Inside Camtasia Studio 5: Part 5
Inside Camtasia Studio 5: Part 5By Nathan Segal.
As mentioned in earlier articles, there have been numerous enhancements to Camtasia Studio 5. Of these, the stability of the application has been improved, there are new auto-save features in case of a program crash and editing is now available at 30 frames per second (fps).
This week we look at some of the production improvements, such as Flash SWF recommendations, Express Show, additional playback options, the onyx template for video instead of SWF, and options for sharing your video, including FTP and Screencast.
When you load a video from a previous session into Camtasia Studio 5, you're presented with the Project Setting dialog box, which helps you determine what type of video to produce.
Another option (which gives you more information), is to access the the Production Wizard when editing a project (you click on the heading Produce video as... under the Produce section in the Task List). When deciding what format to use for output, here's a handy table that will help you with your decision.
|Presets||Output Size in pixels||File Type|
|Web||640 x 480||ExpressShow (Single SWF)|
|CD-ROM||800 x 600||AVI|
|Blog||400 x 300||ExpressShow (Single SWF)|
|iPod||320 x 240||M4V|
As noted in an earlier article, when you choose any one of these settings, you'll see an output preview of your video.
When you decide to produce your video, it's important to think about how your video will be viewed. Here are some things to consider:
As noted above, if you produce a video for the Web or for a blog, the recommended output is ExpressShow (Single SWF). When you create a video in this format Camtasia creates a thumbnail of the first frame and an overlay with a play button.
Clicking on the play button brings up a screen similar to the one above. All the playback controls are embedded into one file. Unlike the previous version of Camtasia, you have much more control over the way your videos play back. At the bottom left is a play and pause button and in the center is a slider that allows you to view your video from any position. To the right of that are several icons, which change depending on how you produce your video. In this case they are a volume control, a table of contents icon (when clicked, brings up a popup with info about the video which can be moved to any place on your display), an information button (which opens another window with information about the video) and to the far right is a counter that shows the length of the video and the elapsed time.
Created: June 5, 2003
Revised: January 4, 2008