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Camtasia Studio with Microsoft PowerPoint 4: Video Editor Part 2

teacher avatar Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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4 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Working with Multiple Tracks

    • 2. Audio

    • 3. The Cursor and Zoom

    • 4. Using Callouts

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Camtasia Studio with Microsoft PowerPoint 4: Video Editor Part 2

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. Working with Multiple Tracks: Hello and welcome back in this lecture, I'd like to talk with you about using multiple tracks, and I'm going to do it in an interesting way. I'm going to do Let's see what I've done for every course lecture that I've recorded for about 30 or 10 courses, maybe 30 lectures, Precor. So about 300 times. This is one of the things that you're going to do over and over and over again. I am simulating being in Camp Tasia after capturing a recording. This is the recording of the Clip bin, the first recording of it, which goes something like this. Hello And welcome back in this lecture, I'd like. So it begins with the classic hello and welcome back and starts talking you through. Now, what we'd like in the beginning is our course logo and our production logo. In fact, it's going to look an awful lot like this up here in the picture once we get done of, um, what the clip bin is actually recording, so it's gonna be interesting. What we're going to do is import indoor clip bin two pieces of media, so we'll go to import media. The first thing is under the ah, lecture name Logo is where I put the course logo. So I'm gonna bring in the MP four for that particular lecture. It's not actually a lecture, but I store it as one. And then I will import media. My course. My, um, production logo, which is outside here, still in camp Tasia Studio under author Brian Jackson. And here, once again, we'll bring in the MP four. Now, the next thing that I'm going to do is bring them down onto the timeline where I can play with them on Lee. I'm going to do this in, um I'm gonna treat them slightly differently. Neither of them have any sound. So the sound that I'm going to use is going to be my voice in the recording I just captured . So I'm going toe, pull down the course logo, and I'm going toe overlay the beginning of my recording with it, so you'll see the course logo instead. But you'll hear my voice underst underneath. Now it'll look like something like this. Watch the play head move from the very beginning over here as I hit, play and watch. Then on the screen here what happens and listen. Hello? And welcome back in this lecture, I'd like to talk with you about the so you can see for a few seconds there. I overlay the video with my course logo and I talk over it. Now, the production logo. We're going to do a little bit differently. We're gonna move the play head once again, appeared at the very beginning. We're gonna pull down our production logo and make that track. Three. There we go. Now, once again, we wouldn't be able to see through this production logo if we left our other tracks underneath it. So we're going to move those over to the right so that the production logo will run, and then my course local will run over the beginning of my video. So let's see what that looks like and listen to it first, the production little or the production logo is silent. Then comes the course logo. Hello? And welcome back in this lecture, I'd like to talk with you about the clip bin and finally, the lecture itself. Now, the next thing that I would do is I would move through this recording looking for things that I need to remove or places that I want to zoom in now this is an entire screen we're capturing here, so there's no opportunities for Zoom in. But I'll modify my cursor and other things. These are things that I'm going to talk to you about in subsequent lectures. 2. Audio: Hi. And welcome back in this lecture, we're going to talk about how to handle your audio clean up after recording a session. Now, here we are with their clip bin after having put our production and our course local on the front of it. And the first thing I'm going to do with this recording is, uh, amplify the audio by using the audio section of the most common actions here. Now, once you selected, it gives you various options that you can do with audio. Now, you can clean up if you have a lot of noise and so on, you can clean up quite a bit of it by using ah, noise removal. I don't have a lot of noise. And I have a decent ah headset microphone. I have a lodge. Itek Ah, headset And it. Actually, it does really nice recordings, and it doesn't pick up a lot of the ambient noise in the room, so I don't have to clean up much. After I get done, I recommend you get a good set of a microphone headphones that you can record now. The first thing that I usually do is I like to have my levels up a little higher than this , the spikes coming close to the very top. So what I'll do is I'll usually volume up a recording after I get it, just one to get the spikes up a little higher to get that volume up. Now, I recommend that if you typically are going to volume up like this to get a little bit more punch that you do the same volume up with every recordings that you don't have the user having to, uh, up to increase in, decrease their volume because you're messing around with the volume, having it go up and down. Try to keep the volume consistent from