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Camtasia Usage 6

Camtasia For PowerPoint Recording

Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to record.

Select the recording option from the PowerPoint Add-In toolbar.

  • To record voice narration, click the Record Audio button (the microphone).
  • To record picture-in-picture camera video click the Record Camera button.
  • To preview the camera stream while you are recording, click on the Camera Preview button (the camera with screen icon).
  • Click the Camtasia Studio recording options to change your settings.
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Click the Record button to begin.

This opens up a presentation mode screen. The dialog box opens in the lower right corner of the screen. Click on the Click to begin recording button.

Go through your presentation slides. Click on the right side of the screen to advance your slides.

To stop recording at any time click ESC. To stop at the end of the presentation click Stop Recording.

Give the video a name and click Save.

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That’s it. You now have a professional style PowerPoint Video to share.

Creating quality videos with screencast software is easy to do and enhances your presentations and tutorials. Just a few steps will have a top quality video ready to share with your first time using the software.

Advanced Features: What They Do

Once you’ve created your video, you are ready to take advantage of the editing options available. You can add images or callouts, adjust the size of the video, reduce the time of the video, move objects around and much more.

Here are a few of the more popular features:

Editing features include moving objects around, adding clips, adding images and callouts, transitions, quizzes and surveys.

You can change the look of your mouse by making it bigger or a different color. The change can be as simple as changing its size or appearance, such as making the pointer a large pointer finger. You can also change it into a magnifying glass that magnifies an area around the cursor. This lets you show details.

The Clip Bin shows all video, audio, and image clips you’ve imported into the current project. To add a clip to your video, drag it from the Clip Bin onto your timeline.

The Library holds timeline sequences, video, audio, and image clips available to use in each project. Some of the library images include:

  • Callouts
  • Timeline selections with or without transitions and animations
  • A group with or without transitions and animations
  • Quizzes
  • Captions

Captioning makes your videos accessible and searchable.

Callouts are graphics you place on top of the video to draw attention to certain objects or processes.14-callouts

Sketch motion callouts are callouts that are animated drawings created on your screen over a specified length of time.

The other types of callouts include highlight, blur, hotspot, spotlight, text only, keystroke, and image callout.

Mark in and mark out allows you to remove time from the beginning or end of a clip.

You can adjust the speed of a clip.

Save current frame as an image by using the Export Frame As option.

Insert a quiz or survey into your video. Note: the video must be produced as an MP4 video file with a player to use the quiz or survey option.

Using the editor in your screencast software is a great way to add another dimension to a simple tutorial. Add callouts to highlight important areas. Adjust the size and speed of a clip. Add animations. The ideas are limited only by your creativity.

Tips for Creating Quality Screen Capture Tutorials

Creating a video screencast tutorial is an excellent way to teach others how to perform something. Using the right software is important for professional looking results, of course, but you need to incorporate some other factors to create a great screencast.

Here are some tips to create quality tutorials:

Preplan:

Just as you would with any quality product, a little pre-planning before you jump in goes a long way to creating a quality video. A screencast looks more professional when the flow is easy to follow and unnecessary actions aren’t present. If you seem lost in what is going on onscreen, you will lose your audience. Take the time to do some pre-planning before production.

Write a Script

A script is very important since it keeps you focused and on track. It lets you know where to go next and what to say. A script helps you keep out the “ums” and “ahs” that can distract your viewer. You may have to write a draft and then revise it a couple of times before you get a good one that grabs your viewer’s attention. Keep you facts straight as well.

Rehearse

Everyone can benefit from a little rehearsal before recording. Rehearsing will keep your script from sounding flat. Listen to other screencasts to learn how others are presenting their topic.

Speak clearly

Speak in a clear, crisp voice. Vary the tone of your voice. Put some inflection into what you say. Keep it friendly and add some emotion into it wherever appropriate.

Embellish the slides

Add notes, highlights and callouts to emphasize key points or to make a point. Add your branding.

Know your software

Practice using your video capture software. Learn how to use its features. Isolate specific areas of your screen. Change the cursor to a different color. Choose a quality level that keeps your video and sound looking and sounding good.

Interactive

Make your videos interactive. Include clickable links and your URL. Add quizzes and surveys to get your audience involved.

What’s Next

Video screen capture tutorials have become very popular in recent years. Video is one of the best ways to improve your conversion rates. There are many reasons to create screencast videos. For example, you might want to demonstrate how your new product works. Or maybe you want to get new subscribers to your newsletter, so you create a screencast video of your benefits and solutions.

Videos that demonstrate how to do something on the web are called screencasts because they capture what is on your computer monitor. They sum up in just a few minutes what would otherwise take several written pages to explain.

Creating video screencast isn’t hard. The cost to create one depends on the tools you use. The granddaddy of screen capture, Camtasia, is reasonably priced software used by thousands. There are free alternatives, but the tools and other options won’t be as thorough.

Creating quality tutorials depends on several factors. Adding embellishments, being prepared and following a script are just the beginning. A good headset and microphone will make your audio output smooth.

In this guide you learned why screen capture video is so popular and how to use it. Take your time, prepare yourself and jump in to make your first video.

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