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Camtasia Studio with Microsoft PowerPoint 3: Video Editor Part 1

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    • 1. Tour of the Camtasia Screen

    • 2. Importing Media to the Clip Bin

    • 3. Timeline Play and Editing Features

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Camtasia Studio with Microsoft PowerPoint 3: Video Editor Part 1

Learn Camtasia Studio Screencasting

Camtasia Studio is the premiere Windows PC based screen capture and video editing tool. In this course I'll show you the ins and outs of Camtasia Studio recording and walk you through the video production process from beginning to end. From video recording through editing tasks such as deleting unwanted scenes, zooming and panning, and adding callouts -- it's all here.

In this course you'll learn to use the Camtasia video recorder and editor to:

  • Capture screencasts
  • Capture PowerPoint presentations
  • Edit your videos and merge media
  • Zoom, pan, and annotate your videos
  • Produce your course lectures for upload to Udemy

Learn everything you need to know to become proficient with Camtasia Studio.


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Tour of the Camtasia Screen: Hello and welcome in this lecture, I'd like to introduce you to the Camp Tasia video editor. Now, in reality, I've spent so much time on these screens that they feel like home to me, and it's difficult to explain home to somebody that's brand new. And I hope I don't skip over any really important basic items as I get excited by the more advanced items. Well, I want to slow things down right now by talking about the basic areas of the screen. First, let's begin with the menus of the top. You have a standard Windows style Oh menu bar here that you can select from In reality. I use none of these menu items to the right, and I only use those under file. We've already seen several of them to create a new project to use new project open existing project. I use that ah, lot saving in existing projects, saving a new project. You save project as, and then finally produce and share. And then we also important media to get it in to the clip bin. Okay, that's the Onley. Many white on my uses file right there. And I just showed you the seven menu items that I use off the file menu. I know it was rather quick Go back and re watch it to be half Teoh, and now we're going to move on to this kind of sub menu area. The only thing I use off of it is record the screen, which I use all the time to begin the camp Tasia recorder. It also has an option here where you can record the screen or record power point. I don't use the power point recorders, so I just hit this big button, start my recordings. Now, the clip bin is where all of your media that you're gathering to create this video, That's where it's all put together. Here. We can see we've got Power Point lecture is a camp Tasia recording a file. It's a ah T wreck file. I believe there is the extension on the file and this is recording. We just made of, um, something about introducing. I think it was something after, um, organizing your stuff. It was about organizing, organizing your stuff, and here I have a couple of videos and I brought in my production video and my course production video. Okay, now, if you're ready to have your mind messed with a little bit, we're looking at the Camp Tasia video editor editing the session that I just got done recording and talking with you about. And here I set several call outs, which we're gonna learn about later that will give you additional explanatory information where it's important to have it happen. Now what the explanatory information is is these big bubbles that pop up and tell it, tell you about the various sections we've talked about the menu here. We've talked about the clip bid. You'll notice it has a little a tab down here on the most important areas in camped Asia next being there supposedly in importance order. Although I use library less than I do call outs, zoom and pan audio and cursor these I use a great deal under Maura's transitions. All of these things I'd never use. Okay, so I'm telling you, this is my 10th course that I've recorded on you. Demi, I've never used all of those things under there. Keep it simple, keep it to the really important things, and then play in your spare time and figure out what's under more so for right now, what we're going to talk about is the, uh, area where you can actually see what's happening on the screen. That's this right here where I'm moving around my cursor. Now there's two ways to see what's happening on the screen. One is toe, actually. Pull the play head along and watch the cursor fly all over the place and see what's happening. Okay, this is a way to get down to a particular point that you might want to start at in the screen. Another is to just hit these play controls that right down below the screen here you've got go back to the very beginning. Rewind slowly towards the beginning. Play, rewind towards the beginning. I'm sorry, Ford. Wind towards the end and jump to the end. The jump to the end will jump from cut to cut where we've got these various effects occurring. So if I want to play, I can double click on this generally brings you to the front. We can see the play head on the time line, which is the next area that we want to talk about down here at the bottom. It shows you where the current play head is almost like it's a video recorder. I'm sorry. I'm showing my age. A videotape recording head on a piece of tape going through the machine you can control by dragging this play head across the timeline Exactly what's going on on the screen now. This screen is a little complicated because it's a screen of the Camp Tasia editor, and we're seeing the little call outs pop up to tell you about certain things. You're going to see all of this in just before I get done recording this session. So have we got all the areas we've got, the menu area and this little sub menu. I only use the file menu and under there it's actually what is it? It's more like six options that I use under file. That's because all the rest of the options air to spread all over the screen. I don't need to go to all of these menu items. One of them is record the screen, which is right here. Another one is actually important media, which I just haven't gotten out of the habit of going to file important