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Recording, Editing, and Exporting with Camtasia for Mac

Recording, Editing, and Exporting with Camtasia for Mac

Jimmy Chorng

Jimmy Chorng


Recording with Camtasia

Camtasia offers a more robust interface, where Quicktime is a very light program. Camtasia also has features like animated mouse clicks, which might be helpful if doing a software walkthrough. Camtasia also has a built-in editor.

1. Open Camtasia

2. Open the recording view by clicking the red record button (lower left). This window will appear. The options are recording for the computer screen, webcam, and audio. You can choose any combination or all of them (highlighted in green).

3. If you’re recording your screen, click the dropdown menu to see the various options and select your desired recording region.

You can choose to record an exact 1280x720 window. This will depend on the actual size of your monitor and how much of it will be cropped. In the example below, a resolution of 720 is only ¼ of the monitor.

4. Once you've chosen the recording region, click the dropdown menu near the microphone to select your audio input. In the example below, there is a built-in microphone input as well as a USB audio interface. If you don’t see the source you’re looking for, try quitting and reopening the program.

5. Check the audio meters to make sure you're getting sound.

6. Camtasia also gives you the option of recording from your webcam with the screen and audio simultaneously. Click the dropdown menu for Camera and select your source. When you finish recording, Camtasia will allow you to place and size the webcam video independently of the screen capture. See “Editing in Camtasia”

7. Once you have all the sources you want selected, click the record button. Camtasia will countdown (although you can change this in Preferences).

An icon will appear in your menu bar. Red means Camtasia is recording.

8. To stop recordingnavigate to the red icon and choose “Stop Recording”. If you choose “Pause Recording”, Camtasia will save your recording as a clip in the Editing window.

When you stop your recording, Camtasia will open its Editing interface, and the webcam video and/or your screen recording will appear in Camtasia’s media bin in the upper left.


Editing with Camtasia

In the timeline, Camtasia will have 1 track for every recording of video (in this example there are 2: 1x screen recording and 1x webcam).

Your recorded videos will be in your Media Bin.

If you navigate to Annotations, Transitions, etc., they will appear in the same area on the interface. We won’t cover each of these in this tutorial, but we encourage you to explore the various options by simply dragging and dropping into your timeline. Annotations can be great if you want to add some text. Cursor effects can be especially useful if you’re doing a software walkthrough, where it is imperative that students see where you are clicking.

Sizing & Placing

If you recorded your with your webcam, you can size the video independently of the screen recording. Select the video you would like to resize. A white border will appear and allow you to drag at the corners to resize and place the videos. You can also rotate from the center handle.


In the timeline, any video or audio can be trimmed by dragging at the beginning or the end. You can also place the playhead (the needle on the timeline) anywhere on your video and choose Edit > Playhead > Trim Start to Playhead or Trim End to Playhead.

Remember that these 2 videos are synchronized. Be careful of dragging the video out of place. This will make them unsynchronized.


If you need to cut out a portion in the middle of your video, place the playhead at the start of what you want to cut out. Navigate to Edit > “Split Selection at Playhead” to split 1 video in your timeline OR “Split All at Playhead”, which will split all tracks in the timeline. You can also do this by right-clicking.

In the example below, both tracks of video have been split at the playhead.

Repeat this at the end of the video portion you’d like to cut out.

From here simply select the portion you want out and press Delete, or right click > Delete.

By utilizing the Split tool, you can endlessly edit and rearrange your recorded videos. If you have false starts you can easily cut them out, which should make recording easier by not having to nail everything in one take.


Exporting with Camtasia

Once you’ve finished editing, you can export by navigating to Share > Advanced Export If you recorded your video in a1280 x720 frame, you can skip “Advanced Export” and simply do Share > Export and your video will be good to go!

Then click "Options.."

For Dimensions, click the dropdown menu and select 1280x720. Your video will be saved in the correct .MP4 format.

Jimmy Chorng


Apologetically Californian.

Jimmy Chorng


Apologetically Californian.

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