Camtasia Essentials

Plan, record, edit, and produce videos in Camtasia Studio 8.
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  • Lectures 54
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2013 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • PC version of Camtasia (free download available)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Who is this guy and what's this course all about?
How to access the resources in Udemy's Materials tab.
Section 1: Software Overview
Understand Camtasia's purpose, get a roadmap for this course, and find alternatives to Camtasia Studio.
Two installation options and a download link.  To see an installation, download the supplemental video, L4b - Installation of CS803.
Launch the program and understand the various parts of the Welcome screen including recording, importing, recent projects, and training resources.
Become familiar with the six main parts of the screen including the clip bin, tracks, timeline, task tabs, menus, and canvas.
Open, watch, and play around with the Getting Started project.
Summary of the Software section.
Resources for the Software section.
Activities to complete for the Software section.
Section 2: Planning
Overview of the Planning section.
Define the purpose of your video.
Consider the audience that you will watch your video.
How long should your video be?
Putting video ideas in order by grouping or chunking.
Create an outline or script for your video.
A fun video that provides 5 tips for your screen recordings (screencasts).
Summary of the Planning section.
Resources for the Planning section.
Activities for the Planning section.
Section 3: Recording
Overview of the Recording section.
Recorder basics:  Recording the screen, with or without a webcam, and microphone.
Keyboard shortcuts when using the recorder.
Pre-recording tips and recording your first screencast.
Summary of the Recording section.
Resources for the Recording section.
Activities for the Recording section.
Section 4: Basic Editing
Overview of the Basic Editing section.
A review of the screen layout (Canvas, task tabs, timeline, etc.).
Understanding and using the Clip Bin and the options for using Tracks.
How to import media (sound, image, and video files).
Understanding and demonstrating the basic editing concepts of splits and cuts.
Define a Camtasia Project and discuss how and how often to save your project file.
Selecting media, copying, pasting, and a tip for copy and paste.
Using the library to manage assets (media) and downloading free library content from TechSmith.
How to access, select, and apply transitions between media.
Summary of Basic Editing section.
Resources for Basic Editing.
Activities for Basic Editing.
Section 5: Audio Basics
Overview of the Audio section.
Hardware needed for recording and playback of audio.
Ensuring proper audio levels before and during recording.
Tips for audio recording.
Summary of the Audio section.
Section 6: Production Basics
Overview of the Production section.
Options and recommendations for producing your video.
Output file formats.  Which format to choose.  MP4 production settings and recommendations.
Summary of the Production section.
Section 7: Summary
High-level summary of the entire course.
A "thank you" and my email address.
Section 8: Student Questions

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


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


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.

Syncing PowerPoint Slides

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Instructor Biography

Ron Hogue, Technical Training Guru

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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