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  1. 1. Camtasia Notes www.techsmith.com • Can download software and use for a one-month trial period • ~ $180 (Includes Camtasia, Dubit and SnagIt) Camtasia captures the action and sound from any part of the Windows desktop and saves it to a standard AVI movie file or streaming video. Using a home or office computer, can create high quality (audio and video) movies with Camtasia A 640 x 480 resolution movie with audio requires less than 1.5MB of disk space per recorded minute • Audio component makes up as much as 90% of total file size! Camtasia Recorder Capture cursor movements, menu selections, pop-up windows, layered windows, typing and everything else you see on your screen. Camtasia Producer Camtasia’s editor quickly edits, trims and joins AVI clips. Add Audio Narrate your Camtasia screencam video while you record your movie. Or, use Dubit to add narration and sound effects to any AVI movie while you view it. Camtasia Player Camtasia’s easy to use, standalone movie player that guarantees high quality playback of your AVI movies. Or play Camtasia screencam movies with Windows Media Player and RealNetworks RealPlayer. Industry Standards Camtasia supports the AVI format and standard video for windows audio and video codecs. SnagIt SnagIt delivers customized screen captures with the press of a hotkey. SnagIt screen capture software captures images, text, and video from your Windows desktop. download3244.doc 1 7/15/10
  2. 2. Camtasia Recorder Setup Standard View • What you see when you first open Camtasia Change to Compact View • Takes up less screen area Set Capture input to a fixed region • Set to 640 x 480. Determines size of movie capture window • Typical screen resolution for a 17 inch monitor is 1024 x 768 download3244.doc 2 7/15/10
  3. 3. Set Audio to be recorded “on the fly” • Can also include cursor and keyboard sounds. Reinforces need for user to click mouse buttons, use keyboard Set Mouse clicks to be visible as well as audible Adjust Highlight Mouse Clicks to be small (unobtrusive, yet visible) colored circles download3244.doc 3 7/15/10
  4. 4. Choose Options Pulldown menu > Preferences… Preferences Dialog Box AVI Tab • Leave Video Options set to Auto Configure o Ensures that Techsmith Screen Capture Codec (TSCC) is used. TSCC codec provides exact video renderings coupled with excellent compression ratios and performance.  Downside – TSCC codec must be installed on computer where movie is being viewed download3244.doc 4 7/15/10
  5. 5. Audio Options • Based on trial and error, have found that the audio settings shown below produce good quality sound and small file size • PCM format – uncompressed audio • File size proportional to KB/s • Have found that increasing bit size from 8 to 16 significantly reduces background noise download3244.doc 5 7/15/10
  6. 6. File Tab • Designate an output folder and a file name prefix. All saved video clips will be saved to this folder with the designated Prefix download3244.doc 6 7/15/10
  7. 7. Program Tab • On program options tab, use the following Capture Options o Pause before starting capture ON – allows you to arrange and position windows and capture rectangle before starting capture o Boost priority during capture ON – gives Camtasia a higher processor priority o Hide capture rectangle ON – otherwise the capture rectangle blinks annoyingly o Play movie after saving file OFF – not necessary Capture Rectangle download3244.doc 7 7/15/10
  8. 8. Camtasia Recording Launch application you wish to record from Hit Capture button (or F9 hot key) to go into recording mode • Since “Pause before starting capture” is on, recording does not start immediately. Capture rectangle is visible • Resize application to fit a 640 x 480 capture rectangle When ready, hit F9 (or Record button) to start recording download3244.doc 8 7/15/10
  9. 9. If you want to discard what you have recorded, hit the Delete button If you want to pause the recording at any time, hit the F9 key If you want to save what you have recorded, hit the Stop recording button (or the Stop hot key – default is F10) Once you have saved a recording, hit the Camtasia Producer button Camtasia Producer opens … download3244.doc 9 7/15/10
  10. 10. Camtasia Producer Use the File Explorer to navigate to the folder (specified in Camtasia Recorder) where movies files are saved Drag the movie file to the editor for review download3244.doc 10 7/15/10
  11. 11. Use the Timeline Editor Toolbar to play and, if necessary, edit the movie Drag the completed (edited) movie clip to the Storyboard Return to Camtasia Recorder to do more recording download3244.doc 11 7/15/10
  12. 12. Repeat as necessary, adding completed movie segments to the Storyboard Once you have a completed set of video clips, choose File > Produce Movie … download3244.doc 12 7/15/10
  13. 13. The Produce Movie Dialog Box opens Select a file name for the movie • This is a bit cumbersome. The first time you save a complete movie, you need to locate the folder where you want to save it. Each time you save another movie, you need to edit the name from the drop-down list. You may also need to modify the audio format options in Camtasia Producer, otherwise they may be changed from what they were recorded at in Camtasia Recorder. To do this, click on the Options … Button Select the Avi Tab, Audio Setup…, then specify the same attributes used in Camtasia Recorder. When you are ready, select the Produce button. A dialog box appears indicating that the Storyboard is being rendered. Once this closes, the job is done. You should be able to view the movie with any media player, though the Camtasia Player or the Widows Media Player work best. download3244.doc 13 7/15/10

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