip to see the clip speed statistics. Drag the ends of the clip to speed up or slow down the clip
speed.
When the animations view is closed, clip speed is hidden from view.
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See also
Timeline Tracks
Make a Selection
Cut a Timeline Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Split a Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Group Media
Add a Marker
Cut a Selection
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Markers
Use markers to
Create navigation points. If you include a table of contents in the final video, the markers appear as table of contents
entries.
Mark an area in the recording that needs to be cut out during editing.
Set points to split a long video into multiple videos.
Add markers while
Recording a .camrec video in Recorder. Recorded markers can be edited in Editor.
Editing in Editor.
Recording a PowerPoint presentation. Each slide is brought into the Editor as a separate marker.
When a marker is added to the timeline, the marker view automatically opens at the top of the timeline.
Continue with
Markers on the Timeline
Add a Marker While Marker View is Closed
Add a Marker While Marker View is Open
Pin a Timeline Marker to a Media Clip
Turn a Media Marker into a Timeline Marker
Marker Options
Markers on the Timeline
Markers can be added to the timeline or pinned to media on the timeline.
By default, markers are added as timeline markers.
When added to the timeline, markers stay in the same location regardless of what media is added, moved, or
deleted on the timeline. Timeline markers cannot be added to the Library.
When pinned to a media or group, if the media/group is moved, deleted, copied, pasted, or added to the Library, the
marker goes with it.
Use the Marker/Quiz button on the timeline to show or hide the marker view.
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When the marker view is open, you are in Marker mode which allows you to quickly and efficiently add new markers and
edit existing ones.
You must be in marker view to edit, view, or delete markers.
When not in marker view, marker placement is seen above the timeline as green and blue indicators.
Green indicates timeline markers.
Blue indicates makers pinned to media.
It is best to hide the marker view before editing clips on the timeline.
Add a Marker While Marker View is Closed
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Position the playhead on the timeline.
Press M on the keyboard.
The marker view opens and the marker is added to the timeline.
Enter a name and press Enter on the keyboard. If you include a table of contents in the final video, the marker names
appear as table of contents entries.
Add a Marker While Marker View is Open
When the marker view is open, you are in Marker mode which allows you to quickly and efficiently add new markers and edit
existing ones.
1. Hover the cursor over the timeline moving it along the top of the tick marks and media clips. Notice how marker indicators
appear wherever a marker can be added.
2. To create a:
a. Timeline marker, hover over the time tick marks at the top of the timeline. A green indicator appears.
Or
b. Media marker, hover over the top of a media clip. A blue indicator appears.
3. Click indicator to create the marker.
4. When finished adding markers, hide the marker view.
Pin a Timeline Marker to a Media Clip
1. Show the marker view.
2. Drag the timeline marker along the timeline to where it will be pinned on the media clip.
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3. Click the marker thumbnail to highlight it. When selected, it is framed in blue and the marker indicator is yellow.
4. Hover the mouse cursor over the top of the media clip. A blue indicator appears.
5. Click on the blue indicator. The indicator changes position and color. It is now pinned to the media.
6. When finished adding markers, hide the marker view.
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Turn a Media Marker into a Timeline Marker
1. Open the marker view.
2. Click the media marker thumbnail to highlight it. When selected, it is framed in blue and the marker indicator is yellow.
3. Hover the mouse cursor over the time tick marks at the top of the timeline. A green indicator appears.
4. Click on the green indicator. The indicator will change position and color. It is now a timeline marker.
5. When finished adding markers, hide the marker view.
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Marker Options
Option
How To
Move a marker
Open the Marker View and drag the marker to a new location on the top of the timeline
time or on the media clip.
Delete a marker
Open the Marker View then right-click on a marker and choose Delete.
Delete all markers
Open the Marker View then right-click on a marker and choose Delete all markers.
Markers are immediately removed.
Change marker
name
Open the Marker View and double-click on a marker name. Enter the new name and
press Enter on the keyboard.
Split at all markers
Automatically split clips on the timeline based on the marker locations.
Choose Edit > Markers > Split at all markers.
Remove all markers on the timeline without opening the marker view.
Remove all
markers
Choose Edit > Markers > Remove all markers.
A confirmation dialog box appears. Choose Yes to remove all markers.
See also
Timeline Tracks
Make a Selection
Cut a Timeline Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Split a Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Group Media
Cut a Selection
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Group Media
Media on the timeline can be grouped together to:
Help keep the timeline organized
Resize all the media on the canvas at one time retaining the proper aspect ratio
Move media together on the timeline or on the canvas
Copy and paste frequently used sequences
Save frequently used sequences in the Library for use from project to project
Group Characteristics
Groups contain their own timeline tracks for editing. You need not ungroup to edit tracks in a group.
Tracks within a group cannot be locked.
Groups can contain an unlimited number of media or tracks.
Groups can be added to other groups.
Drag media in or out of a group.
Groups can be renamed.
Click the plus/minus icon to open or close a group.
Groups can be saved to the Library.
Groups can have quizzes or markers pinned to them. When saved to the Library, quizzes and markers are also saved.
A group shows an outline of the placement of all the media inside of it along with the number of clips in the group.
Media retains its original placement on the timeline when added to a group.
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To Group Media
1. Select the media on the timeline:
a. Press the Shift key on the keyboard and click on each media to go into the group.
b. Or, click and drag the mouse on the timeline capturing all the media to go into the group.
2. Right-click one of the selections and choose Group from the menu. The media is moved into the group.
Name a Group
1. Double-click on the name. The name will open up for editing.
2. Type the new name.
3. Press Enter on the keyboard.
Open or Close a Group
To open a group, click once on the plus sign or double-click next to the group name.
To close a group, click once on the minus sign or double-click next to the group name.
Groups with vertically placed media open up and expand across other tracks on the timeline. This temporarily blocks the
view of other media that may be on the timeline.
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Groups with horizontally placed media open with the group header expanded across the track above it. This will temporarily block access to media that may be on that track.
Ungroup Media
Right-click on a group and choose Ungroup from the menu.
Media from the group will retain its original position on the timeline.
If there is other media on the timeline, the ungrouped media may be placed on new tracks.
Add Media to a Group
1. Drag the media over top of the group and hover until the group header turns white with a dashed line around it.
2. Remain hovering until the group opens and the media appears in the group.
3. Place the media in the desired location.
Remove Media from a Group
Open a group and drag media out of the group onto the timeline. If the media in the group was on its own track, right-click
the empty track and choose Remove track from the menu.
To delete a clip, open a group, select the media to be removed and press Delete on the keyboard. This action deletes the
clip from the entire project timeline.
Edit Media within a Group
Media in a group can be edited like other media on the timeline with two exceptions.
Tracks in a group cannot be locked.
When making a selection in an open group, everything on the timeline is selected. Lock any timeline tracks you do not
want to edits applied to.
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Resize Group
Hover over either end of the group until the end highlights then drag the group in either direction.
Media touching the edge of the side being dragged automatically increases in duration if it is a media that:
1. Can be resized to any duration such as an image or callout.
2. Was previously trimmed or resized. However, the media can only increase up to its original duration.
For example, an audio clip that was two minutes was trimmed to one minute. When a group is resized, this clip could
increase to its full size of two minutes but not beyond that original duration.
Add a Group to the Library
Right-click on a group and choose Add asset to Library from the menu.
See also
Timeline Tracks
Make a Selection
Cut a Timeline Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Split a Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Add a Marker
Cut a Selection
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Save Current Frame as an Image
Use the Export Frame As option to save the current frame (seen on the canvas) as an image file (BMP, GIF, JPG, or PNG).
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Position the playhead on the timeline. Refer to the canvas to ensure the correct frame is selected.
Select File > Produce special > Export frame as
The Export Frame As dialog appears. Enter a file name and select a file location.
Select a file format from the Save as type field.
Click Save.
See also
Timeline Tracks
Make a Selection
Cut a Timeline Selection
Mark-In or Mark-Out a Video Clip
Split a Clip
Extend the Frame of a Clip
Group Media
Add a Marker
Cut a Selection
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Callouts
Callouts are graphics that appear on top of a video to draw viewers’ attention to important objects or processes in a video.
Add Callout
Click to add a new callout to the timeline at the location of the playhead. The callout also appears on the
canvas.
Callouts can be sized, rotated, and moved on the canvas.
Callout Gallery
Click to open the callout gallery. Scroll through the gallery and choose the desired callout. The editing
options appear. The callout appears on the canvas.
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Callout Properties and Effects
Change colors, styles, and more. The changes appear on the canvas.
Text
Add text to your callout. The changes appear on the canvas.
Fade In and Fade Out
To include a fade in or out effect, set the duration of the fades. A time of 0.00 seconds provides an
“instant” appearance with no fade effect. Fade effects are visible on the callout on the timeline.
Make Hotspot
Add interactivity to a callout.
Pause at end of callout
Video pauses when this callout is encountered.
Click to continue
Viewer must click the callout to continue viewing the video.
Go to frame at time
Video jumps to a specific frame. Enter the frame to jump to in the Hours:Minutes:Seconds;Frames format.
Go to marker
Video jumps to a marker in the video. Select a marker from the dropdown to jump to.
Jump to URL Opens the Web page
Enable the Open URL in new browser window to open the Web page in a separate window.
Opaque Text
Check to keep the text a solid color if the callout has transparency applied to it.
Text Box
Choose how the text fits into the callout.
See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
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Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Add Callouts
Callouts are graphics that appear on top of a video to draw viewers’ attention to important objects or processes in a video.
From Images on the Timeline
All images added to the timeline are callout-ready.
To edit the callout, double-click it on the timeline. The Callout task page appears for text editing.
More effects such as drop shadow, border, color, and opacity can be found in the Visual Properties tab.
From the Callouts Tab
1. In Editor, click the Callouts tab. The Callouts task page appears.
2. Position the playhead on the timeline where the callout will be added.
3. Click Add Callout.
4. Select a callout from the dropdown gallery. The callout appears on the canvas and on the timeline at the playhead.
5. Enter text into the text box. The text is updated to the callout on the canvas.
6. Resize, move, or rotate the callout on the canvas.
Press and hold the ALT key while dragging for 3-D rotation.
7. Make changes to the Border color and width, Fill color, and other Effects such as shadow, opacity and style.
8. To include a fade in or out effect, use the zoom slider.
Fade effects are visible on the callout on the timeline.
9. More effects such as drop shadow, border, color, and opacity can be found in the Visual Properties tab.
Copy and Paste a Callout on the Timeline
1. Right-click a callout on the timeline and select Copy from the context menu.
2. Move the playhead on the timeline to the new callout location.
3. Right-click the timeline and select Paste from the context menu.
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The copy/paste options on the timeline toolbar can also be used.
Keyboard shortcuts CTRL+C and CTRL+V can also be used.
See also
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
To edit a callout, double-click it on the timeline or on the canvas.
Move a Callout
On Timeline
To move a callout to a new location on the timeline, click and drag to the new location.
On Canvas
To move the callout to a new location on the canvas, click and drag the callout to a new location.
Through Media Layers
Each time a media is added to the same location on the timeline, it is created on a new canvas layer in front of the existing
media. The order of the tracks determine the location of the callout placement on the canvas.
To move a callout backward or forward through layers of other media, right-click the callout on the canvas and choose from the
following options:
Bring to Front
Bring the selected callout to the front most layer. The callout is in front of all other media.
Bring Forward
Bring the selected callout forward one layer.
Send to Back
Send the selected callout to the back most layer. The callout is behind of all other media.
Send Backward
Send the selected callout backward one layer.
When a callout is moved through the layers on the canvas, it automatically changes tracks on the timeline.
Resize Callout
On Timeline
To resize a callout on the timeline to change its duration, drag either end of the callout.
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On Canvas
To resize a callout on the canvas to change its size, click and drag a handle in any direction.
Resize Shape
Some arrow callouts have handles that allow you to change the shape of the arrow.
Hover over the handles. If the handle turns yellow, drag to change the shape.
Rotate Callout
To rotate a callout on the canvas, click and drag the center handle to the left or right.
Press and hold the ALT key while dragging the clip for 3-D rotation.
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Flip a Callout
To flip a callout, select it on the canvas then choose Effects > Flip > Horizontal or Vertical in the Callouts tab.
Delete a Callout
Select the callout on the timeline or canvas and click Delete on the keyboard.
Right-click a callout on the timeline and select Delete from the context menu.
Double-click the callout on the timeline or canvas and click the Remove Callout button in the Callouts tab.
See also
Add Callouts
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Callout Properties and Effects
Properties and effects in the Callouts tab include border color, fill color, transparency level, style, drop shadow, and more.
Not all effects or properties are available for every callout.
More effects can be found in the Visual Properties tab.
Turn Drop Shadow On or Off
Select Effects > Shadow.
More shadow effects can be found in the Visual Properties tab.
Fade In or Out
Include a fade in or out effect. Use the sliders to set the duration of the fades.
Fade effects are visible on the callout on the timeline.
Style
Change the look of the callout.
Select Effects > Style.
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Border
Change the border color and width.
Select Effects > Border.
More customize options can be found in the Visual Properties tab.
End or Start Caps for Straight Line Callout
Add arrow or round caps to the straight line callout.
Select Effects > End caps or Start caps.
Text Box
Customize how the text fits into the selected callout.
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See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Sketch Motion Callout
Sketch motion callouts are animations drawn on the screen over a period of time. Customizations include drawing time, color,
fade length, and more.
1. In Editor, click the Callouts tab. The Callouts task page appears.
2. Position the playhead on the timeline where the callout will be added.
3. Click the Add Callout button.
4. Select a Sketch Motion callout from the dropdown gallery. The callout appears on the canvas.
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Drag the callout to the desired location on the canvas.
Grab a handle to adjust the size and rotation.
Press and hold the ALT key while dragging the clip for 3-D rotation.
Drag the Draw Time slider to set the length of time for the drawing of the effect.
To change the color, click the Border button.
More effects can be found in the Visual Properties tab.
See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Highlight Callout
Add a highlight to bring attention to a location in your video.
Add a Highlight Callout
1. In Editor, click the Callouts tab. The Callouts task page appears.
2. Position the playhead on the timeline where the callout will be added.
3. Click the Add Callout button.
4. Select the Highlight Rectangle callout from the dropdown gallery. The callout appears on the canvas.
5. Drag the callout to the desired location on the canvas.
6. Grab a handle to adjust the size and rotation.
Press and hold the ALT key while dragging the clip for 3-D rotation.
7. To change the color of the highlight, click the Fill button.
8. To include a fade in or out effect, use the slider to set the duration of the fades.
More effects can be found in the Visual Properties tab.
See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Add a hotspot to a callout to add interactivity within a produced MP4 video.
Use hotspots to:
Direct customers to a link to download your software
Show viewers websites in a new browser window
Take viewers to specific markers or frames within the video
Allow viewers to replay a section in the video
You can add a hotspot to the following callout types:
Transparent
Shape with Text
Highlight Rectangle
Text-only
Keystroke
Blur
Pixelate
Image
To Add a Hotspot to a Callout
To add a hotspot to an existing callout or an image on the timeline, double-click the callout or image on the canvas
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or timeline. The Callouts task page appears.
1. On the Callouts tab, check the Make Hotspot option.
2. Click the Hotspot Properties button.
3. The Hotspot Properties dialog appears.
4. Select the Hotspot actions.
5. Click OK.
Hotspot Actions
Option
Description
Pause at end of callout
Video pauses when this callout is encountered.
Click to continue
Viewer must click the callout to continue viewing the video.
Go to frame at time
Go to marker
Jump to URL
Video jumps to a specific frame.
Enter the frame to jump to in the Hours:Minutes:Seconds;Frames format.
Video jumps to a marker in the video.
Select a marker from the dropdown to jump to.
Enable the Open URL in new browser window to open the Web page in a separate
window.
See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
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Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Add blur or pixelate callouts to maintain privacy while showing an actual process, screen, or issue.
