In this video we'll explore tips and tricks to help your presentation run a bit smoother. Create a dedicated recording account. Use a simple solid background for your desktop. Have water handy. Use Notes and bullet points. Use a second monitor. Check your settings before every recording. Customization of shortcut keys, etc.
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- [Voiceover] Let's look at a few tips and tricks to help your presentation run a bit smoother. Create a dedicated recording account. You can learn more about this in the Camtasia 8 Essential Training Course. Use a simple solid background for your desktop, have water handy, use notes and bullet points, use a second monitor. If you don't have a second monitor, a second laptop works just as well.
If you have neither of these options, you can print and post your notes next to your recording monitor. Check your settings before every recording. Don't just assume they're the same as you left them. Mistakes happen. When you make one, wait a second or two, clap three times (claps), then begin again from a clean starting point. When you go to edit, it will be easy to identify the problem areas from the three claps. If you flub a line, immediately let go of the mouse.
Rethink what you want to say, then give it another shot. It will be easier to edit out your mistake if you haven't moved your mouse all over the screen. Break your presentations into sections. Work on one section or concept at a time. Use the pause button between sections. Do a few lines, hit pause, think, un-pause, lather, rinse, repeat. No one's going to know what happened during the pause, and Camtasia will reset your cursor to where it was when you hit pause.
Customize the pause and stop buttons to something you can reach without looking. I like F1 and F2. I can easily get to both of these without taking my eyes off the screen. Remember, you can edit later. It's totally fine to say a line two or three times. Setup browser tabs if your presentation will be using a lot of websites, instead of trying to type in the URL for each one, just set them up beforehand, then click from tab to tab. Turn off your notifications. You don't want IMs, updates, and Facebook chats popping up during your presentation.
Have your apps ready. If you'll be presenting multiple apps, have them setup and ready to roll before you begin recording. You can just bounce between apps using the task bar, or a Windows shortcut. Unless you have a specific reason for recording in AVI, I'll always record in TREC. Get a quiet mouse. Loud mouse clicks can be a distraction. Position your headset correctly, just below the mouth, so you're not creating po's and pu's. Turn off the arrow view in Windows.
It's using up valuable CPU, and can cause compression problems in your final video. Make sure you are in a quiet, low reverb environment. In a pinch, a few blankets hung on the wall can really cut down on reverb. Let your family or roommates know you're recording. You'll probably still get some stray noise, but at least they won't intentionally bang on your door during your session. At least, hopefully they won't. So, there you have a few tips and tricks that will make your recording run and look better.
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