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Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac are software applications for creating video tutorials and presentations from screen video capture, published by TechSmith. This app is designed to record the screen, edit and customize professional quality videos, and share them with anyone on any device.

Getting Started

Preparing Your Presentation

Planning for pre-recording can vary based on the strengths of the instructor, and the goal of the video or screen recording. Although some (including TechSmith) recommend scripting and rehearsing before recording, we suggest that for most recorded presentations, the PowerPoint slides usually provide enough of an outline to keep the presenter on task, yet still allows the recorder to be natural and somewhat spontaneous in the recorded presentation. The goal is for the presenter to not sound like they are reading straight from a script or the PowerPoint slides, but each presenter knows their own strengths. 


Presenters carry out all steps of the demonstration in sequence and are able to jump from one application to another without interrupting the recording process. The Pause button above the timeline, or a hotkey combination, allows for the recording to be stopped, at which point Camtasia renders the input that has been captured, and applies user-defined settings. This is an effective way to capture any application, webpage, or PowerPoint presentation that needs to appear in the screencast video, and record everything that happens on the screen.

For information about selecting which screen source to record (full screen, application, etc.), web camera options, audio source settings, etc., view one these brief video tutorials:
Using keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys can expedite the recording process:


After the presentation has been captured, the footage can be edited by trimming, cutting and/or pasting different parts of the video as needed. 


Camtasia stores everything in its own proprietary project file format (i.e. .cmproj), which is only readable by Camtasia itself; this format creates fairly small file sizes, and allows the user to go back to re-record parts or update source material. ALWAYS keep the original Camtasia project files

To deploy video recordings to students, EPD LDT will assist you in exporting the Camtasia project file to common video formats which can be read by most computers, such as MPEG-4, AVI, or Quicktime. These resulting video files can then be uploaded to Moodle, Learn@UW, or even YouTube in order to be delivered to students.

Important Instructions for Sharing Camtasia Project Files (Preferred if Deployment to EPD):

Further Information

An entire video-on-demand training series for Camtasia Studio 8 (Windows) is on Lynda.com (Login with UW NetID):

Keywords:EPD, Camtasia, Recorded Presentations   Doc ID:42532
Owner:Paul M.Group:Engineering Professional Development - Department Resources
Created:2014-08-06 10:52 CDTUpdated:2016-01-21 12:34 CDT
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