The blur and pixelate callout hides portions of the video containing confidential or sensitive content, such as:
Email addresses
Login information
Phone numbers
Personal information
Credit card numbers
To Blur the Screen With a Callout
1. In Editor, click on the Callouts tab. The Callouts task page appears.
2. Position the playhead on the timeline where the callout will be added.
3. Click the Add Callout button.
4. Select the Blur or Pixelate callout from the dropdown gallery. The callout appears on the canvas.
5. Drag the callout to the desired location on the canvas.
6. To adjust the blur effect, use the Intensity slider.
7. Grab a handle to adjust the size and rotation.
Press and hold the ALT key while dragging the clip for 3-D rotation.
8. To include a fade in or out effect, use the slider to set the duration of the fades.
See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
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Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Spotlight Callout
The Spotlight callout adds an area of light while dimming the rest of the screen.
Add a Spotlight Callout
1. In Editor, click the Callouts tab. The Callouts task page appears.
2. Position the playhead on the timeline where the callout will be added.
3. Click the Add Callout button.
4. Select the Spotlight callout from the dropdown gallery. The callout appears on the canvas.
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Drag the callout to the desired location on the canvas.
To adjust the darkness, use the Intensity slider.
Grab a handle to adjust the size.
To include a fade in or out effect, use the slider to set the duration of the fades.
See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Text-Only Callout
The Text-Only callout adds text to the video. No border option is available for this callout.
Add a Text-Only Callout
1. In Editor, click the Callouts tab. The Callouts task page appears.
2. Position the playhead on the timeline where the callout appears.
3. Click the Add Callout button.
4. Select the Text callout from the dropdown gallery. The callout appears on the canvas.
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Drag the callout to the desired location on the canvas.
Grab a handle to adjust the size.
Add text in the text box.
Use the font options to change the font style, size, and more.
To include a fade in or out effect, use the slider to set the duration of the fades.
See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Keystroke Callouts
Use Keystroke callouts to show keyboard activity in your video. For example, if you press CTRL+C on the keyboard as you are
recording, show that keyboard combination using the keystroke callouts.
Options include several key styles and built-in keystroke combinations.
Keystroke callouts can be added manually or auto generated from keystrokes in a CAMREC recording.
Add a Manual Keystroke Callout
1. In Editor, click the Callouts tab. The Callouts task page appears.
2. Position the playhead on the timeline where the callout will be added.
3. Click the Add Callout button.
4. Select the desired Keystroke callout from the dropdown gallery. The keystroke callout appears on the canvas.
5. Place the cursor in the Enter keystroke or combination field.
6. On the keyboard, press the keystroke combination or command. For commands such as
the CTRL key on the keyboard. When the plus sign appears in the field, press the next key.
7. To change the style click the Effects button.
8. Drag the callout to the desired location in the Preview Window.
9. Grab a handle to adjust the size and rotation.
, press and hold
Press and hold the ALT key while dragging the clip for 3-D rotation.
10. Resize, move, or rotate the callout on the canvas.
11. To include a fade in or out effect, use the slider to set the duration of the fades.
12. More effects such as drop shadow, border, color, and opacity can be found in the Visual Properties tab.
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Auto Generate Keystroke Callouts from a CAMREC Recording
1. Right-click a CAMREC clip on the timeline.
2. From the menu, choose Generate keystroke callouts. The keystroke callouts are generated and placed on the timeline
and canvas at the time they appear in the video.
Auto generated keystroke callouts can be customized, edited, deleted, moved, resized, etc. just like manually
added keystroke callouts. To begin, double-click a keystroke callout on the timeline to open the Callouts tab.
Then, see steps 7-12 above.
See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Use Any Image as a Callout
Create your own custom callouts by adding an image file (BMP, GIF, PNG, or JPG) to the timeline.
All images added to the timeline are callout-ready.
To Use an Image as a Callout or Title Clip
1. Drag an image to the timeline.
2. To add text, double-click. The Callout task page appears for text editing.
3. Grab a handle to adjust the size and rotation.
Press and hold the ALT key while dragging the clip for 3-D rotation.
4. If desired, Add a hotspot to your callout.
5. Not all callout effects are available for images being used as callouts (fade in/out for example). Effects such as drop
shadow, border, color, and opacity can be found in the Visual Properties tab.
Use transitions to fade the image callout in or out. Experiment with the various transitions to give your image callout a unique effect.
See also
Add Callouts
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
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Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
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Zoom and Pan
The Zoom-n-Pan tab offers a quick way to add zoom in, zoom out, and pan animations to the timeline.
Add zoom and pan animations to:
Improve viewing when producing the final video at dimensions smaller than the source clip.
Focus on important actions within the video, such as typing in a text field or selecting an option in a large application.
Move from area to area when the editing dimensions are large.
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To Add a Zoom Animation
To Add a Pan Animation
To Delete a Zoom Animation
To Adjust the Timing of the Zoom Animation
Zoom-n-Pan Tab Options
Apply Easing to an Animation
Add a Zoom Animation
1. In Editor, click the Zoom-n-Pan tab.
2. The Zoom and Pan task page appears. Position the playhead on the timeline where the zoom animation will be added.
3. Move and resize the zoom rectangle to get the desired zoom effect. The zoom animation is automatically added to the
timeline.
4. Drag the end of the zoom animation to adjust the effect's duration.
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Add a Pan Animation
A Pan animation moves the video from side-to-side or up and down. When panning, the pan animations are all the same size.
To add a pan animation, you first need to add a zoom animation.
1. In Editor, click the Zoom-n-Pan tab.
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2. The Zoom and Pan task page appears. Move and resize the zoom rectangle to get the desired zoom effect. The zoom
animation is automatically added to the timeline. This first animation will be used to create the pan animations.
3. Right-click the animation on the timeline and choose Copy.
4. Position the playhead on the timeline where the new pan animation will be added. This needs to be a location after the
zoom animation.
5. Right-click the timeline and choose Paste. The pan animation is added to the timeline.
6. To add another pan animation, repeat steps 4 and 5.
Delete a Zoom Animation
1. On the timeline, click to select the zoom animation to be deleted. When selected, the zoom animation is yellow.
2. Press Delete on the keyboard or right-click the animation and select Delete from the context menu.
To delete all zoom and visual animations on the media clips, choose Delete all visual animations on media
from the context menu.
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Adjust the Timing of the Zoom Animation
The timing of the zoom animation determines how long it takes to zoom in, zoom out, or pan.
1. Click to select the zoom animation to be adjusted. When selected, the zoom animation is yellow.
2. Drag the beginning or end of the animation in either direction to change the duration.
You can also adjust this animation using the options found in the Visual Properties tab.
Apply Easing to an Animation
Easing simulates acceleration and deceleration by applying the "look and feel" of friction and gravity. The addition of easing on
an animation can positively affect the look of the animation since it appears smoother and more natural to the viewer. Animations
without easing can look jerky and stops and starts can be too quick making them appear robotic.
Turn Easing on by Default for all Animations
By default, easing for animations is turned off. To turn easing on making it the default setting for all animations:
1. From within Editor, choose Tools > Options.
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2. The tabbed Options dialog box appears. Change the Default animation easing setting to Exponential In/Out.
3. Click OK.
To turn the default for easing off, choose Tools > Options > Default animation easing > No easing.
Turn Easing On or Off for an Animation on the Timeline
1. Click an animation on the timeline to select it. When selected, the animation is yellow.
2. Right-click the animation and choose No easing or Exponential In/Out from the menu.
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Zoom-n-Pan Tab Options
Zoom rectangle
The rectangle in the Preview Window indicates the position of the zoom
animation within the video.
To change the zoom position, click and drag the rectangle.
Maintain aspect ratio
Scale for Best Quality
Full Screen
Maintain the same aspect ratio for the zoom rectangle as it is sized.
Click
to clear the zoom animation and set the media dimensions to
100% scale.
Click
to clear the zoom animation and return the media to full screen
dimensions.
The zoom scale indicates the zoom percentage for a zoom and pan
animation.
To change the zoom scale:
Scale
Drag the Scale slider.
Or, click and drag on a handle on the rectangle in the Preview Window.
SmartFocus
Automatically generate zoom and pan animations for CAMREC recordings
on the timeline.
Continue with Auto Zoom and Pan with SmartFocus™.
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Auto Zoom and Pan with SmartFocus™
Camtasia SmartFocus™ only applies to .camrec files recorded with Camtasia Recorder version 5.0 or later. For
other recordings, manually add a zoom or pan animation to clips on the timeline.
TechSmith's exclusive SmartFocus technology keeps track of where the action happens during your recording. Then, zoom and
pan animations are automatically added to the CAMREC video on the timeline.
Camtasia SmartFocus™ is ideal for videos where the source clip or recording dimensions are large (ex. full screen recordings) and you want to produce the final video at smaller dimensions (ex. for the Web or for an iPod).
If you produce the final video with dimensions smaller than the source clip dimensions, without SmartFocus the content in
the video may appear small and difficult to view.
In Camtasia Recorder, SmartFocus collects data about the actions completed and the cursor movement in the recording.
SmartFocus predicts where to add zoom animations, saving you the time it takes to manually find and insert zoom and
pan animations.
By default, SmartFocus is automatically applied when a CAMREC recording is added to the timeline.
SmartFocus animations appear on the CAMREC recording in the visual animations view.
Apply SmartFocus to Selected Timeline CAMREC Recordings
1. In Editor, click the Zoom-n-Pan tab. The Zoom and Pan task page appears.
2. Select the CAMREC recording on the timeline SmartFocus will be applied to. When selected, the recording is blue.
3. In the Zoom-n-Pan tab, click the Apply SmartFocus to selected clips button.
4. Zoom and pan animations are added to the CAMREC recordings.
SmartFocus animations are edited just like other animations. See Zoom and Pan.
Zoom animations can also be edited in the Visual Properties tab.
Apply SmartFocus to all CAMREC Recordings on the Timeline
1. In Editor, click the Zoom-n-Pan tab. The Zoom and Pan task page appears.
2. Click the Apply SmartFocus to timeline button.
3. Zoom and pan animations are added to all CAMREC recordings on the timeline.
SmartFocus animations are edited just like other animations. See Zoom and Pan.
Zoom animations can also be edited in the Visual Properties tab.
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SmartFocus Options
Apply SmartFocus to clips added
When checked, SmartFocus animations are automatically added to
each CAMREC recording placed on the timeline.
This option is also found in Tools > Options > Program tab
Apply SmartFocus to selected timeline CAMREC recordings.
Apply SmartFocus to selected clips
If SmartFocus has already been applied or if other animations are
on the recordings, you are prompted to remove the existing
animations and replace them with new animations.
Apply SmartFocus to all CAMREC recordings on the timeline.
Apply SmartFocus to timeline
If SmartFocus has already been applied or if other animations are
on the recordings, you are prompted to remove the existing
animations and replace them with new animations.
Lock SmartFocus to maximum scale
This option is also found in Tools > Options > Program tab
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Audio
To access the audio options, click on the Audio tab.
The Audio task page appears and all the audio on the timeline turns green. This lets you know you are in Audio Edit mode.
To edit audio, select one or more clips on the timeline. When selected , the clips are highlighted in blue.
To edit a selection of audio, select the clips, use the playhead to make the selection.
CAMREC recordings by default are linked together with the microphone audio.
To unlink a CAMREC's video and audio, right-click the CAMREC on the timeline and choose Separate video and audio
from the context menu. The recording is split into separate clips on the timeline.
A CAMREC's system audio is added to the timeline as a separate audio file.
Don't like the new look of the waveform?
To change the look to the Camtasia Studio 7 "mirrored" style, choose Tools > Options > Program tab > Mirror
waveform:
Access Audio Options
To access the audio options, click the Audio tab.
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Adjust the volume of the audio clips to a standard level. Use this option when the recording
level between audio clips varies greatly.
This option acts as toggle on a per clip basis.
Check to turn on.
Uncheck to turn off.
Enable Volume
Leveling
Volume leveling is applied to an entire audio clip and can be applied to:
One selected audio clip.
Multiple selected audio clips.
Volume Variation
Select an option from the Volume variation dropdown menu that best describes the level of
audio variation on the timeline.
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If you choose Custom Settings, select from the following options.
Ratio
Sets the compression slope which determines how the output signal changes in relation
to the input signal once the input signal exceeds the threshold.
Threshold
Sets the level which signals are compressed or limited. Increasing the threshold clamps
signals at a higher level, reducing the amount of compression or limiting.
Gain
Process of reducing dynamics lowers the signal’s overall level. The gain control compensates by adding increasing output gain, or signal level.
Enable noise removal to reduce background noise for the audio on the timeline.
As soon as Noise Removal is enabled, the color of the audio waveform changes from green to
orange while in the Audio tab:
Enable Noise
Removal
And from gray to orange while in the other views:
Noise removal is applied to an entire audio clip and can be applied to:
One selected audio clip
Multiple selected audio clips
Advanced
Option
Open additional noise removal options to manually set the noise removal, adjust the audible
mouse clicks, and fix clipping.
Adjust Sensitivity
Use the Adjust sensitivity slider if the noise reduction process caused the audio quality to
degrade. Degradation may occur if the noise removal occurred within a selection without true
silence.
Auto Noise
Training
Click the Auto noise training button to have Editor automatically remove noise from the audio
clips.
Editor detects noise in the audio by using a selection with silence.
Once clicked, noise removal is immediately applied to the audio clips.
Set the noise removal based on an area of silence you choose.
Manual Noise
Training on
Selection
Drag the playhead’s green In point or red Out point to make a selection of silence. Use the
zoom slider to get a better view of the timeline, if necessary.
1. Click the Advanced button.
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2. Click the Use manual noise selection button.
3. Noise removal is applied to the timeline immediately.
Clipping results in an audible distortion in the audio.
Remove Clipping
Enable this option to cut off the recorded audio when the audio volume reaches too high of a
level.
Use the Click Sensitivity slider to set the threshold for the filter.
Remove Clicks
Enable to remove recorded artifacts that sound like clicks.
Use the Click Sensitivity slider to set the threshold for the filter.
The volume of an audio can be applied to:
One selected audio clip
Multiple selected audio clips
A selection on an audio clip
A selection that spans several selected audio clips
Adjust Volume
Up or Down
To adjust the audio:
On the Audio tab, click the Volume Up button or Volume Down button . The volume is
adjusted by 25% with each click of the button.
Adjust Volume for Individual Clips
The audio on individual audio clips can be adjusted by grabbing the bar in the middle of the
wave form and dragging it up or down.
Audio fades can be applied to:
Audio Fade In
or Fade Out
One selected audio clip
Multiple selected audio clips
A selection on an audio clip
A selection that spans several selected audio clips
To fade in the audio, click the Fade In button.
To fade out the audio, click the Fade Out button.
To adjust a fade, grab the audio point and drag it. The waveform adjusts accordingly.
Mute the audio selection on the timeline. Unlike the delete or cut options, this option does not
remove any of the existing waveform.
Replace Audio
with Silence
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Silence can be applied to:
One selected audio clip
Multiple selected audio clips
A selection on an audio clip
A selection that spans several selected audio clips
To add silence to the audio, click the Silence button.
Edit an audio waveform by adding custom points of contact to drag to achieve the desired
result.
Drag an audio point to adjust the volume up or down.
Audio points can be moved up, down, left, and right.
To add an audio point:
Add or Remove
Audio Points
1. Select the audio clip on the timeline.
2. Move the playhead to where the audio point will be added.
3. Click Add Audio point in the Audio tab or right-click clip and choose Add Audio Point
from the context menu.
To remove one audio point:
1. Select the audio point on the timeline.
2. Click Remove audio points in the Audio tab or right-click clip on choose Delete from
the context menu.
To remove all audio points from a clip:
1. Select the audio clip on the timeline.
2. Click Remove audio points in the Audio tab or right-click clip on choose Delete all
audio points on media from the context menu.
The Export audio as option combines all audio on the timeline into one audio file. Use this
option to make a backup of the audio or to create a soundtrack to import into another application.
Export Audio
To access this option, select Editor > File > Produce special > Export audio as > Choose MP3
or WAVE
MP3: Smaller file size. Good for voice narration.
WAV: Microsoft file format. High quality audio at a larger file sizes.
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Transitions
To change the default duration for a transition, select Tools > Options > Program tab.
Is the transition cutting off part of the video clip? See Use Trimmed Content In Transition.
Transitions add a visual effect between the end of a clip and the beginning of the next clip.
Transitions can be added to a group:
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Or to a single image or video clip:
Use transitions to indicate the passage of time, change in location, to call attention, or to create a smooth flow between
clips.
