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Camtasia 2021 New Features To Unleash Your Productivity

Allen Smith, Motion Graphics & Animations

Camtasia 2021 New Features To Unleash Your Productivity

Allen Smith, Motion Graphics & Animations

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9 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction unleash your productivity

    • 2. Motion Blur Tool

    • 3. Grouping Feature Multiple Timelines

    • 4. Volume Metering Monitoring

    • 5. Emphasizing Audio Effect

    • 6. Create Standalone Project

    • 7. Proxy video optimization

    • 8. Toggle Feature VFX

    • 9. Course Assignment

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About This Class

Unleash your productivity today using the new tools in Camtasia 2021. This course will show you how to utilize new tools that will enhance your productivity covering items such as motion graphics, blurring, timelines, emphasizing audio, audio monitoring, proxies and Visual Effects. A boosted productivity will lead to faster turn-around times and better organization within your video editing workflow.  


1. Mastering Blurring Tool to Apply Realistic Blurs to Objects

2. Organize Content using Grouping Feature For Multiple Timelines

3. Emphasize Audio (Balancing narration and music)

4. Volume Meter (Keeping audio levels consistent without overloading microphone)

5. Proxy Video (Minimizing lag in video editing performance)

6. Standalone Project File (Organizing project files)

7. Corner Rounding (Applying Special Effects)

8. Toggle VFX (Disable or Enable Visual Effects)


You will learn about these factors regarding productivity in Camtasia: 

  • Applying Realistic Blurs to Moving Objects

  • Organize Content Into Separate Timelines to minimize clutter

  • Balance Narration and Music So end users can hear you speak clearly

  • How to Monitor audio levels to ensure the best listening experience

  • Utilize Proxies to lessen load on your computer system
  • Organize Project files for easy delivery of master file to client

  • Apply Corner Rounding to a shape

  • Disable or Enable Visual Effects 




I'm a long time veteran when it comes to the Camtasia software. I have 13+ years of experience using the software to help companies advance their goals and objectives. I have worked with large brands including but not limited to Fortune 500's, Global 500's, Inc. 5000's and so on.


If you already have experience with Camtasia but would like to take your skills up a notch then this course is perfect for you. 


You will further your knowledge in various topics that will help you improve your productivity while video editing using Camtasia 2021. 


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Allen Smith

Motion Graphics & Animations


I started off using Camtasia Studio and building custom video editing solutions for clients all over the world working with well-known brands such as but not limited to: Pacific Foods, Pfizer, SAP, McGraw-hill, Winshuttle and so on. I take my experiences from generating value for mutli-million dollar to multi-billion dollar brands and translate that into powerful training solutions for Camtasia. 

Additionally I have experience working with Adobe Premiere with highly classified projects that required NDA so unfortunately not able to share clients I worked with. 

