Camtasia 8 Delivers the Goods


camtasia8box.pngCamtasia version 8 finally brings you a real video editor. And no, it's not easy as pie, but if you get the basics down, you're going to have a much easier time than in previous versions and make some powerful videos. My 2-hour-long training will get users started using the program, which excels at capturing Powerpoint, webcam video, and computer screens and allowing you to edit them into a polished video lesson.

Your videos may be very simple or very complex, and Camtasia gives you the tools to add interaction, quizzes, captions, chapters and more if you want to create more elaborate teaching video.

courseraTB1.pngHere is an example of good video lectures from a MOOC by Coursera. I don't even know if this was done with Camtasia but it certainly could have been. More: TechSmith's award winning videos.

BASIC RECORDING TIPS
No matter your level, this basic tip-sheet will give you good basic guidelines and techniques to improve recordings.

PREPARE FOR THIS TRAINING

  1. Get yourself a Free Screencast account, where you will get 2GB online storage and streaming for your Camtasia videos. You can certainly use YouTube or other distribution channels for your finished products, but Screencast is the only one that any of the program's interactive features like quizzing and chapters work with.
  2. Bring a Powerpoint to work from, or use this one.

DOCUMENTS TO WORK WITH DURING THE TRAINING

Screen Recording File (warning, very silly)
Powerpoint file.

Take another Camtasia training to keep improving your skills:
Jan. 11th @12pm
Jan. 22nd @10am or @3pm in the Prescott TeLS Office.

CAMTASIA TUTORIALS

TechSmith, the company that makes Camtasia, has a full set of very good video tutorials.
This one is about Markers, a key method of keeping your ppts captures organized and creating chapters.