Camtasia

Camtasia is a screen recorder and video editor. You can record your screen, add visual effects, transitions, and more.

Where can I access Camtasia?

All Miami faculty have access to a Camtasia license. Follow these instructions to download it to your computer.

For Mac users

 

  • Go to Applications on your Miami University computer.
  • Click on the Self-Service app (the icon is the Miami spirit mark).
  • Search for Camtasia.
  • Click install.

For Windows users

 

  • Open the Start menu.
  • In Search Programs and Files, type Software Center.
  • Click on Software Center to load the application.
  • Select the application you want to install to open the profile page.
  • Click install.

What can I do with Camtasia?

Editing

Camtasia's simple drag-and-drop editor makes adding, removing, trimming, or moving sections of video or audio easy and user-friendly.

Screen/Webcam Recording

Record high-quality video of your screen and webcam. You can record anything on your screen—spreadsheets, powerpoints, websites, and more.

Transitions

Make your videos more interesting and engaging by adding transitions and animations. Use transitions to improve the flow of your videos.

Animations

Customize your animation, create behaviors, or zoom in, zoom out, and pan animations to your next-level screen recordings.

Annotations

Use callouts, arrows, shapes, lower thirds, and sketch motion to highlight important points in your recorded lectures or demos.

When should I use Camtasia?

Plan your video—what kind of video do you want to make? This will help determine which application to use. If you want to create a voiceover PowerPoint or basic screencast, check out Kaltura or Screencast-O-Matic. If you want more flexible editing capabilities, or to make your videos more engaging, try Camtasia.

When to use Camtasia vs Kaltura

Kaltura is a good choice if you…

  • Are new to creating videos
  • Need to record your webcam and/or screen
  • Are looking to create a video with voiceover and slides
  • Only need minimal editing capabilities
  • Need to record something quickly

Camtasia is a good choice if you…

  • Are more experienced with making videos, or are tech savvy
  • Want to record your webcam and/or screen
  • Want to use footage you've shot on another camera, or phone
  • Need more flexible editing options
  • Want access to basic animations, effects, or annotations
  • Are using a green screen

What are the recommended settings for Camtasia?

There are three basic record settings to be aware of: Canvas Dimensions, Project Settings, and Sharing File Settings.

Canvas Dimensions inform the default resolution of the screen recording.

  • Select Camtasia 2020 dropdown.
  • Click Preferences (what is the equivalent of Preferences in Windows?).
  • Click Project tab.
  • The default is 1920x1080. Keep this setting or select higher resolution; never select lower resolution.
Project Settings control the resolution and frame rate of the video you are editing in the timeline. It will be automatically set to 1920x1080 and 30fps (frames per second) before any media is added. However, if the resolution of the first piece of media you bring onto the timeline is different than 1920x1080, the Project Settings will default to that new resolution and frame rate. 
  • Click on the Edit menu.
  • Select Project settings.
  • Verify that the Dimensions read "1080p (1920x1080)" and that Frame Rate says "30fps".

Share File Settings control the resolution and frame rate of the finished video you are exporting from Camtasia. When your video is complete, follow the sharing settings below to export.

How do I export or share a video from Camtasia?

Share Settings control the resolution and frame rate of the finished video you are exporting from Camtasia. When your video is complete, follow these share settings to export. 

  • Click on the Share menu.
  • Select Local File. 
  • Verify that the file format is set to "Export to MP4" and select Options.
  • Verify that Frame Rate is set to "Automatic" and Dimensions is set to "Current"—if they are, the exported video will have the same resolution and frame rate as the Project Settings. Select OK if any changes have been made. 
  • Enter file name in the "Export As:" field. 
  • Select a location for the file to save to.
  • Click Export.

Why is my video blurry?

Check your Recording Settings. Chances are, they've been changed by accident and simply need to be reset to 1920x1080.

Where can I learn more about Camtasia? 

For in-depth tutorials on how to use Camtasia, we link to resources from TechSmith below. If you need additional guidance, please book a consultation with a video producer.

Tutorials

Visit the Camtasia Tutorials site to access short videos and text guides on editing, tools and effects, animation, and more.

Assets

Your Camtasia subscription comes with free assets, like graphics templates, to download and use. You can purchase a full assets package here.