Camtasia Mastery 8 - Creating Killer Videos w/ Camtasia 8
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Camtasia Mastery 8 - Creating Killer Videos w/ Camtasia 8

Create videos quickly for training, marketing, sales, or support. Learn tips & tricks from years of Camtasia experience.
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Created by Ron Hogue
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  • 7 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Quickly create screen-capture videos for training or for Udemy courses
  • Understand the complete process for properly creating training videos - from idea to completed video
  • Learn tips and tricks to produce videos faster
  • Install a free, 30-day trial of Camtasia Studio 8 for Windows
  • Plan a video, including the audience, the steps, and the script
  • Record a screencast (a computer screen recording)
  • Record a voice to accompany the video
  • Edit the video to take out mistakes
  • Add and animate callouts to draw users' attention
  • Produce the final video and share it online
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  • Windows-based computer with Vista, 7, or 8 (no Windows XP)
  • Internet connection to download the latest version of Camtasia Studio

Last update: October 2016. Camtasia Mastery is for everyone who uses Camtasia Studio to make videos. From beginners learning what the program is about, to experienced users who want to learn how to take animations and hosting to the next level, this course has loads of information for learners of all experience levels.

The Camtasia Mastery sections are divided into several bite-sized videos. This allows you to go through the course in order, or jump to any of the topics you need help with. Most videos are only 2-3 minutes long but the course is packed with over 6½ hours of instruction. You can get exactly what you need, when you need it - no more scouring hours of videos to try and find the one nugget of information you need.

Be sure to check out all of the course reviews to see how students love this course. From beginners to long-time users, you WILL learn how to best use Camtasia Studio.

Post your questions. I reply to most student questions and comments within 3 days (usually faster). The best questions will get a video answer. I will create a video to fully answer great questions. Video answers (and questions) are shared with all students in a special section at the end of the course.

If you are creating training videos with Camtasia, you will learn tricks and tips to save you time and make your videos look great!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to create videos with Camtasia Studio 8 for Windows
  • Perfect for anyone wanting to build a course on Udemy
  • It is NOT for Camtasia Mac users, although most of the content is also applicable to the Mac version
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Curriculum For This Course
215 Lectures
Preparation - Course Introduction
7 Lectures 08:31

Overview of Section 1 - Preparation

Preview 00:49

Welcome to the Camtasia Mastery course!

Preview 00:38

Overview of the Camtasia Mastery course.

Preview 01:26

Explanation of the Camtasia Mastery course resources. I've added to this lesson the resources from another class of mine, Camtasia Essentials. All the resources from that class can be found here. Check out the Download Resources tab to get a copy of this Camtasia goodness. Enjoy!

Note that it is NOT a part of the resources I reference for this Camtasia Mastery course. Those come at the end of each major section (see Lessons 36, 63, 121, 172, 210)

Preview 00:45

My winning Camtasia video for Techsmith's 2012 Training category.

Preview 02:34

Camtasia Studio is not the only thing going. What are the best uses of Camtasia Studio and why do I use it for creating training videos?

Preview 00:41
Preparation - Software Installation
11 Lectures 14:21
Installation Overview

How to download the latest version of Camtasia Studio from

Download Camtasia

System requirements and recommendations for installing Camtasia Studio.

Camtasia Requirements

A walk-through of the installation process for Windows 7.

Install Camtasia

Accessing free tutorials from Techsmith's website:

Preview 00:51

Understanding the various options on the Camtasia Welcome Screen.

Welcome Screen

How to register your Camtasia product and sign up for the monthly newsletter from Techsmith.

Product Registration

Accessing and learning from the Getting Started Project.

Preview 01:29

Reviewing the PowerPoint Add-in and the presentation that accompanies the add-in.

PowerPoint Add-in

Examining the Camtasia PowerPoint Add-in options for recording a PowerPoint presentation.

Record with PowerPoint

Wrap-up of Part B: Installation.

Installation Wrap-up
Preparation - Planning
8 Lectures 11:23

Overview of Part C: Planning.

Planning Overview

Identifying the purpose of each video and appropriately titling each video.

Preview 00:52

Consider your audience when creating your videos.

Preview 00:42

Discussion about how long videos should be and why you want to keep them short.

Preview 01:59

How to logically organize your thoughts while preparing for video creation.

Structuring Content

When and how to script your videos.

Scripting the Video

Camtasia Style Guide: What is it? Why should we create one? What should it include?

Camtasia Style Guide

Wrap-up of Part C: Planning.

Planning Wrap-up
Preparation - Video Basics
10 Lectures 14:17

Overview of Part D: Video Basics.

Video Basics Overview

Overview on the discussion of resolution and pixels.

Preview 02:03

Recommendations how to select the best resolution for producing your videos.

Preview 02:34

Understanding the aspect ratio which is width to height.

Aspect Ratio

Understanding what video compression is, why it is needed, and types of compression.

Video Compression

Quick look at the different types of video formats and when they are most often used.

Video File Formats

Understanding what "frames per second" are, common frames per second, and recommendations.

Frames per Second

Recommended settings for video creation and production. This includes resolution, frames per second, and file type.

Preview 00:59

Wrap-up of Part D: Video Basics.

Video Basics Wrap-up

Resources for Section 1: Preparation
Recording - Setup
9 Lectures 12:15

Overview of Section 2: Recording

Recording Section Overview

Overview of Part A: Recording Setup

Recording Setup Overview

The value of recording one thing at a time.

