Join Chris Mattia for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a custom recording account, part of Camtasia 2019 Essential Training: The Basics.
- [Instructor] Before we dive in to the editing process, I'd like to take a few minutes and share some tips on how to get the most out of your screen recording process. And the first tip is to think of your desktop as your own movie set, and create some separation between your normal working account and your Screencast set. Now you've probably noticed that my desktop and those of pretty much every other author here on LinkedIn Learning looks, well, pretty boring, and that's by design. Now when you're creating movies, you want your viewers' attention to be focused on the content that you're delivering to them, so take care to arrange your set so that it's appropriate for your type of audience and the content that you're delivering to them. Now, the big challenge that we all face when setting up our PC as a cleaned up set is that it tends to disrupt our normal workflow. Now one way around this is to create a dedicated recording account on your PC by going to your settings, selecting accounts, and clicking on family and other people. Then, add a new family member. Step through the prompt on screen to create a new recording account for yourself and make sure to make it an administrator account when you're asked, that way you'll not be restricted while you're working inside of this account. Now this is not an absolute requirement for creating great Screencasts but it will help streamline and separate out your recording workflow from your normal working account that you use every day. Now regardless of if you create a dedicated recording account or not, declutter your desktop by moving any items that are not needed during your recording either into the recycling bin or into some other location that's appropriate on your drive. You'll also want to do things like unpin any unused items from your taskbar by right clicking on them and selecting unpin from taskbar. Then, right click on your taskbar and select taskbar settings. Now turn off any unnecessary items and perhaps even turn taskbar hiding on so that even the taskbar itself is out of the way. Then scroll down to the notifications area and choose select which items appear in the taskbar. Turn off any unnecessary items from here that are not going to be needed in your recording. Then hit the back button, scroll back down to the notification area, and go into the turn system icons on and off. Now one of the icons that you'll want to make sure that you definitely turn off is the clock. That way, your viewer is not constantly distracted by seeing what time and date that you recorded a particular movie at, and if you're making any edits to your movie, they won't see the time constantly jump between cuts. Then, in the personalization section, consider setting your background to a solid color or create a custom background that's appropriate to your content. In the themes section, click on sounds, and make sure that no sounds is selected. That way, you're not interrupted by system sounds while you're recording. In the start menu options, you may want to turn off options like show more tiles, and show any recently used apps. Basically, customize your set for your needs and do whatever you can to reduce distractions when and where appropriate for your type of content.
- Why use Camtasia?
- Recording, editing, and sharing your first screencast
- Choosing and calibrating a microphone
- Choosing the area of the screen you want to record
- Recording mobile devices
- Handling mistakes
- Editing audio and video in Camtasia
- Adding transitions and annotations
- Exporting and sharing movies
- Collaborating between Mac and Windows