Random Dissolve and Fade through Black are commonly used transitions.
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Add a Transition
Change the Duration of a Transition
Delete a Transition
Change a Transition
Use Trimmed Content In Transition
Add a Transition
1. Click the Transitions tab.
2. Double-click a transition to preview the transition effect on the canvas.
3. Drag the desired transition onto the timeline. The timeline lights up with all of the areas where a transition can be dropped.
4. Drop the transition in the desired area.
Change the Duration of a Transition
Drag the ends of the transition to adjust the duration.
.
Delete a Transition
1. Click on a transition on the timeline to select it. The transition is yellow when selected.
2. Press the Delete key on the keyboard.
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Change a Transition
1. Click on a transition on the timeline to select it. The transition is yellow when selected.
2. Drag the new transition overtop of the transition being replaced. The transition will turn pink.
Use Trimmed Content In Transition
To access this option right-click a transition. Check the Use Trimmed Content In Transition option in the context menu.
Transitions use frames at the end of one video and the beginning of another. This can consume portions of the video that need to
be seen.
Enable this option to have the transition effect use several frames of a video clip that was trimmed, split, or cut. This retains the
edited portion of the video and allows the effect to appear smoother since the "good" frames are not being consumed by the transition.
Consider the following scenario:
1. Clip A and Clip B are on the timeline. I need to edit Clip A to remove the highlighted portion.
2. Clip A has been edited and all unwanted frames have been removed.
3. A transition has been added between Clip A and Clip B. The transition consumes the ends of the clips causing the edited
portion of Clip A to be cut off.
4. Enable the Use Trimmed Content In Transition option. This allowed the transition to use frames previously cut out of
the video leaving the edited part fully intact.
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Visual Properties (Animations)
The options in the Visual Properties tab allow you to create animations using content on the timeline. Other options in the Visual
Properties tab allow you to add color, shadow, and opacity effects to most visual media on the timeline such as video, callouts,
and images.
Animations might include:
A talking head video that smoothly transitions or trades places with a screen recording video.
A spinning image that enters the video from the left, pauses, then flies off to the right.
Several videos that play simultaneously on the canvas while moving in a pattern you create.
Callouts that animate on the canvas to draw attention to an area in the video.
Visual properties animations are instructions you add to the timeline to tell the image or video on the canvas how to behave.
Animations can be added to a single media clip or a group.
For most effects, add the animation to the timeline, then perform the desired action on the canvas. Editor records the
action and adds it to the animation.
To set the actions at the start of the animation: Place the playhead over the small white dot at the beginning of the
animation.
To set the actions at the end of the animation: Place the playhead over the larger blue dot at the end of the animation.
Watch a video on creating animations. Click the Online Tutorial icon
above the Preview Window.
When working with the animations, make sure the media clip or group is selected before you begin.
Animations can be further customized with fade, color, and opacity effects.
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When adding animations, first place the playhead where you want the animation to
END.
To add an animation:
1. Click the Add animation button. An animation is added to the media at the
point of the playhead.
2. Immediately, while the playhead is located on the blue dot, perform the
desired action on the canvas with the media. For example, resize, move,
Add Animation
rotate, etc.
3. Change the duration. This is how long it will take to complete the animation.
To change the duration of the animation, hover over the animation, grab the
smaller white dot at the start, and drag to the left. If you cannot see the dot at
the end of the animation, use the zoom slider to get a better view on the timeline.
If the animation is too long, drag the tail back to the right.
To see your animation, place the playhead before the animation. Click Play.
To reset the animation to the default settings, click the Restore
button.
To delete the animation, select the animation on the timeline and click Delete
on the keyboard.
Scale Media Larger or Smaller Within an Animation
1. Select an existing animation on the timeline.
Or, click the Add animation button. An animation is added to the media at
the point of the playhead.
2. To adjust the scale for the start of the animation, place the playhead over the
small white dot at the beginning of the animation and adjust the setting using
Scale
the Scale slider.
To adjust the scale for the end of the animation, place the playhead over the
larger blue dot at the end of the animation and adjust the setting using the
Scale slider.
3. If necessary, change the duration. This is how long it will take to complete the
animation. To change the duration of the animation, hover over the animation,
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grab the white dot at the beginning or the blue dot at the end and drag to the
left or right. If you cannot see the dot at the end of the animation, use the
zoom slider to get a better view on the timeline.
Scale Media Larger or Smaller Without an Animation
To use the Scale option on other media without adding an animation, select the
media on the timeline or canvas and set the desired Scale setting using the slider.
Set Opacity for Media Within an Animation
This allows media to become transparent or opaque. For example, you can set an
animation for a media clip to be totally transparent at the beginning and have it fade
in over time to be totally opaque at the end.
1. Select an existing animation on the timeline.
Or, click the Add animation button. An animation is added to the media at
the point of the playhead.
2. To adjust the opacity for the start of the animation, place the playhead over
the small white dot at the beginning of the animation and adjust the setting
using the Opacity slider.
To adjust the opacity for the end of the animation, place the playhead over the
larger blue dot at the end of the animation and adjust the setting using the
Opacity
Opacity slider.
3. If necessary, change the duration. This is how long it will take to complete the
animation. To change the duration of the animation, hover over the animation,
grab the white dot at the beginning or the blue dot at the end and drag to the
left or right. If you cannot see the dot at the end of the animation, use the
zoom slider to get a better view on the timeline.
Set Opacity for Media Without an Animation
To use the Opacity option on other media without adding an animation, select the
media on the timeline or canvas and set the desired Opacity setting using the slider.
Adjust the Position of Media Within an Animation
Position
To adjust the position of a media clip in an animation:
1. Select an existing animation on the timeline.
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Or, click the Add animation button. An animation is added to the media at
the point of the playhead.
2. To adjust the position for the start of the animation, place the playhead over
the small white dot at the beginning of the animation and adjust the setting
using the Position slider.
To adjust the position for the end of the animation, place the playhead over
the larger blue dot at the end of the animation and adjust the setting using the
Position slider.
Position Spinner Options
Use the X, Y, Z options to move the media up, down, or back and forth on the
horizon.
Or
Use the spin controls or enter a value in the field.
Or
Select the media on the canvas and move it to the desired location.
Adjust the Position of a Media Clip Without an Animation
To use the Position options on other media without adding an animation, select the
media on the timeline or canvas and set the desired position setting using the
spinner options.
Or, select the media on the timeline. Then, move the media on the canvas to the
desired position.
Set Rotation for Media Within an Animation
This allows media to turn or spin during an animation.
Rotation
1. Select an existing animation on the timeline.
Or, click the Add animation button. An animation is added to the media at
the point of the playhead.
2. To adjust the Rotation for the:
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Start of the animation: Place the playhead over the small white dot at the
beginning of the animation and adjust the settings using the Rotation options
OR use the media clip's handles on the canvas to perform the rotation action.
End of the animation: Place the playhead over the larger blue dot at the end of
the animation and adjust the settings using the Rotation options OR use the
media clip's handles on the canvas to perform the rotation action.
3. If necessary, change the duration. This is how long it will take to complete the
animation. To change the duration of the animation, hover over the animation,
grab the white dot at the beginning or the blue dot at the end and drag to the
left or right. If you cannot see the dot at the end of the animation, use the
zoom slider to get a better view on the timeline.
Set Rotation for Media Without an Animation
To use the Rotation options on other media without adding an animation, select the
media on the timeline or canvas and adjust the settings using the Rotation options
OR use the media clip's handles on the canvas to perform the rotation action.
Rotation Spinner Options
Click the up and down arrow buttons on the rotation spinner to move the
media through various planes.
Or
Enter a numerical value in the field.
Or
Perform the action directly on the canvas using the handles.
For 3D rotation, press <Ctrl+Shift> and drag media on canvas. Do not use
the handles.
Reset Animation /
Settings
Restore original settings to media that have animations, scale, and rotate other visual properties applied to them .
Add a drop shadow to the selected media on the timeline.
Drop Shadow
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Apply to video, images, and callouts.
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Add color to the selected media on the timeline. Drag the slider to adjust the effect.
Apply to video, images, and callouts.
Colorize
Add a plain border to the selected media on the timeline.
Border
Use the options to customize the border.
Apply to video, images, and callouts.
The Remove a Color feature, also called "Green Screen effect", or "Chroma Key
effect" allows a color to be removed from a video or image.
Remove a Color
Typically this technique is used to remove a one-color background behind a video or
image to allow another image or video to show through.
In this example, the green behind the image has been removed allowing the video to
appear in its place.
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Use the Remove a Color options to adjust the tolerance of the color removal, the
softness of the effect, the hue of the color palette, and more.
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Voice Narration
Use voice narration to insert a voice recording into the video.
The video clips on the timeline play in the Preview Window while recording voice narration.
Camtasia Studio synchronizes the voice narration with the clips on the timeline.
The audio clip created appears on the timeline when the voice narration ends.
To Record Voice Narration
A microphone is needed to record voice narration.
1. Enable the Mute speakers during recording option when clips on the timeline include audio. The microphone may record audio playing from the speakers.
2. Click the Audio Setup Wizard button to set the audio input options.
3. Click Start Recording.
4. Click Stop Recording when done. Name and save the audio clip. The voice recording is added to the timeline.
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Editor Audio Setup Wizard
The Audio Setup Wizard assists you in setting up the audio for your recording.
In the Audio Setup Wizard, select the audio input device and input source. The wizard automatically adjusts the volume level for
the selected input source.
Select the Audio Recording Source
1. In the Recording source area, select the audio input source. Only the input sources supported by the current sound card
appear.
2. If the audio input source is live, you should see activity within the Input level meter. If you do not see any activity, try
selecting another source or troubleshoot the volume level.
3. Drag the Input level slider to control the overall volume level. Adjust the slider so the loudest part of the audio is in the
upper yellow to mid-orange range. If the meter is in the red range, audio clipping may occur. Drag the slider down.
4. Click Next. The Tune Volume Input Levels screen appears.
Tune the Volume Input Levels
This option automatically adjusts the volume level based on a three second record you make.
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1. Click the Auto-Adjust Volume button.
2. A three second countdown appears. When the status changes to Go, read the sentence in the dialog box aloud as you
would during recording. After the timer runs out, the volume level is automatically adjusted.
3. Click Finish.
Advanced Audio Settings
See Audio Format.
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Cursor Effects
In Recorder, cursor data is collected and stored in the CAMREC recording file. In Editor, the cursor can be enhanced for better
visibility using a highlight, spotlight, sound effect and more.
The cursor effects work by inserting animations: one to add the effect and one to change or remove the effect.
For example, if an animation is added at the beginning of the video, all of the cursor instances in the video are changed to match
the cursor effects assigned to the animation.
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Add a Cursor Animation
Cursor Effect Options
To Hide the Mouse Cursor
Delete a Cursor Animation
Add a Cursor Animation
1. On the timeline, select the CAMREC video that will have animations added. The CAMREC turns blue when selected.
2. Click the Cursor Effects tab. If it is not in view, click the More tab. From the list, select Cursor Effects. The Cursor
Effects tab appears.
3. Click the Add animations button.
A new animation appears on the CAMREC and the animation view is opened to show the cursor data captured during
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recording.
4. Use the slider to set the cursor size. The cursor size updates on the canvas.
5. Choose the highlight, click, and sound effects from the dropdown menus. Changes update on the canvas.
All other instances of the cursor in the CAMREC that come after this first animation are changed by the effects
assigned to the animation. To change the cursor back to the original look, add another animation and undo the settings. Add as many animations as needed to achieve the desired look.
Cursor Effect Options
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Mouse cursor visible
Hide the cursor from view.
Cursor Size
Slider to increase or decrease the cursor size.
Click the small triangle next to the effect title. This opens and closes
the properties.
Choose from:
Cursor Effects
Highlight effect
Left-click effect
Right-click effect
Click sound effect
Properties
Each effect has their own properties. Choose from color, size, duration, etc.
Cursor Preview Window
As effects are added, the Preview Window is updated. To view
animation effects such as rings, click on the Preview Window.
Hide the Mouse Cursor
The Hide option hides the cursor from view in the final video. To show the cursor again, remove the cursor animation on the CAMREC recording.
1. On the timeline, select the CAMREC video that will have animations added. The CAMREC turns blue when selected.
2. Click the Cursor Effects tab. If it is not in view, click the More tab. From the list, select Cursor Effects. The Cursor
Effects task page appears.
3. Click the Add animations button.
A new animation appears on the CAMREC and the animation view is opened to show the cursor data captured during
recording.
4. In the Cursor Effects tab, uncheck the Mouse cursor visible option.
Delete a Cursor Animation
To delete a cursor animation, click an animation on the timeline and press the Delete key on the keyboard.
To remove all cursor animations, right-click an animation select Delete all cursor animations on media.
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Captions (Closed and Open)
Captions display onscreen text within a video to provide additional or interpretive information to viewers.
Captions are used to create videos accessible to a larger audience, such as:
Viewers with hearing impairments
Viewers that cannot listen to audio with their current settings
International audiences with subtitles and onscreen translations for non-native speakers
Camtasia Studio has two options for how captions appear in the final video: closed and open.
Closed Captions
Can be turned on and off by the viewer via a CC button on the controller.
Can be ADA compliant or customized by changing the font attributes including size, color, and alignment.
Can be made searchable in the video when producing as an MP4 video file.
Can be hidden to produce a video without captions in it. (Does not delete captions on timeline.)
Open Captions
Can be customized by changing the font attributes including size, color, and alignment.
Can be made searchable in the video when producing as an MP4 video file.
Are burned into the video and cannot be turned off.
Can be located under the video. When the Under video captions option is selected during an MP4 / Flash and
HTML 5 custom production, space is automatically added to accommodate the under-the-video captions. This
increases the vertical dimensions of the video.
For Closed, Open, or Under the Video captions to display in the final video, certain settings must be applied in
both the Captions task page and Production Wizard. See Video Production Caption Settings.
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Captioning Methods
There are four ways to add captions to your video:
Add captions using automatic Speech-to-Text
Create captions from audio on the timeline. This feature makes use of Microsoft’s Speech-to-Text engine.
Import a prepared caption file
Import an SRT, SAMI, or SMI file to automatically sync prepared captions with the video.
Add captions by synchronizing text and audio
Paste a prepared script into the text box and synchronize the captioning with the audio playback.
Add captions manually
Manually type each caption into the text box. Set caption points to determine where the caption should begin and end.
See also
ADA Compliancy
Speech Dictionary
Import and Export Captions
Edit Captions
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ADA Compliancy
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute designed to ensure equal access to opportunities and benefits for qualified individuals with disabilities. The act seeks to remove barriers preventing qualified people with
disabilities from enjoying the same opportunities enjoyed by those without disabilities.
Captions allow persons with hearing disabilities to have access to videos by displaying the audio portion of the video as text on
the screen.
In many state, government, or education institutions, videos must include ADA compliant captions. Camtasia Studio helps you
adhere to these standards by providing an ADA compliant captioning feature.
ADA compliant captions:
Are one to three lines of text that appear on-screen all at once, stay there for a few seconds, and are replaced by another
caption or no caption
Are timed to synchronize with the audio
Should not cover up graphics and other essential visual elements of the picture
Require the use of upper and lowercase letters
Must use a font similar to Helvetica medium
Must have good resolution
Fit the requested 32 characters to a line
See this Wikipedia article for more information.
Camtasia Studio and ADA Compliant Captions
By default, new captions are added using ADA compliant font settings. When the ADA Compliant button is blue, ADA
Compliancy mode is on
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If a font attribute is selected that is not ADA compliant, the ADA Compliant button grays out and a tip alerts you that you
are out of compliancy.
Restore ADA Compliancy
To restore ADA compliancy to the captions, click the ADA compliant button.
This is a global setting. All captions return to ADA compliancy and all other formatting is removed.
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Tips for Creating Effective Captions
Captions should be synchronized and appear at approximately the same time as the audio.
Words should be verbatim when time allows or as close as possible in other situations.
Descriptions for music or other sound effects should be inside square brackets, such as [music] or [laughter].
Captions should appear on-screen long enough to be read.
Captions should be limited to no more than two lines on-screen.
