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Camtasia 2 Essentials: My Favorite Recording Software on Mac!

Jerry Banfield, Teaches 105 Skillshare Classes

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7 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction to Camtasia 2 on iMac.

      6:38
    • 2. How to record in Camtasia 2.

      3:24
    • 3. Basic editing functions in Camtasia 2.

      4:32
    • 4. Having your audio good without editing is much easier than editing in Camtasia 2

      4:07
    • 5. How to import a video already recorded for editing in Camtasia 2.

      1:17
    • 6. Exporting options to render your video in Camtasia 2.

      2:17
    • 7. Advanced exporting options for rendering in more formats besides MP4.

      1:26

About This Class

If you are a Mac user and would like to create professional looking videos with minimal experience, you might love this course! Camtasia 2 is my favorite video editing software for Mac, and I created this class to teach new users the basics. This lesson will cover the following topics:

  • How to record in Camtasia 2
  • Basic editing functions
  • Tips for recording high quality audio
  • Importing video
  • Exporting options
  • Advanced exporting options

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to see you in the class!

Transcripts

1. Introduction to Camtasia 2 on iMac.: Welcome to Camp Tasia to on Mac Camped Asia To is your option. If you want to use Camp Tasia on Apple, then camped Asia to is your option camped Asia Studio as far as I'm aware, does not work on Mac camped Asia to does work on Mac and you can find it directly in the app store. So you just go to Camp Tasia to and you click on it here and you can see I've already bought it. I think it's $99 so it's actually cheaper. Then the Camp Tasia studio on Windows. It's so easy to use. It works good. You can record screen video from your IOS eight device also and the majority of this course is recorded in Camp Tasia too. My I Mac works best for video production and I love the options on it. So that's why we're here. Camped Asia to is what I'm using to record this lecture is a matter of fact and I've consistently used camped Asia the whole time. I've done my business. Now I don't care personally. What version You buy it all. I don't care for even use Camp Tasia. I'm here showing you what I use because that's what I'm doing. So it let's meet the Camp Tasia interface here. I'll close out the APP store, and we can go look together at the Camp Tasia to interface. So it's up here, and this is the basic version of Camp Tasia Studio. Essentially, there's not quite as much that I see how to do, and yet it's all a little bit easier. Your basic timeline is right here. So this is where your videos go. And you can put multiple videos in your record buttons here, and you can see it has the pause option because I'm actually recording now. And if you hide the media timeline, you can just focus on your camera and whatever you've recorded here and then if you expand this out, then you can see the option to add annotations. You can import media here. You can make transitions, animations do various effects with your videos. He can at your audio using audio effects, which I don't do because I try and record the audio good the first time, and you can have cursor effects here and gesture effects. So this is basically what you can do with Camped Asia to. I started and stopped this recording so I could pull you up to the file menu here and show you what it looks like when you actually have something on the timeline. So I just the video we just are still in. This is the first part of it that I've recorded, and now I've picked a different section of the screen. So here's the preferences for Camped Asia and these of preferences I use. They're pretty much the default ones. I've got that recording, and just about everything is the default on here that I use now the canvas dimensions, whatever you're going to generally recording, you want to make sure that canvas is the same size. Also, the canvas often, it seems to me, will adapt automatically toe whatever size your recording in in Camp Tasia too. So I usually don't mess with that, and the file you can open projects and projects are where you actually make your videos in a project similar to final cut pro X, and you can also, if you are recording like I'm recording now, here's exactly how you stop recording. You grow up to file any time and hit Stop recording. There's also a little notification on the other side of the screen, like a red film bar that shows when you're recording and where its ad. And then in the edit menu you can add and go do all of your effects right here in the edit menu. This is helpful. You can separate audio and video, but if you right click on it, you can also click this two separate audio and video. So, for example, if you only want the audio on something, then you can separate it here and you can it command C or you can go upto undo to undo anything that you've done that you didn't want to do. You can even their support for adding captions into the video. You can put markers. You can adjust the canvas size. However, if you've recorded in a certain size, you usually want to keep the canvas size the same size. You can look at the various options in here, and if you want to export, this is where it happens. If you want to make a file out of what you've recorded, you go to shear, and this is blacked out right now because I don't have anything selected. So when I select something, then I can go to export. I'll show you exactly how to do that in a bit. And then you can move your window size and get some help right here. And this is a basic tutorial getting started with Camp Tasia two. Now, this is the actual video I recorded the first part of this. So