Camtasia 7.0-Screen Recorder Video Tutorials

Screen Recording

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First of all, I really appreciate you for creating screen recording video tutorials. I developed my blog through high video traffic coming from my screencasts. I have been doing screencasting since 4 months.  See the top 15 screencasting youtube channels that were inspirational to me to do screencasts.

Best Screen Recorder I ever had

The first screen recorder I downloaded and started to use was “Camtasia Studio”. After that I had tried some other screen recorders but I was never attracted to those screencasting softwares. You can also see this video review of all screen recorders.

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Camtasia 7.0 Guide

The best screen recorder in my experience is Camtasia Studio. I used to Camtasia studio version 6.0. I have recently published a post on how to use Camtasia studio 6.0 to record computer screen. But Techsmith released the new version Camtasia, 7.0. So I thought that it would be useful to all the Camtasia users, if I could create a complete Camtasia guide on screen recording. [Download the Camtasia 7.0. It has 30 days free trial]

New feature of Camtasia 7.0

Before get into all tutorials, first I want to show this library feature of new Camtasia 7.0.

Library Feature in Camtasia 7.0

This library contains different video, audio, image files. You can use them as title clips and End clips. These files have been put in totally 7 sections.

One section is for Audio. This audio section contains five music files. You can add them as background music to your videos.

Another Five sections contains video, audio and image files. You can use these video files as start title clips and end title clips. You can also use the background image files as start or end title clips.

Another one section contains sound clips for mouse clicks. You can select different mouse click sounds for Laptop and desktop.

I can’t tell in words how useful this new feature. See it in this video.

How to record computer screen using best Screen recorder Camtasia Studio?

Capturing your computer screen is easy and it can be done in two clicks. F9 to start and F10 Finish. That’s all.

First open Camtasia, select ‘Record the screen’ option then you can select ‘Full screen’ or ‘Custom’ part of the screen. Click on Audio to turn on audio recording. To start screen record, press “Rec” red button or click ‘Record’ on ‘Capture’ tab or press short cut key F9.

You can enable highlight cursor and clicks in “effects” tab. I explain this process in coming steps. So just now know how to start, stop recording and save the file.

After finish the recording, use F10. Then save the file with a name. It will be saved as Camtasia project format file. You can use this file to edit and produce video on Camtasia. I will show the edit and produce processes in coming steps.

Remember there are pre-settings needed before you capture the screen. You can do all settings, after captured the screen and before produce the video. For example, you no need to worry about video format, adding watermark, record as HD etc before you record screen. Just capture the screen and then you can produce the video in your preferred format, as HD, with watermark etc.

:) Just you are two clicks away to capture your screen.

How to import and produce video in Camtasia studio 7.0

When you finished record the screen on Camtasia, it asks to give a file name to save the screencast. It saves the screencast as Camtasia project format file. It doesn’t save the file in normal formats like wmv, mp4, mov etc. We have to produce this Camtasia project format file into normal video formats so that we can use it anywhere in online. Camtasia has “Produce video as” option to do this.  When you use this option, you can

  1. Select the preferred dimension of the output video
  2. Select the preferred video format of the output video
  3. Add the watermark on video at any place & at any size.

Procedure:

Open Camtasia software. Click on Import media. Once you imported the video, drag and drop the video in timeline. Then click on produce video and select the dimension ( I prefer to select”custom production settings”, so that I can select my preferred HD (High definition) dimension in next steps). Then go to next. Select the video format to be produced; I always select “wmv”. Then click next. Then give dimension. I am giving 1280 720 size for HD. Then go to “next”. Here you have to select Watermark. I am selecting my blog logo as water mark. You can put the watermark image at any place on the video. There are 9 places to put the watermark image on video. You can adjust the watermark image size. Then go to next. Give the save file name and select the output path.

Then click Ok. Your video rendering process starts. Once the rendering process finished, your video will play on your default desktop media players.

Basic options in Camtasia 7.0

Watch this Camtasia basic options video tutorial. In this video, I show you how to use cut, copy, split options. I explain how to enable the tracks also.

Cut or Remove Section

I show you in the video about  how to cut any section of the video. First select the particular video section. Then Click on the cut selection option. You can undo the cut. Then you can redo the cut also.

Copy Section

Select the part of video section to be copied. Then click on the copy button. Then you can go to place at timeline where you want to paste the copied section. Once you go to that place, click on the paste button. It will paste the cut section.

