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Camtasia Essentials

Plan, record, edit, and produce videos in Camtasia Studio 8.
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Created by Ron Hogue
Last updated 8/2014
English
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Description

Upon completion of this two-hour course, you will be able to record, edit, and produce videos with Camtasia Studio 8. You will learn what the software does, how to install the software, set up for your first recording, record your screen, edit that recording, add some audio, and finally produce your first video.

Download PDF resource guides which include section summaries and hyperlinks to additional learning material. Practice what you learn by creating your own files and downloading course files. Watch as I go through the same steps to edit a real lesson for Udemy. Post questions and answers to help fellow students. Send messages or ask questions and receive answers from me within a week.

The linear format of this course allows beginners to start with the first video lesson and move through the course step by step. This course is also modular so you can jump directly to the sections you need without having to go through the material you are already familiar with.

Check out the free resources available in this course and be sure to enjoy the Top Five Tips video.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner or early intermediate Camtasia Studio 8 users.
  • Teachers, sales professionals, or instructional designers who need to learn how to use Camtasia.
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What Will I Learn?
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to record, edit, and produce videos with Camtasia Studio 8
Learn shortcuts to save time
Install Camtasia Studio on your PC
Become familiar with the interface and functions
Plan videos for your audience
Record your screen and add your audio
Edit your recording with cuts and transitions
Add music, pictures, and videos
Produce your video with the best settings
Have fun learning
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Requirements
  • PC version of Camtasia (free download available)
Curriculum For This Course
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Course Introduction
2 Lectures 04:34
Who is this guy and what's this course all about?
Preview 03:35

How to access the resources in Udemy's Materials tab.
Preview 00:59
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Software Overview
8 Lectures 13:32
Understand Camtasia's purpose, get a roadmap for this course, and find alternatives to Camtasia Studio.
Preview 03:10

Two installation options and a download link.  To see an installation, download the supplemental video, L4b - Installation of CS803.
Preview 02:35

Launch the program and understand the various parts of the Welcome screen including recording, importing, recent projects, and training resources.
Preview 01:29

Become familiar with the six main parts of the screen including the clip bin, tracks, timeline, task tabs, menus, and canvas.
Preview 01:41

Open, watch, and play around with the Getting Started project.
Preview 01:20

Summary of the Software section.
Preview 01:11

Resources for the Software section.
Preview 01:21

Activities to complete for the Software section.
Preview 00:45
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Planning
10 Lectures 21:02
Overview of the Planning section.
Planning Overview
01:19

Define the purpose of your video.
Video Purpose
01:59

Consider the audience that you will watch your video.
Audience
02:51

How long should your video be?
Video Duration
03:19

Putting video ideas in order by grouping or chunking.
Order
02:34

Create an outline or script for your video.
Script
03:02

A fun video that provides 5 tips for your screen recordings (screencasts).
Preview 03:03

Summary of the Planning section.
Planning Summary
00:42

Resources for the Planning section.
Preview 00:52

Activities for the Planning section.
Planning Activities
01:21
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Recording
7 Lectures 11:15
Overview of the Recording section.
Recording Overview
00:26

Recorder basics:  Recording the screen, with or without a webcam, and microphone.
Recorder
02:40

Keyboard shortcuts when using the recorder.
Shortcuts
02:21

Pre-recording tips and recording your first screencast.
First Recording
03:47

Summary of the Recording section.
Recording Summary
00:32

Resources for the Recording section.
Preview 00:44

Activities for the Recording section.
Recording Activities
00:45
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Basic Editing
12 Lectures 44:30
Overview of the Basic Editing section.
Basic Editing Overview
00:51

A review of the screen layout (Canvas, task tabs, timeline, etc.).
Layout Review
01:10

Understanding and using the Clip Bin and the options for using Tracks.
Clip Bin and Tracks
07:00

How to import media (sound, image, and video files).
Importing Media
02:09

Understanding and demonstrating the basic editing concepts of splits and cuts.
Splits and Cuts
05:26

Define a Camtasia Project and discuss how and how often to save your project file.
Projects and Saving
04:28

Selecting media, copying, pasting, and a tip for copy and paste.
Copy and Paste
07:33

Using the library to manage assets (media) and downloading free library content from TechSmith.
Library
05:49

How to access, select, and apply transitions between media.
Transitions
05:55

Summary of Basic Editing section.
Basic Editing Summary
01:35

Resources for Basic Editing.
Preview 00:41

Activities for Basic Editing.
Basic Editing Activities
01:53
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Audio Basics
5 Lectures 11:31
Overview of the Audio section.
Audio Overview
00:32

Hardware needed for recording and playback of audio.
Audio Hardware
02:49

Ensuring proper audio levels before and during recording.
Audio Testing
04:06

Tips for audio recording.
Audio Recording
02:36

Summary of the Audio section.
Audio Summary
01:28
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Production Basics
4 Lectures 10:01
Overview of the Production section.
Production Overview
00:41

Options and recommendations for producing your video.
Production Options
04:09

Output file formats.  Which format to choose.  MP4 production settings and recommendations.
Production Settings
04:23

Summary of the Production section.
Production Summary
00:48
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Summary
2 Lectures 04:48
High-level summary of the entire course.
Preview 03:46

A "thank you" and my email address.
Thank You!
01:02
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Student Questions
4 Lectures 20:45

How do you synchronize your animations/text so precisely with your audio?

Sync Audio and Video
14:11

Hi Ron,
How do you move Tracks, Clip bin, Task tabs, etc.. into the video lecture?
Thanks

Animate Text
00:52

Cutting a long course into smaller bit size video's

Is there a chapter here on taking an hour long video, and segmenting it into bite size chunks per your recommendations? I could just 'do it' but was hoping there was actual guidance on how to end one topic, and begin another.

Breaking Up Videos
02:51

About the Instructor
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Delivering technical training since 2003, Ron has taught hundreds of students everything from Microsoft Office applications to soft skills to Networking. His passion for training is evidenced in his energetic and engaging deliveries.

In 2012, Ron won two separate awards for his "Top Five-ish Screencasting Tips" video. He was recognized twice as one of the top ten New Horizons applications instructors in the world (Dec 2004 and Oct 2005).

Ron's love of learning and technology began in 1985 with a life-changing teacher and a Commodore 64 computer. He's upgraded his computer a few times over the years (it's now an i7) and continues to share what he learns.

Southeastern College in Lakeland, FL is where Ron earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education - Secondary Mathematics. Since graduation, Ron's job titles have included Director of Education, Applications Instructor, Technical Instructor, Training and Operations Manager, Sr. IT Learning Specialist, Technical Trainer, Manager of Technical Training, and Training and Development Manager. He has facilitated Train-the-Trainer sessions to coach and mentor new and seasoned instructors. Ron has created custom courses for a variety of companies including financial institutions, manufacturing, industrial, talent management, and was even flown to Memphis to deliver a custom class at FedEx headquarters.

Delivering live, in-person training is where Ron really shines. He loves interacting with audiences and entertaining while training. He has a genuine desire for learners to understand whatever course they are taking. He will often go the extra mile to ensure that his students have everything they need to apply their learning in their projects.

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