Producing Videos in Camtasia

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					Producing Videos in Camtasia
Harry Love
October 12, 2005

    1. Open Camtasia Studio.
    2. If the Welcome dialog box appears, select “Start a new project by importing videos”.
            a. Or, if you have already saved a project (a camproj file), select “Open an existing
            b. If the Welcome dialog box does not appear, simply open an existing camproj file
               or start a new one by selecting “Import video” from the Task List.
    3. If you are importing videos, find all the videos you want to add to your project. You can
       select as many as you like. They can be camrec, avi, mpg, mpeg, mov, and any other
       format recognized by Camtasia.
            a. One by one, drag your videos onto the timeline at the bottom of the screen in the
               order you want them to appear.
            b. When you have them in order, you can play your entire video using the playback
               controls on the right side of the screen.
            c. To re-order the videos, just click and drag
            d. To remove a video, select it in the timeline and hit Delete on your keyboard or
               right-click and select “Delete from Timeline”
    4. If you would like to produce a video with a table of contents, press the Tracks button at
       the top of the timeline and select Markers.
            a. In the video track, select the first video segment.
            b. In the marker track, right-click and select Add Marker.
                     i. Notice that a small green diamond now appears in the marker track.
                    ii. It appears at the beginning of the selected video segment, but you can drag
                        it to another location if you wish.
                   iii. When users click the associated link in the table of contents, the video will
                        shift to that marker in the video.
            c. Double-click the diamond.
                     i. The Marker Name dialog box appears.
                    ii. Enter the text you want to appear in the table of contents, including any
                        time information (time is not added for you automatically).
                             1. You can find out the length of the video segment by selecting it in
                                 the video track.
            d. Repeat for each video segment, or for as many items as you want in the table of
                     i. Note: it’s possible to add multiple markers per video segment.
                    ii. Drag the upside-down green triangle to a point in the video and repeat part
                        b above.
    5. Produce your video by selecting “Produce video as” from the Produce section in the Task
            a. In the wizard, select “SWF”.
            b. Settings:
                     i. Color: automatic
                    ii. Frame rate: automatic
                   iii. Playback controls: advanced
                   iv. Playback options:
                             1. Show loading movie: yes

                      2. Match loading movie size: yes
              v. Encode audio
                      1. MP3
                      2. 22 KHz, mono, 24 kBits/sec
      c. Video size: largest video size
      d. Skip video options
      e. If you want a table of contents, make sure “Include table of contents” is selected
          and the marker names are correct.
               i. Deselect “Force Marker names to fit…”
      f. Production name
               i. Give it a short file name if possible
                      1. Separate words with hyphens
              ii. The output folder should be your desktop
             iii. Leave everything else checked
      g. Finish
               i. When the video is done, it will play in your browser
              ii. If you’re unhappy with the results, re-produce but change the settings
      h. The output folder is now on your desktop
               i. Open it
                      1. Inside is an HTML file, media files and/or media folders
                      2. Rename the HTML file to index.html
              ii. Close the folder
      i. If you have access to the htdev folder (for HealthLinks)
               i. Move the folder from your desktop to its final location on htdev
                      1. For example, if your video is a liaison orientation, move it to
                      2. The URL to test your video will be
                      3. If you are satisfied, use the Import tool to import your folder
                              a. Import /hsl/liaisons/orientations/your-folder/
                              b. If there is a media folder inside /your-folder/, also import
                      4. Your video will be live the next day
      j. If you don’t have acccess to the htdev folder, put your folder on Common and
          send an email to telling us where it is and where it
          should go on HealthLinks.
6. You’re done, but if you want to experiment, there are many other options available to
   you, such as
      a. Transition effects between video segments
      b. Picture-in-picture if you have a web cam
      c. PowerPoint recording
      d. Title clips
      e. Callouts and other visual treats you can overlay on top of your video
      f. Add music
      g. Re-record your voice track without re-recording the screen
      h. Flash options, like pausing the video, adding links to web sites within the video
      i. Set up short quizzes in Flash to test knowledge
      j. And more!!!