Join Chris Mattia for an in-depth discussion in this video What's new in Camtasia, part of Camtasia 3 for Mac Essential Training.
- [Instructor] If you're already familiar with Camtasia's previous versions, or you've watched either of my Camtasia essential training courses, then this movie is for you. If you're brand new to Camtasia, this movie will give you a preview of some of the great new features we'll be covering in depth throughout this course. Techsmith has completely re-engineered Camtasia from the ground up. In this latest release, they've merged the best from the previous versions for Mac and Windows together to create a single, unified experience, no matter what platform you work on.
There are far too many new features to cover in a single movie, so let's look at the top ten new features in Camtasia for Mac. Number one, the new user interface. If you're familiar with the previous versions of Camtasia for Mac, then this new UI should feel familiar to you, but with a cleaner, more modern look. Both the editor and the recorder have been updated to the new, unified design. Care has been taken to enhance the user experience as well, with the addition of new user feedback features, such as this redesigned mic levels indicator, that now displays in the decibels scale, allowing you to set your mic levels with more confidence.
Number two, new in and out selection handles on the playhead. Making selections is now easier than ever with the new green in and red out selection handles that are attached directly to the playhead. If you're used to holding down the shift key to make clip selections, this keyboard command has been changed to command drag. Number three, improved contextual menus throughout the application. Right or control click on your clips, your timeline, your canvas, or many other elements throughout the interface to find many new hidden features.
Number four, the new advanced audio editing controls. If you right or control click on a clip in your timeline and select edit audio, a new audio levels indicator will appear over the top of the clip where you can double click to add audio edit points on the clip and use them to make precise level adjustments right on your clips. Number five, groups. New to Camtasia is the ability to select multiple clips and group them together into their own connected timeline.
At any point, you can open up the group's timeline by clicking on the plus on the left side of the clip, and then access all of your previous edits, then return back to the main timeline by closing that group's tab. Number six, detachable canvas. If you click on the canvas zoom drop down menu, there's a new option for detach canvas that'll open up your canvas in a separate window that you can now move over to an additional monitor and expand out to full screen for an even better editing experience.
You can automatically redock the canvas by closing this new window. Number seven, over 20 new cinematic transitions have been added. Click on the transitions panel to preview any of these new effects, then try adding them to the clips in your timeline to see them in action. Number eight, behaviors. Behaviors let you create dynamic motion graphics with text, annotations, movie clips, and even your own custom graphics, allowing you to bring your story to life like never before.
Number nine, voice narration. In the new voice narration panel, you can paste in a script and then start the voice recorder to record your voice directly to your timeline. This is a great tool for recording audio pickups, or voice over narrations. Number ten, new export to Windows. With Techsmith bringing the Mac and Windows versions of Camtasia into parody with each other, they've also made it easier than ever to collaborate on projects and switch back and forth between the two platforms.
Under the file menu, you'll find export to Windows and in the same location on Windows, you'll find export to Mac. This means you can now record and edit screen casts on either platform and seamlessly switch back and forth using the same files. Okay, that's ten new features, but I can't help myself. There's one more that I've got to show you, and it's here inside of the new interactivity panel. Number eleven, for the first time on the Mac version of Camtasia, you can now create and embed interactive quizzes.
Quizzes can be attached to the timeline or to the selected media. You can then choose from four types of questions, including multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, and true false. When you share your project as a local file, you can use the new SCORM features to create a learning object that can be added to your learning management system and automatically import your student answers directly into your gradebook.
To learn how to take advantage of all of these new features, and a whole lot more, let's dive into Camtasia together.
- 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