if I delete this from the timeline, it's still right here, so I can just drag it back down and put it on the timeline. And if I want to put other files in, you can see some of the other lectures I've got in with Finder. I can go drag other files into the timeline here and put them in, or I can drag something straight in right here, and it will put it into both of them. Now what you'll notice about this If they're both blue, that means they're both selected. So if you just want to move one around, you can do it there. This is similar to final cut pro, also, where whatever is on top is what's going to show. So if you want to see what's underneath. You don't want something on top. You want to swap what's underneath and have that show on top, then you can show it. As you can see, it can be useful to have different split up audio and video. For example. I could split this and delete the video from it. And then if I put this up here and move this down so the audio's on the lower level, I could split this again and delete the audio. Now what I've got I have the audio from the first video on the video from the second video . And then if I just decided all that was a really bad idea, I can just go through an undo all of that. And now I'm back to right here. Why don't have anything on the timeline I dragged down and put the video I recorded before going to detail about more things with you in Camp Tasia to I'm really happier here. I appreciate all the time you spent with me. I hope this is useful for you and showing you how to use camped Asia too 2. How to record in Camtasia 2.: How do you record in Camp Tasia to? This is actually tricky lecture for me to film because I can't show you filming and screen capture at the same time. So I'm technically using another screen capture program to film this lecture so I can show you how it actually works in Camp Tasia, too. You can click this little film button here or an upper right hand corner when camped Asia to open. There's a little icon you can click on that looks like a film role. What I do, I open Camp Taser to and I click the little film button. Now this comes up right here. That gives me the option to select a region. To me, this is the most important part of this. Is picking the correct region to select? And when I do, I pick 12 80 by 7 22 Film in when I want to and there's option to pick a larger region full screen. There's all kinds of options, so I already have it set up correctly, and so that's why I've chosen this and now then you can turn your camera on. Also, you can hit here to turn the webcam on and you can see this is actually the other camera on my other chair so I can select the other camera here. Now, technically, I'm recording with my daughter here. Hello. So I've been doing just screen capture today because then well, for whatever each do you want to put on it. So you have the camera on it will come up here. You can turn the camera back off just like that. And then you select your mic here. Now you see the mikes moving because I'm already screen capturing, recording, showing you how to record. You have all of your mike options here. Usually you want an external mike, you don't want to usually use the built in microphone. It doesn't sound that good. So I'm using the IRA gate she to record this. And there's the yeti. I also have connected, and then I have more mike options. Make sure you've got your mike selected correctly before you start and make sure it's set to green. If it's looking like this, it's not recording. If you see it like this, it is recording you. You won't believe how many times I've recorded lectures where the mic wasn't on or the incorrect Mike was selected. And I'm lucky if I realized it immediately. A minute. A to 10 minutes in. Oh, look, I've recorded this incorrectly. The wrong screen region. About every mistake you can imagine. So mistakes are normal, so that's okay. So once you've got it set up, just take it slow. Double check. Do you have your green Maikon is right, Mike selected is the region on and is the camera on if you want it on. So once you've got that, then you click the record button and what you click the record button, it will give you a little countdown and it'll have a blue window around it showing your recording. Then all you have to do is look at the command it gives you in the upper right hand corner to click stop recording, and that will allow you to click stop the recording, and then you can also pause it, or you can start over. So it's just on little film icon in the upper right and gives you the options there. So thank you very much for watching this. I hope this is useful in showing you how to record with camped Asia too 3. Basic editing functions in Camtasia 2.: Here's some basic editing functions in Camp Tasia to I just filmed this video a minute ago with Camped Asia to explaining how to do final cut pro X. So if you'll don't worry about the screen up there, I'll just it smaller so you can see that's the video right there. So this is actually were working in Camp Tasia, too, and I can't increase the timeline here. So forget about that video. We're focusing on the editing. So here's the actual recorded video down here, and I can make it a little bigger, so it's not completely small. So what you can see then is the video goes forward as I'm talking here. Well, the easiest way to film and edit is to do it by the audio, because while it might be hard to figure out exactly where the picture was in the right spot, whenever I've started talking is where I want toe work from. The basic thing I do is set my editing up by talking when I don't want something in the video, I'm quiet, and that also helps me focus on saying the right things to do. You noticed this video went pretty smooth straight through with me talking from start to finish. The only