Are you ready to master Camtasia and start recording outstanding screen capture video tutorials? If so, you’re in the right place and I’m so excited to share my experience with Camtasia and to help you film and edit the best videos in the shortest amount of time.
What I’ve done is filmed over 2000 videos with Camtasia and over 5000 videos total. I’m going to apply that experience down into the most key points for you. If you’d like to get the Camtasia free trial and start using this yourself I trust you use my link which can help me earn if you use it correctly.
Now let’s dive into Camtasia 2019 tutorial.
The basic value proposition is, it allows you to take your microphone, camera, screen and record all into one video which you can then edit and put out into polished professional-looking video. The workflow I recommend is to minimize the time you spend editing, trying to polish and make perfect because until you’ve gotten a proven area to make videos, then that gets views and has an established audience. It’s a better use of time to just use Camtasia to film tutorials, get them out as quick as possible, test and put out as many tutorials as you can on as many different subjects as possible. When you’ve proven success in a certain area, then maybe you can go in and add things like fancy transitions, try and make a video just perfect for mass appeal.
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However, the process I’m going to go through is the essential things you need to do to get videos out quickly and to repeat the process over and over. The first step naturally is to record and I need to say that I use a free alternative OBS to record because I don’t edit my videos at all. I just do them straight through and it’d be difficult for me to record this in Camtasia while I’m using Camtasia.
How do you start off of this?
The first key thing to do is get your Logitech C930e 1080P HD Video Webcam connected, get you Green Screen ready to record and get your microphone in position. I recommend recording in 1920p by 1080p. Get a monitor that’s exactly that size, if you don’t have one already because this makes everything else I’m about to show you much easier. You also need to do a clap test and I’ll show you how to do that to make sure your audio and your mouth especially if you and camera are in sync. If you’re not on camera, that’s not as important.
The basic thing to do in Camtasia is hit the record button and that will allow you to record. We have our sources. The first down arrow from the left is my monitor. This is the screen capture that I want to take and I can pick any of the monitors I’ve got here. Then next arrow from the left is my video camera which for a webcam the Logitech C930E which will give you a great picture for a good cost. You can put that in as a webcam. Then for the microphone, I’ve got a USB interface and a fancy like $1,000 setup with a preamp and stuff. But for you, I’ve got a video on “Start Podcasting Today” that will give you an exact Mic I recommend to start with. Then for the 1st rectangle from the right, I’ve got system audio. If you’re on Mac and you don’t see this, then you need to download the extra plugin that it asks you which is easy to install. Then you hit start recording as shown in the green rectangle. Once you finish recording, you hit stop recording that will bring up the interface. When you record clips, they go in media bin at the top upper left corner.
One essential tip you need to do is make sure you immediately save this. I recommend to “save as” though you need to know upfront about Camtasia wording.
A project in Camtasia is a collection of all the recordings and the editing you’ve done.
Thus, your project is your key element in Camtasia. You need to have a project to open all that you’ve recorded. Although, the recordings go into a separate folder. I recommend anytime you do anything significant, go to “save as” to start with and then once you’ve done that, hit save.
If you make a big change, that’s a big commitment. You can also add Save As and save it as a different project. When you want to share a video, you will need to go to export. You do not have a video ready to share immediately in Camtasia, which is why I use OBS. I hit record, talk, hit record again and I’m done. Whereas in Camtasia, you need to go through and share this as an entire file. Now for making a thumbnail, you need to use the “Export Frame as”. The ideal way to make a thumbnail is to start with a background like I do. You can get a graphic designer to do on Fiverr or I have an Airtable video showing you how to do a whole workflow with this.
But the basic simple workflow to get a thumbnail is to have a graphic to start with where there’s space for yourself and then you begin with that and then go into the actual tutorial. The thumbnail is critically important for the Click Through Rate on YouTube and Facebook. If you’re using it for a video course, you don’t need to do that as much but if you’re doing YouTube videos or Facebook, you need to do the thumbnail and you need to do it well. What you can do is hit Export Frame as to get your thumbnail and what I recommend doing for that is to just get a Professional Thumbnail Design for the background. Export your image on the thumbnail (the first frame) as the thumbnail. That’s how you get the thumbnail generated out of this. To export a video, you can pick the exact option you want to have. You can even do a batch export but before you’re ready to export a video, you need to see the basic editing functions. What I will do is, I’m going to ignore everything that I don’t think is essential to make a great tutorial because you want to do the best work in the least amount of time on Camtasia.
I will clear my face off here for simplicity so I’m not in the way. What you can see is a little demo recording I did to make sure that we had something to edit. The first thing you want to do when you’re editing you get to know it. What you’ve got in the middle is your video as showing in the red rectangle. This is what your video looks like. On the right, you’ve got the properties shown in a green rectangle. If you don’t see this, that’s because you didn’t have them shown. If you don’t see them, you can just right-click show/hide properties as shown in a blue rectangle and they will come up. That shows you how big the video is, audio information, mouse click, etc.
