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- 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.
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.
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)
The timeline is where all the editing takes place. It is here were you can:
- time each clip
- place markers
- add effects
- 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.
- 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
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.
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
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.