The Camtasia PowerPoint add-in captures audio, webcam video, and slide presentations for editing in Camtasia 9.
- [Instructor] If you are using PowerPoint slides as part of your video, the Camtasia add-in toolbar for PowerPoint is about to make your life so much easier. This is the simplest way to record a slide presentation. I can capture my slides, my audio, and even my webcam, all directly from PowerPoint. If you don't have PowerPoint, you can still capture a slide presentation, you would just need to go through the screen capture process like you would for any tutorial, and then view your presentation in presentation mode.
It will take a bit more editing, but it will work just fine. Let's head back into PowerPoint and check out the add-in tool. Across the top of my screen, I have an option for add-ins. And that's going to open up my custom tools. There are quick start buttons here to enable my microphone, and my webcam, and there's also a webcam preview. I'm going to head on over into the settings to make sure that everything is set up the way I want it to be. From this menu, I can choose what happens when I start and stop my recording, I can adjust the video frame rate.
I'm going to make sure the highest frame rate is selected. I'm going to capture the system audio, I can always delete that out later if I don't wish to use it. I'm going to make sure that the correct headset is selected and I'm also going to speak into my microphone and make sure that it's picking up my audio here. I also want to make sure that it's green and not orange or red. If it is orange or red, I'm going to want to move my microphone a little bit further away from my mouth. I'm going to make sure that my camera is selected and I'm going to go through the camera settings.
Now while my PowerPoint is recording, I can't actually see the webcam. So I'm going to need to use this opportunity to make any adjustments to my lighting or my webcam angle, make sure everything looks okay in my background. From this screen, I can also choose if I wish to use a different webcam than the one that is selected from the dropdown. And there are some other camera editing options here as well. I'm going to click OK. The final option in this menu is to adjust the hotkeys.
The default ones that are there work fine for me, so I'm going to leave that alone and I can click OK to exit out of this menu. I'm now ready to begin my recording. I'm going to click on that red record button. My PowerPoint launches, and then I need to click to begin recording. I can go ahead and start my presentation, I need to remember to make eye contact with the web camera, it's easy to forget whenever the webcam preview isn't on the screen. If you have a second monitor, then that webcam preview would be on your second monitor.
I can go ahead and scroll through my slides, Camtasia is recording my audio, my webcam, and my slide presentation. When I get to the end of my presentation, Camtasia's going to ask if I wish to stop recording or continue after I exit out of the presentation. I'm going to stop recording and save my project. From here, I can choose whether I want to produce my recording or edit my recording. If I choose produce, it's going to be produced exactly as it was recorded.
My webcam will appear throughout the entire video and I won't have the option to make any changes to my slides, my audio or my webcam. I'm not really comfortable with that, so I'm going to choose edit your recording and then click OK. I'm going to click on the file from my media bin and drag it down into my timeline. I can see that Camtasia has created a separate track for my PowerPoint and for my webcam. I can move my webcam to a different location if it doesn't work for me down there.
And I can also adjust the size. You should now have everything you need to use the Camtasia add-in tool to capture a slide presentation. Give it a try.
- 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