recording to recording. Now the other thing that you can do is you'll notice areas here where I completely spike out. Let's let's go over and see what exactly is happening here. Let's play this. I would imagine it's me clearing my throat. That was quite a throat clear, and I made it clear by putting some space around it and so on. Now I can do two things. I can cut this out by going before it and pulling my selector around it and then using the scissors to cut it. The other thing that I can do that's rather interesting is if I have a lot of action and video going on in the background. I may not want to cut that out, but I want to get the sound out. What I can do is I can lay down silence if I do that notice. Suddenly the sound is gone in my selection area. So I the video continues to play Click New Project, but their silence So my throat clear is gone. Now you can either cut them out or you can clear them that way with silence. That's pretty much the audio functions. Is volume up a little bit to get things you can also fade in your your discussion at the beginning. In the end, I Yeah, I don't really mess with that too much, but I do lay down silence in areas where I mess up and I have a cough or something like that, and I don't want to cut the video. I just want to make the audio silent, so that is a long one noise reduction that is your pretty much your audio options. Next, we're gonna move on to other things that you modify to clean up a track 3. The Cursor and Zoom: Hello and welcome back in this lecture, we're going to look at cursor effects and zooming. These are these two popular options here. Zoom in and pan and cursor effects on the most common functions. Now let's begin with cursor effects. We want to do it on this. Ah, the track that we just track one to track that we just brought in. So we go to cursor effects, and what we can do is we can make the cursor more visible now. If I go ahead and move my play head into here, here's the cursor. It's very dinky on the screen. What we can do that I like to do is thes modifications to a cursor. I like to increase it to a size of two that makes it bigger. And then I like to go ahead and create rings as it clicks. Now, this little sample Larry here will show you the effect of what you dio. And in fact, you can come over here and I can right click and Aiken left, click and see what they're going to do. And you could see the big cursor. Notice it here. It's now visible in our display So when it comes to cursor, it's cursors. This is the set up there, like I like to increase the size to two and make rings on left and right clicks. Now the other thing you can do is if you have recorded power point presentations or something where you don't want the cursor to show. Go ahead and click mouse cursor visible on Make it Off. Notice the cursor here in my display. When I click mouse cursor off, the cursor disappears and I won't see the cursor anymore in the video. So we have that option on Power Point slides now. The other thing that you can dio is there are some things like highlight effect here, where you can make the cursor Ah, yellow around its you can highlight where it is. I don't particularly like thes. I find that they're a little aggressive, so I say none. So that's setting your cursor for a interactive session. The next thing you do is you zoom along as you move along for the track and you look for opportunities to zoom Now, for instance, as I moved to the uh, as I moved to the menus here, notice the cursor moved to the upper left hand corner. It's dealing with the file menu. One of the things that I might want to do to make things more visible, especially if people are watching the video on cellphones, is zoom into the upper left hand corner. So what you do is you come to where it's getting close to the corner and you pick zoom and pan. Now notice. Here we have this scale. The bottom in its at 80% 80% is what shows you the entire screen. OK, going to 100% is pretty much the max. At least that I can do. I guess you can. You can type a bigger than 100% but I like to zoom to 100%. And then you could drag. This square right here shows you what's visible and in the display area, you're going to see the display area move around as you drag this square. I could move into the upper left hand corner. Now the little yellow lines say that finally, here it turned yellow on the left because my visibility boxes just reached the left hand side of the screen and it turns yellow again when you hit the top. So if I want it in the in the upper left hand corner of the screen I move the visibility box until the left and the top lines become yellow. And here you can see I'm zoomed in. Now we go back a little bit and watch it zoom Notice it puts a little marker here in your, uh, track to show you that zooming is going on. And there you go. You have a zoom effect to the upper left hand corner. Now, what you typically have to do is you have to move along and see when the activity in the upper left hand corner stops and the mouse moves down to start talking about maybe the timeline or something like that, and I would then zoom back out by dragging the scale back out to 80 and dragging this until all four lines are yellow. Let's get this exactly on 80. Now I can make uh, please. There we go, the top of the bottom or left in the writer yellow. There is the top on the bottom. There we go. So now we got it centered on the screen and you'll notice that produces another zoom effect , this one zooming out to. So this is very much what you