By exploring the options in the recording panel, you will have a better understanding of what setting you need to use before you produce your video.
- [Instructor] Before I begin recording, I need to launch the Camtasia Recorder and adjust my settings. I'm going to open up Camtasia 9 and select New Recording. This will launch the recording panel. From here, I can choose exactly what is going to be recorded and how it will be recorded. To check my settings, I'm going to click on Tools and then Options. The General, Hotkeys, and Program tabs are personal preferences. I don't typically change much on these tabs, I just leave the default settings.
The inputs tab is where I'm going to make the most adjustments. The frame rate is set at 30 frames per second. Frames per second is how many images will appear on the screen in one second. If I select one frame per second, it will make my video choppy, almost like a stop motion movie, where it jumps from image to image. I don't want my video to look jumpy, so I'm going to stick with the highest frames per second option, which in this case is 30. Under Device Audio, I want to check to make sure that the correct Audio Input is selected.
I would highly recommend that you consider using a headset. Although there is a mic built into most laptops, the sound quality is inferior to that of a headset, and you will pick up a lot more ambient noise. I have an option here to record system audio, the various sounds coming directly from my computer. I always record the system audio. It records as a separate track, so it's easy to delete if I don't need it, and it's much harder to capture later if I find that I do need it. If I'm using a webcam, I also have the option here to select the camera I wish to use.
I can see the preview here in the screen, and I can use this opportunity to check my lighting and my angle. I don't want my camera cutting off my head or shooting up my nose, and I want to make sure that my face is well-lit, so that it's easy to see me. If everything looks okay, I can go ahead and click OK. I can see now in my recording toolbar here that I have a preview of my webcam. If I mouse over that, it makes it a little bit larger, so I can do a last minute check to make sure everything looks good.
I'm going to record full screen. I always record full screen. It's much easier to cut something out later than to go back and re-record my tutorial because I missed something on the screen. I'm going to turn my camera on or off using this right here, so the red X means the camera is not recording. The green check means that it is recording. I can check my audio one more time, make sure that I have the correct headset selected, and again that green check tells me that my audio is going to record.
And finally I can check my audio levels by speaking into my microphone and watching this level bar. If it's green, green means go, that means I'm in good shape. But if it's yellow, or worse, orange or red, that means I am a little bit too loud into my microphone. So I can either adjust the microphone, move it further away from my mouth, or make whatever other adjustments I need. I can use this bar to also adjust my recording level so that it's not recording quite as loud. Once I've made all of those adjustments, all of those checks, I'm finally ready to begin recording.
I'm going to click this red record button, and it's going to start recording. Go ahead and open up the recording panel in Camtasia 9, check out your settings and make sure you're ready to go so we can start recording our videos.
- 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