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1. Introduction unleash your productivity: Welcome to Camtasia 21, unleash your productivity. This course is designed for an intermediate level of experience. So there is an assumption that you have a solid foundation. Using Camtasia. The main goal is to help you unleash your productivity using the new features and Camtasia 2021. Here's a quick list of the topics that we'll be covering in this course. The new Blur tool for motion graphics. That grouping feature for multiple timelines, emphasize audio effect or balancing narration and music. Value meter for monitoring audio levels for narration quality, proxy video for faster editing for larger projects. Stand alone project file for saving the project with all assets. Corner rounding for visual effects. And lastly, visual effects we're enabling or disabling the toggle feature. 2. Motion Blur Tool: In this lesson, we're going to go over the new Blur tool, which is used for blurring texts and shapes. This is quite an awesome tool and will save you a lot of time. In the past, I would have to add a special transition, a movement to sort of fake the process of adding blurred to an element. However, with the new Blur tool, I am now able to do this quickly and efficiently with more accurate results to create a realistic blur. Let's first animate texts. Let's begin by going to the annotation tool. By clicking on the annotation button. If you don't see this button, you can hit the letter N on your keyboard as a shortcut to go to this tool. Once inside that tool, select the annotation, and then select all from the Style menu. Next we will select something that has only texts and drag and drop it onto our canvas area. I'm actually going to change the background to white so that things are more apparent for when we add our blur. To do this, Let's right-click outside the canvas area and select Project Settings. Under the color option, we will set the value to white and then click Apply. You'll notice the text is not visible because it is the same color as the background. So let's go ahead and change our text to black by selecting the object in our timeline. And then under our properties toward the right, we'll click on the Color drop-down menu and select black. I prefer to have the font size a bit bigger. So let's set that value to a 100. Also, if you prefer, you can change the font face value to whatever style you prefer. In this case, I prefer Laredo, so we'll change it to that value. Okay, great. Let's go ahead and get ready to add a blur. To do this, we have to go to our toolbar and select visual effects. If you don't see that value on the far left side of the screen, then go to more options. And this visual effects. Then look for the option tidal motion blur and drag and drop it onto our media in our timeline. And this is our texts. If we now look to the far right side of our screen, you'll notice that we have property options for motion blur. These options will determine the intensity of our motion blur. However, before we can apply a blur, we have to apply a custom animation to our texts. In other words, if an object does not have motion, even with the effect apply, nobler will occur. So let's go to our custom animation tool and apply some motion. Make sure you have the animation tab. Select the under this tool. Then click and drag the option custom onto our media in the timeline. Let's actually zoom in a bit so that we can fine tune the animation by clicking on the plus button. Once you are zoomed in at a level you are comfortable with. Let's go ahead and adjust the animation lip. In this case, I will make it much faster and reduce it down to 10 milliseconds. This keep in mind, the faster the animation, the more emphasis there will be on the motion blur. The slower the animation, the less of the motion blur will be. However, you must also consider the distance of the animation as that will impact the speed from 1 to another. Go ahead and allow your play head on the edge circle towards the end of the arrow and make sure you have it selected. You can do this by double-clicking on the circle at the end of the arrow to automatically align the play hit to that location. Then left-click and drag our texts toward the right of our canvas area. And once the text is in the position that you prefer, go to your timeline and move the play head before the custom animation. Then click the play button in Biola, you will notice that when the texts move, it had a blur effect. Let's play it back one more time. Let's also move our play his slowly over the custom animation just in case you missed it and didn't notice the blur. Now that you know how to add a motion blur less play with the intensity by going to the properties panel for motion blur. Currently it is set to 100%. Before changing the value, makes sure your play head is positioned over the Indian point of the custom animation. That is to say where the circle is at. And then let's change the a 100 percent value to 200%. The imposition of the playhead at the start of the custom animation and adjust the value back to 200 percent. The reason we have to do this is the start and end point of the animation can have different percentages for the blur value. In other words, you get to decide what the starting blur value is in the Indian blur value. Now that our values are set, let's play the animation again by positioning our play here right before the custom animation in our timeline. And you should notice a bit more blurs apply. Let's now change the value to 10 percent. For the start and ending point of custom animation. Then play the animation and you'll notice the blur is much less emphasized. Congratulations, you now have mastered the usage of applying motion blur. These same principles and processes can be applied to other elements such as photos and graphics. For example, let's grab a shape in place it in our timeline, and then apply motion blur. You'll notice that the same effect of blurring is apply. This now completes your foundation for working with motion blur. You ready for the next video? 