Learn how to create your first recording using Camtasia 9. Corbin Anderson walks you through the basic steps to get up and running quickly so you can focus on your content creation rather than dealing with tech trouble.
- [Instructor] Now that you're set up, let's record a basic video. To demonstrate, I'm going to record a super simple tutorial, showing how to check for updates in Camtasia 9. Before I begin, I like to have everything set up and ready to go. For this video, I've fired up Camtasia, and I've already walked through the steps to make sure everything will run the way I want it to. Now, I don't need a script for this video, it's just super short. But if I did, I like to have it available on a separate monitor, or maybe even a separate laptop, or I could use my smartphone, or I could go old-school and use a printed sheet of paper.
And that works just fine too. I'm gonna go ahead and fire up Camtasia recorder. In the top, left-hand corner I'm gonna click on Record. And there is Camtasia recorder. The first thing I wanna do is select my recording area. Like we discussed before, Full screen is the easiest, so I'm just gonna select Full screen. Next up, I need to decide, do I wanna use my webcam as part of this capture. If I did, from the drop-down, I simply choose my webcam.
For this video, I'm not going to use it. It just doesn't add anything to my story. But don't worry, we'll look at recording with your webcam later. Next, I'm gonna check my audio settings. And this is key. I always double-check my audio settings before each video. It is extremely frustrating to knock out a perfect take, only to find out you were recording from the wrong microphone, or maybe no microphone. So, I'm gonna check my audio settings. From the drop-down, I'm gonna choose the microphone that I want to use.
In this case, it is this microphone. Next, I wanna make sure that I am recording system audio. Make sure there's a check next to system audio. If I click it, now there's a check next to Record system audio. In case you don't know, system audio is the sounds you hear on your computer speakers. Camtasia does a really nice job of capturing this, far better than your microphone will. If I record the system audio, and I don't need it later, no problem, I can just delete it or mute it.
But if I do need it, and I didn't record it, I'm hosed! The only way to get it would be to re-record the entire video. Always record system audio, you have nothing to lose. Next I wanna look at my audio input levels. Generally, setting this right in the middle works just fine for most headsets. If you want to be a bit more precise, start talking like I'm doing now, then raise the bar up or down until you're hitting the orange-yellow area.
If I go farther to the right here, you can see I've got a lot of red. This is too hot, it's gonna be clipping. If I go to far to the left here, I'm not getting enough of a signal and my volume's gonna be way too low. So, somewhere in here, you can see I'm hitting yellow-orange. That's about the perfect area. Oop, little hot. Back down there, yellow-orange, perfect. Now, just as a sidenote, some microphone setups have the input levels set at the source, maybe a preamp or a special kind of microphone.
If you don't see the levels moving when you speak, this may be the case for you, and you'll want to adjust the levels at the source. Okay, it looks like I'm pretty much set up. I'm gonna go ahead and maximize Camtasia here. I'm gonna take a deep breath, and when I'm ready I'm gonna click the record button. I'll get a countdown, and from that point on, everything you see on my screen will be recorded. I'm going to show you how to check for updates in Camtasia 9.
I'm just gonna go up here to the Help button. Scroll down to Check for Updates, and Camtasia's going to prompt me, are you sure you wanna do this, you need an internet connection, and I say, yes Camtasia, thanks for asking. And Camtasia checks with TechSmith and lets me know that I am running the most current version of Camtasia. Now, in the event I were not, I'd be prompted to download the update and install it. Okay, so my tutorial is now done. I need to stop my recording. I'm gonna hit F10 on the keyboard.
You may recall earlier I set my preferences so that Camtasia would ask me where I want to save my file and what I want to name it. If I hadn't done this, Camtasia would just do this for me, with a standard format. In this case, I'm gonna call this Check for updates, and click Save. I'm gonna go ahead and close this out, I don't need it. Now, from this point, I have options. I can go into editing, or I can be just fine with my take and move onto producing and sharing. Coming up, I'll show you how to go either direction.
- Exploring the Camtasia interface
- Choosing a capture area
- Recording your webcam
- Editing your recording
- Adding media and music
- Adding annotations
- Going mobile with Fuse
- Adding animations and transitions
- Adding behaviors
- Exploring the visual effects
- Improving audio
- Sharing your Camtasia recordings