Producing with Camtasia

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.

ChoosingFileFormat

Producing your video


Once you have decided on a file format to use, you can start to produce your video. 

To start producing select ‘Produce Video As’ under the task list menu or go to the file menu and select ‘Produce Video As’. 

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You will see a new window called the production wizard.  The production wizard will help walk you through the production process. 

ProducingVideoOptions

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.

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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 video. 

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 file.

Once you have set the encoding options click next to set the size of your video window.

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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. 

VideoOptions

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 your video.

MarkerOptions

Click next when you are finished with the marker options to go to the produce video window. 

 

ProduceVideo

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 production. 

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.   

ProductionResults

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.