Just like the options in Camtasia Studio, the options in the recorder can have a profound effect on the video you capture. In this video you'll work through the most important ones, hopefully providing you with enough info. to make a call as to what settings and options will work best for your project and work flow.
- [Voiceover] Let's explore the Options in Camtasia's recorder. Just like the Options in Camtasia Studio, the Options in the recorder can have a profound effect on the video you capture. I'll work through the ones I think make a big difference, show you what I do, and hopefully that will give you enough info to make a call as to what will work best for you. You can access these options a few ways. I'm just going to go here to Tools and Options. Let me drag that into the window. Let's start with the General tab.
I turn off the Show tooltips. I don't want balloons popping up during my recording. If you're still getting your feet wet with Camtasia, you might want to leave this on, but I'd recommend at least turning it off during your recording. I have Warn me when recorder will be recorded, but it doesn't really matter because I have the recorder set to hide itself or move out of the way if it will be captured. We'll look at this option later. In the Capture area, I have everything checked. I'm not going to go into each one for the interest of time, but just trust me here, it will give you more options and a better recording.
In the Saving area, I almost always leave Record to set to TREC, the editing options are just much better than a straight AVI recording. Also, AVI recording will not capture your system audio or your webcam. It is a deal breaker for me. Let's take a look at the File Options here. I like Ask for file name, I like to name my files as I create them. These other ones are not without their uses, though. If you want an automatic file name with your prefix, you can do that, or Camtasia will just make one for you.
I'm gonna leave this as it was. I also have my Temp folder set to a separate drive. The default is the C-drive, and that's fine, but if you have a separate drive, not only will it keep your C-drive from getting filled up, but also it will help things run faster. Let's move on to the Inputs tab. For the Video screen capture rate, I leave it at 30 frames-per-second. I know some people drop this down to 15 or even lower to cut down on file size, but once you capture at the lower frame rate, you can never increase it.
If part of my capture includes regular 24 or 30 frames-per-second video, it's going to look funny. I can always render out my final video at a lower frame rate if I want to. Now the video settings will be grayed out unless you switch to AVI format. Like I mentioned before, I almost never do that, so I'm not even going to look at that. Same thing with the Audio settings. Unless you're recording in AVI, they are grayed out. You, of course, wanna make sure that the correct device is chosen. In my case, that's my headset.
Now the Webcam is kind of a tutorial in itself, so I'm not going to go too deep into this. Basically you, of course, just choose whether or not you want to record with your webcam. There I am, yay! In this case, I'm not recording with my webcam. You know, I'm going to turn that back on so I can show you here. We have Device properties and these are just my webcam. So I'm not gonna show you those, they would not work for your webcam in all likelihood anyways, but know they're there. And there's Format settings, I leave my Color Space at RGB24, that's gonna work out great.
You can also change your Output Size right here. Now, be aware that increasing this seems to be very taxing on Camtasia. I have a pretty beefy system, and I run into a few hangups and crashes during recording when I've bumped this up. If I just need a talking head in the corner, I leave it at the default setting. And I always leave this at 30 frames-per-second. You could drop it to 24 and keep things looking natural, but it's best if it matches your screen capture rate. And like I mentioned, I almost always capture at 30 frames-per-second.
Now if you drop this to 15 or lower, you're going to have a very choppy webcam capture. Let's close outta that, turn off my webcam here, and let's jump over to the Hotkeys. Now, as you probably know, Hotkeys are just keys that they're basically keyboard shortcuts. You can change these to whatever you want to. The only ones I've changed are the Record/Pause and the Stop keys. I did this so I could reach these keys without looking. The default was F9 and F10, and I was always hitting the wrong key, and messing up my recording.
So let me show you how to do that just in case you don't know. Let's say we wanna change this to F9 or F10, all you do is you click on the action you want, whatever it may be, go over here and just change it from the dropdown, it's really that simple. I'm gonna just put it back to F1 so I don't mess things up. And you can see I have Stop with F2. And that's all it is to that. And you can always restore the default simply by clicking on Restore defaults. Okay, so let's hop over to the Program tab.
For the Region appearance, I just go with Corners. I think it's the least obtrusive, but it still lets you know what's being recorded. There's of course some other options here. I wanna point out Hidden. There may come a time where Hidden works for you. That's where it has no glowing edges, no little green dash-line, nothing. Once in a while, you might need that for a project, but normally Corners works great for me. And I also leave the rest of these boxes in the Recording region checked. It just makes things go better. Okay, in the Workflow area, I definitely recommend having these first three checked, especially the third.
Restore cursor location after pause is key in creating a smooth recording. Trust me there, you want this checked. The one option in here that you may want to adjust is what to do with your recording when you hit Stop. I like to Save it. Now you might wanna Produce it if you're just recording and spittin' it right out. You might like to Add it to your Timeline, that's great too. Or you might even just like to Add it to your Clip bin. All these are totally viable options. I just like to Save it and then import it as I go, just because of how I work and stuff.
Okay, for Minimize recorder, pick one of the first two. Unless you really have a reason for not minimizing it, you probably don't want your recorder in your recording and it can happen. So pick one of these first two, the first one works great. You can minimize it wherever you want, I'm just leaving it at the taskbar. Okay, and once you've got everything set up the way you want of course you just hit Okay. Okay! That was a lot of stuff to go over. I want to point out again that these are my option preferences. You may have a completely different workflow.
The nice thing about Options is they can easily be changed. So, feel free to experiment with the recorder Options in Camtasia Eight.
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