time is quiet in the beginning. So what I can do is zoom in right on the beginning, prior to me starting talking and then I can go back and I'll zoom out because I have the little cursor here is at the right spot. I can take this interment straight up toward I start talking. So now I've got the edited the video out. So the 1st 21 seconds of the video before I started talking are edited out and I find it's easier. Teoh just be peaceful and quiet and composed my thoughts prior to talking. Then it is to try and talk and mess up and ramblin and have to edit all that. So I just get quiet. I get centered. I get in the right spot before I've made my video, and then I let it roll and usually can let it roll all the way through. Now, once you've edited out the period with no talking and if you have periods where you need to talk, I'll show you or you went silent and messed up in the middle of the video I'll show you auto. Edit those out too. The first thing when you've trimmed you've got this blank spot. Now you wanna pull this back to the beginning of the video? If you don't do that, it's liable. Orender Blank space. And you probably don't want that. So if you want to edit out your say you have a silence in the middle of it. What you can do is just split on delete. So I'll show you the same function without trimming. I'll show you splitting and deleting. So what I've done is right Click If you have your mouth set up to right, click with Apple I've got it set up to right Click here and what I do is hit split at play head And I've done it again off the audio and you can play it. But I know from here I stopped talking around here And so the audio is quiet. So what I did, I split at play head here and you can do this mid video What you need to do if, say, I wanted to edit this out, split here and split here to make the individual section since is that the end. I only need to split once. So then I click on it with left click and I hit Delete. So now I've got rid of the silence before in silence. After all I have is just talking. So I start talking right from the beginning. I roll all the way through and talk the whole time. So you're probably used to that by now. I appreciate you watching this video, and these are the just the most simple basic editing functions in Camp Tasia to that will help you quickly edit and make your video so that as soon as you shoot it, you can just take out the silent parts in it and then put it out there with an export. One little trick I use if I mess up, I leave about 10 seconds of silence. So if I was butcher, whatever I'm saying not if I just make a little mistake, you'll probably noticed I made a little tiny mistake earlier. But if I really butcher whatever I'm saying, or sometimes I just outright lie, I'll say something and then realize, Wow, how did that come out of my mouth? That's not true. So then I'll just wait about 10 seconds, and then I know that what I need to do is look at the beginning of that silence and figure out where I can cut the talking out, and then I just restart wherever I left off the last correct thing I said. So that's a simple editing trick, combined with what I just showed you that will allow you to easily make good quality videos without struggling too much. 4. Having your audio good without editing is much easier than editing in Camtasia 2: Kim Tasia, too, has an audio FX button up here, and if you close the media, you won't be able to see it. So if you don't see it, you hit this audio FX, and by default it's in media or one of these other things. So you want to hit audio FX, and this is where you can edit the audio on your videos? No, let's think about this before you do anything. Is it easier to have your audio messed up every time you record it, and then you have to go through and edit it every time you recorded. I used to do it that way. I very much used to do it that way. Is it easier toe have messed up audio and fix it every time? Or is it easier to record your audio right from the beginning? It's infinitely easier, obviously, to record your audio right from the beginning, and that's when I took a CNN studio tour. It's exactly what they said There. They get everything shot right to start with so that they don't have to do a whole bunch of ending with it before it goes live. You get everything set up so that it works good and it comes out right the first time. And I know another instructor said the same thing. You get things set up so it courts right the first time. Now, why is it that we go through an edit, the audio all the time when we first make our videos? It's because we don't have a very good set up. And we're not even aware of all the problems we're having right now, for example, of pool pumps off and the air conditioning is off because it has a effect of putting noise in the background. Well, I could just leave them on and then mess around with noise reduction. However, wouldn't it make sense to just turn the noise off to start with, instead of trying to fool around and hitting noise reduction, are trying to mess around with the pitch, are trying to lower the volume or do a custom at it? Wouldn't it make sense to just turn the air conditioner off and the pool pump off? So there is not the noise to start with, so those little tweaks can help a lot. Now, if you're stuck and you have to add it. Your video things like raising the volume can be a very valuable function to do so, you can do things like raise the volume in your lectures, and you can make all kinds of changes and edits, and you can move the volume up or move the volume down. You can use the editing functions in here, and you can just drag it over so that the audio effects is added and you can do all kinds of these. The basic thing is to just mess around with them and try and see which one works. See which you need to make