Getting Started with Camtasia Studio 8
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Getting Started with Camtasia Studio 8

Get up-to-speed fast with Camtasia Studio 8 to create Udemy online courses or other video presentations.
4.4 (25 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,240 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2016
Price: Free
  • 42 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Record the screen in a resolution appropriate to Udemy, YouTube, and other online publishers.
  • Edit out the bad stuff, keep the good stuff.
  • Add opening and closing titles.
  • Add a highlight to the mouse pointer so students can see it better.
  • Create a 720p and 1080p version of each lesson for publishing online anywhere, or for use in live presentations.
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  • Students should have, or at least be considering getting, Camtasia Studio 8 (which is for Windows only).

If you're yearning to teach an online course soon, but don't have the requisite screen recording and video editing skills, make this course your first stop. Here you'll learn to use the most important features of Camtasia Studio produce top-quality video courses for Udemy and other online venues.

In this course you'll learn how to prepare your screen for recording, and how to choose a resolution for recording, and then you will learn how to record the screen.

Next you'll learn about editing. For example, you'll learn how to delete video that you don't want people to see, and add video from other sources.

You'll also learn how to embellish your video with titles and mouse pointer highlighting. And you'll learn how to produce your video in the 1080p and 720p HD formats used by Udemy and many other online resources.

As an added bonus, in the bonus lecture, I'll point you to many resources for additional free Camtasia Studio training videos, and free public domain photos, videos, and audio that you can use in your own courses and other video presentations.

You don't need to be a video guru or computer guru to take this course. But you should have some familiarity with files and folders. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Students should already have basic computer skills, but no Camtasia or video editing experience is required.
  • Students using Camtasia for Mac or Camtasia Studio 9 should not take course, which covers only Camstasia Studio 8.
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Recording the Screen
3 Lectures 19:22

In this course I'll tell you what you can expect to learn from this course, what you'll need to complete the course, and a little bit about myself and my own background, just so you know who is giving you this information.

Course Introduction

In this lesson you will learn how to prepare your screen for the best possible recordings, and I'll also give you some food for thought on organizing your content.

Get Your Act Together

In this lesson you'll learn how to record the screen to make your screencast, and how to review, delete, or save your recording.

Record the Screen
Produce your Video
2 Lectures 18:03

Here you'll learn the most basic...but also the most editing skills including how to delete unwanted content, how to add new content, and how to embellish your content with titles and mouse pointer highlighting.

Assemble the Movie

Now that you've recorded your video and perhaps cleaned it up a bit, it's time to create your final product, and MP4 video that you can upload to Udemy or publish online. You'll learn exactly how to do that in this lesson.

Make your Video
Conclusion and Bonus Material
2 Lectures 04:33

Here we'll review what you've learned in this course, using the "view from 30,000 feet" approach, just to help you get it straight in your mind the exact sequence of steps you want to follow every time you create a lesson or video presentation.


In this bonus lecture you'll find links to free Camtasia Studio video tutorials to reinforce, and add to, what you've learned here. I'll also share with you my own personal collection of favorite web sites for downloading free public domain photos, video, clip art, music, and sound effects. 

BONUS LECTURE - Free Related Resources
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