Using Camtasia

Posted : admin On 1/26/2022

Camtasia gives you pre-made animations that take your video to the next level. Customize your animation, create behaviors, or zoom in, zoom out, and pan animations to your screen recordings. TechSmith is pleased to announce Camtasia 2021 is now available! There’s never been a better time to be a creator. The market is exploding with demand for more content, faster creation and increased creative expression. Our goal at TechSmith is to find the sweet spot—bringing together a powerful set of capabilities united to an approachable.

  1. Using Camtasia With Powerpoint
  2. Using Camtasia And Powerpoint

In this video, I will show you how I use Camtasia 2021. This tutorial is for beginners so they can start with no experience when using Camtasia. Camtasia is a great product to create instructional videos for class or platforms like YouTube. Camtasia records your screen and webcam at the same time in different video tracks. It’s available on Windows or Mac OS. I use Camtasia for all of my YouTube Videos.
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0:00 Intro
1:03 Starting Camtasia
1:34 Recording your first screen recording
5:08 Importing more media (videos, images, audio)
6:07 Basic video editing in Camtasia 2021
12:04 Bring an image into the timeline
13:12 Separate audio from video in Camtasia
13:52 Adjust clip duration or speed
14:52 Removing the green screen in Camtasia
18:42 Using the zoom effect in Camtasia 2021
19:55 How to highlight your cursor in Camtasia
21:00 How to use transitions
22:29 How to use Annotations (Callouts, Shapes Blurring)
25:26 Take advantage of the amazing Library in Camtasia
27:33 Exporting your finished video to your computer or YouTube
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Camtasia is a powerful screencasting tool that also supports video editing. It is available in Windows and Mac versions. There are differences between Camtasia for Mac and for Windows, depending on your purpose and what you are using it for note this breakdown chart between the two.

Techsmith also offers Snagit, a powerful screen capture and editing tool.

How do I get access to the software?

UBC offers campus-wide free access to Camtasia for faculty, staff, and students. First, download the software to your computer, then install and open it to start making projects.

The easiest way to download and install is:

  1. Log in to Canvas with your CWL.
  2. Click the 'Help' menu on the right side of the page.
  3. Click the 'Software Distribution' option.
  4. Select 'Camtasia' from the menu.
  5. Choose your platform.
  6. Click the 'Add to cart' button.
  7. Click the 'Proceed to Checkout' button.
  8. Fill in your Contact Information.
  9. Click the 'Proceed with Download' button.
  10. Click the 'Download' button and follow the instruction prompts to complete installation.

Where can I learn how to use it?

In addition to this introductory toolkit, Techsmith provides helpful video resources on all aspects of planning, production and post production.

View Channel Techsmith on YouTube for the latest tips and product 'how-tos.' Access the full set of tutorials from the Techsmith website:

  • Camtasia Studio for Windows (Version 8)
  • Camtasia for Mac (Version 2)

Step 1: Create Project, Name, and Save

Before you do anything on your project in Camtasia, saving at the start allows you to be able to find it later. When you open Camtasia go to File > Save (for Mac) or File > Save Project (for Windows). Then select name and location. It is strongly recommended to name and save your project file in a folder. In this folder, also include any other media files you will use in your video so that everything is together in one place. Doing this first step allows you to keep organized with your project management and various files.

  • Before you begin in Camtasia make sure you have planned your project. Refer to the Plan It! section to complete your planning process. This will save you time and give you clarity as you go through screen recording and video editing.
  • In Windows, .camrec are raw screen recording files and .camproj is your camtasia project with all your edits.

Step 2: Set Video Dimensions

Setting your video dimensions before you begin editing ensures that the editing screen size is the same as the output. You want your editing size to equal your produced size.This allows you to avoid cases such as the black bar video syndrome. Here are some video tags strategies and other work-arounds to avoid black bar syndrome.

(0:43) - Setting your canvas right to get the produced size you want

To ensure HD quality in Mac set the dimensions to YouTube HD 720p beside Preset.

(0:10) - The editing dimensions dialog
(0:25) - Dimension presets
(1:00) - Entering custom dimensions
(1:05) - Aspect ratio tip

To ensure HD quality in Windows remove the checkbox for Keep Aspect Ratio, and then set the width to 1280 and the height to 720.

  • Utilize the preset options for both Mac and Windows especially if you already know what you need.
  • Select the apporiate dimensions to the resolution (i.e. HD: 720) you desire for your finished product. Setting your video dimensions in HD is the work-around to ensure that your video keeps its resolution when uploading to Kaltura.