media to replicate . So There's multiple wasted in the same thing. Okay, that's the fire or the menus. Next we have the clip bin. OK, we have the play area and we have the timeline down the bottom. Now, right here. We didn't spend a lot of time talking about thes important sub categories. Thes arely, the little categories for what pops up in this region. Here we have clip bin Library is really fun. We're going to get into that call outs, zoom in audio cursor effects and mawr. This is where all of the things that don't fit in this little call out button fit down in a little pull down menu. So there we have the various regions of the camp. Tasia, Video Editor. There's two components to the system. There's the video recorder. We have already seen it. It grabs your screen casts and then dumps them into the video editor to be edited. And here we've seen the various areas 2. Importing Media to the Clip Bin: Hello and welcome back in this lecture, I'd like to talk with you about the clip bin and in particular, how to prepare the clip bin and the timeline for a brand new recording coming up. And what happens after recording and how you gather things in the clip bin in preparation for editing a recording. So let's begin at the end of a recording. Actually, here we are, with the clip bin full of stuff and the timeline full of stuff. We have a mess. If we did a recording now, it would just be added to this existing recording and it would be craziness. So what you dio when you're done with the recording, you save it if you want to, or ah need to, I should say. And then you go ahead and click New project and what it will do is it will clear everything . Your timeline will be clear. Your clip bin is empty. Now, after you get done with a recording and you save it is a T wreck file. Camped age is automatically going to throw you into the editor with that T wreck file in the clip bin and down on the timeline. Let's go ahead and get it into the clip and I'll show you how to do it manually. If you're this point and you want to start editing instead of doing a recording, let's go ahead. And import media is so important and you use this function so much that you can actually get to it from right here on the speed bar. And maybe we should do that. Uh, I'm gonna go down and I'm going to import media. Let's get a T wreck file from a previous recording. It doesn't matter what it is, we're not gonna watch it. And here it is. It's now in the clip bin, ready to be edited, although not quite because it's not on the timeline. Things in the clip bin are things that you can throw onto the timeline If I want to edit it . This I bring it down to the timeline, maybe to track one. And here's the track ready to be edited. Now if I want to accumulate more media, for instance, one of the things that I often put up in front of the track is my ah course logo. I would go ahead and I would do import media again. I'd come down to logo where I would bring in the MP four file. You can see that my logo is a fully produced MP for production. And whereas the recording that I brought in earlier is actually a T wreck file now, there's different things you can do with these, depending on what they are. So, um, it stores them is different categories. Videos are usually pretty much done. You don't want to be mucking with them much, although you can mess with them actually, um, as opposed to t wreck files where you can actually go and mess with the mouse, whether it shows or not all of these things okay. The other thing you might want to bring in is audio toe lay over the top once again. To do that, you just import media OK, and here's some audio that I found I could bring that in, and it classifies that as audio, all of the's air things that I can drag down to the timeline to start playing with them and manipulating them. Here is the audio track that I lay over my existing audio track for the recording and Now I have two things playing. I can tone down the music, so it's in the background. My voice is in the foreground. You gather all of these. Resource is that you're going to be using here in the clip bin and then dragged them down to start editing them on the timeline by stacking them in tracks. 3. Timeline Play and Editing Features: Hello and welcome back in this lecture, we continue to look at the camp Tasia, video editor In this case, I have captured Ah, moment in time, right after I actually captured my lecture on the course overview. So here it is. The way that you begin a Camp Tasia session is quite often by ending a recording session. And what happens is that as a result of the end of the recording, you save whatever you did, you give it a name and it becomes a T wreck file for at a text Smith something recording file, something like that. It's a standard recording file, the text Smith uses for Camped Asia, and it throws you into the camp Tasia, editor with the ah T Raq file that you just recorded in the clip bin. And also having it down on the timeline is the first thing. So here we are, brand new to an editing session, pretty much. And when I wanted to talk with you about is playing with the timeline and particularly the play head here, and how to make simple edits to what you've recorded. In fact, we have to make some simple edits because part of this is showing the power point slide before the presentation actually begins. So let's work by trimming off the beginning with the power point and getting up to where the presentation begins. Now you do this by manipulating the play head here, notice this green downward arrow. What this is is like a cursor. In time, it's It's your locator, as far is a number of seconds of footage into your presentation, and as you move it along, you'll notice that in the preview window you see your presentation taking place, so move it back and forth. If you want to click anywhere on the timeline, the play head will jump to that position and show you what's at that position. The other thing that you can do is use the play controls to automatically play from where the play head is as well as many things you insert like call outs and so on occur at the location the play head. So it's very important as you're editing, to move this along and get to what to the place that you'd like to be Okay. So, for instance, here's the power point stuff that we don't want we're gonna pull ahead until there we get a blank screen. In fact, we might go right up to