Learn how to make a basic edit in Camtasia 9. One of the benefits of Camtasia over many screen capture programs, is the ability to easily edit your recording. Corbin Anderson shows you a few quick steps to polish your production before you share it.
- [Instructor] Let's take a look at basic editing. Now editing can be a slippery slope. I have often spent far more time editing a video than any other part of it. I've even heard it said, videos are never finished, they're just taken away. Time will most likely be the biggest factor determining how much editing you do. For this video, I'm gonna show you a few basic editing skills. You can use 'em to make quick touch-ups, or get detailed and shoot for a flawless production.
I'm just going to use a clip I recorded earlier. Let's go to the end here. At the end here, you can see I've got some empty space. There's really no need to keep watching the video from this point, so I'm gonna get rid of it. Now there are a couple of ways, let me show you one. If I just mouse-over the end of this I can just drag it, and remove the end. Both the audio and the video track have been done. Okay, now that's one way to do it, I've removed the end, let's see how it works now. - [Recording] download and install the newest update - [Instructor] That can work great for some problems.
Let me show you another way. I also want to remove the beginning of this video. There's just no need for a viewer to sit through six seconds of basically silence. Of course, I could do it the way I just did, like that, but I've still got the six seconds of silence. That didn't really help me. I guess I could drag the video tracks down like this and that would probably work fine, but let me show you a different way. What I'm gonna do is drag on this handlebar here and pull it out so that I'm highlighting this area right here.
Just the beginning, just the first six seconds or so. I'm gonna right-click in this area and say Ripple Delete. And look at that, Camtasia deletes the entire area from both my audio and video track and pulled both of them down to fill in the blank space. Next, I've got another problem here. I've got, just a bunch of blank space here again. This happens all the time. Now, another thing that happens to me all the time is perhaps I coughed here, or sneezed, or the UPS guy started pounding on the door, or my kid was screaming, that kind of stuff happens all the time.
But I can get rid of it, no problem. I'm gonna use the same technique. I'm gonna start about here, I'm gonna make sure there's no changes. So, right there, the changes are made. I'm gonna drag this handle out. There are no major changes there so I'm not effecting anything, it's just blank space. And right here, I start talking again. So I'm gonna use the same technique. I'm gonna right-click in this area, and say Ripple Delete. And now I've removed that entire area. Let's see how it looks. - [Recording] click Check for Updates, and Camtasia asks ...
- [Instructor] Now if you hadn't seen me do that no-one would know, it's magic, it's gone! Okay, so there you have some basic editing. Now the real key to getting good at editing is, you guessed it, practice. It's both a skill and an art. If you're interested in learning more, check out some of the video editing courses available in the Learning Library. It doesn't even have to be a Camtasia course. Editing concepts are transferable.
- 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