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 Camtasia

(Faculty and Staff)

About this Page

Camtasia is a software program that can be used to create video lectures and presentations. Faculty and staff who have access to Camtasia can capture their computer screen, present a PowerPoint lecture, or just video themselves. This software is powerful and complex. This page explains the parts of the software, gives step-by-step instructions on how to record, edit, and produce a video from start to finish, provides helpful PowerPoint tips to create brain-based presentations, and supplies additional tutorials that will assist in creating amazing presentations.

This tutorial is not for students as they probably do not have access to program. Faculty and staff have access to the program on their computer or the HBFGSAS Mac.

Click on the links to learn about the following:

On this page, you will:

  • learn the different parts of the Camtasia Editor and Task Bar

  • have access to tutorials on how to create and edit a Camtasia presentation

    • learn how to create effective PowerPoints​

    • access additional tutorials for Windows and Macs

Parts of Camtasia

There are two parts of the Camtasia software:

1) The Editor

2) The Task bar

Both parts will be used when creating, editing and publishing the project. Use the diagrams below to learn the names and location of the tools in both the editor and task bar.

The Editor

Camtasia Editor-This shows the project name located at the top.  The menu is located below the project name.  The clip bin is a whiteboard to the left.  The ribbon tabs are under the clip bin. The canvas/viewer is to the right.  The header and tracks are located in the timeline, which is below the clip bin and canvas/viewer.

The Task Bar

Camtasia task bar-This shows how to manipuate the webcam, audio, and record buton.

Camtasia Tutorials

Click the document to access 11 step-by-step instructions on how to professionally record, edit, and publish a video presentation.

PowerPoint Tips

Many instructors use Camtasia to capture a PowerPoint lecture.  PowerPoint can be an extremely effective tool when presenting information. However, this tool can also quickly put audiences to sleep. So, what separates a good presentation from a poorly done presentation? One simple rule will keep your audience awake and engaged-You are the presenter, not your slides. You should be the one in focus.

 

How do you make sure that the slides don't become the presenter? Implement the idea that less is more by applying these simple rules:

  • Limit the amount of text per slide. In fact, you should have less than 6 words per line and only 6 lines or less per slide.

  • Use visuals instead of words. The picture or graph will give the audience information that text usually can’t.

  • Use bullet points to guide the listeners, but you should be the one to fill in the missing information. Think about bullet points differently and make them visual.

  • Use simple, readable font. Many books use a sans serif font for titles (e.g. Helvetica, Arial, etc.). Text is usually done with a serif font (e.g. Times New Roman, Garamond, etc.).

  • Stay away from colored text. Black is safe and professional.

  • When you add bells and whistles to your presentation, make sure they are not overwhelming. It is appropriate to implement a transition from slide to slide, but pick only one transition to use throughout the entire presentation. Limit music, sound, and animated graphics to only the necessary.

  • Enhance the slides by the narration you use. Don't just read the slides.  

For step-by-step instructions, please access the PowerPoint page for more tutorials.

Additional Tutorials

Below are two links that provide video tutorials on every aspect of Camtasia for both Windows and Mac users.  These videos will provide you with visual guides to creating a presentation.

Windows Logo Link - This is an image of the Windows logo.  The image leads to the TechSmith website for Windows.

Click the Windows image or this TechSmith (Windows) link to access a multitude of videos that are specified for Windows users using Camtasa 8. The videos cover the essential basics to using Camtasia.  The link also provides "Tools of the Trade" videos that cover editing, captions, audio, assessment, other concepts, and PDF Guides. You can watch all the videos to become a Camtasia pro or just select a few to watch in order to enhance what you already know.

Apple Logo Link - This is an image of the Apple logo. This image leads to the TechSmith website for Macs

Click the Apple image or this TechSmith (Mac) link to access 44 videos that are specified for Mac Users.  The videos give step-by-step tutorials to create a presentation from start to finish, as well as videos on editing and effects, captions, interaction, tips and tricks, and other concepts that will build your confidence in using this software.  Feel free to only watch the videos that you need to be successful. 

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