Recording Audio and Video Separately

Creating a Windows account dedicated to recording screencasts.

Create a "Recording" Account

How and why to clean up your desktop to remove distractions.

Desktop Clean Up

Recommendation to record at the same resolution that the video will be produced in.

Resolution for Recording

Why I prefer full screen and when it makes sense to record windowed.

Recording Full Screen vs. Windowed

Practicing recording. Walking through the steps BEFORE hitting the record button.

Pre-recording Practice

Wrap-up of Part A: Recording Setup.

Recording Setup Wrap-up
Recording - Screen
9 Lectures 12:57

Overview of Part B: Screen Recording.

Screen Recording Overview

A look at the Recorder.

Using the Recorder

Shortcuts used for starting, pausing, and stopping a recording.

Keyboard Shortcuts

A quick look at options available when recording like making annotations.

Recorder Options

Suggestions for lighting and positioning when recording with a webcam.

Recording with a Webcam

Audio options in the recorder for adjusting levels, selecting microphones, and recording system audio.

Recording Audio

Advice to keep the recording rolling rather than stopping and starting repeatedly.

Keep Rolling

Ummm... If someone doesn't understand what this video is about from the title, I'm not sure that this description is going to help either. : )

Recording Your First Screencast

Wrap-up of Part B: Screen Recording.

Screen Recording Wrap-up
Recording - Audio
9 Lectures 12:46

Introduction to Part B: Audio Recording.

Audio Recording Introduction

A look at the hardware needed to get audio in and out of the computer.

Audio Hardware

Tips for using scripts and teleprompters during recording.

Scripts and Teleprompters

How to properly set up your microphone and test your levels BEFORE recording.

Audio Setup and Testing

Configuring the screen capture for recording and saving the audio recording file.

Audio Recording

Why I record audio as a screen capture rather than using the Voice Narration section within Camtasia Studio.

Voice Narration

Capturing your audio in a recording for later use.

Record Audio Sample

Wrap-up of Part C: Audio Recording

Audio Recording Wrap-up

Resources for Section 2: Recording
Editing Foundations - Layout
11 Lectures 13:46

Overview of Section 3: Editing Basics

Editing Section Overview

Overview Part A: Layout which examines the various parts of the Camtasia Studio screen.

Preview 00:44

Overview of the Canvas area.

Preview 00:51

Understanding and using the yellow snap lines to align items.

Preview 01:31

How to change the project dimensions while editing.

Changing Editing Dimensions

Where to find the cropping tool and how to use it.

Cropping Tool

An understanding of the hand (toggle pan) tool.

Hand Tool (Toggle Pan)

How to detach the canvas and make it full screen to facilitate editing.

Canvas - Full Screen and Detached

An example of how to setup Camtasia Studio for editing with two monitors.

Dual Monitor Example

Understanding the basics of tracks within Camtasia Studio.

Tracks Overview

Wrap-up of Part A: Layout

Layout Wrap-up
Editing Foundations - Media and Projects
13 Lectures 26:59

Overview of Part B: Media

Media Overview

Where to go to get Quicktime for using .mov files.

Preview 01:43

How to import media like images, audio, and video clips.

Preview 02:35

Moving media from the Clip Bin to the Tracks and moving media around on tracks.

Preview 02:41

Understanding what a Camtasia Project (camproj) really is.

Preview 01:26

How to save, change autosave timing, and how frequently to save your Camtasia projects.

Saving Projects

How to load Camtasia Projects.

Loading Projects

Did your media move? Tell Camtasia where to find it.

Update Media

How to add media assets to the library to make them available in ALL projects.

Adding to Library

Look at assets that come bundled with the Camtasia Studio software.

Included Assets

How to download additional FREE assets from TechSmith.

Download Assets

How to install downloaded assets.

Install Assets

Wrap-up of Part B: Media

Media Wrap-up
Editing Foundations - Basic Editing
17 Lectures 32:42

Overview of Part C: Editing Basics

Editing Basics Overview

A brief look at Smart Focus which Camtasia novices may use.

Smart Focus

How to select multiple clips using the Shift and Ctrl keys.

Preview 03:18

What splits and cuts are, how to make them using the buttons, and how to use keyboard shortcuts.

Splits and Cuts

How to enable and disable the Autostitch feature.


How to stitch together clips manually.


How to align clips and trim them.

Aligning and Trimming

How to move clips to right even when there isn't enough room for them.

Preview 02:01

Make a mistake? Undo your actions with the undo button or Ctrl Z. Undo too much? Redo will put it back.

Undo and Redo

How to lock tracks to prevent them from being edited.

Preview 02:00

How to disable a track so it can no longer be seen during playback while editing.

Preview 01:22

Copying and pasting clips on the timeline.

Copy and Paste

Using transitions sparingly. If you must use a transition, fade.

Preview 04:40

During a transition, trimmed content can be used on either side of the transition. This shows how to enable or disable the use of trimmed content in your transitions.

Preview 01:37

How to insert the exact amount of time needed to put a clip in front of another clip.

Preview 01:24

Want your mouse pointer to stand out? Cursor effects allows your pointer (cursor) to be larger, highlighted, or even hidden.

Cursor Effects

Wrap-up of Part C: Basic Editing.

Basic Editing Wrap-up
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About the Instructor
Ron Hogue
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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.