Before you begin recording, it’s a good idea to make sure everything is set up correctly. Corbin Anderson walks you through a quick and effective setup so you can get right to work creating in Camtasia 9.
- [Instructor] Before you begin recording it's a really good idea to make sure everything is set up the way you want it to be. It can be a real gumption killer to capture a flawless take only to realize that your microphone wasn't plugged in or you recorded using your laptop mic instead of your headset, fun stuff like that. So let's start with your microphone. Make sure it's plugged in. All right, now let's fire up Camtasia. I'm just going to double click the icon, and I'm going to choose a New Project.
Before I do anything, I like to save my project in a new folder. You can do this anywhere on your drive. For simplicity, I'm going to just save it on the desktop. File, Save As, right click to create a new folder, and I'm going to call it Camtasia. You can call yours anything you want. Call it something that makes sense to you. Double click the folder and I'm going to call my project Set up and click Save.
Throughout my project, I'm just going to save everything in this folder for simplicity. Okay, also at any point during my work, I can save my project with Control + S on the keyboard. Now I'm going to go ahead and click the Record button up here in the top left and set my recording options. This brings up the recorder box. It is a very important tool. I'm going to show you the basic settings to get up and running. In the Select area box I'm going to choose Full screen.
You can, of course, choose Custom areas, but Full screen is the easiest and it usually works great. Next up is my webcam. Now I'm not going to be using it in this course, but I want to show you how to enable it in case you want to use it. I just click on the dropdown and choose my webcam, and it's ready to record. I'm going to turn it off though. Now the audio settings on the far right here are where I usually mess things up, so take extra care. I'm going to click on the dropdown and I'm going to select the microphone I want to use.
Now I have a ton listed here, but you probably only have one or two. Like I mentioned earlier, it's incredibly frustrating to record a video and then discover it was captured with the wrong microphone. I'm also going to make sure that Record system audio is checked. I always record system audio. If I end up not needing it later, I can just delete it or mute it, but I can't get it back if I didn't record it. That all looks good. Now finally we have the audio input level. You can see it bouncing there as I'm talking.
Now if you have a preamp, this slider does nothing. I have a preamp and you can see it's not changing anything. If you don't have a preamp, dead center usually works great. Now if you find your recordings are a bit soft, you can bump this up a bit. And if you find them a little hot, there's distortion, it just doesn't sound good, try bringing it down just a tad. But like I said, dead center usually works perfectly. Now I'm all set to record. Once I click the Record button, Camtasia will capture everything I say and show on my computer.
Take the time before each recording to make sure that everything is set up correctly so you can save yourself both time and hassle.
- Selecting and setting up a microphone
- Scripting a business communication
- Recording a screen capture
- Capturing media with a smartphone
- Getting media into Camtasia
- Editing video and audio
- Adding music
- Animating media
- Including closed-captioning
- Publishing and sharing a video