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Camtasia, published by TechSmith, is a software application for creating video tutorials and presentations from a webcam and screen video capture. This application is designed to record video and audio, edit and customize professional-quality videos, and share them with anyone on any device. Anything that is put on the computer screen can be captured in the recording.
InterPro currently supports Camtasia versions 2021, 2022, and 2023.
- UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students can find information on licensing here.
- Instructors with an Interdisciplinary Professional Programs (InterPro) affiliation may contact InterPro Online Support for assistance.
- Instructors log in to the Campus Software Library, click TechSmith Camtasia, and fill in the required information on the TechSmith Camtasia webpage to download and install Camtasia 2023.
- Review Camtasia Tutorials or contact InterPro's Learning Design & Technologies team (email@example.com) for Camtasia training.
Recommended Recording Equipment and Materials
- USB microphone
- ample lighting (e.g. LED panels)
- green screen or banner background
- instructional content (e.g. presentation slides, or an application or website for demonstration purposes)
Please contact the Learning Design & Technologies team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance with recording equipment and recording best practices.
Preparing Your Presentation
Presentation (PowerPoint) Slide Design & Best Practices
- See InterPro Teaching & Learning Recorded Lectures for information regarding recording best practices.
- Use the InterPro PowerPoint Template, which models best practices for slide design. See InterPro - Online Learning - Teaching Resources for Instructors - PowerPoint Template.
- Avoid the use of dates, module numbers, course numbers, and other instance-specific information on the slides in order to increase reusability in future courses.
- Start a new project in Camtasia (File > New Project).
- Save the project with an appropriate file name (e.g. InterPro_Course #_Module #_TopicName). Note: The project file will be the file for the entire video, but smaller video clips will be created within the project file.
- Cue materials (PowerPoint, websites, or other programs).
- Record a test recording. If you would like feedback before recording your full content, please reach out to the Learning Design & Technologies team (email@example.com).
- Edit or save and share with LDT for post-production
- Save and zip the project file.
- Upload the zipped project file to the designated folder in Box. (Or publish to .mp4 videos, if self-producing the video.)
1. Click Record in the top left corner of the Camtasia editor window. The following menu will appear:
- Turn on the screen recorder. Record minimally in FHD (1920x1080) resolution or the full-screen display and 30 fps (frames per second).
- Turn on the webcam and record minimally in FHD (1920x1080) resolution.
- Turn on the external microphone and check that it shows feedback to input. Drag the slider to increase or decrease the audio level.
- The system audio may be enabled if desired. Turning system audio on will record your computer's notification audio alerts and is not recommended if you only need to capture voice via the microphone.
2. When the recorder settings are established, click Start Recording; a countdown appears and then minimizes. For information about selecting which screen source to record (full screen, application, etc.), webcam options, audio source settings, etc., watch the first section of this brief video tutorial: Record, Edit, Share.
3. The first recorded clip is automatically added to the Camtasia timeline. To verify your project dimensions, click on the screen recording of this clip in the timeline, and under Properties, check the scale (should be 100%) and the size (width: 1920.0, height: 1080.0). For more information, see Crisp & Clear Screen Recordings.
- Everything on the screen is captured, including the mouse pointer. Avoid unnecessary cursor movement.
- Each time the video is stopped, a new clip will be created.
- When the video is paused, the same clip is extended (no new clip is created).
- Individual recorded clips appear in the Media Bin (click Media on the left side of the screen to access the Media Bin).
Workflow Options for Recording
A. Record one clip per slide: put up a slide, present, and stop (repeat).
B. Record one clip per 3-5 slides and then stop (repeat).
C. Record one clip for the entire video, using the pause button and audio breaks to ease editing.
Key Commands for Recording
Key Commands for Recording in Camtasia mac Windows
Option + Command + 2 F10
Shift + Command + 2 F9
After the presentation has been captured, the footage can be edited by trimming, cutting and/or pasting different parts of the video as needed. The Camtasia file can be saved and shared with the LDT team for post-production (recommended for video consistency across courses) or edited yourself.
To prepare your Camtasia file for post-production by LDT, click and drag the clips you would like to use in the final video, in the order you would like them in, from the media bin to the timeline at the bottom of the screen before saving and sharing. The first recorded clip is automatically added to the timeline. An example is shown in the image below.
Video Tutorials - Editing Essentials
Notes about Editing
- Use the timeline to edit clips.
- Only clips in the timeline get produced/included within the final video.
- The first clip is automatically added to the timeline, others need to be manually added (via drag and drop).
- Editing clips in the timeline does not affect corresponding clips in the Media Bin (clips in the bin contain the original recording).
How to Cut & Trim Content
- Move the Playhead to the desired position.
- From the Edit menu, select Split All (or right click on the playhead and select Split Selected or Split All).
- Create another cut to isolate the content to be deleted.
- From the Edit menu, select Ripple Delete (This will remove the clip without leaving a gap).
Useful Editing Key Commands
Important instructions for saving and sharing Camtasia project files
Important instructions for producing .mp4 video files