Camtasia

Faculty and Staff have free access to download and install Camtasia and SnagIt for Windows and Mac.  This page provides an overview of how to acquire Camtasia and SnagIt and to begin using it.

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After installing the software, contact the Technology Support Desk for instructions on how to register your copy.

Capture Your Content with Camtasia

There are several ways to create content in a Camtasia project depending on the source of the content.

Scenario 1: Capture PowerPoint

Windows:

  • Open PowerPoint and use the Camtasia add-in inside PowerPoint to configure the recording and launch the presentation.
  • Press ESC to stop recording and begin editing in Camtasia Studio (it will launch automatically)

Mac:

  • Open Camtasia and launch Camtasia recorder. Configure for full-screen recording.
  • Open PowerPoint and begin the full-screen presentation, if desired (can always just record the raw PPT window)
  • Press CMD-TAB to switch back to Camtasia recorder and start recording
  • Press CMD-TAB again to return to PowerPoint presentation; Press ESC to stop recording

Scenario 2: Capture Screen Content

Windows & Mac:

  1. Open Camtasia and launch screen recorder, configure screen size, web cam, and microphone options.
  2. Press ESC to stop recording and begin editing.

Scenario 3: Import Media Files

Windows & Mac:

  1. Choose File » Import » Media... and select the media file on your computer to import (video, audio, or image file types only). The media file will be added to the media bin in the Camtasia project.
  2. Drag the file from the media bin directly onto the project timeline or the preview area (it will simultaneously be placed on the timeline).

Camtasia: Edit the Content, Create a Quiz, Insert Captions

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Export the Content for Viewing

Option 1: Screencast.com

  • Free account for 2GB of content; Create a library of videos and share them out via URL or video embed code
  • Retains quizzes, table of contents, and captions

Option 2: Google Drive (personal storage)

  • Uploads MP4 video file to your Google Drive environment (no quizzes, table of contents, or captions)

Option 3: YouTube (requires personal YouTube account)

  • Uploads MP4 video file to your YouTube account (no quizzes, table of contents, or captions)

Option 4: Local file

  • Retains interactive quizzes, table of contents, and captions
  • Optionally, connect Camtasia quiz to Blackboard or Moodle gradebook
  • Creates a mini website of files that must be kept together and uploaded to Blackboard or Moodle

Make Content Available on Blackboard

To make a Camtasia project available on Blackboard, it must be exported using the "Local File" option.  The project will be converted to a .zip package that is saved on your computer.

To upload the .zip package to Blackboard:

  1. In the course, open either your personal Content Collection or the course Content Collection area.
  2. Choose Upload » Upload Zip Package. The package will upload and expand into the full set of project files and folders.
  3. Go to a regular Content Area in your course.
  4. Choose “Add Item” and link to project’s xxxx.html file.