EPD - Instructor Resources - Camtasia Studio 8 Video Settings
Camtasia 2 (Mac version) and Camtasia Studio 8 (PC version) are frequently used by EPD for producing video recordings and micro-lectures. This document details the basic settings for exporting a recorded lecture to a MP4 file on Windows using Camtasia Studio 8.
Step 1 Confirm Audio Quality
Check for good audio quality at the beginning, the middle, and the slide transitions.
Step 2 Edit Dimensions (if size is lower than 1280x720) - Optional
Check the canvas size that the project was recorded at. It is best to have an HD quality video (720 pixels or higher), which means the canvas size should be 1280x720 or higher. If the video canvas size is lower than that, adjust it up to 1280x720. If it is higher, it can be carefully sized down, but it is not necessary. It is easy to crop out some information when sizing down.
- Make sure to always preserve the aspect ratio to avoid image distortion.
If the dimensions (or canvas size) need to be edited, go to Edit → Adjust Canvas.
Step 3 Set Size - Optional
Use the drop-down list to change the canvas to 1280x720 and check the box next to "Keep aspect ratio". Check to make sure that no cropping has occurred to the visual information in the video.
Step 4 Custom Production Settings
Go to File → Produce and share (to export). Choose "Custom production settings" in the drop down and make the following selections.
Step 5 Choose File Format
MOV - QuickTime movie is the recommended file format.
Step 6 Set Frame Rate
Click QuickTime Options to change the video settings. Select the H.264 Compression Type. H.264 is currently the most widely accepted file codec.
Frame rates should be set as follows, depending on motion in the video. Lowering the frame rate can help reduce the file size in videos with only slides.
- Set as 5 frames per second for PowerPoint slide-based lecture video
- Set as 10-15 frames per second if there are PowerPoint animations in the video
- Set as 30 frames per second for videos with live action, people, movement, etc.
Lowering the data rate can also help reduce the file size in videos with static slides (no live action/movement/animation).
Step 7 Preserve Aspect Ratio
Within the Size settings, check the box next to "Preserve aspect ratio" and choose "Fit within dimensions" in the drop down menu.
Step 8 Audio Settings
Within the Sound settings, view the default settings. AAC is the required Compressor type.
Step 9 Check Movie Settings
The final settings page should look like the image below. "Fast Start" should be selected under "Prepare for Internet Streaming". The remaining default selections do not need to be changed.
Step 10 Update File Format and View a Sample of the Video for Quality
Finally, change the file extension from .mov to .mp4 before uploading to the selected video delivery platform, such as UW Box, Kaltura, Moodle, Desire2Learn, UW Google Drive, etc.
Check the following to ensure desired product:
- Desired file size (should be small)
Make sure to scrub through the final video to review its audio and video qualityMake sure it sounds goodEnsure no cropping has occurred and that all information is visible in the video
- Ex: A 20 minute slide-based recording should be well under 50MB
Feel free to contact the EPD Learning Design and Technologies team for consultation regarding the best options for video delivery platform choice, LMS, video production and other considerations.
If there are any further questions, contact IT or watch the tutorial videos from TechSmith.