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!
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)
How to download the latest version of Camtasia Studio from http://www.techsmith.com/download/camtasia/
System requirements and recommendations for installing Camtasia Studio.
A walk-through of the installation process for Windows 7.
Accessing free tutorials from Techsmith's website: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia.html
Understanding the various options on the Camtasia Welcome Screen.
How to register your Camtasia product and sign up for the monthly newsletter from Techsmith.
Reviewing the PowerPoint Add-in and the presentation that accompanies the add-in.
Examining the Camtasia PowerPoint Add-in options for recording a PowerPoint presentation.
Wrap-up of Part B: Installation.
Overview of Part C: Planning.
Identifying the purpose of each video and appropriately titling each video.
Discussion about how long videos should be and why you want to keep them short.
How to logically organize your thoughts while preparing for video creation.
When and how to script your videos.
Camtasia Style Guide: What is it? Why should we create one? What should it include?
Wrap-up of Part C: Planning.
Overview of Part D: Video Basics.
Recommendations how to select the best resolution for producing your videos.
Understanding the aspect ratio which is width to height.
Understanding what video compression is, why it is needed, and types of compression.
Quick look at the different types of video formats and when they are most often used.
Understanding what "frames per second" are, common frames per second, and recommendations.
Recommended settings for video creation and production. This includes resolution, frames per second, and file type.
Wrap-up of Part D: Video Basics.
Overview of Section 2: Recording
Overview of Part A: Recording Setup
The value of recording one thing at a time.
Creating a Windows account dedicated to recording screencasts.
How and why to clean up your desktop to remove distractions.
Recommendation to record at the same resolution that the video will be produced in.
Why I prefer full screen and when it makes sense to record windowed.
Practicing recording. Walking through the steps BEFORE hitting the record button.
Wrap-up of Part A: Recording Setup.
Overview of Part B: Screen Recording.
A look at the Recorder.
Shortcuts used for starting, pausing, and stopping a recording.
A quick look at options available when recording like making annotations.
Suggestions for lighting and positioning when recording with a webcam.
Audio options in the recorder for adjusting levels, selecting microphones, and recording system audio.
Advice to keep the recording rolling rather than stopping and starting repeatedly.
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. : )
Wrap-up of Part B: Screen Recording.
Introduction to Part B: Audio Recording.
A look at the hardware needed to get audio in and out of the computer.
Tips for using scripts and teleprompters during recording.
How to properly set up your microphone and test your levels BEFORE recording.
Configuring the screen capture for recording and saving the audio recording file.
Why I record audio as a screen capture rather than using the Voice Narration section within Camtasia Studio.
Capturing your audio in a recording for later use.
Wrap-up of Part C: Audio Recording
Overview of Section 3: Editing Basics
Overview Part A: Layout which examines the various parts of the Camtasia Studio screen.
How to change the project dimensions while editing.
Where to find the cropping tool and how to use it.
An understanding of the hand (toggle pan) tool.
How to detach the canvas and make it full screen to facilitate editing.
An example of how to setup Camtasia Studio for editing with two monitors.
Understanding the basics of tracks within Camtasia Studio.
Wrap-up of Part A: Layout
Overview of Part B: Media
Where to go to get Quicktime for using .mov files. https://www.apple.com/quicktime/
Moving media from the Clip Bin to the Tracks and moving media around on tracks.
How to save, change autosave timing, and how frequently to save your Camtasia projects.
How to load Camtasia Projects.
Did your media move? Tell Camtasia where to find it.
How to add media assets to the library to make them available in ALL projects.
Look at assets that come bundled with the Camtasia Studio software.
How to download additional FREE assets from TechSmith. http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-accessories.html
How to install downloaded assets.
Wrap-up of Part B: Media
Overview of Part C: Editing Basics
A brief look at Smart Focus which Camtasia novices may use.
What splits and cuts are, how to make them using the buttons, and how to use keyboard shortcuts.
How to enable and disable the Autostitch feature.
How to stitch together clips manually.
How to align clips and trim them.
How to move clips to right even when there isn't enough room for them.
Make a mistake? Undo your actions with the undo button or Ctrl Z. Undo too much? Redo will put it back.
How to disable a track so it can no longer be seen during playback while editing.
Copying and pasting clips on the timeline.
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.
How to insert the exact amount of time needed to put a clip in front of another clip.
Want your mouse pointer to stand out? Cursor effects allows your pointer (cursor) to be larger, highlighted, or even hidden.
Wrap-up of Part C: Basic Editing.
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.