This TechSmith Camtasia training class will introduce you to the essential Camtasia skills you need to get up and running with this eLearning development tool as quickly as possible.
“TechSmith Camtasia: The Essentials” is a hands-on, step-by-step course that teaches you the essential TechSmith Camtasia skills you need to quickly get up and running with this powerful eLearning development tool.
Working through real-world, hands-on activities, you will create eLearning projects from scratch, edit existing Camtasia projects, and leverage existing PowerPoint presentations as Camtasia eLearning projects.
Use Camtasia’s powerful screen recording features to create software demonstrations like a professional.
Add animations, record and edit voiceover audio, and add graphics, background music, and text annotations. Learn how to add closed captions, quizzes and create a project template.
Create custom animations and add stunning visual effects with the new Corner Pin Mode.
Export finished Camtasia projects so learners can access your eLearning using desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Prepare and export projects so they report results to a Learning Management System. Upload content directly to YouTube, Screencast, and more.
This part of the class 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
- The Media Bin
- The Library
- The Canvas
- The Timeline
The Camtasia Recorder
By the time you have completed this part of the course, you will be able to record screen actions on your computer using the Camtasia Recorder. You'll then see how the recording ends up in the Camtasia Editor awaiting additional edits from you.
- Use the Camtasia Recorder
- Record a Video Demo
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
- Add a Video to the Timeline
- Add and format annotations
- Import Images
- Work with Multiple Tracks
- Add Cursor Effects
- Add Library Assets
- Add Transitions
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 export your lessons as a standalone video.
- Understand the Export Options
- Export as an MP4
Audio enhances the learner experience. This section will help ensure your audio is truly an enhancement versus a distraction.
- Microphone recommendations
- Preparing to record
- Recording audio
Editing Your Video
Once you've got a video demo added into Camtasia, the production work begins. Learn some killer techniques for producing your videos like a pro!
- Trim a video using cut, delete, and ripple delete
- Fix common audio problems
- Add pan and zoom effects
- Leverage Library assets
- Add background music
- Trim, fade, and synchronize background music
Quizzes, SCORM, and LMSs
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 add multiple quiz questions.
- Insert a Quiz
- Add a Multiple Choice Question
- Add a True/False Question
- Set up a project to report quiz results to a Learning Management System (using SCORM)
PowerPoint to eLearning
If you've got existing PowerPoint content, don't throw it away. You can import PowerPoint content into Camtasia (or record your PowerPoint presentation and import the video into Camtasia!
- Import PowerPoint slides into Camtasia
- Record PowerPoint presentations as videos
Who says that your text and images have to just sit there? Make your media perform tricks by adding behaviors.
- Add Behaviors to selected media
- Edit Behaviors
A table of contents (TOC) provides an overview of your lesson and allows your learners to move from course content to content.
- Add markers
- Add hotspots
- Create jumps (interactivity)
- Create a TOC using markers
Ensure that learners with hearing disabilities can participate in your eLearning by adding closed captions.
- Learn about accessibility and Section 508
- Manually create captions
- Leverage speech to text
TechSmith provides free access to a web server where you can post your content and make it accessible to learners worldwide.
- Share to Screencast.com
- Test content on Screencast.com
- Basic computer skills.
- Download and install the free Camtasia 30-day trial from the TechSmith website.
- Desire to have fun!