Lower thirds are graphic overlays that add professionalism to a project. Utilize the Camtasia 9 media library to add lower thirds to a video project.
- [Narrator] Lower thirds can be a great way to give your video a more professional look. Lower thirds are graphic overlays that appear in the lower third of your video screen and usually emphasize a person's name or highlight a topic. Here in Camtasia Studio, I've opened a webcam video I recorded earlier, introducing myself to my students. I want to add my name to the beginning of the video. And I want to use a lower third to do this. I'm going to click on Media, and then Library.
The Library is a built in collection of graphics and media that can be added to Camtasia projects. I'm going to expand the menu for Motion Graphics - Lower Thirds. I have seven lower third options to choose from here. To preview what the lower third will look like, I'm going to double click on the graphic name. Camtasia will open up a preview screen. I'm going to x out of that preview, and let's try a few others. So I can see that each one has a different style, has it's own characteristics.
Okay, I like this one, the shimmer. Let's go ahead and add that to our project. I'm going to click on the name of the file and drag it down to the timeline. Camtasia's going to automatically create a new track for my lower third. I could put it anywhere, but I want it at the beginning of my project, so I'm going to drag it over to the edge of the timeline. Now if I preview my video I can see the lower third appears on my project. Hi, I'm Kat Anderson and I'm going to be your instructor for Introduction To Curriculum And Instruction.
Okay, I like that. I don't want it to say TECHSMITH CAMTASIA though. That's not going to work for me. So I'm going to move the playhead over, so that my lower third appears on the canvas. I'm going to double click on the text. And I'm going to replace that with my name. Okay, let's try that again. Hi, I'm Kat Anderson and I'm going to be your instructor for Introduction To Curriculum And Instruction. Okay, now I see that part of the lower third is actually cut off of the screen.
So I'm going to click on it, to highlight that on the canvas. And I'm going to drag it up, so that the entire thing appears on the screen. Let's preview that one more time. Hi, I'm Kat Anderson and I'm going to be your instructor for Introduction To Curriculum And Instruction. For some of the lower thirds you might want to edit more than just the text. If I come down to the timeline and click on this + button, it's going to expand the lower thirds file, so that I can see the individual parts that make up this motion graphic.
If I click through, each part is going to be highlighted on the canvas, so I can easily see the properties of each of those pieces. I can expand the properties panel, and I can adjust any part of that that I want to change. The color, the font, mny different part of the properties can be adjusted there. That's really getting into the nitty gritty details of editing though. So I don't recommend starting there, but once you're more comfortable with the editing process just know that you can expand and make changes to the lower thirds files.
There are only seven lower thirds built into Camtasia. You can download more assets for free from the TechSmith website. In the bottom corner of the library, I'm going to click on the plus button and then select Get Media Online. From Camtasia's website, I'm going to click on Motion Graphics. And then I'm going to scroll down, towards the bottom of the page. Here I have a choice of about fifteen more lower thirds that I could add to my project. Lower thirds can be a great addition to a video.
Take a few minutes to open one of the projects you've been working on and add your name or title, in a lower third, at the beginning of the clip.
- Understanding the Camtasia 9 interface
- Recording tips and tricks
- Capturing your video
- Providing feedback
- Capturing a slide presentation
- Making a basic edit
- Adding annotations, transitions, and music
- Hiding mistakes
- Posting your video