Split option

If you want to split the video, just click the timeline where you want to split the video and click on the split button. It will split your video in that place.

Zoom the timeline

If you want to see the video or audio variations in deep, then select part of that timeline section, and adjust the zoom bar front and back. By this you can view where the audio is high and low. Remember this zoom option is not for zooming video. If you want to add zoom in and out effects, then check this video on how to use Camtasia Zoom effects.

Enable the Track options:

Usually when you import the video and drop it in the timeline, video and audio tracks is enabled. But you can also add other tracks like Zoom and Pan track, cursor track, Callout track, PIP track, Marker track, Caption track, Audio 1 track, audio 2 track and audio 3 track. To do this, just click on the “Tracks’ option and then tick on the tracks which you want to be displayed on timeline.

How to create HD Video on Camtasia?

Usually people search like this in Google and Youtube, “How to Record HD video on Camtasia?” From this search term, what I understood is, every one thinks that they have to do some pre-settings in Camtasia before record the video so that it comes as HD video. In truth, there are no pre-settings required. You can record the screen and save it normally. And then before producing video, you can select the settings to make the HD video on Camtasia.

Procedure to Record the HD video in Camtasia:

Import the video and drop the video in timeline. It will ask you to select dimension. Here don’t select any option. Just click on ‘OK’. Even if you select something, the changes will not be saved. So just click Ok. Then click produce video as, then select the dimension as Youtube HD 1280 720, then do the normal steps to produce as I said in my previous step.

Second way, click on produce video as and the select custom production settings, then in next step, give the dimension as 1280 720. and produce the video. Once the rendering process completed, your video will be a HD video.

How to use Audio section in Camtasia?

I see many Camtasia users complaining about Audio quality. But what the truth is, they don’t know the awesome features in Camtasia audio section. At least, I was. I were talking loudly as much as (my nearby house can hearJ) while recording audio in early days. I didn’t know about there was an option to increase the volume before produce the video. But nowadays I talk slowly and then I increase the volume through Camtasia audio section. I explain in this video about how to increase the volume in Camtasia and also I explain all audio options.

Procedure to use Audio Section:

First import video, and then you have to unlink audio 1 and audio 2. Click “More” section. In “More” section, click on “Voice narration”.  Use Audio setup wizard, to set the desktop Mic with your Camtasia (if you haven’t done or Camtasia doesn’t detect it automatically).

Then click on “Start recording”. Now you can speak in your Mic and after finish the recording, click “Stop recording”. Then save the audio file.

Then you can click on the audio section. Here you can enable noise removal (manual or automatic), you can enable volume levleling (i tried this, but it makes more noise), you can also enable voice optimization (male voice or female voice). Then below there are “volume down”, “volume up”, “Fade in”, “Fade out” and “Silence” options available.

Increase audio volume:

To increase volume select the audio section in full or a part (where you want to increase the volume), then click on “volume up” button. The same procedure for “Fade in” and “Fade out” options. Select the audio section in timeline and click on Fade in or Fade out. If you want to mute the particular place, just click on “Silence” after selected the audio section in timeline.

How to add highlight cursor & mouse click effects in Camtasia?

Viewing cursor and mouse click effects is not new for people. Since long time people love and use these effects in their desktops. Then why your screencast alone should be without these effects? Camtasia has cool set of highlight cursor options and mouse click options. Watch this video to highlight cursor and add mouse click effects.

Procedure to Highlight Cursor in Camtasia:

Open Camtasia, click on “Record screen” then click on “Effects” and then “Cursor” and select the “Highlight cursor and mouse clicks”. Then in “Effects” tab, go to “Options”, click on “Cursors”. Here you can use actual cursor or custom cursor. You can change the shape of Cursor as Circle, Rectangular etc, size of cursor highlight area, Color of the cursor from color picker.

Procedure to Highlight Mouse Clicks:

In the same page, you can also use “Highlight mouse clicks”. Select different shapes, sizes and colors for mouse clicks. You can also use different shape, size and color settings for your left and right mouse clicks. Once selected the cursor and mouse effects, click on “Ok”.

How to add captions on Videos in Camtasia studio 7.0?

Open Camtasia and import video to timeline, go to “More” option and go to “Caption”.

To insert captions, there are three steps.

First you have to paste the caption texts in the text box. Then you have to click start, then hear your voice clearly and Camtasia shows three lines at a time, so when you finished talking three lines, then click on next line when you exactly start to speech. You have to listen your voice and click on the next starting text after every three lines you talked.

