Camtasia (formerly Camtasia Studio) is a software suite, created and published by TechSmith, for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast, or via a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint.
The screen area to be recorded can be chosen freely, and audio or other multimedia recordings may be recorded at the same time or added separately from any other source and integrated in the Camtasia component of the product.
Camtasia started as enhanced screen capture programs and have evolved to integrate screen capture and post-processing tools targeted at the educational and information multimedia development marketplace.
Camtasia consists of two major components:
Camtasia Recorder – a separate tool for capturing screen audio and video
Camtasia editor – the component for which the entire product is named, which is now a multimedia authoring tool with the industry standard “timeline” interface for managing multiple clips in a stacked track form plus enhancements.
In Camtasia Recorder, the presenter can start and stop recording with a hotkey combination at any time, at which point the recording can be halted and resumed or Camtasia Recorder can render the input that has been captured into a CAMREC format.
The CAMREC file can be saved to disk or directly imported into the Camtasia component for editing. Camtasia Recorder allows audio recording while screen-capturing is in progress, so the presenter can capture live narration during a demonstration or presentation.
Camtasia also supports dubbing in other audio tracks or voiceover during post-capture editing. Users may also download an Add-In for Microsoft Power Point that will allow them to easily initiate recording of a presentation from within Power Point itself.
In Camtasia editor, you can import multimedia objects of various formats into the clip library and arrange them in time order and stacked tracks using the timeline form of user controls that is so common among video editors today.
Overlays of various types may be added including user-defined settings, such as when and how to display the cursor, pan-and-zoom effects such as the Ken Burns effect.
Camtasia Camtasia for Windows v8 and Camtasia for Mac v2 offer numerous options to enhance sections of the recorded screen to draw attention via a cursor or drawn in pointer to highlight section(s) of the screen or to better illustrate the actions of the presenter on the screen.
Another very useful feature is the ability to save media clips within the library tab, keeping a user from having to repeatedly import commonly-used media clips/files.
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