8 Awesome Tips For Camtasia 8
The program offers dozens of different callout and highlight features, intuitive editing and
video/audio alignment capabilities, and several different production options.
However, with such a powerful and multi-faceted tool, there is a lot of opportunity to misuse or
simply not know about features.
Although playing around with all of Camtasias different abilities may be helpful for some, here are
8 tips that provide the path of least resistance in terms of time and frustration to create a high
quality video production:
1. Record audio first.
It is much easier to record the video aspect of your project while taking cues from the already
finished audio in contrast to recording the video by guessing how long it should be, recording the
audio, and then editing the video to match up with the audio. Even if your visual callouts are not at
first in sync with the corresponding audio, it is much easier to adjust the timing of the audio and
video on the timeline then have to add or take away a still frame from the video.
2. Use consistent and high definition video settings for recording, editing, and production.
It is very important to ensure that the video dimensions for recording, editing, and production are
all standardized during the course of your project. There is nothing worse than recording the
entirety of your video to find the quality of output is blurry, pixilated, or grainy. This is easily
prevented by setting high recording and editing dimensions from the beginning; to pick the settings
for YouTube HD quality output, check out this tutorial. All in all, it is better to error on the safe side
by starting with higher video dimensions.
3. Limit background noise.
Camtasia does allow you to edit out background noise, but doing so distorts the naturalness of the
audio. Therefore try to minimize background noise in your environment such as whirring air
conditioners or heaters, traffic outside, or people talking about what they had for lunch in the room
next door. Theres nothing more frustrating than having a great audio clip that is blemished by
some obnoxious car honk.
4. Add additional time for a still frame.
To extend a frame that is too short for a corresponding audio clip, click Edit>Extend Frame then
enter the amount of extra time needed. This feature is not advertised much by Camtasia, but it is
far cleaner than copying and pasting or extending clips.
5. Have separate PowerPoint slides.
Save a different PowerPoint file for each slide that is going to be in the production. Recording all
the slides together then editing them in Camtasia can leave tiny (but noticeable) video clips of the
next slide at the end of each of them. This is not a challenging problem to fix, but you can
definitely save a lot of time by not having to delete the last tenth of a second off of each
6. Pay attention to transitions.
Transitions are not intended to be noticeable; their sole purpose for existing is to do just the
opposite. For this reason, be sure that your transitions are not too long or cheesy. It makes the
final video look far less professional and can be an unwelcome distraction.
7. Unlink audio and video.
The potential annoyances arising from keeping your audio and video linked far outweigh the
benefit that this feature could provide. Keeping them linked prevents you from isolating any one
audio or video clip by itself; many times this can lead to cutting out tiny clips that go unnoticed until
the video is finally produced. It might be helpful to have them linked when you are rearranging the
order of clips, but beyond that this just is not a helpful feature to have turned on.
8. Edit individual pieces as you do them.
Once you are finished recording an individual audio or video clip, edit it! Not only will it make the
entire project feel more manageable, but you can fix problems that might mess up other audio or
video clips later in the timeline as they arise.
Making use of these tips will undoubtedly save you wasted time and irritation while making your
video through Camtasia. For an example of a video made using these tips by a first time video
maker, with some interesting information on website visitor segmentation as well, look at this
If you would like to learn more about how to create AMAZING videos using Camtasia click the link
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