the best sound. The rays, volume and lower volume are pretty obvious. If you need toe, raise the volume on, say, one part of the lecture. Then you can do that. If you need to lower the volume than you can lower the volume. That's pretty common sense now. Noise reduction is to get those background sounds out. You can pull those in, add the audio effects on there and it will show you if you zoom in below here. What exactly you've added here into the audio effects you can see here. This one as dynamics processor and click reduction. And then if you throw a raise volume in there and you try and mess around with all of these on one and you try and then do the pitch, you try and get click reduction. It's already on there, and if you do all these things, it gets a lot more complicated. And what does it mean? If it's more complicated, it means it takes more time to edit. It means every time you record a video, you have to spend a bunch of time fooling around in here. The easiest thing to do is just never toe have to visit the audio FX to start with. I do not use audio effects. This one of the first times I've ever looked at it in camp days, you, too. 5. How to import a video already recorded for editing in Camtasia 2.: if you want to bring in another video that you've already recorded somewhere else into edit encamped Asia and sometimes I do this just to reduce the file size or put it in a different format, it's pretty easy. So you open up your finder window and say, For example, I recorded the how to recording Camped Asia to lecture in another screen capture program because I could not record with Kim Tasia while showing you how to record with Cam Tasia. So I have this other video I want to actually edit in Camped Asian. Now it's right here. So I just grabbed the video and finder, and I often will sort by date modified. It's easy to find the last video I just did and use Dragon into the timeline, right the beginning there. And now I've got my new video in here, and you'll immediately notice right away I've got a problem with it. There's no audio on it, so if you go through here and play, there's no sound on it anywhere, so you can find out problems immediately that you have. When you are able to bring other videos in, you can find out things like there's no sound and you can immediately edit the video using the sound in Camp Tasia. So thank you for watching this. And I hope this is useful for you. 6. Exporting options to render your video in Camtasia 2.: Here's how you export of video quickly in Camp Tasia too. So I recorded this last video I just went through and showed how to edit a video with you in Camp Tasia too. And I just performed the basic editing functions, trimming the front, the back. So now when I need to do I need to export the video. So I go up in the far left corner of the screen and I can actually drag it over to you. And so the easiest way I'll just tell you, go up to the share button and click Export, or you can click command E on the keyboard. So either way, you go up to share or you click Command E, and it brings up this export window. So what I've got now and it starts a minimized like this if you click the arrow down and opens up, what I've got now is an export option that will put it into an MP four. I have already selected the folder here. It defaults to most recent. So the easiest way to do this is to do your most recent places at once. If you need to go find the full there, you can go find the folder there. And then what I do is I put the title in from whatever I'm doing. So whatever the you Timmy lecture title is, I just go grab that up here and I put that straight in. So this is camped Asia to I go to exporting options to render your video camped Asia to I just copy the title and pace exact same title. That way, when I'm looking through all the videos and trying to upload this somewhere, I know the exact title of it and that matches. So this comes out with a nice, smooth MP four in whatever format I put it out in, and once I click export, then it gets toe work rendering here, and this is a reflection of how good your computer is if this goes fast like this is moving pretty quick on the apple. I Mac, I have here, and it moves pretty quick on Windows, too. If your computer's doing this really slow, that means you need a new computer. Do you just export movie like this and then we'll show you how to do. I'll show you some mawr exporting advanced options. So thank you for watching this, and I hope this is useful for you. 7. Advanced exporting options for rendering in more formats besides MP4.: If you want to do an advanced export in Camp Tasia to you can choose different file formats . Besides MP four, I use MP four. I like that the best if you hold up and then hit command e so shift command E and will bring up the export or if you go to the share window into advanced export. Now, the options you get here allow you to do different things here so you can do export. Tempe four Quick time movie animated GIF main concept audio Onley or to a wave file. So if you say screen capture something and you just want the audio from it, then you could do it that way. Or if you have a talking head video you recorded somewhere and just want to pull the audio out. You could do it that way so you have more advanced options toe export, and then you can even click this option in order to select different levels on the audio and video. I keep things default because the way camped Asia has it set up to begin with works pretty good what you can do. If you have specific things, you need to change then you can use the options here to set it up to whatever you need. So I stick to a regular export with what I'm doing. However, if you want to go into an advanced export, this is how you do it. So thank you for watching. And I hope this is useful for you.