Step 3: Record and/or Import Content

Checkout Techsmith's Recording Tips as well as how to Record a Powerpoint or Keynote Presentation.

Record Screencast

  • Camtasia Studio for Windows (Version 8) - How to record your screen tutorial
  • Camtasia for Mac (Version 2) - Recording tutorial

Import Video

  • Camtasia Studio for Windows (Version 8) - Importing Media
  • Camtasia for Mac (Version 2) - Exploring the Editor:
(1:27) Adding media to the media bin and other tips about the left pane

  • With the import functions you can also important other media files such as audio (i.e. music), related images and/or other related footage that can add to your video project.

Step 4: Edit

Editing is the process of manipulating video footage files, media, audio files, and more. More specifically it typically can include adding special effects, pop-ups, splicing & moving around media files (video, audio, photos).


  • Camtasia for Mac (Version 2) Tutorials which includes Explore the Editor, Preview, Trim, Cut, and more.
  • Camtasia Studio for Windows (Version 8) Tutorials which includes Explore the Editor and more.
  • Explore various features and techniques but make sure there is flow and that there is nothing distracting from the main focus of your video.
  • Utilize various transition effects to help with flow between images and video files.

Using Camtasia With Powerpoint

Step 5: Export and Share

Exporting and Sharing for Mac (Version 2):

Exporting and Sharing for Windows, Camtasia Studio (Version 8):

Share to Hosting space:

  • YouTube: is an option if your project relies on open sharing and wide audience reach AND if you are not REQUIRING students to set up their own accounts. Setup your own youtube account or you can upload to the UBC youtube account with this documentation.
  • Kaltura: a UBC hosted service and thus offers a layer of security and content moderation. Offers an option for learning activities that require students to record, upload and share video content through Canvas. These videos will be transcoded for easier viewing on multiple devices, stored in a central platform, and will be available for searching and viewing. Compared to Youtube Kaltura offers more granular control over content and contributors.
  • Consider the following when choosing a hosting space:
  • Consider reach. If you want a wide reach for your audience, choose an open hosting environment (like YouTube).
  • Consider privacy. If you need a certain amount of protection around your content, choose a locally hosted option (like Kaltura).
  • Consider useability - if videos are long and you need to be able to search the content on key words consider a tool like Mediasite.

All of the following examples are videos produced using Camtasia.


There are 4 videos in this playlist.

This playlist introduces viewers to the process of developing a video tutorial. It is intended for students in Dr. Eric Meyers' user instruction course in which he covers the principles of teaching and learning as applied to library-based information literacy. This series of videos supports the final video assignment for the course. It is based on a screencast/voice-over technique using TechSmith's Camtasia for Mac. The video series was designed and executed by MLIS student Nick Josten.

Course Overview with Talking Head

These videos were created by Dr. Luis Linares, an electrical engineering professor at UBC. He describes the video as short videos that students can view 'away from the classroom, empowering the student to tune in when he or she is ready for the next lecture, day or night, seven days a week. These videos are short with dense content, delivered at a fairly quick pace with the idea that students can pause rewind etc. More examples on Dr. Linares' YouTube Channel.

Voice Over Power Point

This video was developed by Michael Busby for teaching Geography at Murray State University. The videos were created to virtually share lecture content across multiple section and courses. These videos are also developed as open educational resources He describes his approach as simple requiring on PowerPoint, a microphone and Camtasia. Read more about this example on the TechSmith Detailed Case Study

Course Introduction

This video was developed to introduce an online course 'Getting Started in Connect.' The purpose of the video was to include more instructor presence in the course and provide people with an overview of the online course.

When you record a video in Camtasia, noting these tips ahead of time will help you produce a better product:

1. Recording dimensions

  • Record the screen in a larger size possible. By doing this, the quality of the your video will be retained when you upload to video server such as Kaltura, Cousera and YouTube.
  • On tutorial on how to edit the video dimension of your recording, read or watch the tutorial by Techsmith for Mac and Windows.

2. Recording speed

  • Talk slowly when you record the screencast. So that during the post-production, it will be easier for you to edit your voice.
  • You do not have to re-take if you make a mistake during the recording. You can just pause for 10 seconds, correct your mistake and continue with the recordings. You will be able to edit out your mistakes in the post production process.

