Using TechSmith Camtasia 9, you can quickly create eLearning for just about anything (computer software or PowerPoint presentations) and post your completed lessons on your web server, Learning Management System, YouTube, Vimeo, or Screencast.com. Your lessons can include videos of actions taken on your computer, animations, audio, quizzes and surveys.
This step-by-step workbook will introduce you to the essential Camtasia 9 skills you need to know to get up and running with Camtasia as quickly as possible.
To complete the lessons presented in this book, you will need the following software and hardware: TechSmith Camtasia version 9; Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (Required: 64 Bit versions only); 2.0 GHz CPU with dual-core processor minimum (Recommended: Quad-core i5 processor or better); 4 GB RAM minimum (Recommended: 8 GB or more); 2 GB of hard-disk space for program installation; Display dimensions of 1024x768 or greater.
You will need to download the book’s data assets that have been created specifically to support this book (instructions for downloading the data assets are in the About This Book section at the beginning of the book). Finally, you will learn how to record a PowerPoint presentation on page 146. You will need PowerPoint 2007 or newer to complete those activities.
The TechSmith Camtasia 9 software does not come with this book. The software can be ordered directly from TechSmith (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html).
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This book includes the following eLearning and Camtasia 9 concepts:
Preface: An Introduction to eLearning
This module will give you a brief introduction to eLearning in general, planning course content, the development cycle, and eLearning design best practices. It’s a great place to start prior to using any eLearning tool to develop content.
- Education Through Pictures, page 2
- Planning eLearning Lessons, page 3
- eLearning Development Phases, page 4
- Project Size and Display Resolution, page 6
- Design Best Practices, page 7
- Fonts and eLearning, page 8
Module 1: Exploring Camtasia
This module will give you a brief introduction to Camtasia and its workspace. You will open an existing project and explore tools, Media Bin, Library, Canvas, and Timeline.
- The Camtasia Interface, page 12
- The Media Bin and Library, page 16
- The Canvas and Timeline, page 19
Module 2: The Camtasia Recorder
By the time you have completed this module, you will be able to record screen actions on your computer using the Camtasia Recorder. You'll learn the value of rehearsals, and you'll learn how to add annotations and other special effects during the recording process.
- Rehearsals, page 22
- Recording Screen Actions, page 29
- Annotations, page 33
- Recording Effects, page 38
Module 3: Adding Media
Once you've recorded screen actions, the real work begins in the Camtasia Editor. You will create a project from scratch, and learn how to import recordings into the Editor as media.
- Import a Video, page 42
- Add a Video to the Timeline, page 44
- Import Images, page 48
- Add a Track, page 50
- Create a Watermark, page 53
- Add Cursor Effects, page 54
Module 4: Groups, Annotations, Behaviors, and Transitions
You learned how to add media during the last module. In this module, you'll pick up where you left off and enhance the media with callouts and animations. You'll also learn to make the jumps between video segments appear more professional by using Transitions.
- Create a Group, page 58
- Add a Callout, page 60
- Apply Image Color to Callout Text, page 62
- Add a Behavior to a Callout, page 65
- Add a Transition to a Group, page 68
- Modify Transition Timing, page 69
Module 5: Audio
Research has shown that adding audio (such as sound effects and voice narration) enhances the eLearning experience for your learners. You'll learn to add audio as media, and how to record and edit your own audio.
- Add Background Music to a Video, page 72
- Fade Audio In and Out, page 74
- Record Voice Narration, page 77
- Split a Music Clip, page 80
- Rename Tracks, page 84
- Silence and Cut Audio, page 85
Module 6: Sharing
After you've finished creating your eLearning lesson, you'll need to "publish" it so that it can be consumed by your learners. You'll learn to produce and share your lessons as a standalone video and share the lessons on YouTube. You'll also learn how to create HTML5 output so that your lessons will play on just about any device (including the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod).
- Share an MP4, page 90
- Share to YouTube, page 94
- Share with a Smart Player, page 97
- Add a Watermark to a Shared Lesson, page 99
Module 7: Extending, Zooming, Trimming, and Interactivity
You'll learn to enhance your eLearning lessons by extending the playtime for a single video frame. You'll add Zoom-n-Pan areas that automatically take learners closer to the screen. And you'll learn to add interactivity via a TOC and Hotspots.
- Extend a Video Frame, page 104
- Trim a Video Selection, page 107
- Add a Zoom-n-Pan, page 109
- Add a Marker, page 112
- Add a TOC, page 114
- Add a Hotspot to the Timeline, page 117
Module 8: Quizzes and Screencast.com
Studies have shown that adding a quiz to an eLearning lessons can enhance learner retention. You'll learn how to add a quiz and then share the lesson on Screencast.com.
- Add a Quiz and Multiple Choice Question, page 122
- Add a Fill In the Blank Question, page 126
- Share to Screencast.com, page 129
Module 9: PowerPoint and Captions
If you've created content in PowerPoint, don't throw it away. You'll learn that existing PowerPoint content can basically be recorded within Camtasia allowing you to quickly create an eLearning course out of any presentation. And if you’d like to make your content accessible to learners with hearing disabilities, adding Closed Captions is an essential skill.
- Record PowerPoint, page 134
- Manually Create Closed Captions, page 137
- Control Caption Timing, page 141
- Use Speech-to-Text to Create Closed Captions, page 144
Kevin Siegel is the founder and president of IconLogic, Inc. He has written hundreds of step-by-step computer training books on applications such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Adobe RoboHelp, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Technical Communication Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, QuarkXPress, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio.
Kevin spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an award-winning photojournalist and has nearly three decades experience as a print publisher, technical writer, instructional designer, and eLearning developer. He is a certified technical trainer, a veteran classroom instructor, and a frequent speaker at trade shows and conventions.
Kevin holds multiple certifications and was named one of the top trainers in the world by Adobe Systems, Inc.