Speakers should be identified when more than one person is on-screen or when the speaker is not visible.
Punctuation is used to clarify meaning.
Spelling should be correct throughout the production.
Sound effects should be written when they add to understanding.
All words should be captioned, regardless of language or dialect.
Italics should be used when a new word is being defined or a word is heavily emphasized in speech.
See also
ADA Compliancy
Add Captions by Synchronizing Text and Audio
Manually Add Captions
Speech-to-Text Captions
Import and Export Captions
Edit Captions
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Manually Add Captions
With the manual captioning process you type captions directly into the text boxes. Captions created this way are added at the
point of the playhead.
Add a New Caption in Any Location
1. Click the Captions tab. The Captions task page appears.
2. Position the playhead where the caption will be added. .
3. Click Add caption media.
A new caption text box appears.
4. Type text into the text box. The caption appears on the timeline and on the canvas as you type.
A caption turns red to identify that it exceeds the limit of three lines per caption.
5. Click the new caption on the timeline to select it. Click Play in the Preview Window to see if the new caption is synced to
the audio. If necessary, drag the caption ends on the timeline to sync the caption with the audio.
6. Repeat steps 2 -5 for all remaining captions.
See also
Captions (Closed and Open)
Video Production Caption Settings
ADA Compliancy
Add Captions by Synchronizing Text and Audio
Speech-to-Text Captions
Import and Export Captions
Edit Captions
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Speech-to-Text Captions
The Speech-to-text feature automatically creates captions from voice narration or audio on the timeline.
Capitalization and punctuation are not added during the Speech-to-text process.
Windows Speech Recognition software is not installed on computers running Microsoft Windows XP. You can
download and install this free software from the Microsoft website. Once Speech Recognition software is properly installed, you are able to use the Speech-to-Text feature in Camtasia Studio.
Training for Speech Recognition Accuracy
Windows Speech Recognition provides recognition accuracy that improves with each use as it adapts to your speaking style
and vocabulary.
For more accurate speech-to-text transcription of your audio recordings, go through the Voice Training tutorials provided with the
Speech Recognition software. However, even with training, it is best to review all captions and edit them to ensure accuracy.
The Speech-to-text voice training works best with audio created from the voice used in the training. If you import
audio files from a person who has not completed the voice training on the computer used for captioning, the captions are not as accurate and require more extensive editing.
Tips Dialog
When you click the Speech-to-text button, you see the following tip dialog.
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This tip dialog contains several important links that help you get the most out of the Speech-to-text feature including access to
the voice training tutorials, tips for getting the best audio quality, and procedures for adding words to the Speech-to-text dictionary.
Add Captions Using Speech-to-Text
Capitalization and punctuation are not added during the Speech-to-text process.
1. Click the Captions tab. The Captions task page appears.
2. Click the Speech-to-text button.
To caption a particular section of the timeline, make a selection with the playhead. Right-click the selection and
select Speech-to-text.
3. Read the tip that appears then click Continue.
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4. If there are multiple audio files on different tracks, you are prompted to select the audio track to be transcribed. Select the
track and click Continue.
5. The Preparing audio for transcription dialog appears. When the transcription is complete, the captions appear on the timeline
6. .When the audio is ready, the transcription begins.
7. Once your captions are on the timeline, proofread and edit all captions and add capitalization and punctuation such as periods and commas.
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8. Double-click a caption to open it in the Captions task page for editing.
To add Speech-to-text captions for a specific area of the timeline, use the playhead to make a timeline selection.
Right-click the selection and select Speech-to-text from the menu.
See also
Speech Dictionary
Video Production Caption Settings
ADA Compliancy
Import and Export Captions
Edit Captions
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Add Captions by Synchronizing Text and Audio
Paste a prepared script into the caption text box and synchronize the captions with the audio playback. Using a prepared script
allows you to save the text for future use and to check for spelling and grammatical errors.
With this process, when a script is pasted in the captions field, a caption turns red to identify that it exceeds the limit of three
lines per caption. The red text indicates where a new caption should begin. Upon playback of the audio, when you hear the first
word in red spoken aloud, click on it to create the next caption.
Captions created using this process are added sequentially on the timeline and come one after another.
Add Captions by Synchronizing Text and Audio
1. Copy the script to the clipboard.
2. Click the Captions tab. The Captions task page appears.
3. Press CTRL+V on the keyboard to paste the script into the text box.
. Read the help tip that appears then click Continue. The video begins
4. Click the Sync captions button
playing and the Syncing captions video controls appear at the bottom of the Captions tab.
5. To create a new caption, click on any word in black or the first word in red when you hear the word spoken aloud.
When you click a word to create a new caption, three lines of text in the text box change to black.
6. Continue to set caption points until all the text changes to black.
7. When done, click the Stop button
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Sync Captions with Audio Dialog Box
Did you make a mistake? Or change the script?
If you already have captions on the timeline, click the Sync captions button
with audio dialog box appears. Add captions using the process given abo
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Select one of the following options:
Start at the position of the playhead on the timeline and replace all captions from that point on.
This option does not affect any proceeding captions but overwrites any captions from the position of the playhead and
beyond.
Start at beginning of timeline and replace all existing captions.
This option removes all existing captions from the timeline. The playhead moves to the beginning of the timeline and captioning starts at the beginning of the text box.
See also:
Captions (Closed and Open)
Video Production Caption Settings
ADA Compliancy
Manually Add Captions
Speech-to-Text Captions
Import and Export Captions
Edit Captions
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Speech Dictionary
The Windows Speech-to-text software includes a dictionary used to:
Add a new word to the dictionary.
Prevent a word from being transcribed.
Change or delete existing words.
Add Words Directly the Speech Dictionary from Within Camtasia Studio
Add words directly to the Speech Dictionary from the Captions tab in Camtasia Studio. Just highlight the word in the caption text
box, right-click, and choose Add to dictionary from the menu.
This option does not bring up the Speech Dictionary. For best audio transcription, after adding a word, open the Windows Speech
Dictionary and enter a vocal pronunciation of the word.
Open the Windows Speech Dictionary
There are several ways to open the Windows Speech Dictionary:
In Camtasia Studio, select Captions tab > Speech-to-text button. In the Speech-to-text tip box, click Start adding words
to the dictionary link. The Speech Dictionary dialog box appears.
Right-click the Speech Recognition software interface. Choose Open the Speech Dictionary. The Speech Dictionary
dialog box appears.
In Camtasia Studio, select Tools > Speech > Improve speech-to-text. In the Speech-to-text tip box, click Start adding
words to the dictionary link. The Speech Dictionary dialog box appears.
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Import and Export Captions
Import and export a caption file from within the Captions tab. The caption file contains the caption text and information about
when each caption should be displayed.
Supported caption file types are SAMI and SRT (SubRip) files.
Export Captions
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Add and edit all captions in the Captions task page.
Click the Export captions button.
In the Export captions to file dialog, give the file a name.
Choose the file type.
Click Save.
Import Captions
Importing captions via a caption file replaces all existing captions on the timeline.
1. Click the Import captions button.
2. In the Import captions from file dialog, browse for and select the caption file.
3. Click Open. The new captions are added to the timeline.
If there are existing captions on the timeline, you are prompted to delete them. Click Yes. The new captions are added to the timeline.
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Edit Captions
Captions can be edited, deleted, moved, and merged.
The options for synched and manual captions differs. Each option is explained in detail below.
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Change Caption Text
Change Font Attributes
Merge Text with Previous Caption
Move and Size Captions
Change Caption Duration
Delete Captions
Change Caption Text
1. Double-click a caption on the timeline. The Captions task page opens and the selected caption text is highlighted.
2. Make any changes. The new text is seen on the canvas and is updated on the timeline.
Change Font Attributes
There are two options for applying font attributes to captions: Global and Individual.
Global Settings
Global attributes apply to all captions currently on the timeline and new captions added to the timeline. Global attributes
include:
Font style
Font size
Text color
Background color
Alignment
Placement
To change the font attributes for all captions, select the option from the font toolbar.
Individual Settings
Individual attributes can be apply to selected caption text. Individual attributes include:
Bold
Italic
To change the font attributes for selected text:
1. Highlight a selection in the caption text box.
2. Click bold
or italic
.
Merge Synced Captions
If synced captions are too short in terms of the amount of text they contain, they can be merged together. This allows for more
text per caption. When captions are merged, the duration of the caption does not change.
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Captions entered manually cannot be merged.
If merged captions contain more than three lines of text, the text in red does not appear .
To merge a caption
1. Right-click on a caption on the timeline.
2. Choose Merge text with previous caption from the context menu. The text is merged and the caption on the right is
removed from the timeline and Caption task page.
Move and Size Captions
Synced Captions
Synced captions are grouped together and cannot be moved or sized individually.
To move a caption group, grab and drag along the timeline to the new location.
Manual Captions
Manual captions can be resized and moved along the timeline.
To move a caption, grab and drag along the timeline to the new location.
To resize the caption, grab and drag an end in either direction.
Change Caption Duration
Default Duration
The default duration for a caption is four seconds. This allows enough time for about three lines of text to appear in each caption.
To change the default duration of the captions, choose Tools > Options > Default duration > Captions.
Change Duration of One Caption
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Click a caption on the timeline to highlight it. Grab an end of the caption and drag in either direction.
Delete Captions
To delete captions, do one of the following:
Synched captions cannot be deleted individually. However, the text from individual captions can be deleted. Right-click a
synched caption and choose Remove text from the context menu.
Click a manual or group of synched captions on the timeline to highlight it. Press Delete on the keyboard.
Right-click a caption on the timeline. Select Delete caption or Delete all captions from the context menu.
In the Captions task page, right-click a time stamp next to a caption text box. Select Delete caption, Delete caption
text, or Delete all captions from the context menu.
See also
Move, Resize, Rotate, or Delete a Callout
Callout Properties and Effects
Sketch Motion Callout
Highlight Callout
Add a Hotspot to a Callout
Blur or Pixelate the Screen with a Callout
Spotlight Callout
Text-Only Callout
Keystroke Callouts
Use Any Image as a Callout
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Hide Captions in Produced Video
During the production process, you can hide the captions.This does not delete the captions; it only hides them from view in the
final video.
Produce a Searchable Video With Open Captions
1. In Editor, after all editing is complete,click the Captions tab. If it is not in view, click the More tab. From the list, select
Captions. The Captions task page appears.
2. Add captions to the timeline.
3. When done, click the Produce and Share button. The Production Wizard appears.
4. Select the Custom production settings option from the dropdown menu. Click Next.
5. Select the MP4 Flash / HTML5 Player option. Click Next.
6. On the Flash / HTML5 Player Option screen, click the Options tab.
7. Make sure the Captions option is not selected.
8. Click Next. Step through the remainder of the Production Wizard.
See also:
ADA Compliancy
Add Captions by Synchronizing Text and Audio
Manually Add Captions
Speech-to-Text Captions
Import and Export Captions
Edit Captions
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Quiz and Survey
Insert a quiz or survey into your video to:
Test viewers’ knowledge through multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, and true/false questions.
Add open ended questions to gain feedback or gather user information such as an email address to contact the viewer at a
later time.
You must produce the video as an MP4 video file with a player to include a quiz or survey.
Quiz and Survey button text can be customized during the production process.
With a quiz or survey, you can:
Include an unlimited number of fill in the blank, multiple choice, short answer, or true/false questions.
Provide up to thirty answers options per question.
Analyze quiz results via a SCORM-compliant Learning Management System (LMS).
Get score reporting via the Camtasia Quiz Service.
Require quiz / survey takers to submit a name and email address.
Set the quiz to be scored or unscored.
For surveys, use the unscored option.
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Example of a Quiz Hosted on Screencast.com
Example of the Quiz View Answers Screen
Camtasia Quiz Service
You will receive the results of the quiz through email via the Camtasia Quiz Service.
The quiz service takes the collected quiz data and sends it to the quiz creator in the form of two CSV reports: Summary
and Detailed.
The Summary CSV report contains a total score and percentage for each person, per video. While a video may
have several quizzes, the summary report combines the scores from all quizzes in the video to give one overall
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score.
The Detailed CSV report contains a time stamp, detailed question/answer scores, text field entries, and more.
The reports are in a comma delimited CSV text file format. This format is best viewed in a program that allows you to
easily manipulate data in columnar format like Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets.
Reports are sent once each day. No reports are sent if there is no new data collected.
Reports aggregate data. So, each report contains both old and new data.
You cannot unsubscribe from the Quiz Service. The only way to stop getting reports is to stop having people take the quiz
or take the video down from the Web.
You cannot change the reporting email address.
Reports are delivered in an email similar to the following:
See also
Question Types
Add a Quiz or Survey
Quizzes on the Timeline
Question Types
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Quizzes on the Timeline
Quizzes can be added to the timeline or pinned to media on the timeline.
By default, quizzes are added as timeline quizzes.
When added to the timeline, quizzes stay in the same location regardless of what media is added, moved, or deleted on
the timeline. Timeline quizzes cannot be added to the Library.
When added to a media or group, if the media/group is moved, deleted, copied, pasted, or added to the Library, the quiz
goes with it.
Use the Marker/Quiz button on the timeline to show or hide the quiz view.
When the quiz view is open, you are in Quiz mode which allows you to quickly and efficiently add new quizzes and edit
existing ones.
You must be in quiz view to edit, view, or delete quizzes.
When not in quiz view, quiz placement is seen above the timeline as red and purple indicators.
Red indicates timeline markers.
Purple indicates makers pinned to media.
It is best to hide the quiz view before editing clips on the timeline.
Continue with
Add a Quiz While Quiz View is Closed
Add a Quiz While Quiz View is Open
Pin a Timeline Marker to a Media Clip
Turn a Media Quiz into a Timeline Quiz
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Add a Quiz While Quiz View is Closed
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Position the playhead on the timeline.
Press Q on the keyboard.
The quiz view opens and the quiz is added to the timeline.
Continue with Add a Quiz or Survey.
Add a Quiz While Quiz View is Open
When the quiz view is open, you are in Quiz mode which allows you to quickly and efficiently add new quizzes and edit existing
ones.
1. Hover the cursor over the timeline moving it along the top of the tick marks and media clips. Notice how quiz indicators
appear wherever a quiz can be added.
2. To create a:
a. Timeline quiz , hover over the time tick marks at the top of the timeline. A red indicator appears.
b. Media quiz , hover over the top of a media clip. A purple indicator appears.
3. Click indicator to create the quiz .
4. Double-click the quiz in the quiz view. Continue with Add a Quiz or Survey.
Pin a Timeline Quiz to a Media Clip
1. Show the quiz view.
2. Drag the timeline quiz along the timeline to where it will be pinned on the media clip.
3. Click the quiz thumbnail to highlight it. When selected, it is framed in blue and the quiz indicator is yellow.
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4. Hover the mouse cursor over the top of the media clip. A purple indicator appears.
5. Click on the purple indicator. The indicator changes position and color. It is now pinned to the media.
6. When finished adding quizzes, hide the quiz view.
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Turn a Media Quiz into a Timeline Quiz
1. Open the quiz view.
2. Click the media quiz thumbnail to highlight it. When selected, it is framed in blue and the quiz indicator is yellow.
3. Hover the mouse cursor over the time tick marks at the top of the timeline. A red indicator appears.
4. Click on the red indicator. The indicator will change position and color. It is now a timeline quiz.
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5. When finished adding quizzes, hide the quiz view.
See also
Quiz and Survey
Add a Quiz or Survey
Question Types
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Question Types
Add any of the following question types to your quiz or survey:
Multiple Choice
Requires the viewer to select an answer from a list of answers provided.
Quiz example: Which color is not a subtractive primary color?
Magenta
Yellow
Red
Survey example: Which method of help do you prefer?
Help file
Tutorial videos
PDF guide
Other
Fill in the Blank
Requires the viewer to enter a short answer to the question.
Quiz example: The creator of Snagit and Camtasia Studio, two popular software applications, is ________.
Survey example: What state do you live in?
Tips for Writing Fill in the Blank Questions
Include a question that prompts for the viewer’s name or ID in order to identify the quiz or survey at a later time.
Provide acceptable answer terms that allow for common spelling errors, possible abbreviations, or partial answers.
Avoid using nicknames.
