Now that we have our recording account set up and our microphone all configured, the next step is to go ahead and install Camtasia Studio 8, if you haven't already installed it. Now, there is a variety of ways you can get a copy of Camtasia Studio 8, but perhaps the easiest is to simply go to techsmith.com and look for the Top Downloads section, here you should find a link to Camtasia Studio. Go ahead and click on that link. You'll need to enter in a valid email address and then click the Start Windows Download button.
A window may popup asking you what you'd like to do with this file. In this case we'll go ahead and click the Save File button, and we'll wait for the Camtasia Installer to download to our computer. Now, depending on your Internet connection this may take a few minutes. Once the download is complete, we can either access the file by simply double-clicking it in the Downloads window or navigating to the Downloads folder that's been specified within our browser. I'll go ahead and close each of these windows in the background so that they're out of our way and now we can focus on the installation process.
We'll go ahead and click the Run button if we get the security warning, letting Windows know that we do in fact want to run this installer. The installer should open up and we can simply advance to the next screen by clicking the Next button. You'll next need to read the License Agreement and select the option to accept the License Agreement and then click the Next button. You can then choose whether or not you want TechSmith to be able to collect any data about your system while you're running Camtasia Studio for performance enhancements.
I'll go ahead and leave mine set to Improve Camtasia Studio by collecting usage data and then click the Next button. Choose whether or not you want to simply use the 30-day evaluation version, or if you've purchased a copy of Camtasia, go ahead and click the License option and then type in your Name and your License Key here. So enter in your License Key and then click the Next button. Next, you can choose to install Camtasia into a custom folder location or simply accept the default location by clicking the Next button again.
On the next screen we're asked if we want to enable the Camtasia Studio add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint. Now, if you use PowerPoint as part of your presentations, and many of us do, then you want to make sure that this box is checked. Go ahead and click the Next button and we're given a summary of all of the different steps that we just stepped through. We can go ahead and check the box to start Camtasia Studio 8 after the installation, that way everything will all be completed in one step. We'll go ahead and click the Next button. You may periodically get a security warning verifying if you want to in fact install this software.
We'll go ahead and click the Yes button and now installation should happen automatically. Once the setup process has completed, you should come to this screen. We can move on by clicking the Finish button in the bottom. Now, Camtasia will popup your web browser and take you back to the TechSmith site, thanking you for installing Camtasia. Feel free to click around on this site and have a look at some of the nice resources that TechSmith has put together for Camtasia Studio. I'm going to go ahead and close my browser window by clicking the X in the upper right-hand corner, and if you've entered in your serial number, you may get a request to register your product online.
I've already gone ahead and registered my copy of Camtasia, so I'll simply close the window by clicking the X. And once again, our browser window opens right back up, thanking us for our purchase and inviting us to register our Studio License. I'll go ahead and close the window and then we'll go ahead and double-click Camtasia Studio 8 to open it up for the first time. The first-time Camtasia Studio opens up, a sample project has already been created and there will be a video that's been created by Camtasia that will walk you through many of the wonderful features that are included in the program.
Feel free to take a few minutes and play through that video on your own. But now that we've got everything set up, we can go ahead and close this window and we know that Camtasia Studio is properly set up.
Follow along as Chris creates an elearning project from start to finish with Camtasia Studio's tools. Discover how to add animation, PowerPoint slideshows, quizzes, and other effects that boost the interactivity and visual interest of your screencasts. The final chapter shows how to incorporate your Camtasia projects into an overall teaching strategy.
- Creating and configuring a recording account
- Choosing and connecting a microphone
- Installing Camtasia Studio
- Choosing the area of the screen you want to record
- Managing mouse movements
- Handling mistakes
- Editing audio and video in Camtasia
- Adding animation and zoom-and-pan or picture-in-picture effects
- Using the PowerPoint add-in
- Adding closed captioning
- Creating interactive quizzes
- Exporting and publishing movies
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Capturing Your Screen
3. Keys to a Successful Recording
4. Editing in Camtasia Studio
5. Working with Audio
6. Working with Media and Effects
7. Working with PowerPoint
8. Working with Captions
9. Using Advanced Features
10. Producing and Sharing
11. Teaching and Learning Techniques
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