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Camtasia Studio Video Tutorials: Part 2


One of the things you'll need to consider up front is how the video will display once you're done. I recommend that the optimum size for recording and/or viewing videos be 800x600 pixels. This is especially important if you intend to resize the video for other formats, such as YouTube (which is 320x240), as an example. The closer you're able match the recording and output resolutions, the better. Large changes between the originally recorded format and the output are likely to degrade the quality of the video. If your monitor is set to a higher resolution, you'll need to define an area 800x600 in size, and place what you want to record within that box. Another option is to resize your monitor display to 800x600. Another thing to consider is the appearance of your monitor. If you're switching back and forth between programs as part of your presentation, consider placing all unnecessary icons in a folder. This removes any clutter from your display. You can restore them later.

When doing the recording itself, don't worry about getting hung up on "making it perfect." If this happens, resist the urge to stop the recording, delete it and start again. When I stumble, quite often I pause for a few seconds, then repeat the passage, sometimes several times, pausing between each section. This allows me to choose the best one once I get into the editing process.

When you're ready to record, open Camtasia Studio. You're presented with the interface and the Welcome - Camtasia Studio dialog box, which defaults to the Start a new project by recording the screen option. If you cancel this step you can record later by accessing the recording options below. For now, use the Start a new project by recording the screen option and click on OK. (For simplicity and clarity, I've only included the Welcome dialog box.)

Additional Recording Options

Click on CTRL + R, or File: Record the Screen

Another option is under the Tasks List heading at the top left of the interface (as seen above).

Above is the New Recoding Wizard dialog box (in the backround the Camtasia Recorder dialog box will pop up - we'll get to that later on). Here, you can choose from Region of the screen, Specific Window or Entire Screen. Here's what they represent.

  • Region of the screen – Define a rectangular region of the screen to record.
  • Specific Window – Define the recording area by selecting a window.
  • Entire Screen – Record the entire screen.

Generally, I choose the Specific Window option, then click on the Next button.

This brings up the Select Window dialog box. Here, under Dimensions, I enter 800x600, then click on the Select Window button.

The dialog box vanishes and you're taken back to the desktop display. By moving your cursor around within a program window (as I've done here), various boxes will appear with a red outline. Keep moving the cursor until the right one is indicated, then click on the left mouse button to select it. This takes you back to the Select Window dialog box. Click on the Next button to continue.

This brings up the Recording Options dialog. Here you can choose from Record Audio, Record Camera and Camera Preview. As you can see, I've enabled al lthe checkboxes. By default, the Record Audio checkbox is enabled. The Record Camera checkbox is available but not enabled and the Camera Preview option is grayed out. The only way this last option becomes active is to enable the Record Camera checkbox first. (you need to have a camera attached as well, otherwise these options won't work). Click on the Next button to continue.

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Created: June 5, 2003
Revised: May 9, 2007