where the sound is beginning. Now notice. You can see the sound as this squiggly line coming here so we can see when sound begins that I'm going to pull it too, right just before then. Now notice these little green and red bars on either side of the play head. You could pull these to make selections, so we want to select everything before the play head. We grab the little green bar and we pull it backwards. The red bar stays there in the play. Hood had backs up, selecting everything in between. Now we can actually play the selection by coming up here and hitting the play button, and it plays through it. Not a very exciting part of the selection is me setting up a power point presentation and there I am, clearing my throat, getting ready to speak. So what we're going to Dio is we're going to approve that. Yes, that is the stuff that I wanted to get rid of. And here you hit the scissors right up here on the Edit Tools bar it's right here because it's very commonly used to cut that section out, and it is now gone. Some things that you can do. Right now we are. Timeline is showing the clip going off the screen to the right because it's too long. And in fact, right up here, this little numbers showed you how long the clip is. It's three minutes and 21 seconds right here on the timeline. Little rules shows us that we're only going up to two minutes. So it's about a minute of clip off there to the right. We can use the scroll bar at the bottom to scroll to the end of the clip. Here it is, and a scroll back. So in this way, we can position our play head anywhere along this track that we're listening to and playing . Now, additionally, you can shrink. You can zoom in and out on the, uh on the video by pulling this little button here on the zoom bar in and out to the left and the right, and you notice the bar gets smaller and, um, larger. Now, it's easy to see the whole bar to move around this way, but Sometimes when you want to do a detailed edit or you want the play head to be exactly before some you say something, then you want to zoom in to get details. Watch how detailed you can get on the voice down below. Now you're really seeing the voice as it plays long, and you can position the play head right in between two voice areas to make a cut. Okay, if we want to make a cut to the right of the play head, you pulled this little red bar to the right to make a selection. If you want to make it to the left of the play head, you pull the green bar to the left. So that's the way that you make selections. Let's look at some other edits that you could make on the timeline once you've made a selection with the play head. In fact, here's one interesting note. If you do have a selection with the play head, let's say we have this selected area and you want to undo it or get the play head together . Just double click on the play head and the other selector will come together and it will become a play head again. Now, as far as what we can do with selections, there are some other edits that are less likely to be used, and here they are right here. One is copy and the other is paste. Yes, you can actually copy a chunk of your track and paste it somewhere else. This is not very useful. I mean, it isn't very often that you're going to go scrambling pieces of your recording all over the place. But if you do need to do it, here's copy right here. It copies what's in this election, and then paste will paste it at the point. In fact, you want to do that. Let's go ahead and copy it. We copy it. Now let's get the point, maybe to the end, and we go ahead and we paste it. And here's what we just paste it, copied from earlier, once again, not used very often. What's used more often with a selection is cut. The other thing that's common to do at the point is a split. Let's say that we want to add some video here at position four minutes and 33 seconds, right with the play head is, well, there's no way to stuff it in here right now because this is just one long track. However, if we take it and split it by selecting the track, we want to split and then using the split tool it splits at the play head into two tracks. So now we can actually see. We have three tracks here, and we can pull it apart if we want to put some video in between. So splitting and copying or cutting are two common things. Another really common thing that you're going to use here is on the edit tools of the top of the timeline is undo and redo. These are your best friends. If you make any mistakes, just keep clicking. Undo it, maintains an undue history, and you can undo everything that you've done. So we've pretty much looked at the timeline horizontally as faras time. Now, what about stacking things? Let's bring something into the clip bin that we don't already have. In fact, here we go. We've got it right here. Can Tasia overview? If we bring this down, weaken, stack it on another track and it overlays everything that's down below, so I won't see this video. But if it's shorter than the other video, or if it fits into this gap, I can make multiple tracks play back and forth. Also, if this track to was a soundtrack, I would just hear it over the video below. You can't see through video to video down lower so you stack tracks this way and let's say we do just want this track to fill that little gap. Here's where the speaking begins. Let's now I want to edit track to, but not track one. How do you do that by clicking the lock? The little lock shades the track one in a particular way, and now any edit that I make on the tracks will not take effect on track one. So I'll only be editing track to If I pulled the beginning and do delete notice the track to didn't change at all or track one rather Onley track to changed and I could drag this up to the gap, I could pull the point to the end of the gap, the play head, and then I could select everything to the end of the clip, which is rather long. Come on, get over there. Well, you get the idea and then cut it and it goes away here. We can get it to cuts. There we go, and we cut that. And now we just have a little filler here in our gap and we can unlock track one. So now our edits take a pull effect on all tracks. A little complicated, but don't worry. We're gonna be doing lots of editing and you're going to get the feel for this. That's the timeline, both horizontally and vertically, horizontally you go through time vertically, you go through stacked tracks.