3. Recording 'manageable chunks'

Instead of trying to record your entire powerpoint presentation in one attempt using Camtasia (which is virtually impossible as we all know and will take many attempts!), try recording one slide at a time. Each slide becomes an 'entity' all on its' own. You can then 'stitch' them together in Camtasia.
Lastly, you can insert a wrapper chunk(s) anywhere in your timeline. Wrappers can include:

  • Guiding questions for students to consider when watching your video
  • a self-assessment to take follow the conclusion of the video
  • resources to extend learning further
  • an opportunity to discuss or work with the content in some way (this may be your in-class activity)
    Note: After you record your 'chunks' (i.e. slides), make sure you rename them accordingly (see image at right). This renaming will help you position the correct 'chunks' together on the timeline.

4. Record audio first, then drag other media onto timeline

Again, instead of trying to record your audio/video (i.e. tour of a webpage) together in one attempt using Camtasia, record your audio FIRST and save it. This way, the audio will have its' own timeline, separate from the video (and other media). Next, you can drag different media onto the timeline to align with your audio.
Note: Remember to adjust the setting to 'screen off', then hit the red record button to record just the audio.

5. Recording a powerpoint

When you record a PowerPoint lecture, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Use a PowerPoint add-in. (Only available in Camtasia Studio 8) The PowerPoint add-in toolbar lets you record your PowerPoint easily. Watch this video by TechSmith: Record a PowerPoint Presentation
  • Recording a PowerPoint in a widescreen: by default, your PowerPoint slides will have an aspect ratio of 4:3. When you record slides like that in Camtasia, and upload them to YouTube, you might see black bars on the sides of the video. To prevent this, you'll need to change your PowerPoint slides' aspect ratio to 16:9.

Changing the aspect ratio of PowerPoint slides on Windows

  1. Click on the Design tab, and select Slide Size.
  2. Click Widescreen (16:9)

Changing the aspect ratio of the PowerPoint slides on Mac

Watch this video by Techsmith: Record a PowerPoint or Keynote Presentation.The video has best practices and tips for recording PowerPoint presentations.

  1. In Microsoft PowerPoint, open the PowerPoint file that you want to change the aspect ratio of.
  2. Go to File>Page Setup
  3. Beside Slides sized for, select On-Screen Show (16:9) from the drop-down menu. Then press OK.

When you are editing the clip, consider the following tips in your mind:

Making a decision on the video dimensions

  • Consider which video server you are going to upload to. Video server is a final location on where to upload your videos such as Kaltura, Coursera, YouTube and Vimeo. Each video server has different recommendation on the video dimensions. In Kaltura and Coursera, the video dimension that they recommend is 1280X720 (780p).

Using Camtasia And Powerpoint

Adjusting the Canvas Size

  • After you record the video in a full screen, edit the canvas size to the size that you want to export the video to. For example, if you want to export the video size of 1280 X 720 (780p), adjust the canvas size to 1280 X 720.See the instructions on how to adjust the canvas size on Mac and Windows.

Camtasia's Interactive Functionality

Camtasia has Interactive Functionality to add quiz or interactive component and export as a SCORM . However, unfortunately by default, the quiz data will be sent to TechSmith server, Therefore, in order to be FIPPA compliant, avoid using the quiz/interactive functionality.

Using Camtasia

As an alternative, you can upload the video to Kaltura, and use the Kaltura quizzing function.

Tips to achieve the best quality

In most cases, you will be uploading a video to a video server(s). Such as YouTube and Kaltura. In order to achieve the best quality, check the video specification(or recommendation) for the video server that you are going to upload the video to. Then, adjust the export setting so that it matches with the video specification. See the list below to check the video specification for major video servers at UBC .

Video Specification for:


Sometimes when you export a video in Camtasia and upload it to Kaltura, the video quality is not as good as what you have expected. The reasons are because:

Using camtasia to create training videos
  • By default, Camtasia will export video with variable video bitrate(data size of the video) so that it will allow Camtasia to export videos in lower file size with a decent video quality. However Kaltura interpret the video as low quality if the video bitrate is not high enough. This is why your video will look blurry on Kaltura even though your original video file is in a decent quality.
  • On Kaltura, there are only 3 transcoding options which are: HD720p(high quality), SD540p(medium quality) and SD 360p(low quality). This means, if you upload a video with a lower-medium quality (which can be around 480p), then once you upload the video to Kaltura, the video will be degraded to SD 360p (Low quality).