I know this method is hard to do. Listen to this video where I show you how to add captions in Camtasia.

Note: If you are just going to upload the video in youtube alone, then upload your caption text file as .txt format in youtube video caption section. It will automatically overlap the caption in your video.

How to Add PIP in Camtasia?

Usually people search these terms.

How to overlap videos?   ….   How to overlay two videos?

Camtasia has this overlay feature in the name of “PIP”. Through this you can overlay two videos or image on video or video on image or image on video in screencast.

Procedure to overlap videos in Camtasia:

Open Camtasia and import video. Then click on “Track” and enable the “PIP” track and “PIP audio track”. After enable, you can add another video to ‘PIP track’. This video will be overlapped on your first video.

Adjust the size of the overlap video by dragging. See video to view how I drag the video to bottom right. See there! The first video is already in behind. If you want to move the overlap video to different place after a short time of video play, then split the timeline on that place and drag and drop the overlap video. Like that, where ever you want to move, just split the video timeline and drag and drop the overlap video to the place.

Once you have done, play the video, you can see the overlap as you want to see. Camtasia really rocks. Isn’t it?

Watch this how to overlay two videos in Camtasia

How to cut individually video or audio without cutting another one?

This video shows how to cut video/audio without cutting audio/video.

You have to lock any one of the track so that you can cut another one. If you want to cut the audio alone without cutting video on that part, then just lock the video by clicking on ‘lock’  before the word ‘video 1’ in timeline. Then you can select the audio section which you want to cut, and click on “cut” button. Through the same procedure, you can lock any number of tracks and cut the selective parts on remaining tracks. Remember, Just you have to lock the tracks which you don’t want to cut.

How to record PowerPoint presentation in Camtasia?

Camtasia converts your PowerPoint presentation into video. If you have Camtasia, then your MS PowerPoint automatically shows Record or Launch and Recording option in toolbar or you can enable it through “Add in” option in PowerPoint.

Procedure to Convert PP presentation to video:

To record or convert PowerPoint as video, first open the PowerPoint presentation, click “Launch and Start recording”. Your presentation will now be played and recorded as screencast video. Once the presentation finished, it will ask you “stop recording” or “continue recording”. Now you can stop the recording and save it. Then you can produce it as the video. Produce method is same as other screencasts produce method which I said above.

If you want clear idea, watch this video in which I show how to convert the PowerPoint presentation as video“.

How to use Zoom and Callout Options?

I can see almost in every screencast videos I see on youtube, there is at least any one of the feature among zoom and callout is used. So every new Camtasia user wants to do that. So I thought it would make sense if I can create on video tutorial for zoom & callout options in Camtasia.

Procedure to Use Zoom effects:

Open Camtasia – Import media – Play the video and stop the video where you want to add zoom effect and click on Zoom -n- Pan and use the scale bar to zoom in. And again play the video and stop the video where you want to zoom-out and then click zoom-n-pan and remove the zoom in. That’s all.

Callout

Click on Call out and select the shape of callout. There are many shapes like bubble, cloud, star etc. You can change the callout border color, background color, text color etc. You can use different transparency also. You can change the call out text size, font type, color etc as you do in word. You can extend the callout appearance time by dragging in timeline. You can also use Fade-in and Fade-out for call outs.

New Callouts in Camtasia 7.0

In Camtasia 7.0, there are 5 sketch motion callouts. They are wonderful and make your screencast beautiful. These callouts are red colored and attractive.

How to add title Clips and Transitions in Camtasia 7.0?

Tip to Screencast creators:

Never produce a video just as you recorded. Add some cool effects or Intros. Create a Title Clip and use it in all your screencasts. You can show your blog or website name in your blog. Here I show you how to add title clips (Intro) to your videos.

Add Intro title clips:

First import the video, click on “more” and click on “Title clip”. Here you can type text that you want to display in title clip (a clip which can be displayed before your main video starts). You can also upload image from your computer as background image in title clip. Once you customized your title clip, drag and drop it to timeline and play the video to see how it looks.

Transitions:

Click on the ‘Transitions’ icon. There are different transitions available. You can use these transitions between your title clip and main video or you can use these between splits or you can use these transitions between end title and main video.

How to draw on screen in Camtasia studio while record your screen?

While record your screen, you can draw on screen using screen draw tools in Camtasia. To draw on screen, Camtasia provides tools such as Pen, rectangle, arrow, line, ellipse etc. You can also change the screen draw tool colors and width. I show you how to draw on screen in this video.

