Camtasia

Mobile Supported

Camtasia Studio allows PC and MAC users to capture, edit and produce movies in shareable formats.


It is particularly useful for creating movies that capture activity on a computer screen. For example, you could record a 'how to' demonstration, create an online training tutorial, or capture and narrate a PowerPoint presentation.

The PC version, Camtasia Studio, comprises and complements a suite of programs. The Mac version has recording and editing software only. Deakin currently provide licenses for Camtasia 2.1 on a MAC and 7.1 on a PC.

Note: This guide aims to provide advice on where to get help within the Camtasia application and on the Internet.

Recommended Process

1. Get prepared

  • Consider using a script.
  • Ensure you have a good headset (headphones with a microphone).
  • Ensure you know which application windows to show, and resize the windows in preparation for the recording.
  • Get comfortable with any keyboard shortcuts you may wish to use, e.g. know where the pause button is
  • Ensure your space is quiet. Do everything you can to avoid disruptions and get your thoughts in order. Don't forget to divert your phone to voice mail. Close any unused applications e.g. Microsoft Outlook.

2. Making the recording

  • Configure settings for recording: frame rate, video display dimensions, effects etc.
  • Plan for editing in post-recording, e.g. allow for introduction time or an audible gap between topics.
  • Try to keep your recordings a short as possible.

3. Post-Recording: preparing the video

Once you have made your recording, you will need to edit it to make it ready for publication. You can use Camtasia to:

  • clean/enhance/add audio
  • add visual cues (mouse clicks, zooming, highlighting, etc).

Technical Recommendations:

  • For longer recordings, it is recommended that you cut your video into 30 minute sections.
  • Think about the medium your viewers are using (browser, mobile). This will provide you with an idea of which video format to produce. For example, if you are zooming into a screen area, will this view OK on a mobile device? Will they be viewed on an iPad (no flash)?

4. Export your recording for the web

How to export your recordings:

  • PC:
    • on a PC this is called "Produce and Share"
    • use the "Editing Dimensions" within the application to help you decide what output to author.
  • MAC:
    • on a Mac, this is called "Share"
    • define the capture area, use either full screen or custom.
  • Audio Only: the recommended audio format is 44.1kHz (44100Hz), 128 kbps, MONO

The following will assist you to decide which format to use:

  • Youtube and Vimeo video display sizes are generally 640x360 normal definition and 1280x720 at high definition (HD).
  • Exporting to Flash format (.swf or .flv) will mean that the videos are not viewable on an iPad or iPhone
  • For powerpoint presentations, the recommended frame rate is 5
  • For human movement, the recommended frame rate is 25. Please note that this will significantly increase the file size.

5. Saving video file to upload to Echo:

(i) For screen capture movies: e.g. PowerPoints, Keynote, screen demonstrations

(Tip: Set your screen resolution to 1024x768. It may look odd on your computer but will give a better outcome for the movie.)

Produce/Share video using the following recommended settings for :

  • custom > format: Quicktime
  • window size: 1024x768
  • video codec: H264
  • frame rate: 5 frames per second (fps)
  • audio quality: 44.1 kHz, mono AAC(Mac), mp4a(Win)

(ii) For live motion movies: e.g. video camera footage

Produce/Share video using the following recommended settings for :

  • custom > format: Quicktime
  • window size: 480x270 (widescreen 16x9) or 480x360 (standard 4x3)
  • video codec: H264
  • frame rate: 25 frames per second (fps)
  • audio quality: 44.1 kHz, mono AAC(Mac), mp4a(Win)

Where to get help

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