What is Camtasia

what is camtasia

Camtasia Studio is the video recording and editing program that I use to record and edit (redundancy aside) the videos that you can see on my blog and on my Youtube channel.

It’s not an “in-depth course” of Camtasia Studio, far from it, just showing you what I do with my videos and how it works.

What is Camtasia
Camtasia is a well-known software released by TechSmith that allows you to make screen recordings and then process them in its own video editor and save them in several formats such as: MP4, WMA, WMV, WMA, AVI and WAV.

It has a plugin to record directly from Microsoft Power Point and facilitates the recording of audio and multimedia files simultaneously. Compatible with several audio and video formats, it is ideal for tutorials and conferences, with transitions, effects, annotations and animations.

Its editor is very complete and has the necessary tools to create and edit professional-looking videos in a very easy way for users. You can create a free trial video to evaluate the product before purchasing it. Its price is quite affordable compared to other video editors.

Camtasia is a useful tool for online marketing campaigns, as it allows companies to make product presentations easily and without the need to hire a professional video editor. It is ideal for new or small companies with limited budget to promote their services and/or goods through the Internet.

It is also a highly recommended software for youtubers; flexible and versatile when creating and editing video tutorials and talks.

Camtasia features

Camtasia 2018 comes with a collection of brand new video assets, including customizable slideshows, outros and lower thirds. Get full access to over 500,000 royalty-free stock assets with a TechSmith Assets subscription.
Create multiple themes to keep your various business or personal styles organized and ready to use. Easily create, save and apply themes with custom color and font preferences.
The Camtasia editor has been refined to provide a smoother experience throughout. Improved preview playback now gives you more stability and responsiveness while editing.

How to use Camtasia

Create amazing video editing in 3 easy steps

Record your Screen
Record anything, your entire screen or just a window. Or add video, images, audio and PowerPoint presentations you already have.
Make edits
A simple timeline makes video editing easy. Merge or split clips, trim, and speed up or slow down your recording. Then preview instantly within the video editor.

Add effects
Give polished videos with professional video editor effects. Add highlights, animation, titles, transitions and more. Simply drag and drop effects onto the timeline.

Training and tutorials
Spice up your training and tutorial videos to keep your viewer’s attention throughout the video.

Record mouse movements
Enlarge the cursor, animate clicks and add a highlight to make it easier to track mouse movements.

Show keystrokes
Record keystrokes on the screen so that users can easily track them.

Add notes and annotations
Drag notes, captions, shapes, highlights and more. Camtasia makes it easy to help users understand.

Marketing and demos
Create videos that impress your customers. Camtasia is the perfect video editor for YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive and more.

Drag and drop video editor
What you see, is what you get. All effects and elements of your video can be dropped and edited directly in the preview window. Then export videos to 4k resolution ready for streaming.

Motion graphics
Layer intro and outro sequences and title animations to create interaction in all your videos.

Music tracks
Use music to set the mood of your video. The editor includes a royalty-free track library, or you can import your own.

Transform PowerPoint slides and webinar recordings into an engaging video.

Drop into PowerPoint
Simply drag a PowerPoint presentation into Camtasia and select the slides you want to import.

Add multimedia
Add videos and narrations to slides to communicate your message more effectively.

Webcam recording
Record webcam images to add the energy of a live presentation to your images.

Create engaging video lessons without high learning curves.

Enhance learning with video
Make videos for online, hybrid or reverse learning.

Interactive quizzes
Add quizzes as part of the video and record results to see how students are performing.

Results tracking
See who is interacting with your videos to improve learning outcomes.

It goes without saying that Camtasia Studio is a paid program, although the good thing is that you can try it for free.

Its price is around 250 € which makes you have to consider whether the investment is worth it. But well, this already depends on each one and his pocket, or rather the real performance and profitability that you can get from your videos.

As I said, they let you try the program for 30 days, which is very good so you can put into practice what you are going to see in the video.

How to record and edit videos with Camtasia

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Types of video you can create with Camtasia
You can record different types of video. In fact, when you open the program and click “Record the screen”, it asks you if you want to use a webcam as well.

That is, you can record videos of:

Just record the screen, videotutorial type explaining a program.
Record the screen but tell it to detect the webcam. It will record you and the screen.
Record your videos with your webcam first, then bring them into Camtasia for editing.
I don’t know if you are clear on the differences. If you tell it to record only the screen, that’s it. But if you tell it to activate the webcam, it will record you with the webcam and the program will record the screen.

There are two video channels, then in Camtasia you will see “in the background” the recording of the screen and you in a small window (you decide the size and position).

On the other hand, you can record your videos with your webcam or any video camera, even your cell phone, and then import them into Camtasia Studio and edit them.

You may be wondering how to record an interview, where you see the faces of the two people in windows and so on.

There are several programs and ways to do it. I’m currently using Zoom, which is a very easy to use tool that allows you to record the audio and video of the conversation.

If you want to format it later on, you can use Camtasia to do it.

If you are not sure what Zoom is, in this article I talk about it and you have a video in which I explain what it is and how it works.