3. Grouping Feature Multiple Timelines : In this lesson, we're going to go over what's called the grouping feature, or what I like to call producing multiple timelines. This is probably one of my most anticipated features for improving productivity. Imagine you have something on screen that you accidentally forgot to high, such as a task bar. And then a client comes along and tells you that you need to hide the taskbar because they accidentally forgot to hide it during the recording session. That would be an exceptionally long and tedious process, if not impossible. With past versions of Camtasia, the new grouping feature allows you to group elements and allows them to behave as a group or as if they were one object within their own timeline. To create a group for a sub timeline, you need to create a group using a given object. In this case, I will just use an image I took prior to this training and place it in the timeline. In this case, we will assume our client wants to remove the bottom taskbar. Let's first look at our image and they hit Control plus G to group it. This will now allow us to open it in a separate timeline. To open the group and its own timeline, click on the Plus button. You will now have a new tab. In this case, it has the generic name that was given to that group. In this case, we can change it to something more relevant by double-clicking on it and typing in the name value that we want. Let's now go to annotations and the hand shapes. Select all from the styles menu, and then drag and drop the rectangle into our group. You'll notice it has black bars on the left and right side of our timeline area. Anything in the black areas will not be shown in our main timeline. In other words, the only visible duration is where the black bars don't occur. The main timeline is always denoted as main timeline, whereas all of our other timelines will be presented once done with editing. If you click on main timeline, you will see that sub timeline recreated call a taskbar covered in any edits we make for taskbar cupboard will appear in the main timeline. Let's go back to taskbar covered timeline in the imposition of the rectangle and resize it over the taskbar. Less Dan, go ahead and change the fill color to a grayish color and apply a green outline color. Let's now go back to our main timeline and the imposition our playhead somewhere within the taskbar cover timeline. You will notice that now it has the grayish bar covering the task bar at the bottom of the screen. So what is the benefit of this? Well, if I wanted to zoom in on the screen, that rectangle we created at the bottom of our screen would now stay in place relative to the screen behind it. For example, let's go to Animation. Zoom. They zoom in on the screen by position our playhead over the group and our main timeline. And then apply in a Zoom on it. You will notice is stays in position relative to the foreground screen. Let's now take the rectangle outside that group by opening it. And then select the rectangle and hit Control X to cut it from the timeline. Then go back to the main timeline and then paste them by pressing Control plus v. Let's go ahead and delete the animation from the taskbar covered group. Let's then go ahead and add an animation isn't an option and tries to ruminate. You'll notice that we get a duplication animation on both the group and the individual rectangle object. Now the problem with this is you must always be checking to make sure you don't accidentally move them out of alignment. Because if that happens, it will rule in the zoom effect while covering an element, in this case the taskbar. But this could be for any element. The other benefit of grouping things into its own timeline is that you have less clutter in your timeline. Imagine if you had 10 objects in three different groups, that would be 30 items. Now imagine if all of those items were stacked on the main timeline. That will be quite a bit of scrolling up and down to find things. And it will become an extreme hassle. Whereas with the group timelines, you can have everything stack with this three visible groups that can open and view tin objects at a time, rather than 30 objects all at once. Or in other words, you would have three separate groups with tin objects stored at each of those groups or into three separate sub timelines. This allows for much more complex editing and organizing. Congratulations, you have now mastered the foundation of the grouping feature. Get ready for the next video. 4. Volume Metering Monitoring : In this lesson, we're going to go over the volume metering tool, which is used for monitoring audio levels, for narration quality. This is a major improvement to productivity. In the past. If you want it to balance audio levels during editing, you will have to use an external audio tool to ensure that you are not exceeding the volume levels or the value threshold that will cause audio distortion. In other words, to avoid overloading your listeners with noise or having the ability to know when it is set too loud, you would have to export the audio and evaluate it and then re-import it back into Camtasia. However, with the volume metering monitoring tool, you can now see in real time as you are editing, if your volume levels exceed the threshold of causing distortion. Let's take a listen to the audio clip in my timeline. And you can see that right now as it plays back, it is within the green levels, which means it is in good condition. Nevertheless, raise the volume levels to an excessive rate. And you'll notice the value metering has a indicator indicating we exceeded the listening threshold to the point that it may cause audio distortion. In that case, when this happens, you'll want to lower the volume levels until it is only within the green threshold. And as long as you don't see any red in your audio when you're playing the audio back. That means that you were able to successfully adjust the levels without causing distortion. Congratulations, you are now familiar with the volume monitoring tool. Let's move on to the next lesson. 5. Emphasizing Audio Effect: In this video, we're going to go over the emphasize audio fat, which really focuses on balancing the narration and the music. This is one of my favorite new productivity tools. In fact, in the past when you're using Camtasia, you would have to manually turn the volume down when someone begins narrated. Whereas with this new feature, you can now automatically have the software reduced the music value when the narrator begins to speak. And it will have an increase whenever the narrator stops speaking. This will save you lots of time, especially if there's a lot of narration. The music track is present from the start to the end of the video. Let's take a simple clip from this course and use it as an audio to test out the emphasize audio effect. I have already attached audio in the media bin. If I go to the media bin and then drag and drop the audio into my timeline and placed a music track above it or below the narration. And then go to Audio Effects. And then drag and drop the emphasize effect onto the narration. And then click Play. Welcome to Camtasia 21, unleash your productivity. You will then see that when I spoke, their music track was low. But when it ended, the music was suddenly increased. Congratulations, you have now completed this lesson. Get ready for the next video. 