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Camtasia Studio Video Tutorials: Part 2

Recording (cont.)

This brings up the Choose Audio Settings dialog box. Here, you can choose which audio recording method you want to use, the speaker volume (to hear what your voice sounds like), and microphone levels. In this case, since I have a headset, I test my microphone volume and make sure the speakers are turned on. Once you're satisfied with these settings, click on the Next button.

This brings up the Choose Camera Settings dialog. Here, you can access the Camera Properties, which gives you access to the Device Settings and Advanced tabs. The Device Settings tab gives you control over, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, etc. The Advanced tab gives you access to controls such as exposure, gain, low light and color boosting, anti-flickering and more. The Video Format tab gives you access to the Stream Format, which includes settings for frame rate, color space (such as RGB 24), output size, frame interval and quality. The default output size is 320x240 pixels. Once you're satisfied with these settings, click on the Next button.

Note: What I set up was something quick, with no consideration about the background, which is showing a bright spot. In actual practice, paying attention to the background is important. Also consider the clothing you wear. Red has a tendency to "crawl" in video and some fabric weaves, such as a hound's tooth pattern can generate moire' effects in the video.

Clicking on the Next button (in the screenshot above this one) takes you to the Begin Recording dialog box, which tells you that you can begin recording by clicking on the F9 key or by clicking on the red button in the Camtasia Recorder dialog box. To stop the recording, press the stop button in the Camtasia Recorder dialog box or press F10. One last note: Uncheck the box under Performance Options. This disables hardware acceleration and results in smoother recordings. Once you have all the settings in place, click on the Finish button.

This takes you back to the main display on your monitor. If you have the Camera Preview option enabled, you'll see a preview of your image on the screen, which you can move to any position while recording, but the actual preview image will not be recorded. If you find that the image is too large, you can go back into the Camera Settings and reduce the output size. However, when you play the video back after recording, you'll find that the image defaults to the lower right corner of your screen. From what I've seen, it's not possible to change the position. Another option is to use Picture in Picture video (which you can move around), but that's covered in the next tutorial.

Clicking Finsh also brings up the Camtasia Recorder dialog box. To begin recording, click on the red record button in the top left of the dialog box or press F9.

While recording, you'll also see flashing green corners. These indicate that all your actions within the green area is being recorded and that the recording is actually taking place. You'll note the camera preview is also present, but is transparent.

As mentioned above, the camera preview is displayed on the sereen. While you can move it to any position while recording, you'll notice the image automatically defaults to the lower right when you play back your recording (as in the screenshot above). Once you've finished recording, click on F10 or the Stop button in the Camtasia Recorder dialog box. At this point, the Camtasia Recorder Preview dialog will appear and your video will begin playing back. You can watch the video all the way through, stop it, save it or delete it.

Saving the video will bring up the Post-Save Options dialog box. You can edit the recording, produce the video in a sharable format or create a new recording.

If you delete the video, this brings up the Camtasia Recorder dialog box and you can begin again.

Once you've saved a video or videos, you're ready to begin the editing process, but that's the subject of the next tutorial.

Conclusion

This week we looked at the various steps of getting ready to record. We covered storyboarding, recording tips/times, audio quality, practicing/rehearsing and more. In the next article we'll look at Picture in Picture recording, Editing the Timeline, Transitions, Captions, Callouts and more.


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Created: June 5, 2003
Revised: May 9, 2007

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