Before we begin recording it's a good idea to have a dedicated account that's just set aside for recording your screencast. That way you can have a desktop space that is set up and configured for recording all the time, you can have a nice solid color background, you can have your taskbar hidden with no additional items in it, and you can have your screen set up exactly the way that you want with all the specific recording settings. Now in order to create a new account you do have to have administrative privileges on your computer.
So if you don't have administrative privileges, don't worry. Creating a dedicated recording account is not a required step to doing screencasting. It just helps take your screencast to the next level. So if you have administrative access and you want to follow along all you need to do is go down to your Start menu and go over to Control Panels. Now from the Category view all we need to do is click on the link that says Add or remove user accounts. If you're in the icon view you can just use the User Accounts link.
Then we need to simply click on the link down at the bottom that says Create a new account. Click on that one time and we'll name our account Recording that way it's really clear to us right from a login screen exactly what we're going to be doing in this dedicated account. Now you want to also make this user an administrative user. That way you have the ability to install software, plug-ins, configure any specific settings inside of Windows that you need to configure while you're in your recording account and you don't have to jump out to another account.
With these two settings set go ahead and click the button at the bottom that says Create Account. Now our account is created. Let's go ahead and do a little customization of it. We can go ahead and click on the Recording account and let's start by changing the password. Go ahead and click the Change the password link and we'll go ahead and type in a password that's going to be easy for you to remember. For me I use the same password for my recording account as I do for my standard account. That way I only have one password to remember, but what you set here is up to you.
I'll go ahead and choose my password and type it in again. I like to go and set the password hint to simply say Standard Password. That way if it's been a couple of weeks since I've done a recording and I forget what my password was I'll know it's my standard one that I use. Go ahead and click the button at the bottom that says Change password. If you'd like you can even customize the picture for this account. Go ahead and click the Change the picture icon and then choose the picture that you like.
I'm going to go ahead and choose this picture down here. I'll select it one time and then click the Change Picture button. Now my recording account is all set up. We'll go ahead and test the account by closing the window going down to the Start menu and logging out of our computer and then logging into our recording account. Type in the password that you just set and then click the arrow to log in. Now the first time we log into this account it may take a few seconds for Windows to go to all of the initial account configuration and setup that are the default settings on your particular install of Windows.
Once the login process has completed we're ready to begin customizing the settings for our recording account and we'll do that in the next movie.
Follow along as Chris creates an elearning project from start to finish with Camtasia Studio's tools. Discover how to add animation, PowerPoint slideshows, quizzes, and other effects that boost the interactivity and visual interest of your screencasts. The final chapter shows how to incorporate your Camtasia projects into an overall teaching strategy.
- Creating and configuring a recording account
- Choosing and connecting a microphone
- Installing Camtasia Studio
- Choosing the area of the screen you want to record
- Managing mouse movements
- Handling mistakes
- Editing audio and video in Camtasia
- Adding animation and zoom-and-pan or picture-in-picture effects
- Using the PowerPoint add-in
- Adding closed captioning
- Creating interactive quizzes
- Exporting and publishing movies
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Capturing Your Screen
3. Keys to a Successful Recording
4. Editing in Camtasia Studio
5. Working with Audio
6. Working with Media and Effects
7. Working with PowerPoint
8. Working with Captions
9. Using Advanced Features
10. Producing and Sharing
11. Teaching and Learning Techniques
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