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Camtasia Studio Video Tutorials: Part 4

Clicking on the Next button at the bottom of the dialog box brings up the following dialog box, which allows me to choose the output format. Since we're working with PIP, I chose the Flash (SWF/FLV) format.

Note: If you're working on a different type of project and you're unsure which file format to use, click on the Help me choose a file format heading, at the top right of the dialog box above.

Clicking on the Next button brings up the Flash Templates section of the Production Wizard. This section has many options in it, but to keep it simple, I want to draw your attention to a few settings. One of the things you'll notice is the black box on the far right with PIP in it. This represents the picture in picture video that we were working with in the last tutorial. As such, there are certain settings to consider.

At the top left is the Appearance area and you'll notice the default setting, "One video with PIP." Clicking on the popup gives you the options above. As you can see, you can choose the default setting, which includes the PIP on the lower right corner as set in the previous tutorial, or you have other options, such as producing one video with TOC (table of contents), one video with both PIP and TOC, two videos side-by-side, and more. As stated in the previous tutorial, you would use the two videos side-by-side option if your PIP box covered up important information that you wanted your audience to see. For the sake of simplicity, though, we're going to work with the default setting, one video with PIP.

Note: As mentioned in the previous tutorial, if you use PIP where you embed the video within the fram (as in the templates above), your video layout can be produced with any file format. If you choose the side by side layout, you'll need to produce your video with a Flash format and use a Picture in Picture template.

Let's look at the other settings in the Appearance section. Below the Template popup is the Theme heading. Clicking on this popup offers the options Glass, Matte and Classic. These refer to the style of playback controls that the user sees when the video displays on their computer.

At the bottom right of the Appearance section is the Flash Options button. Clicking on it brings up the Flash Options dialog box within the Production Wizard. This is where you decide what type of video you're going to produce. For the format, your main options are SWF (good for short, low-motion screen videos) and FLV (good for longer, or high-motion videos). As you can see, there are three tabs, Video, Audio and Controls.

More information about optimum settings is in the Additional Notes section of this article.

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Created: June 5, 2003
Revised: June 7, 2007