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> Create a PowerPoint presentation with narration using Camtasia (Windows)

Camtasia Studio can used to creates videos of screen captures, including mouse movements.

1. Open Camtasia and define the recording area

Once Camtasia launches, start a new project by recording the screen. Choose to record: a region of the screen, a specific window, or the entire screen. The larger the area, the larger the file size, and thus the longer the wait for your audience when they are downloading the presentation. For actions within a specific window, you simply click on the window you wish to record. If you are recording a full-screen slideshow, elect to record the entire screen. If you are recording a specific region of the screen, you will be asked to define the area: click "Select Region" and use your mouse cursor to click-drag-release, draw a box around the area you wish to record, or specify an exact size and location.

define area

2. Adjust settings for audio and camera

If you are recording with audio, select the "Record Audio" button. You can also overlay an additional video from a web cam (typically of you talking) by choosing the "Record Camera".

Adjust the levels for your microphone. Speak normal to make sure that the volume indicator is somewhere just beneath the red area for optimal volume.


3. Begin recording

Once you have selected the recording area and adjusted the settings for audio and/or camera, click next and Camtasia recorder will open.


Hit "Record" (or the default hotkey F9) and green selections corners will appear around the area that is being recorded. If you are narrating, speak clearly and maintain a constant distance from the microphone. If you are using the mouse to point on the screen, do so in a fluid manner to make it easy for your audience to follow. You can pause the video recording at any time with the toolbar at the bottom of the selection.

4. Edit your video

When you have finished recording, click the stop button (or the hotkey F9). Save your file, and then chose "Edit my recording" from the post-save options. Edit the video to add captions, remove errors, or add other media.

5. Produce your video

Select File- -> Produce Video as... and then custom settings. Chose QuickTime from the list of options. If you need to show details, use a larger dimension such as 640x480. If it is a presentation with large text, try smaller dimensions like 400x300 or even 320x240. The smaller the dimensions, the smaller the file size and thus the faster the delivery of your presentation.

If you are preparing your video for download viewing, save your file. If you will be using your video for streaming, select the Prepare for Internet Streaming option at the bottom of the sound and video options, and then save your file.

An alternative to QuickTime is a Flash video (.flv). Flash video uses the nearly-universal Flash plugin for browsers. However, it needs (unofficial) software to be able to play without a browser. If you plan to deliver your video only for the Web, then saving the video in Flash video will encounter fewer support issues.

File --> Produce Video as... and select Custom Production Settings. Chose Flash from the list. For videos requiring details, such as animations or small print, set the size as 640x480. For less detailed videos, use the minimum size for legibility, such as 400x300 or even 320x240. Hit next, and enter a file name and location for your video, and then Finish.

6. Upload your movie to StoreMedia.

For QuickTime video, upload the .mov file in either the download or the streaming section, depending on your choice of the output in step 5.

For Flash video, a set of files will be created in the designated location. Upload only the .flv file (Flash video) to StoreMedia. StoreMedia will serve your Flash video with a built-in controller.