Avoid using lists.
Keep answers limited to one or two words to avoid mismatched answers due to extra spaces or the order of the answer
terms.
Answers are not case sensitive. For example, TechSmith could be entered as techsmith or TechSmith or any other combination of upper and lowercase letters.
Short Answer
Requires the viewer to enter a short answer. Commonly used format for surveys.
Quiz example: How many days in a calendar year?
Survey example: Are you a home owner?
True / False
Quiz example: There are 362 days in a calendar year.
Survey example: I am planning to purchase a new automobile within the next six months.
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Add a Quiz or Survey
Quiz and Survey
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Add a Quiz or Survey
When creating a quiz or a survey, the main difference between the two is the type of questions asked.
Typically a survey is not scored and a quiz most often times is scored.
The process for creating a quiz or survey are exactly the same.
A survey might be added at the end of a video to solicit feedback about the video content.
A quiz might be placed at strategic intervals within the video to test viewers on the content they are watching.
Quiz and Survey button text can be customized during the production process.
Add a Quiz or Survey
1. In Editor, position the playhead on the timeline where a quiz or survey will be added.
2. Click the More tab and select Quizzing. The Quizzing task page appears.
3. Click the Add Quiz button.
The quiz view opens and a quiz is added to the timeline.
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To create a media quiz, see Quizzes on the Timeline.
4. Enter the name of the quiz in the Quiz Name field.
a. The name updates to the quiz on the timeline.
b. The quiz name also appears as a title in the live quiz.
5. Choose the scoring option. Uncheck the score quiz option if this is going to be a survey.
6. Double-click the Default Question Text to move down to the Question Options section of the page.
7. Choose the question type from the dropdown menu:
See also Question Types.
8. Enter the question in the Question field. Press Tab on the keyboard to move to the answer section.
9. Add the answers.
If the question type is a multiple choice, enter the all possible answers into the Answers text box.
For a fill in the blank question, enter all correct answers.
10. Choose the correct answer.
11. Use the arrow buttons to move the answers up or down in the desired order.
12. When done with the first question, click the Preview button to see how this question looks in the live quiz.
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to add another question to this quiz. Continue until all questions are
13. Click the Add Question button
added.
14. Do you want viewers to see their answers after they have been submitted? If yes, check that option. Viewers cannot
change their answers with this option. They can only view the answer they gave along with the correct answer.
See also
Quiz and Survey
Quizzes on the Timeline
Question Types
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Record Camera (Webcam) Video in Editor
The Record Camera option records camera video from a Web camera and synchronizes it with the video on the timeline.
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In Editor, position the playhead on the timeline.
From the More tab, select Record camera. The Record Camera task page appears.
If the camera is set up properly, the camera appears in the Available video devices dropdown.
Select the recording and audio options. These options are specific to the camera you are using.
If necessary, adjust the audio settings.
Click the Start Recording button. The video on the timeline (if applicable) plays back in the Preview Window as you rec-
ord the Web camera.
7. Click the Stop Recording button.
8. The Save Video Capture As dialog appears. Enter a file name and click Save.
9. Click Finished.
The video clip appears in the Clip Bin and on the timeline at the location of the playhead.
See also
Editor Audio Setup Wizard
Record a Webcam in Camtasia Recorder
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Produce and Share a Video
The production process, also called rendering, creates an output file based on the sequence of video clips, audio clips, images,
and effects on the timeline.
Preset production options contain settings optimized for popular distribution methods: Screencast.com, YouTube, the Web, or
mobile devices.
Produce Your First Recording
1. After recording, within Recorder’s Preview Window, click Produce.
Or, within Camtasia Studio, click Produce and Share. The Production Wizard appears.
2. The default setting is the recommended video file format based on the recording dimensions, editing dimensions and / or
content on the timeline. To change to another output, select an option from the dropdown:
3. Click Next. In the Production name field, give your video a name.
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4. Click Finish. The rendering process begins.
5. When rendering is complete, the Production Results screen appears. This is an overview that lists the specifics of your
video such as files created, duration, file size, etc.
6. Click Finish to close the Production Wizard.
See also
Produce to MP4 Flash - HTML5 Player
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to Windows Media Player (WMV)
Produce and Share Directly to Screencast.com
Produce and Share Directly to YouTube
Produce and Share to Google Drive
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
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Produce and Share Directly to Screencast.com
From within Camtasia Studio
1. Within Editor, click the Produce and Share dropdown and select Share to Screencast.com.
2. The Sign In to Screencast.com screen appears. Enter your Screencast.com credentials. Click Next.
3. Give your video a title and select the production folder.
4. Click Options to choose the controller behavior or turn features on or off like quizzing, table of contents, etc.
5. Click Finish. The video begins the rendering process.
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6. When rendering is complete, the video appears on Screencast.com and is ready to play.
7. The Production Results page appears in Editor with the share and embed code available. Click Finish to close the Production Wizard.
From Recorder’s Preview Window
1. After recording, within Recorder’s Preview Window, click Produce.
2. The Production Wizard appears. From the dropdown, select Share to Screencast.com.
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3. Click Next. The Sign In to Screencast.com screen appears.Click Next.
4. Continue with Step 3 in the instructions above.
See also
Produce to MP4 Flash - HTML5 Player
Produce and Share Directly to YouTube
Produce and Share to Google Drive
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to Windows Media Player (WMV)
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Screencast.com Production Results
Camtasia Studio > Produce video as > Custom production settings > Complete the Production Wizard > Production Results.
After rendering the video, the following occurs depending on the post-production options selected on the Produce Video screen.
The Production Results area provides a summary of the file location, output files created, and the settings used to
produce the video.
The video plays back for your review.
If you selected to upload by FTP or to Screencast.com, the dialog to upload the video appears.
To view the production files, click the Open Production Folder button.
To save the production settings as a preset, click the Create Production Preset button.
If you uploaded directly to Screencast.com, see Screencast.com Production Results.
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Produce and Share Directly to YouTube
From within Camtasia Studio
1. Within Editor, click the Produce and Share dropdown and select Share to YouTube.
The Sign In to YouTube screen appears.
2. Enter your YouTube credentials. Click Next.
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3. Give your video a title, choose the category, and select other YouTube options.
4. Click Finish. The video begins the rendering process.
5. When rendering is complete, the video appears on YouTube and is ready to play.
From Recorder’s Preview Window
1. After recording, within Recorder’s Preview Window, click Produce.
2. The Production Wizard appears. From the dropdown menu, select Share to YouTube.
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3. Click Next. The Sign In to YouTube screen appears.
4. Enter your YouTube credentials. Click Next.
5. Give your video a title, choose the category, and select other YouTube options.
6. When rendering is complete, the video appears on YouTube and is ready to play.
See also
Produce to MP4 Flash - HTML5 Player
Produce and Share Directly to Screencast.com
Produce and Share to Google Drive
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Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
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Produce and Share Directly to Google Drive
From within Camtasia Studio
1. Within Editor, click the Produce and Share dropdown and select Share to Google Drive.
-orWithin Editor, click the Produce and Share button. The Production Wizard appears. From the dropdown, select Share
to Google Drive.
2. The Sign In to Google Drive screen appears. Enter your Google Account credentials then click Sign In.
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3. A prompt to allow media to be added to your Google Drive appears. Click Accept to continue.
4. Give your video a title and select the production folder. The default is a TechSmith folder created in Google Drive.
5. Click Finish. The video begins the rendering process.
6. While the video is processing, Google Drive opens with information about the video.
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7. When rendering is complete, the video appears in Google Drive and is ready to play.
From Recorder’s Preview Window
1. After recording, within Recorder’s Preview Window, click Produce.
2. The Production Wizard appears. From the dropdown, select Share to Google Drive.
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3. Click Next. The Sign In to Google Drive screen appears.
4. Continue with Step 2 in the instructions above.
See also
Produce to MP4 Flash - HTML5 Player
Produce and Share Directly to YouTube
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to Windows Media Player (WMV)
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Produce Using Custom Production Settings
The Custom production settings option allows you to select detailed production options and save the settings as a preset for
future use.
For detailed instructions for each file type, see:
Flash and HTML5 Player Options
Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce an Animated File (GIF)
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Production File Format Overview
File Type
File ExtenDistribution
sion
Strengths
Weaknesses
Excellent quality
Small file size
Plays on most desktop browsers and
MPEG-4
video
MP4
Web, Local,
Mobile, CD,
DVD
newer smartphones
Not supported by all
and tablets
Broad adoption and
browsers if the Flash player
is not installed
support for this format
Best format for sharing
Plays in Windows
Windows
Media
Video
WMV
Web, Local,
CD, DVD
Media Player on
most Windows PCs
Excellent quality
Small file size
Plays in iTunes or
QuickTime player on
QuickTime
Movie
MOV
Web, Local,
CD, DVD
Windows
Native video format
for Macs
Cross platform
Audio
Video Interleaved
AVI
Not intended
for distribution
Requires Windows Media
Player or Silverlight player
Does not play natively on
Macs
Limited mobile playback support
Requires iTunes or QuickTime player to be installed on
Windows
Limited mobile playback support
Vendor neutral for-
Not a good choice as a shar-
mat
A good format for use
able format
Specific audio and video
with video editors
Standard format
codecs required if played on
another machine
Excellent audio qualMP3 Audio
QuickTime
M4V Video
MP3
Web, Local,
CD
ity
Small file size
Standard format
Compatible with
M4V
Sync with
iPod, iPhone,
and iPad via
iTunes
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iPods and iPhones
Audio only format
Small dimensions
Being replaced by MP4
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GIF
Embed in
email or web
page
Small file size
Can be embedded
into an email or other
places where an
image can be used.
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Cannot include audio
Poor visual quality
Limited to 256 colors
Limited to short durations
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Produce to MP4 Flash / HTML5 Player
The MP4 Flash file format creates a high quality, low file size video for playback on multiple Web browsers and mobile devices.
To Produce to MP4 Flash Format
1. In Camtasia Studio, click Produce and Share.
2. The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
3. Select the MP4 Flash / HTML5 player output option. Click Next.
4. In the Flash / HTML5 Player Options screen, select a controller theme, choose the features to include in the video, and
5.
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more. Click Next.
Select the Video Options. Click Next.
Customize TOC (if markers or quiz are in the video). Click Next.
Customize Quiz (if there is a quiz in the video). Click Next.
On the Produce Video screen, enter a production name, select the post production and upload options.
Click Finish. The video begins to render.
When video is complete, read the Production Results screen then click Finish.
See also
Produce and Share Directly to Screencast.com
Produce and Share Directly to YouTube
Produce and Share to Google Drive
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
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Flash / HTML 5 Player Options
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Next > MP4 - Flash/HTML 5
Player > Next.
Flash/HTML 5 Player Options
The Flash/HTML 5 Player options allow you to choose the look of the controller, turn features on or off in your video, and adjust
video settings like quality, keyframes, and more.
Continue with
Controller Tab
Size Tab
Video Settings Tab
Audio Settings Tab
Options Tab
Controller Tab
In this tab, choose the controller theme (look) and the video start/stop actions.
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Description
Turn the video controller on or off.
Produce with controller
If you only want to produce a video file, uncheck this option.
When unchecked, Camtasia Studio features like quizzes, hotspots, table of contents, and closed captions are not included in the video.
Controller Theme
Pause at Start
From the dropdown, choose the look of the controller. A preview is seen below
the options.
When checked, the video begins in a paused state. The viewer must click the
play button to view the video.
When unchecked, the video begins immediately.
Start Thumbnail
Auto-Hide Controls
Choose an image that displays before the video begins.
When Pause at Start is unchecked, you cannot choose a start thumbnail.
When checked, the playback controls appear when the mouse is moved over
the video.
When unchecked, the playback controls are always visible.
Options for when the video ends includes:
Stop with replay button:
The video stops and displays the last frame of the video with a replay button.
Stop:
After Video
The video stops on the last frame. Viewer must use the playback controls to replay video.
Loop playback:
Continuously plays the video.
Go to URL :
Open a URL in the viewer’s default web browser.
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Size Tab
Option
Description
The size of the frame in the HTML page, where the video is initially displayed.
When the Embed size and Video size are the same:
The quality of the embedded video is the best it can be since no scaling is
Embed Size
being done to the video at playback time.
In full screen mode, the quality does not look better.
When the Embed size is smaller than the Video size:
In full screen mode, the quality looks better.
The video's file size is larger, and takes longer to download.
The size that the video is produced at.
Video Size
The video size should never be less than the embed size.
Keep aspect ratio
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Video Settings Tab
Option
Description
The Automatic option preserves the highest frame rate for all clips on
Frame Rate
the timeline. To decrease the file size, select a lower frame rate.
Decreasing the frame rate to reduce the bandwidth required by the
video stream may cause the video to appear choppy during playback.
Select an option from the dropdown and then use the slider to adjust the quality.
The Quality (strongly recommended) encoding mode allows the
Encoding Mode
bitrate to vary as needed to achieve a given quality without unnecessarily increasing file size.
The Bitrate encoding mode sets the maximum data transfer rate (in
kBps). A lower bitrate produces a smaller file size but may decrease
the video quality.
Keyframe every
Key frames determine accuracy when seeking through a video.
To decrease file size, increase the number of seconds between key
frames.
The default option is recommended.
H.264 profile
Do not change this setting unless you are familiar with H.264 encoding
options.
The default option is recommended.
H.264 level
Do not change this setting unless you are familiar with H.264 encoding
options.
Multiple files based on markers
Produce a separate video production for each marker on the timeline.
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Audio Settings Tab
Option
Encode Audio
Description
Select the audio bitrate from the dropdown.
Disable this option if you do not want to include audio in the final video.
Options Tab
In this tab, choose the features to include in the video. Options that are grayed out are not available.
Option
Description
Check to include a table of contents in the video.
Table of Contents
If you have markers in your video, these can be used to include a table of contents in the final video.
You are able to rename the markers and choose which markers to include in the
table of contents in the Production Wizard's Marker options screen.
Check to make the video searchable.
Searchable
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search for text in captions, PowerPoint slides, PowerPoint notes, and markers.
Viewers can click a search result to jump to that location in the video.
Check to include captions in the video.
Caption type options include:
Closed captions:
Captions can be turned on and off by the viewer via a CC button on the
controller.
Captions are overlaid on the video.
Burned in captions:
Captions
Captions become a permanent part of the video and cannot be turned off.
Under video captions
Space is added under the video and captions are placed in that space.
With this option, the video's dimensions will be increased to accommodate the captions.
Caption initially visible:
When checked, captions are seen when the video begins playing.
Only available with the Closed Captions option.
Uncheck to hide captions when video first plays. Viewers must turn captions on via a CC button on the controller.
Check to include quizzes in the video.
Quizzing
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Quiz Reporting Options
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Next > MP4 - Flash / HTML 5
Player > Next > Video Options > Next > Marker Options > Next > Quiz Reporting Options.
Quiz Reporting Options
You can report the results of the quiz through email or via a SCORM-compliant Learning Management System (LMS).
Option
Report quiz results
using SCORM
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Description
Provides a packaged eLearning lesson with the video using SCORM.
Click the SCORM Options button to select the eLearning manifest options.
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Option
Description
Enter, then re-enter, the email address of the person to receive the quiz reports.
The email address must match in both fields.
Quiz results are sent to the recipient once each day if new data is present via the
Report quiz results
through email
Camtasia Quiz Service.
An incorrect email address cannot be changed later.
Choose viewer identity requirements.
Viewer Identity
Require a name and email from the viewer taking the quiz / survey or allow them to take
the quiz / survey anonymously.
Quiz appearance
Customize how your quiz or survey appears to your viewers.
Quiz Appearance
Click the Quiz appearance button to change the text viewers see when they take the quiz or survey.
For example, if you create a survey instead of a quiz, you could change the Take quiz now button to read "Take survey now."
The following image shows where each field in the Quiz appearance dialog box appears in the quiz or survey.
Camtasia Quiz Service
You will receive the results of the quiz through email via the Camtasia Quiz Service.
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The quiz service takes the collected quiz data and sends it to the quiz creator in the form of two CSV reports:
The Summary report contains a total score and percentage for each person, per video. While a video may have
several quizzes, the summary report combines the scores from all quizzes in the video to give one overall score.
