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Camtasia Studio is an application that records desktop images, webcam video, audio. It also provides a robust set of editing tools so that the finished videos can include transition effects, text callouts, and other engaging media components. Faculty can use Camtasia to create simple videos on their desktop for use in flipped or online classes. The application is available for both Windows and Mac platforms.

Quick Steps for Getting Started with Camtasia Studio

  1. Record your screen / camera / audio (windows) (mac)
  2. Edit your recording (windows) (mac)
  3. Produce your video as an mp4 file (windows) (mac)
  4. Upload / insert your video in myCourses
  5. Request captioning

Checklist for Recording and Publishing


  • Review the Course Media Rubric to acquaint yourself with best practices
  • If you are using your own computer then be certain you have at least 4GB of free space (Video requires large amount of hard drive storage)
  • Create a folder on your desktop (or in an easy to find location), remember to save all video and Camtasia files to this folder. 
    • .trec  (screen recording)
    • .wmv (webcamera recording)
    • .camproj (project edit info)
    • .mp4 (finalized shareable video)
  • If using a studio or lab computer bring a USB drive (no smaller than 12 GB) so that you can transfer your files for use later.  Alternatively you may save your files to a cloud drive such as a Google Drive or  NOTE: Studio computer wipes itself clean on a weekly basis

During Recording

  • Screen recording dimensions and web camera dimensions should both be no smaller than 1280x720.  To keep it simple, record full screen and select 1280 x 720 in the web camera format settings.  Both the camera and screen recording can be resized during your edit phase.
  • Leave the bottom 1/4 of your video canvas free of any text or images so that they do not compete with the captions.

When ready to produce and stream your final Camtasia project/video:

  •  When producing your file via Windows, choose to produce the file as mp4 only (no less than 720pi); if you have in fact captured at full screen, producing at 1080 should also work. 
  • Upload stuff to server (utilizing existing instructions)
  • Caption requests (what is preferred or suggests – to do this one at a time as they complete them or in one bulk step? Does media services have any preferences?)


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