Learn all of the ins and out of the Camtasia Recorder. Learn how to record your Screen, webcam, microphone and system audio. Learn how to identify at a glance what inputs will be recorded and how to change the settings to fit your needs. Then learn the ultimate Camtasia recorder keyboard shortcut.
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- Camtasia is essentially two applications in one. It's both a media recorder and an editor. Throughout this chapter, we'll take a deep dive into the recorder, so you can learn to fully capture your story. There are three primary ways to access the recorder anytime that Camtasia is running. If you're starting from the editor, then you can press the red record button, here in the upper left-hand corner. Camtasia also installs a menu bar widget, here in the upper right, allowing you to select Start Recording from anywhere on your Mac.
You can also access the recorder by using what I like to call the ultimate recorder keyboard shortcut of cmd + shift + 2. You may remember that when we made our test recording to calibrate our microphone, we pressed the Start Recording button, got a countdown, and then pressed cmd + shift + 2 to stop the recording, but notice here in the top of the recording window, we can resume our recording by again pressing cmd + shift + 2.
We are once again recording, and if we press cmd + shift + 2 again, we can pause the recording again. I'll press the Delete button to delete this recording, and then confirm it. With only one keyboard command, you can summon the recorder, pause a recording, resume a recording, and stop a recording. The Camtasia recorder window allows you to select what type of media or inputs that you want to record. The left side of the recorder allows you to record video, while the right side allows you to record audio.
An input will be recorded if its slider is lit green, allowing you to see at a glance what you're going to capture. Clicking on a slider toggles it between on and off. Starting on the left, you select what screen, or portion of a screen, you want to record. This can be from your computer or an iOS device running iOS 8 or newer, and is hardwired to your Mac. Next, you can choose to record a camera connected to your Mac, including your Mac's built-in FaceTime camera, or a third-party webcam.
I have a small webcam here in my booth, so when I select it, it turns the camera on, and you can see what's going to be recorded. If you'd like to see a bigger preview of the camera, click the small downward arrow below, in order to see a bigger preview. If you don't want the camera to be recorded, click the slider again to turn it off. Next, you can select what sound input or microphone that you want to record. In an earlier movie, we saw how to read and calibrate our microphone using the levels indicator here, which displays in the decibel scale.
Remember, you want your input levels to peak between minus six and minus 12 DB. To record other sounds generated by your computer, you'll need to install a system extension. Click here to start the installation process, then click the Install button, then click Continue, and Install. You'll need to type in your password, and click the Install Software button. When installation completes, click the Close button.
Now, you can choose to record your system audio, just like any other input. Since all of these inputs work independently of each other, you can record any combination of then that you need. This is incredibly powerful, and you will likely find yourself using many different combinations of inputs, depending on the needs of the story that you're trying to tell. When you're all set, take a deep breath, press the Start Recording button, and you'll get a countdown for when recording is going to begin.
After the countdown ends, count to three again in your head. This will ensure that when you begin speaking, your voice will be fully captured from the very first syllable. When you're done recording, again count to three in your head, and then press cmd + shift + 2 to stop the recording, or use the menu bar widget to stop it, ensuring that you don't accidentally cut off the end of your audio. You can change the name of your recording here. I'll change mine to First Recording, and then click the Complete button.
Pressing the Complete button will automatically open a new editor window, and allow you to review and edit your recording. The first recording for a new project will automatically appear here in your Timeline. If you make additional recordings once a project is open, those new recordings will appear here in your Media Bin, and you'll need to click and drag them down into your Timeline.
- Creating a recording account
- Choosing and calibrating a mic
- Recording video
- Capturing video on mobile devices
- Managing mistakes
- Editing video in the timeline
- Importing media from different sources
- Adding annotations, animations, and transitions
- Applying video and audio effects
- Generating captions
- Sharing Camtasia videos