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Screencasting Guidelines:
Editing

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

Usability Tip

  • Be consistent in your use of graphics and style throughout.
  • Show graphics in context, for example, a whole search screen, not just search box.
  • Highlight important features with visual cues, such as callouts.
  • Use red or yellow shapes, and red or medium blue for arrows.
  • Keep the shape transparent, avoid any colour fills.
  • Avoid special effects, for example, the drop shadow.
  • Avoid unnecessary graphics, text, and audio.

Clip Bin

The clip bin is similar to a file organizer. You can import images (.jpg, .gif, .bmp, .png), audio (.wav, .mp3, .wma), and video (.camrec, .avi, .mp4, .mpeg, .wmv, .mov, .swf).

The clip bin also contains clips that you create within Camtasia, for example, the title clip and the end clip.

The following images illustrates how your imported files will be organized within the Clip Bin.

Editing Dimensions

After selecting the 'Save and Produce' or 'Editing' option (See Recording Video subpages for recording Instructions), Camtasia will launch and prompt you to select the Editing Dimension.

You should maintain your recording dimensions through the Editing phase of the screencast. Select Recording Dimensions from the drop down list. (See Project Settings for the recommended dimensions)





Timeline

The timeline is where all the editing takes place. It is here were you can:

  • time each clip
  • place markers
  • add  effects
    •   callouts
    • zoom-n-pan
    • transitions
  • adjust volume controls
  • cut sections out
  • duplicate sections
  • import media files, or audacity sound files

If proceeding directly from recording the screen or powerpoint, the video (and audo if it was recorded at the same time) will already be in the Timeline.

A Sample Timeline:




Importing Title Clip and End Clip

The first thing you will want to do in your screencast is add a title clip at the beginning of the video

  • Click on the Title Clips tab, which may be located under the More tab if the program is not full screen.





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  • From here, click 

 

  • To add the UWaterloo designed title clip backgrounds select the file folder button. Title Clips can be found on the Shared Drive (S:) under Projects>Staff>Toolkit>TitleClips. Select the 1920x1080.jpg image.

    You may need to get permission in order to access the Shared Drive (S:) folders.






Text can be added through the text box just above the file folder button. 

  • For Titles: Use size 36 Arial white coloured font in bold when using the dark Uwaterloo background image.

  • For the end title clip, use size 36 Arial white coloured font in bold for the Librarian’s name, or “Ask a Librarian” text, and size 26 Arial font plain for other contact information on a simple black background.

 


Editing Audio and Video tracks

  • By default, Video 1 and Audio 1 (and PIP Audio PIP Video if they appear) are linked together. This allows you to move of them around on the timeline while keeping them in synch. To edit the video and audio seperately, click the Link icon (blue dot) to unlink the video and audio.

    Note: Once unlinked, you cannot re-link the audio and video tracks.






  • A good practice is to lock all items that are not currently being edited becauce not doing so will mean that any edits to the timeline will affect all unlocked items. It also prevents any accidental movements to sychned items on the timeline.  To lock or unlock rows on the timeline select the lock button. A locked item will have a fence pattern overlayed.






  • To select a portion of the time line you would like to edit. Click on the location, or move the playhead (the grey arrow across the top of the timeline) to the appropriate time. Drag either  the green and red tabs, or both, to encompass the desired area. Use the zoom bar to better focus in on your desired area. Use the Editing Options below to edit the selected area.

    Note: Double click the grey playhead to snap both the green and red tabs back. Do this after you're done editing the desired area.







Editing Options:



  •    Scissors: Removes the selected area or element and puts it onto the clipboard . The cut item can then be pasted elsewhere on the timeline. To paste the cut section move the playhead to a new location and click the paste button


  •     Copy: Copies the selected area or element to the clip board. To paste the copied area or element move the playhead to a new location and click the paste button 


  •     Paste: Paste the contents of the Clipboard to the timeline.


  •     Split: Split a clip at the position of the playhead.

    Note: Splitting does not work with selecting a portion of the timeline as mentioned above. Move the playhead where you want the split to be, and select the Split tool.


Other Editing Options:

  •     Undo: Will undo the last action in succession. This is an unlimited undo feature.


  •    Redo:  Will redo the last action in succession. This is an unlimited redo feature.

 

  •    Zoom Bar: Allows you to change the level of zoom on the timeline. 

Importing Media

It is possible to import a number of different types of media into your screencast, including video, images, and audio files. Imported media is located in the clip bin.


  • To Import media start by selecting the Import Media Button, found at the top of the page. Imported media will be placed in the Clip Bin.




  • Select the file you want from the clip bin and drag onto the timeline at the time you would like it to appear.









  • To extend the length of time that this item is displayed in the video, hover the mouse over either the left or right edge of the rectangle. A green line will appear on the left side, a red on the right. Click and move the mouse left or right to extend or decrease the time the item is displayed.





  • In the Preview window (top right window) select the item (unless it is an audio or video track) and position item where you want it to appear in your video. The item will have numerous dots around the edge to allow for rescaling.









Important: Certain media that is added to the time line, such as images, default to having 1 second fade in/out times. These are depicated as the triangles appearing before and after the item.

  • Fade in/out times can be adjusted by double clicking the item in the timeline and then adjusting the fade time in the properties section. The fade in/out triangles will enlarge or decrease depending on the fade times length.





Callouts

Callouts are used to help draw attention to something important on the screen.

  • Position the play head at the time where you would like the Callout to appear.



  • From here, click on the drop down arrow to view all Callout options.






  • Click on the Callout you want and it will appear both in the timeline and in the preview window. In the preview window you can move the Callout to the proper location, alter the size and rotate as necessary.




  • To extend the length of time that this item is displayed in the video, hover the mouse over either the left or right edge of the rectangle. A green line will appear on the left side, a red on the right. Click and move the mouse left or right to extend or decrease the time the item is displayed.





  • Fade in/out times (sometimes labeled as Draw time) can be adjusted by clicking on the item in the timeline and then adjusting the fade/draw  time in the properties section. The fade in/out (Draw time) triangles will enlarge or decrease depending on the fade times length.




Zoom-n-Pan Effect/ SmartFocus

This feature is a good option to use when you need to:

  • zero in on a specific area of your screen
  • create an alternative view using the original dimensions

Note: It is better to zoom in than to scale the screen. Manually add zoom-n-pan effects in during the editing stage until you become more comfortable creating screencasts

Discuss: Smartfocus

Transitions

Slide transitions can be effective at unifying a video. Recommendations for use:

  • Use sparingly and consistently
  • Select either the simple fade or fade through black
  • Use a maximum 1.5 second transition
  • Apply the same type of slide transition between the introductory and closing slides, and the main content for a consistent, professional look
  • If file size is a concern avoid using transitions

To insert a transition click the Transition tab:





Then select the transition you want and drag-and-drop it the appropriate box with a right facing arrow. The transition will then replace the right facing arrow:




To adjust the duration of the transition return to the Timeline by selecting the Clip Bin tab. Right click on The transition and select  Transition duration, adjust duration as neccessary.





Additional Special Effects

Experiment with the special effects in Camtasia. They may, or may not, be appropriate. For example:

  • The Keyboard Sounds special effect is not recommended as they are distracting.
  • Cursor Sounds can, however, be an effective way to highlight your movement and complement the visual cues in your screencast.
  • Picture in Picture (PIP) is more than a special effect. This feature allows you to “include a second video stream in your video, either side-by-side or true picture-in-picture (with one video image superimposed over the other).” This advanced feature requires additional planning.