The Detailed report contains a time stamp, detailed question/answer scores, text field entries, and more.
The reports are in Comma Delimited, CSV text file format. This format is best viewed in a program that allows you to
easily manipulate data in columnar format like Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets.
Reports are sent once each day. No reports are sent if there is no new data collected.
Reports aggregate data. So, each report contains both old and new data.
You cannot unsubscribe from the Quiz Service. The only way to stop getting reports is to stop having people take the quiz
or take the video down from the Web.
You cannot change the reporting email address.
Reports are delivered in an email similar to the following:
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Marker Options (Customize the Table of Contents)
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Next > MP4 - Flash / HTML 5
Player > Next > Video Options > Next > Marker Options.
Marker/Table of Contents Options
Markers automatically create navigation points in a video. When you include a table of contents (TOC) in the video, the markers
appear as interactive hyperlinks in the table of contents.
To edit and customize the table of contents, select from the following options:
Option
Description
Number marker entries
Number the table of contents entries sequentially in the produced TOC.
Table of contents initially visible
Check to show the table of contents when the video plays.
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Option
Description
troller.
Disable the markers you do not want to appear in the table of contents.
Enable or disable
markers for TOC
entries
Rename
To rename a TOC entry, double-click the entry in the list and type a new name. Or,
select the entry from the list and click Rename.
Fixed Left
Choose to position TOC on the left side of the video.
Fixed Right
Choose to position TOC on the right side of the video.
Text with thumbnail: TOC shows both the thumbnail and the text
Text only: TOC shows only the text
Thumbnail only: TOC shows only the thumbnail
Marker Display
See also
Add Markers While Recording
Markers
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Video Production Caption Settings
To access the caption settings, in Editor, click the Captions tab.
For closed or open captions to appear in the final video, certain settings must be applied in both the Captions task page and Production Wizard.
Production options for captions include:
Produce Closed Captions with or without Search Capability
Produce Open Captions with or without Search Capability
Add Captions Under the Video
Hide Captions in Produced Video
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Produce Closed Captions with or without Search
Capability
The Searchable feature adds a search pane to the video and allows viewers to search for text in captions, PowerPoint slides,
PowerPoint notes, and markers.
Only PowerPoint presentations recorded as CAMREC recording files can be made searchable.
Viewers can click a search result to jump to that location in the video.
Closed captions can be turned on and off by the viewer via a CC button on the controller.
Produce a Searchable Video With Closed Captions
1. In Editor, after all editing is complete,click the Captions tab. If it is not in view, click the More tab. From the list, select
Captions. The Captions task page appears.
2. Add captions to the timeline.
3. When done, click the Produce and Share button. The Production Wizard appears.
4. Select the Custom production settings option from the dropdown menu. Click Next.
5. Select the MP4 Flash / HTML5 Player option. Click Next.
6. On the Flash / HTML5 Player Option screen, click the Options tab.
7. Make sure the Captions and Closed Captions options are selected.
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8. To have the captions visible when the video first begins playing, check the Captions initially visible option.
9. To make your video searchable, enable the Searchable option.
If you do not want to allow viewers to search the video, leave this option unchecked.
10. Click Next. Step through the remainder of the Production Wizard.
See also:
ADA Compliancy
Add Captions by Synchronizing Text and Audio
Manually Add Captions
Speech-to-Text Captions
Import and Export Captions
Edit Captions
Flash and HTML5 Player Options
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Produce Open Captions with or without Search
Capability
The Searchable feature adds a search pane to the video and allows viewers to search for text in captions, PowerPoint slides,
PowerPoint notes, and markers.
Only PowerPoint presentations recorded as CAMREC recording files can be made searchable.
Viewers can click a search result to jump to that location in the video.
Open captions cannot be turned on and off by the viewer.
Produce a Searchable Video With Open Captions
1. In Editor, after all editing is complete,click the Captions tab. If it is not in view, click the More tab. From the list, select
Captions. The Captions task page appears.
2. Add captions to the timeline.
3. When done, click the Produce and Share button. The Production Wizard appears.
4. Select the Custom production settings option from the dropdown menu. Click Next.
5. Select the MP4 Flash / HTML5 Player option. Click Next.
6. On the Flash / HTML5 Player Option screen, click the Options tab.
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7. Make sure the Captions and Burned into video options are selected.
8. To make your video searchable, enable the Searchable option.
If you do not want to allow viewers to search the video, leave this option unchecked.
9. Click Next. Step through the remainder of the Production Wizard.
See also:
ADA Compliancy
Add Captions by Synchronizing Text and Audio
Manually Add Captions
Speech-to-Text Captions
Import and Export Captions
Edit Captions
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Produce with Captions Under the Video
with or without Search Capability
The Under video captions option in the production wizard adds blank vertical space to the video and places the captions under
the video in that space. Captions placed under the video are not Closed captions and cannot be turned off.
The Searchable feature adds a search pane to the video and allows viewers to search for text in captions, PowerPoint slides,
PowerPoint notes, and markers. Viewers can click a search result to jump to that location in the video.
Only PowerPoint presentations recorded as CAMREC recording files can be made searchable.
Produce a Searchable Video With Captions Under the Video
1. In Editor, after all editing is complete,click the Captions tab. If it is not in view, click the More tab. From the list, select
Captions. The Captions task page appears.
2. Add captions to the timeline.
3. When done, click the Produce and Share button. The Production Wizard appears.
4. Select the Custom production settings option from the dropdown menu. Click Next.
5. Select the MP4 Flash / HTML5 Player option. Click Next.
6. On the Flash / HTML5 Player Option screen, click the Options tab.
7. Make sure the Captions and Under video captions options are selected.
8. To have the captions visible when the video first begins playing, check the Captions initially visible option.
9. To make your video searchable, enable the Searchable option.
If you do not want to allow viewers to search the video, leave this option unchecked.
10. Click Next. Step through the remainder of the Production Wizard.
See also:
ADA Compliancy
Add Captions by Synchronizing Text and Audio
Manually Add Captions
Speech-to-Text Captions
Import and Export Captions
Edit Captions
Flash and HTML5 Player Options
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Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
To Produce to Windows Media Player Video File Format
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
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The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Select the WMV-Windows Media video option. Click Next.
Select a Profile on the Windows Media Encoding Options screen (see descriptions below). Click Next.
Select the dimensions and options to reduce file size on the Video Size screen. Click Next.
Select the Video Options. Click Next.
If you have markers on the timeline, customize the table of contents or choose to create multiple videos based on the
markers. Click Next.
9. On the Produce Video screen, enter a video name and choose the post production and upload options..
10. Click Finish. The video begins rendering.
11. Once production is completed, the Production Results screen appears. Click Finish to exit the Production Wizard.
Click the Preview button at any time in the Production Wizard to produce a 30 second sample of your video
using the current settings.
Windows Media Encoding Options
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For best results, select Camtasia Studio Best Quality and File Size (recommended) for the profile. This option adapts
well to a variety of source content and maintains high quality while using only as much file size as needed.
Windows Media Encoding Option
Description
Profiles
Select a profile that contains the desired encoding settings.
Description
Read-only field provides a description of the selected profile.
Details
Provides details about the selected audio and video encoding options.
See also
Flash and HTML5 Player Options
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce an Animated File (GIF)
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Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
To produce to the MOV file format, you need the latest version of QuickTime from http://www.apple.com/quicktime.
Produce to the QuickTime Movie Video File Format
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
3.
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The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Select the MOV-QuickTime movie option. Click Next.
Select the QuickTime Encoding Options (see below). Click Next.
Select the dimensions and options to reduce file size on the Video Size screen. Click Next.
Select the Video Options. Click Next.
If you have markers on the timeline, customize the table of contents or choose to create multiple videos based on the
markers. Click Next.
9. On the Produce Video screen, enter a video name and choose the post production and upload options.
10. Click Finish. The video begins rendering.
11. Once production is completed, the Production Results screen appears. Click Finish to exit the Production Wizard.
Click the Preview button at any time in the Production Wizard to produce a 30 second sample of your video
using the current settings.
QuickTime Encoding Options
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The MOV file format has a wide selection of video and audio compression options. We recommend H.264 for the
video compression and MPEG-4 Audio (AAC) for the audio compression.
QuickTime populates the options available on the QuickTime Encoding Options screen. See the QuickTime documentation for
more information on these settings.
See also
Flash and HTML5 Player Options
Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce an Animated File (GIF)
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Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
The AVI file format retains the highest quality during recording and allows for editing in Camtasia Studio or other video editing programs. Camtasia Studio uses the TechSmith Screen Capture Codec 2 (TSC2) as the default video compressor.
Videos produced to AVI using the TSC2 codec cannot be shared since the TSC2 codec is required for viewing
and the TSC2 cannot be distributed at this time. If AVI is going to be used for sharing, either as a stand-alone
video or in MenuMaker, use the TSCC codec to produce the video.
To Produce an AVI Video
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
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The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Select the AVI-Audio Video Interleave video file option. Click Next.
Select AVI Encoding Options (see descriptions below). Click Next.
Select the dimensions and options to reduce file size on the Video Size screen. Click Next.
Select the Video Options. Click Next.
If you have markers on the timeline, customize the table of contents or choose to create multiple videos based on the
markers. Click Next.
9. On the Produce Video screen, enter a video name and choose the post production and upload options.
10. Click Finish. The video begins rendering.
11. Once production is completed, the Production Results screen appears. Click Finish to exit the Production Wizard.
Click the Preview button at any time in the Production Wizard to produce a 30 second sample of your video
using the current settings.
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AVI Encoding Options
Option
Colors
Frame rate
Description
The Automatic option preserves the highest color setting for clips on the Timeline.
To decrease the file size, select a lower color depth.
The Automatic option preserves the highest frame rate for clips on the Timeline.
To decrease the file size, select a lower frame rate.
Video compression
Opens the Video Compression Options dialog box which allows you to select the screen
capture codec.
Audio Format
Opens the Audio Format dialog box to set the playback rate options.
Encode audio
Disable this option if you do not want to include audio in the produced video.
Details
Displays the audio and video encoding options selected.
See also
Flash and HTML5 Player Options
Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce an Animated File (GIF)
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AVI and TSC2
TechSmith's Screen Capture Codecs
About TSC2
By default, Camtasia Studio encodes AVIi video files with the TechSmith Screen Capture Codec 2 (TSC2).
TSC2 is a very high quality lossy format, meaning much of the original quality is preserved to in the video output. Most
people cannot see a difference between videos produced with the TSC2 and TSCC codecs.
A TSC2 produced video is smaller in size then a video produced with TSCC. While the file size is smaller, an AVI video is
not meant to be a shareable video.
TSC2 is the best codec for recording high motion video.
Videos produced to AVI using the TSC2 codec cannot be shared since the TSC2 codec is required for viewing
and the TSC2 cannot be distributed at this time. If AVI is going to be used for sharing, either as a stand-alone
video or in MenuMaker, use the TSCC codec to produce the video.
About TSCC
The TechSmith Screen Capture Codec (TSCC) is lossless, meaning the original quality is preserved to maintain the highest quality output.
A TSCC produced video is larger in size than a video produced with TSC2.
TSCC can be selected for use for either recording video or producing video files.
TSCC is not the best codec for recording high motion video.
To use the TSCC codec for recording, choose Recorder > Tools > Options > Inputs tab > Video Settings button > Compressor dropdown menu > TechSmith Screen Capture Codec
EnSharpen decodes TSCC and TSC2 AVI files in any application that uses QuickTime.
The TSC2, TSCC, and EnSharpen codecs are installed on your computer during Camtasia Studio installation.
Uses for AVI Files
Produce the video as an AVI file to use as a source clip in other projects.
Include an AVI as a video link in a Camtasia MenuMaker menu for CD-ROM distribution. To ensure playback on any Windows PC, MenuMaker automatically includes Camtasia Player with the CD menu. Camtasia Player decodes the TSCC
AVI without viewers needing to install the codec on their computer.
Use with a 3rd party DVD-authoring software. The dimensions for DVDs differ across countries. The NTSC standard is
720 x 480 and the PAL standard is 720 x 576. Select the correct dimensions on the Video Size screen.
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Recommended AVI Production Settings
Option
Recommended Settings
Colors
Automatic
Frame Rate
Automatic
Video Compression
TSC2
Audio Format
PCM, 44.1 kHz, 16 bit, Mono
Largest Video Size
For DVD: 720 x 480 (NTSC) 720 x 576 (PAL)
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Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
iPod is a portable media player designed and marketed by Apple Inc. Select the M4V option to create a video specifically formatted to play on a video-capable iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, or within iTunes.
To improve viewing on smaller resolutions, such as on an iPod or an iPhone, apply SmartFocus or add Zoom-n-Pan animations
to the Timeline.
To Produce an iPod, iPhone, or iTunes Video
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
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The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Select the M4V-iPod, iPhone, iTunes compatible video option. Click Next.
Select the iPod Options (see descriptions below). Click Next.
On the Produce Video screen, enter a video name and choose the post production and upload options.
Click Finish. The video begins rendering.
Once production is completed, the Production Results screen appears. Click Finish to exit the Production Wizard.
Click the Preview button at any time in the Production Wizard to produce a 30 second sample of your video
using the current settings.
iPod Options
Option
Options
Description
Opens the Project Properties dialog box to enter iTunes and author information. See Add Metadata.
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Option
Description
Select the bandwidth and dimensions for the video:
M4V
Select 320 x 240 dimensions for playback on an iPod or in iTunes.
Select iPhone (480 x 320) for playback on an iPhone, iPod Touch, or in iTunes.
See also
Flash and HTML5 Player Options
Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
Produce an Animated File (GIF)
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Produce Audio Only (MP3)
To Produce an Audio Only MP3
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
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The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Select the MP3-audio only option. Click Next.
Select the MP3 Encoding Options (see descriptions below). Click Next.
On the Produce Video screen, enter a video name and choose the post production and upload options.
Click Finish. The video begins rendering.
Once production is completed, the Production Results screen appears. Click Finish to exit the Production Wizard.
Click the Preview button at any time in the Production Wizard to produce a 30 second sample of your video
using the current settings.
MP3 Encoding Options
Option
Description
Options
Opens the Project Properties dialog box to enter author and copyright information. See
Add Metadata.
Audio encoding
bitrate
Select the data transfer rate for the audio encoding.
See also
Flash and HTML5 Player Options
Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
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Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce an Animated File (GIF)
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Produce an Animated File (GIF)
To Produce an Animated GIF File
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
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The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Select the GIF-animation file option. Click Next.
Select the Animated GIF Encoding Options (see descriptions below). Click Next.
Select the dimensions and options to reduce file size on the Video Size screen. Click Next.
Select the Video Options. Click Next.
If you have markers on the timeline, customize the table of contents or choose to create multiple videos based on the
markers. Click Next.
9. On the Produce Video screen, enter a video name and choose the post production and upload options.
10. Click Finish. The video begins rendering.
11. Once production is completed, the Production Results screen appears. Click Finish to exit the Production Wizard.
Click the Preview button at any time in the Production Wizard to produce a 30 second sample of your video
using the current settings.
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Animated GIF Encoding Options
Option
Colors
Frame rate
Description
Select Automatic to preserve the highest color setting for clips on the Timeline.
To decrease the file size, select a lower color depth.
Select Automatic to preserve the highest frame rate for clips on the Timeline.
To decrease the file size, select a lower frame rate.
Loop indefinitely
Continuously play the video.
Play
Enable to enter the number of times to loop the video.
Optimized palette
Uses all colors in all frames in the GIF file. Produces a better quality GIF file than a fixed palette.
Include windows colors
Include the standard Windows 20 colors in the GIF file palette.
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Option
Description
Dithered color
reduction
Dithering attempts to smooth the effects of color reduction. Select this option for real-world
video content rather than for screen recordings.
Details
Displays the audio and video options selected.
See also
Flash and HTML5 Player Options
Produce to Windows Media Video (WMV)
Produce to QuickTime Movie (MOV)
Produce to iPod, iPhone, or iTunes (M4V)
Produce Audio Only (MP3)
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Production Wizard Video Size
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Choose video file format > Next >
Encoding Options > Video Size.
Video Size Options
Select the final dimensions for the video. The default size originally set in the Editing Dimensions dialog box is recommended.