How to use Marker section in Camtasia studio?

While you record the screen, if you want to do something at some places later (after recording or when editing), then mark that point using Marker. So that you won’t forget that while you editing. You can also use ‘Marker’ when editing, to mark in some points of timeline.

Check the video how to use Marker section in Camtasia.

Procedure to use Screen draw tools:

Click Record or F9, Go to Tools-Options- Select “Effect toolbars” – Ok. After that press record-While record is going on-expand the Record screen tab from task bar- Select any one of these tools  Pen – Rectangle (highlight option) – ellipse. Use mouse to draw further.

You can select the color and thickness of drawing. You can also use ‘Highlight option’ in screen draw section. You can change color and width of highlight.

Procedure to Use Marker Section:

Select Marker from “Effect Toolbars” – Add marker – while recording click ‘marker’ on video to remind later you have to do something when you produce video.

Next video shows screen draw  short cut keys.

How to use screen draw & Marker sections while screen recording in Camtasia?

It is little bit hard to use screen draw tools while capturing video. To make it easy, there are number of short cut keys available. You can use short cut keys to change the screen draw tools (Pen, Rectangular, Arrow etc) and colors of tools.

Usually to start screen draw tool, use Ctrl+Shift+D. It will enable the default screen draw tool. To turn off screen draw tool, again use Ctrl+Shift+D.

I show you how to use shortcut keys for Camtasia Screen draw in this video.

Shortcut Keys for Screen draw in Camtasia

  • Start recording – shortcut keys- Press Ctrl+shift+D. By default pen will open. To change color press starting letter of color, for example R key for Red and G for Green.
  • To use highlight rectangle, Press H. You can change color for highlight rectangle. Press start letter of the color.
  • To use Ellipse Press E and to change color, press first letter of color. To change width, press the number 1 to 9. It will bold the screen draw.
  • To use Pen, press E. To use line, press L.
  • Press Ctrl+shift+D to stop screen draw.

Full List of Camtasia Shortcut Keys for Screen draw:


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  • Chung Bey Luen April 11, 2010, 8:38 AM

    Great Camtasia tutorials. But I think you can break it into several posts because it is too long to consume, cheers!

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  • Pascal April 11, 2010, 10:15 AM

    Hi Luen,

    I prepared this post as a complete guide of Camtasia. Thats why it came long. Anyway Thanks for reading. Cheers.

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  • Pascal April 22, 2010, 11:51 PM

    Use all camtasia tutorials in our youtube channel.

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  • BestofBlogger May 11, 2010, 7:05 PM

    when I record video my mouse is so slow. Do you have this problem or have any idea for solution?

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  • Pascal May 13, 2010, 11:16 PM

    Usually it looks like slow and disappear to me also, But there is no difference in the final output video. So i didn’t care about that.

    I don’t know how much slow to you. If it is very slow, may be your CPU requirements are low.

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  • Ritu Sharma May 14, 2010, 9:01 PM

    thanks for the great and brief video editor tutorial.

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  • Tim June 6, 2010, 6:20 AM

    Have you seen the videos that Andy Jenkins did in February, when he launched his “Video Boss” coaching system?

    He did an amazing, funny parody of the Google Superbowl ad, using Screenflow (for Mac):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCUNhoDp27E

    Now, Screenflow and Camtasia are “supposed” to be similarly powerful… In some of his later (free) videos, he showed how he did some of the effects with Screenflow … it looked fairly simple. But I can’t find a way to do in in Camtasia. Do you know a way to do the angled display shots (like he did with the web browser) using Camtasia? (If so, *please* do a tutorial on that!)

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  • Pascal June 8, 2010, 2:02 PM

    Hi what do you meant by angled display?

    I caught screenshot from the video link you gave to me. See it here. http://fourblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/angled-display.png

    If this is what you meant by angle display, then certainly it can be done in Camtasia.

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  • Tim June 8, 2010, 8:31 PM

    Yes, that’s right… actually, if you could do a mini-tutorial on how we could create a show kind of like that one from Andy Jenkins, it would be terrific!

    A “step by step” walkthrough on a small project like Jenkins’ video would help incredibly helpful for us to ‘get the concepts’ and tie everything together so we really understand what we’re doing with Camtasia. (Of course, it wouldn’t need to be so fancy as his…) :-)

    Thanks!

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  • Suresh June 10, 2010, 11:14 AM

    hai Tim,
    Thanks for the suggestion we will do like that soon..