On the left side, you’ve got all the different things you can do in Camtasia that includes your animations, cursor effects, transitions, and more. The top tab is media and that is where you film videos in the library on your computer.
This bottom window is where you will do most of your work and the essential thing, to begin with, is to grab the play head in the middle and cut the beginning in the end usually. You do this if you have one of the files selected. You can hold Command-A on Mac or Ctrl-A on Windows. Select everything and then grab the little cursor, drag it right before the audio starts and then make sure to drag everything back here. This will allow your audio to begin right at the beginning of your video.
Now for the end, if you have any little off sync between your camera and your audio versus your screen, you will have a little extra. So for the end, you want to wait to till you stop talking. Then find a spot to edit it back to pull the shortest one over first, then select the longer one and drag that one over. This was one of the annoying things that took me a while to figure out in Camtasia that how did I get this little these 2 synced up? Why my videos are having little black screens at the end? That’s what you need to do. Make sure you drag both of them to the exact same endpoint.
I highly recommend you do a clap test right when you get started with Camtasia as shown in the image above. Put yourself in the middle of the screen and your camera. Put your hands apart and go. Clap your hands together and ideally, you can bounce them and this will show you where your audio is on Camtasia relative to your face. Now on mine, there’s about a 12 frame off sync which means the audio comes on 12 frames before my hands’ touch and that is enough to be an annoying lip off sync and you want to correct that every time you’re in Camtasia. You don’t need to do a clap test every time but you do need to see how many frames that are off and then fix that. That’s another reason why I use OBS. I set that up from the beginning and it’s automatically synced and recorded. I don’t have to do the clap test.
But on Camtasia, I know I’ve got like a 12 or 13 frame off sync. So what you do to fix that is that you need to split the audio and the video. You right-click and then click again on Separate Video and Audio.
Then you need to have the audio and the video synced exactly if you’re using a webcam and you can zoom in all the way and adjust that by the number of frames. Your clap tests will allow you to move the audio so that the moment your hands hit, the audio also hits at the exact same frame. And once you figure out how many frames you need to move it, then that’s going to generally be the same amount of frames on every video. That will sync your audio up and then get you looking good.
Let’s say that you’ve got a Green Screen like mine. Once you’ve got the audio and the video synced up and you’ve cut the beginning and the end, the next key step is to go through and apply a chroma key to your green screen. The first thing we need to do is as you can see it puts in the camera really small.
So to get to this, we right-click and go to scale, to scale it to its actual pixels. This will allow us to put our video in its real size so that we don’t distort it and have any weird looking artifacts. Then to do the green screen, we go into Visual Effects. Click on it and then we go down to remove color. We drag “remove a color” on to the exact one that our webcam is. Then on the remove a color option, you go over and you click on the little dropper and ideally, you pull the exact right color that your unique green screen is.
And as soon as you click on that, it will get everything you’ll see all the green is gone and you’ve got that nice green-screen effect. Now you can play with the tolerance if needed. If you’re getting weird artifacts, you can move the tolerance a little bit. If you’re struggling with the editing, you need to work on your lighting as your lighting will help you out a lot.
You can also do things like softness or hardness. If you need to play around with things a little bit. Once you get the settings right. Ideally, you can just use the same ones on every single video. Now that you’ve got your green screen now, you can do a couple of other things that can make for a higher quality tutorial. You can do something like a ring or a scope can be nice to show when you click, I kind of liked the scope.
If I want to show that when I’m actually clicking on something, then on cursor effects real quick, you can just drag over the scope and drop on the video below. And then for the right click as it’ll be in a different color, you could drag the right-click on it also.
This is one of the features that’s really nice with Camtasia is you can highlight these things you’re doing in the video. Whereas with OBS, I’m not able to do that. It’d be hard to film both of those at once. In Camtasia, you can then choose exactly what color each click is and that makes it clear what you’re doing and where you’re clicking. You can also make the cursor, you can make it bigger within the window if you want too. You can even scale up the cursor to make the cursor massive if you want to make it or you can make it smaller if you wanted to. Or you could even turn it off so you couldn’t see it. Now you might be wanting to go into audio effects. What I’m going to recommend for audio effects is you do a setup where don’t need to edit your audio at all.
That’s the setup I’ve got. My audio comes in sounding good and I don’t need to edit it at all. If you’re like me when you’re a beginner, you spend a whole bunch of time trying to do things like noise removal, and audio compression. You are trying desperately to make things sound decent. Here’s the better way to make it sound good. It is to set upright when it comes in then you don’t need to spend all that time later editing it.
The key to making your audio sound good is to have a good microphone, position it correctly and then it’s based on your recording environment. The microphones and the USB Interface I recommend are as follows. They don’t pick up the surrounding noise as much which is why I’ve recommended them.