Option
Description
Editing dimensions video size (Recommended)
Produces a video at the dimensions selected in the Editing Dimensions dialog box.
Custom size
Enter a custom width and height to produce the video.
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Production Wizard Video Options
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Next > MP4 - Flash / HTML 5
Player > Next > Video Options.
Or
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Choose video file format > Next >
Encoding Options > Video Size > Next > Video Options.
Video Options
Add metadata and select the options for Quiz SCORM Reporting, watermark, and HTML embed.
Option
Video Info Options
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Enter additional information about the video such as the title, author, and copyright
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Option
Description
Enable to report quiz results via SCORM.
SCORM Options
Click the Options button to access the SCORM Manifest options.
Not all SCORM options are available with all production file formats.
Add a watermark to:
Watermark
Options
Identify the video owner/creator
Protect intellectual property
Brand a video with a company’s or institution’s logo
See Production Wizard Watermark Options.
Image Path
Provides the path and file name for the watermark image.
Create an HTML Web page that has the video embedded in it.
Embed video into
HTML
See Production Wizard HTML Options.
Not all HTML options are available with all production file formats.
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Video and Project Information
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Next > MP4 - Flash / HTML 5
Player > Next > Video Options > Video Info group box > Options button.
Or
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Choose video file format > Next >
Encoding Options > Video Size > Next > Video Options > Video Info group box > Options button.
Project Information Options
The Video Information tabs allow you to enter information about your project, video, author, copyright, and more.
This information may be viewable to others and searchable on the Internet. Use caution when deciding what personal information to include.
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For detailed definition of these fields, go to the Dublin Core Web site.
For a detailed definition of the fields on the iTunes Information tab, go to iTunes RSS Tags.
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Quiz SCORM Manifest Options
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Next > MP4 - Flash / HTML 5
Player > Next > Video Options > Next > Marker Options > Next > Quiz Reporting Options > SCORM options button.
Or
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Choose video file format > Next >
Encoding Options > Video Size > Next > Video Options > Enable SCORM > Options button.
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SCORM Manifest Options
The SCORM manifest is a mandatory XML file that describes the components of the content package, such as the course
name, course description, and lesson name.
Complete the following options for the manifest:
Option
Description
Identifier
Unique identifier for the manifest. Created by default.
Title
Enter a title for the eLearning course.
Description
Enter a description for the eLearning course.
Subject
Enter a subject for the eLearning course.
Version
Indicates the version of the manifest. The default is version 1.2.
Duration
Read-only field that displays the total time to play the eLearning lesson at its intended
speed.
Language
Enter the language code for the audience. By default, the language code is in English.
Lesson Title
Enter the title for the lesson.
Passing Score
Use the slider to choose the percentage of correct answers required for a passing score.
Viewing percentage
required
Use the slider to choose the percentage of video required to be watched for the lesson
completion requirement.
Select one of the following options for packaging the archive file:
Package Options
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Produce both zip file and unzipped files
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Production Wizard Watermark Options
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Next > MP4 - Flash / HTML 5
Player > Next > Video Options > Watermark group box > Options button.
Or
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Choose video file format > Next >
Encoding Options > Video Size > Next > Video Options > Watermark group box > Options button.
Watermark Options
Add a watermark to:
Identify the video owner/creator.
Protect intellectual property.
Brand a video with a company’s or institution’s logo.
To include a watermark, enable the Include watermark option on the Video Options screen in the Production Wizard.
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Production Wizard HTML Options
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Choose video file format > Next >
Encoding Options > Video Size > Video Options > HTML group box > HTML Options button.
HTML Options
Create an HTML Web page that has the video embedded in it.
Enable the Embed video into HTML option and select the following options.
Option
Description
Alignment
Select the video’s alignment within the HTML page.
Show Play Controls
Display the player controls on the HTML page. Allows for easy navigation for the video.
Start Video Playing
Starts playing the video as soon as the HTML page opens.
Title
Enter a name that appears at the top of the HTML page.
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Production Wizard Marker Options
To access these options, select Camtasia Studio >Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Choose video file format > Next > Encoding Options > Video Size > Next > Video Options > Next
> Marker Options.
Marker / Table of Contents Options
Markers automatically create navigation points in a video. When you include a table of contents (TOC) in the video, the markers
appear as interactive hyperlinks in the table of contents.
To edit and customize the table of contents, select from the following options:
Option
Description
Produce multiple files based on my
markers
Produce a separate video production for each marker on the Timeline.
Include a table of contents with my
produced video
Check this option to include a TOC in the video.
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Option
Description
Cut off long marker names, don't
wrap
Check this option to cut off long marker names so they do not wrap to a
second line in the TOC.
Number marker entries
Number the table of contents entries sequentially in the produced TOC.
Uncheck to disable the markers you do not want to appear in the table of
contents.
Markers
Rename
To rename a TOC entry, double-click the entry in the list and type a new
name. Or, select the entry from the list and click Rename.
Move Left
To decrease the indent, select an entry from the list and click Move Left.
Move Right
To indent an entry, select an entry from the list and click Move.
See also
Add Markers While Recording
Markers
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Video File and Post-Production Options
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share button > Custom production settings > Step through the Production Wizard screens > Produce Video screen.
Click the Finish button to begin rendering the video. This process produces the audio, video, and image clips into a video based
on the sequence on the Timeline.
Continue with Production Results.
Option
Production Name
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Organize produced files
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Description
Choose a folder location for the produced video files.
Check this option to organize each produced video into its own folder.
This is used in conjunction with the "produce separate files at markers" production
option.
Show production results
After rendering the video, view a summary of the file location, output files created,
and the settings used for production.
Play video after production
Plays the produced video in a Preview Window for review.
Upload the produced video files by FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
Upload by FTP
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FTP allows you to transfer your files between your local computer and a server
over the Internet.
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Production Results
Camtasia Studio > Produce and Share > Screencast.com > Step through the Production Wizard > Produce video
> Production Results screen.
Production Results Options
After the video completes production, the following occurs depending on the post-production options selected on the Produce
Video screen.
The Production Results area provides a summary of the file location, output files created, and the settings used to
produce the video.
The video plays back for your review.
If you selected to upload by FTP the dialog to upload the video appears.
To view the production files, click Open Production Folder.
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To save the production settings as a preset, click the Create Production Preset button.
Click Finish to close the Production Wizard.
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Other Production Options
In addition to the Production Wizard, Camtasia Studio offers several other ways to produce your videos and manage your production settings.
Option
Preview the Production Settings
Save Production Settings as a Preset
Description
The Preview option renders the first thirty seconds of the
video based on the selected production settings.
This option allows you to preview the current production settings without producing the entire video.
Save your production settings to add a new production preset to the Production Wizard.
Share production presets to:
Share a Production Preset
Work on team projects that require specific dimensions, file formats, or other production options
Define a standard look for a company’s videos
Batch Production
Preview Manager
Produce a Selection on the Timeline
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The Batch Production option renders multiple Camtasia Studio projects at the same time using the production presets
you choose.
The Preview Manager saves all production previews rendered for a project.
Use the Preview Manager to view and compare the production preview.
Produce a selection on the Timeline to create a short video
or to preview an effect.
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Upload Video by FTP
You can upload videos files by FTP (File Transfer Protocol). FTP allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a
server on the Internet.
To Upload a Video by FTP
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
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The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Step through the wizard. On the Produce Video screen, enable the Upload video by FTP option.
Click Finish.
The FTP Settings dialog box appears. Select a profile or enter the following FTP options:
Server: Enter the address for the site. You can enter a domain address such as ftp.servername.com or an IP
address.
Path: Determines where to place your files on the server. Your path is your web-accessible directory such as public_html/directory/directory.
Passive FTP: The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) determines and initiates the flow of data, not the FTP server program. The use of passive FTP ensures all data flow initiation comes from inside the network rather than outside.
Anonymous FTP: Users do not need an account on the server, a username, or password.
Username and Password: Enter the username and password you use when you log into the Web site’s server.
7.
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To save the profile for future use, click the Add As New Profile button and enter a name for the profile.
Click OK.
Camtasia Studio renders the video file. Click Finish.
Click Yes in the dialog box that appears.
The FTP Upload Progress dialog box appears. The video file uploads to the path entered. When the video finishes uploading the
Upload Results dialog box appears.
You can also upload Camtasia Studio-produced files by FTP by selecting File > Upload To > FTP.
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Batch Production
The Batch Production option renders multiple Camtasia Studio projects at the same time using production presets.
Batch Produce Using One Preset
1. In Camtasia Studio, choose Tools menu > Sharing > Batch Production. The Batch Production wizard appears.
2. Click the Add Files/Projects button. Select the files to render (CAMREC, AVI, CAMPROJ, MPG, MPEG, WMV, MOV,
MPEG-4, or FLV). Click Next.
3. Choose Use one production preset for all files/projects option then select a preset from the dropdown menu or click
Preset manager to choose a different preset.
4. Click Next.
To create a new preset, select Preset Manager > New.
5. Click Browse to choose the output folder. Check the Organize produced files into sub-folders option to produce the
files/projects into separate folders.
6. Check the Show production results option to view a summary after rendering.
7. Click Finish. The batch processing begins. The progress of each file/project appears in the Rendering Batch Production
dialog.
Batch Produce Using Multiple Presets
1. In Camtasia Studio, select Tools > Sharing > Batch Production. The Batch Production wizard appears.
2. Click the Add Files/Projects button. Select the files to render (CAMREC, AVI, CAMPROJ, MPG, MPEG, WMV, MOV,
MPEG-4, or FLV). Click Next.
3. Select the Use a different production preset for each file/project option. Click Next.
4. Click within the Preset Name column to change the preset for each file/project. Click Next.
Or
Click Preset manager to choose a different preset
To create a new preset, select Preset Manager > New.
5. Click Browse to choose the output folder. Enable the Organize produced files into sub-folders option to produce the
files/projects into separate folders.
6. Check the Show production results option to view a summary after rendering.
7. Click Finish. The batch processing begins. The progress of each file/project appears in the Rendering Batch Production
dialog.
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Produce a Selection on the Timeline
Produce a selection on the Timeline to create a short video or to preview an effect.
1. Use the in and out points on the playhead to make a selection on the timeline.
2. Right-click the selection and choose Produce selection as.
3. The Production Wizard appears. Produce the video with the desired settings.
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Save Production Settings as a Preset
Add a new production preset to the Production Wizard to:
Create a production standard for company, team, or yourself
Remember and save frequently used production settings
To Save Production Settings as a Preset
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
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The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Step through the wizard. Click Finish on the Produce Video screen.
After producing the video, the Production Results screen appears. Click the Create a Production Preset button.
The Create Production Preset dialog appears. Enter a name and description for the preset. Click OK.
Click Finish. The production preset now appears in the dropdown list in the Production Wizard.
See also
Add or Edit a Production Preset
Share a Production Preset
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Add or Edit a Production Preset
Add a new production preset to:
Create a production standard for company, team, or yourself
Save frequently used production settings
Edit a production preset to:
Customize the default presets to fit your production needs
Make changes to existing presets
To Add or Edit a Production Preset
1. In Camtasia Studio, click Produce and Share.
2. The Production Wizard appears. Select Add / Edit preset from the dropdown.
3. Click Next. The Manage Production Presets dialog box appears.
To add a preset, click the New button. The Create a Production Preset Wizard opens.
To edit an existing preset, select a preset from the dropdown and click the Edit button. The Edit a Production Preset Wizard opens.
4. Enter a name and description for the preset and choose a file format.
5. Click Next. Step through the rest of the wizard to make selections relevant to the file format that you chose.
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6. At the end of the wizard, click Finish.
7. In the Manage Production Presets dialog, click Close.
The production preset appears in the dropdown list in the Production Wizard.
See also
Share a Production Preset
Save Production Settings as a Preset
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Share a Production Preset
Share production presets to:
Work on team projects that require specific dimensions, file formats, or other production options
Define a standard look for a company’s videos
To Share a Production Preset
1. Open the following file location:
On Microsoft Windows XP or earlier: C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\Camtasia Studio\Custom Production Presets 8.0
On Microsoft Windows 7 and earlier: C:\User\Documents\Camtasia Studio\Custom Production Presets 8.0
2. Right-click on the production preset to share. Select Send To > Mail Recipient.
3. The recipient needs to copy the file into the same file location on their computer.
The production preset appears in the recipient’s dropdown in the Production Wizard.
You cannot share presets created in previous versions of Camtasia Studio with Camtasia Studio 8.
See also
Save Production Settings as a Preset
Preview Manager
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Preview the Production Settings
The Preview option renders the first thirty seconds of the video based on the selected production settings. This option allows you
to preview the current production settings without producing the entire video.
The Preview option is available on each of the Production Wizard screen.
To Preview the Production Settings
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
3.
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5.
6.
The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Select a file format. Click Next.
Select the desired production settings throughout the Production Wizard.
Click the Preview button and select the Preview Current Settings option from the menu.
7. The Production Wizard renders the first thirty seconds of the video and saves the preview in the Preview Manager.
8. The produced video plays. If you like the settings, continue to the end of the Production Wizard and produce the entire
video. If you do not like the settings, use the Back and Next buttons to move through the wizard to make changes.
To change the default duration for a production preview, select Tools > Options > Program tab > Default duration.
See also
Preview Manager
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The Preview Manager saves all production previews rendered for a project. Use the Preview Manager to view and compare the
production previews.
To Access the Preview Manager
1. Make all edits to your video.
2. Click Produce and Share.
3.
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6.
The Production Wizard appears. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown. Click Next.
Select a file format. Click Next.
Select the desired production settings.
Click the Preview dropdown and select the Preview manager option.
The Preview Manager appears.
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To Move, View, or Hide Column Headings
Click and drag a column heading along the heading row and drop it in the desired location.
Check a column to view
Uncheck a column to hide
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This section describes technical information and options available in Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Recorder.
See also
Camtasia Studio System Requirements
About Camtasia Player
About Screencast.com
System Stamp and Caption Options
Recorder Tools Options
Camtasia Studio Tools Options
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Camtasia Studio System Requirements
Base requirements
Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
Microsoft DirectX 9 or later version
Microsoft .NET 4.0 Client Profile (included, except with MSI installer)
Dual-Core Processor minimum, Quad-Core Processor or better recommended
2GB RAM minimum, 4GB RAM or greater recommended
2 GB of hard-disk space for program installation
Display dimensions of 1024x768 or greater
Dedicated Windows-compatible sound card, microphone and speakers recommended
Feature specific requirements
Camtasia Studio Add-in for PowerPoint requires PowerPoint 2007, 2010, and 2013 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Import of .mov and production to .mov and .m4v requires Apple QuickTime 7.2 or later
Camera video recording requires a USB Web camera. Recording live from a DV camera is not supported
Integration with Camtasia Relay requires Camtasia Relay Client Recorder
GPU acceleration requires DirectX 9 compatible video adapter with 128 MB of video memory or greater and Pixel Shader
2.0 or later
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About Camtasia Player
Camtasia Player is a standalone video player, optimized for playing screen recordings.
Plays videos at 100% of their original size to maintain readability.
Runs on any 32-bit Windows platform, with no dependencies on runtime libraries, OS version, or DirectX.
Player is a single .exe file. No setup required and Player does not use the registry or any configuration files.
Use command line options to invoke Player in various ways from CD-ROMs, multimedia authoring tools, and scripting languages or batch files.
Only plays .avi files and includes built-in support for the TechSmith Screen Capture Codec (TSC2).
Requires installation of the basic Windows multimedia support for playing .avi files.
The TechSmith Screen Capture Codec (TSC2) is built into Camtasia Player. The benefits include:
The ability to playback videos on the host PC without needing to install the TSC2.
Preservation of nearly 100% of the video quality
Optimized for screen capture, resulting in small and highly compressed files.
Exceptional compression speed at all color depths.
Camtasia Player System Requirements
Microsoft Windows® 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista® or later
Windows-compatible sound card and speakers (recommended)
470 KB of hard disk space for program installation
Installation of basic Windows multimedia .avi file support
Installation of any audio or video codecs required by the .avi files
To view the codecs installed, select Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Hardware tab.
Make Camtasia Player the Default Player
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Right-click on an .avi file in Windows Explorer.