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  • Casey August 10, 2010, 12:43 AM

    Geez, thanks for the really in depth breakdown even though the picture at the top was my favorite part, haha. Were you bowing down to Camtasia? I really like using Camtasia as well and was glad I stumbled across this to learn some more. Cheers!

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  • enas August 23, 2010, 12:42 AM

    hi
    grt job , but is thr any way i can change the background of a video ? i got videos with plain background and i want to change the background of the video is it possible ??
    help pls

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  • naila August 25, 2010, 2:11 AM

    Hi, This tutorial is very helpful, thank you!
    We have some very old camtasia files (5 years old) of an application, that teaches users how to use the application. Since then, the application has changed names…and the client wants us to put an overlay overall all the screenshots where the old name appears. Is there an easy way to do this?
    Thanks for your help
    ~naila

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  • Kesha Brown December 1, 2010, 10:10 AM

    OMG, I’m bookmarking this! I just started using camtasia and on my first project, I’ve already run into issues. Okay, I want to import my 6 sec intro video to go before my screencasts. The problem I’m having is my intro is a .mov file and camtasia doesn’t play it. So then I found Pazera which coverts .mov to .avi but camtasia is only reading the smaller resolution avi files (or the converted files in camtasia play audio/no video or video/no audio). I’m unsure how to do the conversions first I guess and what the best format to convert it to. Do you have any advice or feedback on this? Thanks so much in advance!

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  • Ed January 30, 2011, 9:40 AM

    Hey Pascal,

    Just wanted to say awesome tutorials, I am practicing and expiermenting with videos to create tutorials in connection with my product, and the main focus was on using *hotkeys* during filming, your tutorials in that area helped a treat, simply on the nail!

    Do you have any tips on how to prepare your screen before shooting, I mean so I can create a video smoothly without making mistakes and ruining it during shooting?

    Thanks Pascal….Ed.

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  • Pascal January 30, 2011, 10:26 AM

    Ed, Thanks for comment and feedback.

    For now, I don’t have tips about pre-requirements of screencasting. But It is good idea to do a video on that area. I will do it and upload it in my channel. But for now I am busy at some other project. So do it later.

    Thanks again.

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  • maddipriya May 25, 2011, 3:50 PM

    Hi! I’ve already bookmarked it.Just love ur tutorials and all.Great work guys .keep going.

    Actually i’m newbie to Camtasia 7. But when i hit the REC button the video goes slow and guess what ,my recorded video is also recorded slow and out of sync with the audio.
    How do i rectify this or am i doing anything wrong?My speed is 2Mbps.So its not my net speed.plz help me with this problem asap,I wud really appreciate ur help me rectify this prob immediately so i cud record many programs coming up.Plz ur help is needed urgently.

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  • admin May 27, 2011, 9:49 PM

    Hi, Thanks for leaving a comment here.

    Actually your internet speed won’t affect camtasia record.
    Camtasia works slowly if you have low computer configurations.
    Higher RAM, Windows 7 will be great.

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  • Panic Attacks and June 2, 2011, 1:55 PM

    Boss, Awesome post. Thanks for giving all the tutorial in an organized post. It will help me a lot.

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  • Gullu August 26, 2011, 9:12 PM

    Great tips. Do you know how to stop a recording at a preconfigured time ? Say I want to stop recording automatically after 30 mins. thanks

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  • FourBlogger August 29, 2011, 10:03 AM

    I am not sure that feature exists in Camtasia.

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  • nlc September 24, 2011, 5:04 AM

    you could download an auto clicker and set to click after 30 min of activating
    then set the cursor on top of the “stop recording”

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  • ger October 12, 2011, 8:40 PM

    i think camtasia sux. the audio and video do does not sync after 10min. garbage

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  • atul January 15, 2012, 12:29 AM

    hi! Pascal,
    I have recorded the screen without audio. Is it possible to insert narration later in editing???
    atulkumarengineer@gmail.com

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  • FourBlogger January 30, 2012, 6:50 PM

    yes, thats possible.

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  • Tole February 13, 2012, 8:37 AM

    Here is a tutorial to add closed captions or subtitles with Camtasia: http://www.3playmedia.com/2011/09/07/4-steps-to-add-closed-captions-or-subtitles-to-your-camtasia-video/

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  • atul February 13, 2012, 12:27 PM

    How to insert narration after recording the screen??
    Thx in adavance
    Atul

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