- Shure SM58-S Microphone
- Blue Yeti USB Microphone
- Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
Thus, I recommend, don’t do any audio editing. Don’t rely on that at all. Force yourself to get audio that sounds good initially then you don’t need to do any audio effects at all. That’ll save you a ton of time. There are a couple of other things you might want to do. You can put arrows into focus on something, and you can type text into it.
That can be awesome and this is a thing that’s great with Camtasia. But again, I don’t recommend spending a ton of time on this because especially in the beginning you want to crank out tutorials, crank out the videos and the courses. Then you can always do a better version of a tutorial later after it’s proven successful.
One of the last essential things to show you before we render the video is how do you edit something. So what I’m going to do is pretend in this little scene, for example, I just said something horrible all of a sudden. What you can do is that you can adjust the length of the call out. So let’s say we just have the call out in the beginning. Then let’s pretend, we need to edit these miserable things I did right here.
So what we’ll do, well select on all of the clips and we can split them at the play head. So you just select each one and split it. Now if you were paying close attention in this tutorial’s video, you’ll notice I dragged the volume down a little bit. You need to be careful not to accidentally drag the volume down. If you do that accidentally, you’ll be wondering why is my volume not playing? if your volume is not playing it’s because you accidentally dragged it down.
If you want to simplify this, you can put your audio and video back together. You can group the audio and video back together.
If I select all of these, you can group into one. Once you’ve got things exactly put together as I’ve shown you then you can just group all this. And that way you can make one simple edit. So then you could split one file at play head instead of trying to split each individual one. So once you’ve got the one, you need to split both at play head. Let’s say, the small section between the file is the awful edit. You need to take out once you split those, you can right-click and you Ripple Delete.
Many times it will stitch the clip together. But if you don’t like how you did something you can always undo as I do. I hit CTRL-Z several times and it just undoes all the changing. You can individually split these at play head. I’m holding Shift to select all those then I go over and hit ripple delete. The clip stitches back together. This is now one clip. It’s not 2 clips anymore. This the best way to do it.
Then you don’t have the split point on the clips. You don’t risk moving or have to deal with all those issues. So if you Ripple Delete something, it stitches the clip back together and keeps it. So, I really liked the Ripple Delete option. I recommend minimizing the amount of those edits you do. Just cut the essential most embarrassing worst stuff and get that out there.
Then once you finish that, you are ready to render the whole video. So now you select everything and you hit share. I recommend saving this along the way so you don’t lose it especially if you’re recording multiple clips. Then you can go and choose the options. What I generally recommend is you hit local file.
Now when you hit the local file, for example, I could put it in my little movies folder. Then you’ve got your options to export it. I like the mp4 format. It goes to most places and makes sure you check all of your options there though make sure you’ve got everything how you want it. The key thing you need to do is to make sure this is in the right resolution. If you record it 1920p by 1080p and it comes out in 1280p by 720p, you’ve just reduced the size of your video unnecessarily. Make sure your dimension should be current on your project to start with, especially if you filmed your screen at 1920 by 1080, it should be in here already, you can also right-click to change the project settings if for some reason it’s different.
You can also put the frame rate to 30fps or 60fps. You really don’t need 60 on a video tutorial, though this is more for gaming. And then you can also let it auto normalize loudness or you can turn that off, you can apply and it will change it.
Camtasia often crashes when I applied the frame rates. So I recommend that when you do the frame rate and any project size adjusting, make sure you do that upfront. Hit export after naming your file and this is what makes it take a lot longer with Camtasia.
As soon as I’m done with the video, I will hit record and it’s finished on OBS but with Camtasia, you need to wait for it to render. I don’t recommend doing anything else on your computer while rendering. And when I say rendering, it will take over the whole program and get your project which is composed of all your recordings out into a video file. I recommend don’t do anything else on the computer while this is going on. If it somehow interrupts the rendering or causes Camtasia to crash, you will have to start your rendering process all over again.
When I used to film videos on Camtasia, I would go through and do the process I showed you. I had 2 different computers. I’d film on one, hit the share button, and hit export. Then I go over the other one to prepare the next video. As soon as the video finished rendering, I’d hop straight back on the computer, film another video, quick edits, get that one exported, and I would be able to knock out 10 or 20 videos in a few hours using Camtasia. Thus, plan for those export times and if your export time is really slow, one thing you can do is use an SSD hard drive instead of using a regular hard drive that can speed up your rendering a lot. Because what can slow the rendering down is taking all of your files back and forth off a slower hard drive. A graphics card can improve your rendering and a fast processor can improve your rendering too. For Camtasia, It seems you want a processor that has the highest gigahertz because for some reason it doesn’t seem to put the multi-core slower processors to work as good as a fewer core higher speed processor.
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