Select Open With > Choose Program.
The Open With dialog box appears. Click Browse.
Find and select: C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 6\CamPlay.exe
Click Open.
Enable the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file option.
Click OK.
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About Screencast.com
Screencast.com is a place to upload, manage, and share high-quality videos, presentations, and images.
With Screencast.com, you can:
Control the rights to your content
Maintain original quality
Access the stats on your content
Allow viewers to comment
Share content and provide viewers with a link to your content, a MediaRoll widget, or RSS feed
Use Screencast.com to...
Upload Jing and Snagit captures to the web and share them with a link.
Share your Camtasia videos online-and-control how private or public they are.
Share Morae usability testing videos with UX teams and stakeholders.
Screencast.com Free:
2 GB of Storage
2 GB Monthly Bandwidth
4 Privacy Options
Clear Videos and images, every time
To learn more, visit www.screencast.com.
Camtasia Studio Integration
Upload videos directly from Camtasia Studio to Screencast.com.
Create your Screencast.com folder prior to uploading.
Customize the thumbnail.
After production, the video is immediately available to share with your viewers.
See also
Produce and Share Directly to Screencast.com.
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System Stamp and Caption Options
Camtasia Recorder > Effects > Options > Annotation tab > System stamp options button or Caption options button.
The system stamp and caption options define the appearance of the system stamp or caption including the font, font color, style,
position, etc.
Options
Description
Normal
Displays normal text in the recording.
Drop Shadow
Adds a drop shadow to the text.
Outlined Shadow
Outline the text with a shadow.
Transparent background
Allows anything in the recording area behind the system stamp or caption to be seen.
Word Wrap
Wraps the system stamp or caption text to fit within the size of the recording area.
Position
Click a square in the grid to select the position of the caption or system stamp in the
recording area.
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Options
Description
Font
Click the Font button to edit the font type, size, and color.
Color
Click the Color button to edit the text, background, shadow, or outline color in the system
stamp or caption.
See also
Add a System Stamp While Recording
Add a Caption While Recording
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Recorder Tools Options
Camtasia Recorder > Tools > Options.
The Tools Options dialog box provides access to the global options available in Camtasia Recorder.
See also
Recorder General Tab Options
Recorder File Name Options
Hardware Acceleration
Recorder Inputs Tab Options
Audio Format
Change the Recorder Hotkeys
Recorder Program Tab Options
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Recorder General Tab Options
Camtasia Recorder > Tools > Options > General tab.
Help Options
Option
Description
Show tooltips
Display tooltips in Camtasia Recorder.
Warn me when recorder
will be recorded
Displays a warning dialog box when Camtasia Recorder appears in the recording
area and in the final recording file.
Capture Options
Option
Description
Capture layered windows
Capture translucent or irregularly-shaped layered windows. An example of a layered window is the Office Assistant in Microsoft Office 2000.
Capture keyboard
input
Record keystrokes. See Keystroke Callouts.
Disable screensaver
during capture
Enable this option when conducting long, unmonitored recordings.
Disable Aero during
capture
Disables the aero style in Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Saving Options
Option
Description
Record to
Select the recording file format. CAMREC is the default file format. See The CAMREC
Recording File.
File options button
Opens the File Options dialog box . See Recorder File Name Options.
Temporary
folder
Select a folder to store the temporary files created while recording.
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Recorder File Name Options
Camtasia Recorder > Tools > Options > General tab > File options button.
Set the file name preferences for recording in Camtasia Recorder.
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Hardware Acceleration
The option to disable hardware acceleration during capture is only available on Microsoft® Windows XP or earlier
operating systems.
Camtasia Recorder > Tools > Options > General tab > Disable display acceleration during capture.
Screen recording can exhaust the CPU resources which can result in low frame rates or sluggish performance. Tool low of a
frame rate can make videos appear jerky. If the system resources are exhausted, the mouse cursor or background applications
may run slowly. After recording, you may see a black box instead of the recording. This is evident on slower systems, when running CPU intensive applications and recording large areas of the screen.
Disabling hardware acceleration greatly reduces CPU utilization on Microsoft® Windows XP.
Some applications require hardware acceleration to run properly. Games, CAD programs, and TV cards are a few examples. Try
other methods to reduce the CPU:
Decrease the size of the recording area.
Lower the capture frame rate.
Use a faster computer.
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Recorder Inputs Tab Options
Camtasia Recorder > Tools > Options > Inputs tab.
Video Options
Option
Description
Screen
capture
frame rate
Select the capture frame rate in frames per second. Larger frame rates usually produce smoother
videos. However, larger frame rates produce larger file sizes and require more system resources to
record the video.
Video settings button
Opens the Video Compression Setup dialog box which allows you to select the screen capture
codec.
Restore
defaults
Restores the video capture settings to the default values: capture frame rate (30 fps) and video
codec (TechSmith Screen Capture Codec 2).
Audio Options
Option
Description
Audio device
Select a microphone or audio device from the dropdown.
Volume slider
Drag the volume slide to adjust the recording volume level.
Audio settings
button
Click to select the audio format for the recording file. See Audio Format.
Record system audio
option
System audio is the system sounds from your computer such as mouse click sounds and audio
playing from your speaker. Disable this option to not record the system audio.
Webcam Options
Option
Description
Webcam device
Select the camera device from the dropdown. If the device is on and properly set up, a preview of the camera appears.
Device properties
button
Consult your camera device’s documentation.
Format settings
button
Consult your camera device’s documentation.
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Audio Settings
Camtasia Recorder > Tools > Options > Inputs tab > Audio settings button.
The following options determine the audio format for the recording file:
Add a New Audio Format
1. Select the Format and the Attributes.
2. Click Save As and enter a name for the format.
3. Click OK.
Record with an Existing Audio Format
1. Select a Name from the dropdown list.
2. Click OK.
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Recorder Program Tab Options
Camtasia Recorder > Tools > Options > Program tab.
Recording Region Options
Option
Descriptions
Region appearance
Choose how to display the green recording rectangle during
recording. Options include: Corners, Rectangle, and Hidden.
Glowing capture rectangle
Flashes the green recording area during recording.
Force popup dialog boxes into region
Opens dialog boxes and other popup windows into the recording
area.
Force region to multiple of 4 (improves quality)
Forces the dimensions of the video (in pixels) to a multiple of
four. This eliminates errors when viewing videos created with
certain codecs (such as Microsoft Video 1) which requires
frames in multiples of four pixels.
Workflow Options
Option
Record screen after
starting capture
Restore cursor location
after pause
Hide Preview Window
after recording is
stopped
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Show countdown before recording
Uncheck the Show countdown before recording option to have recording begin
immediately when the Record hotkey or button is pressed.
Restores the cursor to the position on the screen prior to the pause. This allows you to
seamlessly continue the action in the recording prior to the pause.
You must press F9 to pause and resume the recording to use this option.
Select this option to not preview your screencast after recording. Choose from the following post recording options: Save, Produce, Add to Timeline, Add to Clip bin.
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Minimize Options
Option
Description
If you open or move the toolbar into the recording area, the toolbar will appear in the final recording
file. Select one of the following options to determine when to minimize the toolbar:
If recorder will be recorded
Always
Never
Minimize
recorder
Double-click the system tray icon during recording to open the toolbar.
Select the location to minimize the toolbar
Minimize
to
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Camtasia Studio Tools Options
Camtasia Studio > Tools > Options
The Tools Options dialog box provides access to the global options available in Camtasia Studio.
Continue with
Program Tab Options
Partner Tab Options
Upgrade Options
Hotkeys Options
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Program Tab Options
Camtasia Studio > Tools > Options > Program tab
Option
Description
Transitions use the frames at the end of one video and the beginning of
another. This can consume portions of the video you might need to see
onscreen.
Use trimmed content in transitions
Enable this option to have the transition effect use several frames of
a video clip that was trimmed, split, or cut.
This allows the effect to appear smoother since the "good" frames are
not being consumed by the transition.
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Option
Description
Apply SmartFocus to clips added
Automatically apply SmartFocus animations to CAMRECs added to
the timeline.
Lock SmartFocus to maximum scale
SmartFocus only pans animations. No zoom animations are added.
Use GPU acceleration if available
If available, performance of editing, previewing, and production is better.
This option is not available for Microsoft Windows XP.
Enable to show the mirrored waveform as it appeared in previous versions of Camtasia Studio.
In both views, the same audio data is shown. Only the
presentation of the waveform differs.
Camtasia Studio 8 Waveform Style
In this view, the waveform is slightly larger and the audio data is not mirrored.
Mirror waveform
Camtasia Studio 7 Waveform Style
In this view, the waveform is slightly smaller and the audio data is duplicated to create a mirrored or top and bottom view.
When enabled, if using the Cut tool to remove a timeline selection, the
gap between any audio or video is automatically stitched (joined)
together.
Enable auto-stitching
(Joins audio and video clips after a cut)
When disabled, the clips will not automatically be joined but can be manually stitched together.
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Option
Description
Manually Stitch Clips
Right-click between two clips on the timeline and choose Stitch Media
from the menu.
Unstitch Clips
Right-click on a stitched media clip and choose Unstitch.
Set the interval, in minutes, for automatically saving a recovery file of
the current project.
AutoSave every
AutoSave is enabled by default and is set to save every two minutes.
See Back up a Project Automatically (AutoSave).
Copy content into Library
Link to content
Clean up Library button
When an asset is added to the Library, Camtasia Studio creates a
copy of the asset.
When an asset is added to the Library, Camtasia Studio links to the
original asset file on a hard drive or network location.
If assets are moved from the original location, the link to the asset
breaks within the Library.
The Clean up Library option removes any broken links, rebuilds the
Library indexes, and updates your folders.
Once you perform the cleanup process, you cannot restore the Library to
the previous version.
Select to Show all tips and/or Show all balloon tips.
Help tips
When deselected, these tips will not show in the Camtasia Editor interface
Show Welcome Window on startup
Display Welcome Window.
Default durations
Temporary storage folder
Select the default duration (in seconds) for transitions, callouts, title
clips, and images added to the timeline.
Changes to the default duration and does not apply to elements currently on the Timeline.
Select the default folder to store temporary files.
See also
Partner Tab Options
Upgrade Options
Hotkeys Options
Help Improve Camtasia Studio
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Partner Tab Options
Camtasia Studio > Tools > Options > Partner Tab
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PowerPoint Add-in
Post-Save Option
Enable the Prompt for next action after recording is saved option to open a dialog after saving the PowerPoint recording. The
dialog allows you to immediately edit or produce the recording file in Camtasia Studio.
Enable PowerPoint Add-In
Enable the PowerPoint Add-In in Microsoft PowerPoint®. Use the Camtasia Studio PowerPoint Add-in to record and produce
PowerPoint presentations from within Microsoft PowerPoint®. See Record a PowerPoint Presentation.
Import Slide Notes as Captions
For PowerPoint recordings, you can import the PowerPoint presentation notes onto the timeline as captions. Select from one of
the following options:
Always ask about importing PowerPoint slide notes as captions
Always import PowerPoint slide notes as captions
Never import PowerPoint slide notes as captions
Mobile Sharing
Mobile Sharing is a feature used to turn file transfer capability from Fuse to Camtasia Studio on or off.
To transfer image or video files from TechSmith Fuse to Camtasia Studio, a connection must be created between the mobile
device and Camtasia Studio across the same shared network. If Mobile Sharing is turned off, the connection cannot be made.
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The Mobile Sharing options:
Show the current status of the Mobil Sharing service.
Allow you to turn Mobile Sharing capability on or off.
Customize the name of each instance of Camtasia Studio for easy identification in the Fuse app.
Status of Mobile Sharing
The status of Mobile Sharing is seen in this field. The status might be:
On:
Mobile Sharing is on.
File transfers can take place from mobile device to the Camtasia Studio Clip Bin.
Off:
Mobile Sharing is off.
File transfers cannot take place from mobile device to the Camtasia Studio Clip Bin.
Make a new connection to the Fuse service to allow media files to transfer from TechSmith Fuse to Camtasia
Studio.
Error:
Mobile Sharing is off due to an error that occurred.
File transfers cannot take place from mobile device to the Camtasia Studio Clip Bin.
Not being connected to the network or a changed IP address might cause an error.
Allow Sharing to Camtasia
When the Allow sharing to Camtasia option is:
Enabled
Allows Camtasia Studio to transfer files from Fuse.
Disabled
Prevents Camtasia Studio from transferring files from Fuse.
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If an attempt to create a connection from Camtasia Studio to TechSmith Fuse is made, and Mobile Sharing is
turned off, you are prompted to enable Mobile Sharing.
Choose Yes to turn on Mobile Sharing and transfer files.
Choose No to keep Mobile Sharing turned off and prevent files from being transferred.
Connection Name
The connection name indicates which instance of Camtasia Studio you are sending media files to from the Fuse app.
By default, the connection name is your computer login name followed by Camtasia.
However, if you have multiple instances of Camtasia Studio installed on different computers, you can change the name for easy
identification in the Fuse app.
For example, if you have Camtasia Studio installed on a work computer and a home computer, you might call you home version
of Camtasia Studio "Home Computer" and your work computer "Work Computer".
Default Storage Location
By default, media files transferred from TechSmith Fuse go to this location.
To change the default storage folder, click the Browse button and choose a new location.
Google Drive Default Storage Folder
By default, media files imported from Google Drive go to this location.
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To change the default storage folder, click the Browse button and choose a new location.
See also
Program Tab Options
Upgrade Options
Hotkeys Options
Help Improve Camtasia Studio
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Change Media Durations
Change the Duration from the Timeline
1. Click to select a clip on the timeline. When selected, the clip is blue.
2. Hover the cursor over the beginning or end of the clip.
3. When the highlight on the end appears, grab the clip and drag in either direction.
Change Media Default Durations
1. Select Tools > Options > Program tab > Default duration.
2. Enter the new time, in seconds, into the desired box. Or, use the arrow buttons to change the time.
3. Click OK.
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Upgrade Options
Camtasia Studio > Tools > Options > Upgrade Options tab.
Check to see if you are running the latest version of Camtasia Studio. An Internet connection is required.
To automatically check for Camtasia Studio program updates, click the Enable automated upgrade checking option.
By default, Camtasia Studio checks every 14 days.
Camtasia Studio displays a dialog box that asks if you want to check for available upgrades.
See also
Program Tab Options
Partner Tab Options
Hotkeys Options
Help Improve Camtasia Studio
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Hotkeys Options
Camtasia Studio > Tools > Options > Hotkeys tab
Use these command hotkeys to add effects at the position of the playhead on the timeline.
Use the options in this tab to change the default hotkeys.
Click Restore defaults to return hotkeys to their original settings.
Option
Default Hotkey
Add callout
C
Add visual animation
Z
Add caption
A
Add transition
T
Add marker
M
Add quiz
Q
Split
S
Extend Frame
E
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Partner Tab Options
Upgrade Options
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Camtasia Studio Hotkeys
A hotkey, also called a keyboard shortcut, shortcut key, or keystroke combination, is a key or set of keys that perform a defined
function in a software application or computer operating system.
Reducing application tasks and processes with a hotkey often saves the user time and makes software usage easier for those
with disabilities.
The following lists the hotkeys available in the Camtasia Studio Editor.
See also Hotkeys Options.
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Help Improve Camtasia Studio
Camtasia Studio > Tools > Options > Help us improve tab.
TechSmith User Design Initiative (TUDI)
The TechSmith User Design Initiative (TUDI) is the perfect opportunity for you to help us improve TechSmith products. If you
choose to opt-in, we collect anonymous information about your hardware configuration and how you use TechSmith products.
This allows us to identify trends and usage patterns.
TUDI runs in the background, collecting information when you click on something that performs an action. You won't even know
it's there and TUDI will not slow down the performance of your machine.
The information will be used as a guide during development. Usually, during the design of the interface, we take a lot of educated
guesses. This data allows us to look at how people are actually using our products and is of great help to guide design.
Program Participation Options
Choose Yes, sign me up! at any time to participate in the program.
Choose No, thank you at any time to withdraw from the program.
Click More information to view the TechSmith TUDI disclosure statement on the TechSmith website.
Click View my data to see the data being sent back to TechSmith.
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