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How To Make Tutorial Videos : Camtasia

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Step 1. Start with a plan

If you want to learn how to make tutorial videos or other instructional videos it all begins with with great planning.

Start by spending some time getting to know your audience. Learn how they use your product and find out where they struggle. Then use that information to choose a tutorial topic that will best help your target group.

Once you have your topic, create a storyboard to outline and visualize what you plan to show in your video.

make a tutorial video storyboard with picture of people talking

Step 2. Write a script

Here are a few tips to help you write a script.

Use words you’d use in everyday conversations. This will give your script a smooth, natural feel.

Don’t just tell viewers what’s going on, show them. Instead of simply saying what’s happening on-screen, let those actions speak for themselves and use this time to add context with the voice over or narration.

Practice, practice… and then practice again. Read your script aloud and see how it flows. If you find yourself getting tripped up, go back and make sure you’re using natural language.

Finally, get some feedback. Find someone who’s not afraid to tell you what they really think and send them your script. This might seem scary at first, but once you get used to receiving feedback, it becomes an essential part of the scripting process.

Script from the how to make a tutorial video

Step 3. Record the audio narration

Start by getting your hands on the best microphone you can find. Even a middle-of-the-road mic will provide much better sound quality than the one built into your computer. Then, find a quiet place to record.

The Camtasia video editor makes it simple to record your voice over with with built-in voice narration.

When you’re ready, record the script and make sure to speak slowly and clearly. If you make a mistake, don’t start over. Simply pause and start again right before you made the mistake. You can always remove mistakes when you’re finished.

Person speaking into a microphone in an audio recording room

Step 4. Record video of your screen

The next step is recording your screen video. Start by cleaning up your desktop, closing any applications you don’t need, and turning off any notifications that might pop up.

Open the application you want to record and walk through exactly what you want to show your viewers. This will help you get those smooth cursor motions and, in the end, you’ll have less editing to do. When you’re ready, open the Camtasia recorder and record your screen.

Remember, if you make a mistake, simply pause… and then start right before the mistake. You can always edit it out in the end. You’ll want to make sure the screen recording software you use has built-in video editing.

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Step 5. Cut out mistakes and trim extra footage

When you’re finished recording your screen, it’s time to get all hack and slash with editing. 

To start, cut out mistakes and trim extra footage from the ends of your recording. When finished, bring in your audio narration and any other media needed for the project.

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Step 6. Sync your audio and video

With your audio narration on the timeline, use clip speed and extend frame to sync the pace of your video with your narration. 

For example, if you need more time to explain a concept, split the clip and use extend frame to freeze the video. Or if you want to speed up a boring part of your recording, add clip speed, then drag the handles to speed it up.

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Step 7. Produce and share the video

The last step in creating a tutorial is to save the video. Think about where you want this video to live and choose a share destination.

As an extra last step, we recommend sharing your video with a few people to get feedback. This is a great way to make sure your message is clear, and your video is accomplishing your goals.

Record , Edit and Share

Record Your Screen

To start a recording, click the Record button at the top of the tools panel. This opens the Camtasia recorder, which by default, is set to capture everything that happens on your screen.


Customize Recording Settings

#1 Choose to record the full screen, or select the arrow and choose “select area to record”.

#2 Choose other inputs to record along with the screen. Options include webcam, microphone audio and system audio. Select the down arrow or double arrows next to each to choose a specific microphone or webcam.

#3 Click Start Recording to begin.


Finish Recording (Windows)

When you’re finished recording, click the Camtasia recorder icon in the taskbar, then the stop button. If you need to re-record, choose delete to start over.

Quick Tip: Press “F10” to stop a recording, or “F9” to pause/resume a recording.


Finish Recording (Mac)

To finish the recording, click the Camtasia icon in the Apple menu bar, then click “Stop Recording.” Or, if you need to re-record, choose “Start Over.”

Quick Tip: Press “CMD+OPTION+2” to stop a recording, or “CMD+SHIFT+2” to pause/resume a recording.


Trim out Mistakes

Often we record a little extra at the beginning and end of a recording. To remove the extra content, drag the end of the clip “in.” This is called trimming. If you trim too much, drag the clip back to restore your video.

It’s good to note that any edits you make on the timeline, won’t affect your original recording in the media bin. 

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Cut out Mistakes

Drag the red or green handle on the playhead to select the area to remove, then click the cut button to remove the section. A stitched line appear, showing you where the cut was made.

If you make a selection and want to bring the playhead back together, double click the playhead.

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Add Titles, Annotations, Effects & More

Add a level of polish and professionalism to your videos with eye-catching titles, annotations, effects and more. Click and drag them from the tools panel to the timeline or canvas.

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Export & Share

When you’re ready to export or share your video, click the Export button in the upper right corner of the editor, then select a destination.

Camtasia export menu

Video Editing Basics

The Timeline

In Camtasia, videos are created on the timeline, moving sequentially from left to right. This is where you arrange and edit your screen recordings, audio clips, titles and more. 

