Live recording is inevitably going to include some mistakes. Explore the options for covering up or removing mistakes from recorded footage.
- [Instructor] Albert Einstein once said anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. I make mistakes all the time when making instructional videos. Sometimes I mess up enough that I just need to start the whole recording over again, but most of the time they're little mistakes that I can fix; maybe I say the wrong word, or forget what I wanted to say and have dead air, these things are all easy to fix with a little editing. Any time I get tongue tied or misspeak, I don't even stop the recording.
I like to clap three times before I continue, then I take a breath and say the entire sentence again. Let's see what that looks like in my project. The three claps make it easy to find my mistakes in the audio file because I can see the three spikes in the audio WAV form. I can split the track by hitting S on my keyboard and then edit that section from my project.
If cutting out that part causes a jump in my visual, I can always add a transition there to smooth the way to the next clip. One mistake I've occasionally made is capturing sensitive information like student names or grades. I don't want to share that information with my audience, and I also don't want to reshoot the tutorial. The blur feature allows me to blur out a section of the screen to make it unreadable. I can find that under annotations, blur and highlight. I can click and drag and then adjust to hide the necessary information.
Sometimes I have a webcam shot or some other visual mistake that I want to hide, but I want to keep the audio. I can do that with photos or b-roll, alternative video that can cover up my mistake. I just click and drag the photo or video to the timeline and adjust it as needed, and suddenly there's something more interesting than me looking at the wall or scratching my nose. Master teacher and musician Jim Donovan advises that any time you make a mistake, smile and then keep going.
This is great advice for all parts of life. Don't get frustrated with your mistakes. If you are like me, you're going to make a lot of them. Use your mistakes as opportunities to practice your editing skills and learn from your experiences.
- Understanding the Camtasia 9 interface
- Recording tips and tricks
- Capturing your video
- Providing feedback
- Capturing a slide presentation
- Making a basic edit
- Adding annotations, transitions, and music
- Hiding mistakes
- Posting your video