Join Chris Mattia for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing Camtasia Recorder settings, part of Camtasia 2018 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] You can customize the Camtasia recorder settings to work the way that you need 'em to work. Now, the most basic customization is turning on or off the various types of content that you'll be recording such as clicking on the audio button here to disable your microphone or clicking on it again and you'll turn that setting back on. Now, that's pretty straight-forward, but if you click on the Tools menu here and then select Options, there's a whole set of hidden settings that you can customize. Let's have a look at the most common settings.
On the General tab, these top two items under the Help section are really helpful when you're just getting started, but you'll likely wanna uncheck both of these options as you get more comfortable using the recorder and you don't need the tool tips as often. In the Capture section, the option for capturing layered windows means that if this option is checked then all of the windows on your screen will be captured. Unchecking the option will only capture the current, active window while you're recording.
I'm gonna leave this option checked so that everything on my screen gets recorded. Then next option is really nice to leave on since Camtasia will track your key presses and you can use the keystroke call outs that we'll look at in a later movie to automatically show your keyboard shortcuts to your viewers. Disabling the screensaver during capture prevents your screensaver from accidentally turning on in the middle of a recording. Now, under the Saving sections, you have two options of file formats that you can record to, the .TREC file, which is the native Camtasia file format, and .AVI.
Now, in general, you'll always wanna record in the .TREC format unless you're shipping your screen captured recordings over to another editor such as Premiere Pro CC, DaVinci Resolve, Avid, or Final Cut Pro, in which case you may wanna select the AVI file format just to save yourself a few steps. I'll leave mine set on the TREC file format. I would suggest clicking on this File Options button and then changing this setting to this first option here for Ask for File Name.
This way at the end of each of your recordings, you can choose what file name that you want Camtasia to save that file as instead of this Rec, Month, Day, Year format. This is by far the easiest way to create custom names for your clips inside of Camtasia. For the rest of this course, I'll have this option selected so you'll start to see the custom save dialogue box after I complete any recordings from now on. I'll click the OK button and then let's go over to the Inputs tab.
This first option here allows you to set what frame rate you want Camtasia to capture your footage in. Now, I'd suggest always leaving this option set on 30 frames per second to give yourself the most flexibility when you're editing. Notice that the buttons for Video Settings and Audio Settings are both grayed out. If you go back over to the General tab and you change your Saving file format to AVI, and then you go back to the Inputs tab, you can see that both of these options are available to you now.
If you're sending your files directly over to one of those other editors, you may wanna come in here and customize some of these settings here and that's how you get into that. For now, I'm gonna go back to the General tab and change my settings back to the TREC file format. On the Hotkeys tab, you can customize the common keyboard shortcuts if you find the defaults are already in use by the application that you're recording. Adding a modifier key such as Control and/or Shift is usually all you need to do. I'll restore my settings back to the default settings by clicking this button.
On the Program tab, you have some settings here that are used when you're choosing a custom record region that is selected down here in the main window, as opposed to making a full-screen recording. Now, the glowing Glowing Capture Rectangle option simply helps you identify the area of your screen that's being captured during a recording. The next option, make sure that any pop up dialogues boxes are forced fully into the recording region. This last option ensures the pixel grid being captured is at a proper multiple of four to ensure smooth edges around your recording.
In this Workflow section, I'd suggest leaving this first option checked all the time. Once you're comfortable making multiple recordings, you may want to disable the Show Countdown Before Recording to speed up your process a little bit. However, I think this countdown timer is extremely helpful as it gives you just that extra couple of seconds to take a deep breath, relax, and focus you mind on the recording that you're about to make. I'm gonna leave this option checked for mine. The Restore Cursor Location After Pause is crazy helpful if you're in the habit of pausing your recordings using your F9 key.
When you press F9 a second time to begin your recording again, Camtasia will automatically jump your mouse to the previous location so you can keep recording smoothly. This little gem of a feature has saved me more times than I can count. Now, if you would like to preview your recordings after you make them, you can uncheck this box here. In previous versions of Camtasia, this was the default action so it's something that if you're used to it from an older version, then here's where you turn that back on at.
I find the preview a bit distracting and it tends to break my workflow up, so I'll leave this option checked. Finally, you can choose where you want Camtasia recorder to be minimized to during your recordings. Now, I prefer to set mine to minimize to my system tray as opposed to my task bar. I think this makes it a bit less distracting for my user and I can still access the recording controls if I need them. Okay, that's all the setting changes we need to make. Click the OK button and lock in all of those changes that you made.
- Why use Camtasia?
- Recording, editing, and sharing your first screencast
- Choosing and calibrating a microphone
- Choosing the area of the screen you want to record
- Recording mobile devices
- Handling mistakes
- Editing audio and video in Camtasia
- Creating a Zoom-n-Pan animation
- Using the PowerPoint add-in
- Creating and editing captions
- Creating interactive quizzes
- Exporting and sharing movies