do during an editing session is you keep playing things and seeing how you can zoom in how you can zoom out. Um, so that is the cursor effects and the zoom and pan, um, both very effective tools. In the next lecture, we're gonna talk about call outs. 4. Using Callouts: Hello and welcome back in this lecture, we're going to talk about applying call outs to a video recording. Here we are with our clip. Been recording once again. Ah, we've got the production logo and the course local on the front. And what we do is we move along looking for areas where we might be able to accentuate the video and the audio with, um, little messages that we can put on the screen. I'm gonna show you three different little messages that you can use to do things. The first is a simple block of text. And let's say that we have here is something that has actually a little, uh, point on it to show who's speaking or what what you're referencing. Now, once we add that call out by clicking on it up here, it appears at the play head noticed. Zoom in occurs before the play head, and then it lasts for a default amount of time. And then it seems out, and what it does is it produces this blue box on the screen. Now, at this point, let's say we're talking about, um, this area. The clip been over to the left and we want to describe the clip in here. We can rotate the blue box and we could drag it around and we can resize it by grabbing any of the corners and pulling it down. So we get about the size that we like now, over here at the bottom of the call out pain is where you can actually add text to this. Let's say this is the clip, Ben. There we go. We can select this text and make it larger. Let's say we want to make it more like 24. There we go. Now it's a little bigger, and you can see over on the example screen what it's going to look like when this call that comes up and let's pull back over bed and watching Zoon in, and so do it again at the end of a recording. Actually, here we are, with the clip bin full of stuff. Ah, I see. We actually do refer to the clip ins. Let's move this over toe where we talk about the clip eventually and they are with the clipped in. So how long do we talk about the timeline full of stuff? It actually occurs much shorter, so we would drag the right edge over and make this thing shorter. You can drag it left and right. Make it as long as you want, and the little blue rectangle with the word clip mint in it will last that period during the video. Now also notice that it's on top as faras tracks. It's on top of our video. Whatever is on top is what you see. We won't see through the blue box that it creates here. It overlays the video down below with it. So this is a simple way to put little annotations and you can make clouds and stuff like that. A ziff. Hey, you know I'm thinking or stop sign. Make it red, You know, don't do that kind of warnings to emphasize your presentation. Let's do another call out. Let's say this big area here, the playback area. We want to say you can't type in this area. Well, there's an interesting animated call back that I really like using this one with an X on it . Okay, we go ahead and pull this out until it's the size whips. I didn t I didn't have the call out. Okay, here we go. Add the col out. There we go. Now we got it. Now I can pull it up here to the size of the area that we want to x out. Now watch what this call out. Does never mind the sound that's going to be probably your element. So it's a little animated thing. It actually crosses out the area of the screen. Now, one other call out that I want to show you is an interesting one. If there was an area that you didn't want people to see, you can blur areas of your screen. It's this special call out here. We're gonna go ahead and we're going to ad this special call out to the time language. Let's get down here, Add that thing. There we go. And what it does is it creates a blur box. So we didn't want people to see camped Asia's studio. Those words there, we would put a blur over it. I use this. I use this in in, uh, situations where I'm showing an application that might show users names and stuff that I've gathered, which I don't want to be displaying on the screen. That's a confidentiality issue, so you just blew them out. You can blur out areas of the screen, so this is the way to add call outs. It's very simple. You just go to the call out you want. Here's another interesting call out. Let's say we wanted to highlight this, Um, a set of special, the most common tools down here. We want to highlight the buttons you can bring in this yellowing call out, which will, actually, we just changed it to a yellow call out interesting, which you can, then a drag over this area with the buttons on it, and it will make them yellow, highlighting them as if with a yellow highlighter. So their ego, this is call outs. You go and drag them onto their own track. You could stretch them to make them short, long or short. You can pull them around to where you want them to be. You can actually right click on them and say, uh, delete the call out. If you decide that you don't like it, that's editing call outs. Hopefully, you're beginning to get the hang by. Now that we've looked at several things off playing with the timeline in the various areas of the screen. I hope you are because you're gonna be spending a lot of time here in the camp. Taji editing editor. As you can imagine, look at the number of features that we have already, and we're not done. We're going to continue on in the next lecture.