The workaround for this is to export camtasia video file in higher bitrate so that the video file will be interpreted as HD720p Quality video in Kaltura. This documentation will show you how to export camtasia file into HD (High Definition) quality using Camtasia 2 (Mac version) and Camtasia Studio 8(Windows Version)

How to export a HD quality video in Camtasia 2 (Mac version)

The video above is a short sample video exported in HD quality. Follow the steps below to export Camtasia video in HD Quality:

Step1: Setting the canvas size
Canvas zoom dropdown is located above the timeline
  1. Select the Canvas Zoom drop down
  2. Select Adjust Canvas. Beside the Preset, select YouTube HD 720p.
  3. Press Apply.
  4. Adjust the screen size.

You can follow the above steps by watching the screencast by Techsmith on: 4: Editing essentials: What You Really Need to Know

Step2: Export
  1. Click on Share, which is located on the top menu bar.
  2. Go to Advance Export
  3. Select Export to MP4, and click on Options
  4. Select the Image Size as 1280X720 HD
  5. Click Ok, and press Export.

How to export a HD quality video in Camtasia Studio 8 (Windows version)

The video above is a short sample video that is exported in HD quality using Camtasia Studio 8 (Windows).

Follow the steps below to export a video in HD Quality:

Step1: Setting the Canvas size
  1. Click on the Canvas Size option above the preview.
  2. set the width to 1280 and the height to 720.
  3. Adjust the screen size.
Canvas Size Option is located at the top bar

You can follow the above step by watching the Screencast by TechSmith: 04: Editing Dimensions and Saving

Step2: Export
  1. Click on File, and press Produce and Share.
  2. Select Add/Edit Preset. Then press New. You may set your preset name. (For Example: HD quality video)
  3. Under File Format, Select MP4- Flash/HTML 5 player.
  4. Select the Size tab. Under Video size, check Use editing dimensions
  5. Select the Video Setting tab. Set the Frame Rate to 30. Set the Encoding mode as Quality, then set the quality to more than 65%
  6. Click Next, and then select Finish.
  7. Select the Production Preset that you have just created (For Example: HD quality video)
  8. Press Next, and then click Finish.


Using camtasia with powerpoint tutorial
  • Channel Techsmith on YouTube for latest videos on tips and product 'how-tos'.
  • Techsmith's Camtasia Tutorials for Windows - Version 8. Video tutorials and print documentation on getting started, editing, audio, captions, and interaction.
  • Techsmith's Camtasia Tutorials for Mac - Version 2. Video tutorials and print documentation on editing essentials, getting started, and more.
  • Snagit Tutorials. Video tutorials and documentation around getting started, highlights, recording and more.
  • Check out Camtasia for Windows (Version 8) tutorials on Here are two Lynda youtube videos for Camtasia: Basic audio editing and Creating a screen recording.
  • DIY Screencasting Toolkit around how to do a screencast and more.
Publishing your content

When you've finished recording, editing and exporting your content to an acceptable file format, you'll need to publish it so that you can embed it where you like. You can publish your content on:

  • Your own website.
  • UBC's Kaltura platform
  • UBC's YouTube Channel: using the upload form
  • Your own YouTube Channel: YouTube Help
  • Soundcloud for audio files.
  • another free content hosting service.
Embedding your content

Once your content is hosted (on YouTube or Kaltura) you can embed it in a Canvas course, WordPress environment or on a wiki page. See how-tos below.

  • Embed on the UBC Wiki
    • Audio - including Soundcloud.


Do you need to find copyright safe sound or images for your project? The following resources can help:

Image Sources: UBC's Copyright resource provides an excellent list of various 'copyright safe' image databases and also includes some discipline specific ones as well.
Creative Commons Guide: UBC's Copyright Guide provides lists of databases for free and 'copyright safe' sounds, music and video for your digital media projects. It also helps you understand Creative Commons licenses and how and why you may want to apply one to your work.
Public domain resources: this page provides an overview of what public domain is, how material in the public domain can be used, and much more, including quick tips to check if something is or is not considered public domain in Canada, as well as links to public domain sources.

Students and Copyright

Why should I care about copyright?: this student-centered guide, put together by the UBC Learning Commons team, answers questions on the subject of copyright and addresses a number of myths and misconceptions surrounding copyright.
  • Find OER: Open Professionals Education Network.
  • Finding and using Creative Commons materials: UBC's guide to Creative Commons.
  • UBC Image Sources Guide: crediting image sources.