The timeline is organized into layers, which we call tracks, where media on the top layers cover the ones below.

The Camtasia timeline

The Canvas

As you build your project, the Canvas is where you preview your work. As the playhead moves along the timeline, everything at that point is displayed on the canvas.

The Canvas, is also a working area where you position, resize, and rotate content. It’s good to note that everything that’s shown on the canvas is produced in the final video.

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Remove a Mistake

To remove a mistake or unwanted section of a recording, drag a handle on the playhead to make a selection and click Cut. This removes the selection and moves all media to the left to fill the space.

To replace a mistake with a new recording, make a selection, then press the Delete key. This removes the selected media and leaves space on the timeline for a new recording.

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Create Space on the Timeline

Sometimes you need to add media to the timeline, but there is no room. To create space on the timeline, move the playhead, select the clips and then press the S key on Windows or CMD+T on Mac. This splits the clips into two parts, which you can move to create space.

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Trim Media

To remove extra footage or fine tune media, click and drag the end of a clip “in.” This is called trimming, and if you trim too much, simply drag the clip back to restore your video.

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Zoom the Timeline

To fine tune your editing, use the zoom slider to zoom in on the timeline. If you zoom too much or want to see your project in full, click the magnifying glass to fit your entire project to the timeline.

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Working With The Canvas

Design Your Video

The Canvas is where you design your video. Use it to position, resize and rotate media. It’s also where you adjust the look and feel of callouts, and change their text.

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The Canvas

As you build your project, keep in mind that everything that is visible on the Canvas is produced in the final video. 

If parts of a recording or other media pass over the edge of the Canvas, Camtasia greys them out to indicate they won’t appear in the final video.

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Add Media

As you build your project, add media by clicking and dragging the media directly to the Canvas. To modify text, double click an annotation and type on your keyboard.

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The Properties Panel

To adjust the style or fine tune media on the Canvas, use the Properties panel. This panel displays the properties for the selected media, and organizes them into tabs. The first tab is an object’s visual properties and the following tabs change depending on the type of media selected.

In this example, an annotation is selected, so the second tab displays the annotations text properties and the third displays options for the style of the annotation.

Properties panel


Add Annotations, Callouts & Titles

Annotations

Add and customize annotations to point out important details in your video.

To add an annotation, click and drag one from the tools panel to the timeline or the canvas. Double click the annotation to change the text. Change its font, background color and more in the properties panel. 

To change the size, position and rotation of an annotation, click and drag the handles.

Camtasia UI with annotation

Shapes and Blur

To hide sensitive information use Shapes and Blur.

To add a shape or blur, click and drag one from the tools panel to the timeline or the canvas.

Adjust the intensity of the blur, size and position in the properties panel.

Blur and Highlight menu in Camtasia

Sketch Motion

Add a sketch motion callout to draw on your video and point out important information.

To add a sketch motion, click and drag one from the tools panel to the timeline or the canvas.

To change the size, position and rotation of a sketch motion, click and drag the handles.

Change the Draw Time in the properties panel to adjust the time it takes to draw the callout.


Lower Thirds

Add additional information to your video with a premade lower third.

To add a lower third, click and drag one from the tools panel to the timeline or the canvas.

Change its color, text and more in the properties panel.

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Apply a Theme to an Annotation

When you work with annotations, callouts, or text in a project, easily apply your theme to change the look and feel.

To do this, select the annotation, open the properties panel, then select a theme from the dropdown.

Check out this tutorial for more information about Camtasia Themes. [https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-themes.html]

Record a PowerPoint Presentation

To access the PowerPoint Add-in Toolbar, open PowerPoint and select the “Add-ins” tab in the top toolbar. From there, you should see the familiar Camtasia record button, along with a few other options to customize a recording.

*The PowerPoint Add-in toolbar is installed by default with Camtasia. If it doesn’t appear in PowerPoint, you may need to enable it. To do this, go to File > Options > Add-ins. Click on the Manage dropdown, select Disabled Items, then click Go. If the Camtasia Add-in is listed, select it, and click Enable.

PowerPoint add-in toolbar

Customize Your Recording Settings

The Camtasia PowerPoint Add-in provides a robust set of recording options, all of which can be customized.

For example, you can enable or disable webcam recording, system audio, and microphone audio. Or, you can set hotkeys, frame rate and more in the settings dialogue.

Recording options in the Camtasia PowerPoint add-in toolbar

Add PowerPoint Slides to a Camtasia Project

If you often make videos out of PowerPoint presentations, you can now import PowerPoint slides directly into Camtasia and quickly edit them to match the audio narration. 

First, make sure that PowerPoint is closed. Then click the Import Media button and choose your PowerPoint file. Camtasia converts each slide into an image (PNG) and adds it to the media bin. Drag slides to the timeline and edit them like any other media in a project.

Click Import Media button to import slides

Default Slide Duration

To change the default slide duration, go to Edit > Preferences and then choose the Timing tab. Set the “Images” option to the desired duration and click OK.

Adjust the timing for images in the timing tab of the preferences menu

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