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Screencasting Guidelines: Recording

This LibGuide outlines the best practices that must be followed when creating a screencast as part of the University of Waterloo Library.

Usability Tip

  • Provide directional descriptions such as, “click on the [Primo] link, which is the [first] link in the [left navigation] menu”.
  • Highlight important features with verbal cues.

Setting up your audio equipment

1.    Check the sound feature under the control panel on your computer to ensure your headset is selected for both the playback and the recording option

  1. Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound> Manage audio devices
  2. Choose Recording tab and select headset for the sound recording device

2.    Check your sound system in Camtasia:

  1. Click on the audio option
  2. Select your audio device

Check your audio settings are functioning properly:
- Select the Audio button on the Camtasia Recorder window
- Talk into your headset, the volume indicator should reflect the sound of your voice

Audio Recommendations

Record your audio separately from captioning

  • Advantage: allows for clearer focus and precision
  • Disadvantage: requires synchronizing in the editing phase

Recording Audio  in Camtasia

  • Even out recording volumes
  • Optimize for male and female voices
  • Remove clicks
  • Increase or decrease volume by 25%

Note: the “Remove Background Noise’ feature in Camtasia can sometimes distort the audio file.

Audacity is:

  • a free audio editor and recorder
  • superior to the audio editor in Camtasia
  • more flexible, has more features
  • supported by the Library
  • Start a new audio project within Audacity

You can either record your audio in Audacity at the same time you create your screencast in Camtasia by working in both programs simultaneously OR you can import the Audacity audio file into your Camtasia project and drag it to the appropriate place in the timeline

Recording Location

The ideal recording location is in a quiet room with little to no echo. In the library, one such location is Porter ISR Meeting Room.

A quiet room reduces distracting background noises being recorded. There should be little need to use the "Remove background noise" feature which has known issues.