Before You Begin Producing
Before you begin to produce your video you need to decide how it will be
shared; web based, CD, DVD.
Once you have decided how you are going to share your video
you need to decide which file format would be the best for that particular mode
of delivery. The file formats you can
save with in Camtasia include: AVI, Macromedia Flash (SWF), Windows Media
(WMV), QickTime, Macromedia Flash (FLV), RealMedia (RM), Camtasia for
RealPlayer (CAMV), and GIF animation. Click
on ‘Show more file formats’ to view all these options.
video file: AVI is recommended for CD delivery requiring the highest video
quality. Once you produce your
completed AVI files, use Pack and Show to bundle the Camtasia Player and Codec
for easy delivery on CD-ROM. It can
also be edited by using Camtasia or other video editing programs. This is the type of format the original
video will save as after recording with Camtasia.
Flash (SWF) movie file: An SWF file format can be used for videos that are
3-5 minutes. This file format is
good for using if you want to put your video on the internet and it is
supported by most browsers. You
will need the Flash plug-in to view this video.
Media (WMV) streaming media file: A WMV file format creates smaller file
sizes and works well for longer videos.
It does not have to be downloaded and plays in Microsoft Windows
Media Player. It is a streaming video
file format. This type of file must
be stored on a Windows Media streaming server. You cannot upload this directly into
(MOV) movie file: QuickTime is appropriate for audiences with a higher
percentage of MAC users. QuickTime
creates good quality streaming video files with a slightly larger file
size. Requires QuickTime Player.
Flash Video (FVL) file: Flash FLV requires Macromedia Flash MX 2004
Professional to produce this streaming video format. Flash FLV does a good job creating
streaming screen videos which can be added to Flash-based projects.
(RM) streaming media file: RealMedia is appropriate for higher motion
screen recordings. RealMedia
creates smaller streaming video files with a slight loss in video
quality. Requires RealPlayer.
for RealPlayer (CAMV) streaming media file: CAMV is appropriate for lower
motion screen recordings which will be streamed from a RealMedia
server. CAMV files use TechSmith
video compression and RealMedia audio compression, resulting in high
quality videos and audio. Requires
RealPlayer and the Camtasia for RealPlayer plugin.
- GIF animation
file: Animated GIF is recommended for producing short video clips which
can be embedded in a web page or embedded into PowerPoint for playback
during a presentation.
Producing your video
Once you have decided on a file format to use, you can start to produce your
To start producing select ‘Produce Video As’ under the task
list menu or go to the file menu and select ‘Produce Video As’.
You will see a new window called the production wizard. The production wizard will help walk you
through the production process.
The first window allows you to select which file format you
are going to use. As an example, SWF
movie file has been selected.
After selecting the appropriate file format, this window
will allow you to select the encoding options; including video colors, frame
rate, playback controls, encode audio, audio format, and audio attributes.
Colors: It is recommended to leave this setting at automatic to preserve
the highest color setting on the storyboard. If you want a smaller file size you may
select a lower color depth of 16 bit.
Rate: It is recommended that you use between 5 and 10 frames per second
for best quality and file size. If
you want to decrease the file size you can select a slower frame rate of
Controls: This allow you to decide if you want controls; fast forward,
play, pause and rewind included in your video playback. You may select from none, advanced or
Selecting none will omit having any
playback control options in your video.
Selecting the advanced playback controls
will allow you to incorporate optional Play, Pause,
Stop, Fast Forward and Rewind controls. You can also
include optional About box to display movie information such as
authorship, size, etc and show the duration of the SWF file on the stage.
Basic is the
default option and allows viewers to be able to play, pause and stop the
Audio: Un-check the box if you do not want to add audio to your production
Format: If you have chosen to add audio to your video the default for the
audio format is an MP3. The default
setting will work, but you may want to see what works best for your file
size and quality.
Attributes: After selecting the audio format, the audio attributes will be
automatically updated with a default setting.
These options will change depending on the type of file
format you want to produce your video in.
Remember, as stated early, we are looking at the settings for a SWF
Once you have set the encoding options click next to set the
size of your video window.
Size: You will want to select the same screen resolution as when you began
recording. This should be 640x480
unless your computer did not have this setting, then it would need to be
the lowest setting you used.
You will then set your video options. Here you can customize the content of your
production by adding a watermark or a packaged e-learning lesson.
Allows you to add a watermark, such as a company logo, in any fixed
position in the recording.
Allows you to produce a packaged e-learning lesson with your video using
SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model).
Once you have set the video options, click next. You will now need to set the marker
options. The marker options enable you
to create an interactive index. This
provides easy navigation points for your viewers. These markers are set when you are editing
Markers allow you to add bookmarks or placeholders within your video.
The index uses markers placed throughout the video to create an
interactive index in the produced video.
Click next when you are finished with the marker options to go
to the produce video window.
In the produce video window you will need to choose a file
name and folder to save your produced video.
Once you have selected a file name and folder click finish to begin
The produce video window will close and your video will
begin producing and you will see a Rendering
Storyboard status dialog box. When
the video has been produced a Production
Results window will appear.
You can close the production results window and the video
will now display in the playback mode. Now you have produced your video. You can include it in your course on a web
site or within WebCT or burn it to a CD or DVD, depending on size.