Take a walk through Camtasia 9’s new interface. Explore the added features and user-friendly work area with author Corbin Anderson as you take the first step towards getting a handle on the new Camtasia release.
- [Narrator] I'm going to walk you around Camtasia 9's interface. Later in the course we'll be looking more in depth at each section. So don't stress about absorbing everything right now. Just follow along and get a feel for how things work. Let's start with the top left corner. Some of these options may look familiar to other programs you've used. Take a minute to look through the tools. We have file, edit, modify, view, share and of course help.
If you want to do something, but you're not sure how, browsing through these tools will often provide the answer. Below the top bar, along the left side, you'll find another set of tools. We have media, annotations, transitions, behaviors, animations, cursor effects. And if you click the more, if they don't all show, you'll get some more. Voice narration, audio effects, visual effects, interactivity and captions. Take a minute and look through those just to get an idea of what's available.
Remember I'll be talking about each of these as we work our way through the course. Before we move on, I want to point something out. A lot of the functions in Camtasia can be accomplished in multiple ways. For example, if I wanted to import media into my project. I could go to file, import media, or I could go here and click on this plus import media button. Or I could even just drag and drop media into my project. I'm not gonna show you every option for every tool, it just gets too confusing, and it'd make this course unbearably long.
Just know that there can be multiple ways to get something done. I tend to go with icons over the text based tools. I'm just very visual, and it just makes more sense to me. Choose the method that works best for you. Alright, let's continue. Up here, nested between the top menu, and the icon menu, you'll find the record button. This is a very important tool. Just make note of its location. We'll be coming back to this later. Next up, is the canvas, this is essentially your movie screen.
It's where you can preview your video, and see how it's gonna look when you're finished. The canvas has its own set of tools. The edit tool, the pan tool, the crop tool, we've got a re-sizing tool here. And we've also got different play tools. They basically work like any other video player you've used. Over here, on the right, we have the properties panel. If you don't see it, just click on the properties button and it will pop out. Now each different kind of clip has different properties.
And you can do all kinds of things with these. You can re-size, rotate, change opacity, volume level. All kinds of things. And we'll be looking at those more as we work through the course. Across the bottom, we have the almighty timeline. This is where all your media will be assembled, edited, and pulled together to create your story. Now timelines are a lot like books. They run left to right, and top to bottom. If you have videos stacked on top of each other, the media on top of the timeline, is what will show up on the screen.
Now with audio the stacking order doesn't matter. And don't worry if you don't get that concept. We're gonna visit it plenty! Now, this little tool right here, is called the playhead. Wherever the playhead is, is what will show up on your screen. The playhead also has an area selection tool. If you drag on these handles, you can select an area to work on. And we'll look at that more throughout the course. And the timeline also has its own setup tools. We've got different types of zoom, an expand tool, we have cut, copy, paste, split, all that kind of stuff.
That's the quick tour. Like I said, don't stress about remembering all this right now. It's all about hands-on practice! As you use the tools, and become familiar with how they work, the interface will become second nature!
- 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