Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast, today I’m going to continue with my series of podcasts on Camtasia Studio. Today I’m going to talk about screen recording and some basic tips when using Camtasia and screen recording.
One of the first things that I like to do is decide on the final screen size of my recording whether I want that to be 1280 by 1024, 800×600, whatever that size is because I make sure that whichever screen I’m going to be recording I set that actual screen size to the same size as the final recording.
This means that in the editing process and so on I won’t end up with the black bars at the top and bottom or sides of the recording that I then have to try and remove during the editing process.
One of the other things that can be distracting to viewers is any other icons that are on your screen, particularly when you start your screen recording If you’re demonstrating software and so on. So some people recommend removing any unwanted icons from your screen prior to starting the recording and this I found is a personal choice, I’ve tried it both ways and don’t mind either one.
I always recommend starting all the programs that you need before you start your recording and have them running down on your taskbar particularly if you’re demonstrating software unless you need to actually show how to start the program. Having the programs running ahead of time makes it a much smoother video process and much less distracting for your audience because the can fallow you and you’re not flipping in and out of software.
The next step for you is set all the Camtasia recording options ahead of time for example, do you want the cursor to be followed by the yellow highlighting dot, do you want the click sound when you click the mouse or any of the other numerous Camtasia options. I suggest setting those prior to recording.
A final tip is once you think you’re all set up with your options your recording size and anything else you need, do a short trial recording and then play it back and see what you think and then make any necessary changes that you want. Utilizing these tips will make your screen recording much simpler, much easier for you as well as more enjoyable for your audience to watch.
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