6. Create Standalone Project : In this lesson, we're going to go over the stand alone project file feature, which basically deals with saving the project with all the assets. One major hassle I used to run into with projects is sometimes the files without legal missing and I would have to try to retrieve them, which cost time and money for me and also my clients. To solve this problem. Camtasia now allows you to save a file with all the components saved together in one zip file. Let's go ahead and save our project as a stand alone project. Meaning it will hold all the files we created in one folder alongside with the project file. To do this, go to File, Save As, and then pick your location to save the project. And lastly, select the option, Create stand alone project. Now if we go to our Windows Explorer and look for that file and double-click on it. The system will take us into that folder where all the files and project is stored. So instead of having to keep track of individual files, they will all be stored in that location. If you were to add more file, see your project. That is to say if you were to important files into your media bin, it will automatically add them to that folder. However, be careful not to save a bunch of revision copies of your project using a stand alone project. Because if you have a lot of files and you save it with multiple revision names, that is to say new copies with your new changes. It will take up a lot of hard drive space because each time you save with a new version, with a new name, it will create a new folder with all the same files duplicated again. Instead, I would only use this feature for sending clients that copy of the project with all the files in one place or for archiving purposes. When you are fully done editing a project, you are now familiar with standalone projects. Get ready for the next video. 7. Proxy video optimization: In this video, we're going to go over the proxy video feature. So let's go ahead and get started. This will be a fast lesson to put it simply, in some cases, when working on larger projects, your computer may slow down depending on how powerful your system is. Video proxies allow you to create a temporary lower resolution version of the video so that it is less taxing on your hardware during the editing process. However, when you are done editing the project and it is time to export it for final output, it will automatically be at the original resolution. In other words, a 100 percent quality of the original video. To create a proxy, we first must import a video. In this case, I already have a video file open. And in this case we're going to assume, for example purposes that my system cannot handle editing footage, in this case, a 4k resolution file. To make my system run smoother, I was simply go to the media file bin and right-click on a clip that is causing the problems and select create proxy. While it is processing, you can continue editing your project like normal. And once it is done processing, the clip will now show a yellow circle on it, indicating that it is now a lower resolution and proxy file. And you will usually notice that the resolution is much lower when working with footage in the canvas area when we apply a proxy. However, if you're working with for K video footage, it is less likely that you'll notice it just because of the massive resolution that is given to a 4k video footage. But if you're working with something like 10 ADP, it is definitely going to be more noticeable versus working with a four K video footage file like we're working with in this training video. However, there may be cases where you want the file to go back to the original full quality for reference purposes when doing precise editing, to revert to the original quality, simply go to the media bin and then select Remove proxy. Now your video will be back to the original quality. So that covers proxy videos for faster editing. It ready for the next lesson. 8. Toggle Feature VFX: In this video, we're going to go over the visual effects option for enabling or disabling visual effects. In this case, it's called the toggle feature. This will be a fairly fast lessons since you already know how to add some effects. In this case, we'll add a shape again, like we did in our previous lesson. Then we will add a rounded corner effect and make some adjustments to how it looks. Then afterward, once we have the desired look and feel, we can go to the Properties panel. And there will be a green button that allows us to tackle on the effect apply by simply clicking on the button to enable or disable the visual effect. This is a useful feature because it allows you to quickly see the impacts of the effect. And if you're not happy with the effect, you can quickly turn it off to see if things look better with it off. Or if at a later time you or your client changes their mind about an effect, you can quickly enable or disable it at any given moment. So if you're dealing with a client that can't make up their mind, you can keep the effect in place and change it as often as you need by simply tucking the effect on or off. Congratulations, you are now familiar with the toggle affect button. I hope you found this lesson helpful. If you're ready for the course assignment next. 9. Course Assignment : In this lesson, we're going to go over your course assignment. For your course assignment, you have to create at least one effect on a given object. And secondly, you must create a timeline. Once you have created at least one effect on a given object, I have created a sub timeline using a group element. Please send me a screen recording of you completing the project so that I can verify you are successful and properly executing the given functions. You can also send a screenshot, especially for the group element, if you prefer to do that. And if you send a screenshot of you creating a sub timeline element within a group that will work as well. Or you could also do the same thing for the, for the visual effect you can see on the screenshot in place of the screen recording if you don't want to do a screen recording. So you really have two different options there. You can either send a screenshot or recording at least two components to show that you truly understood how to use that functionality within the software. Congratulations, you are now done with this course. If you have any suggestions or comments on future courses, I would love to hear your feedback in that will help me to determine what I can do to add more value to future courses. So I hope you found this course helpful. If you did, please leave me a great comment and I will be looking forward to hearing your feedback on this course.