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Screencasting Guidelines: Understanding Files

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

Camtasia files

An explanation of the types of Camtasia files. These file types will be refered to throughout this document.

.camrec
 When you record your screen, you are creating “original raw data”. When you save your recording, you have an “original raw screen recording” file. This is the .camrec (Camtasia Recording) file. The .camrec file is the original, and it can be used as often as needed. It is automatically generated when you save, edit or produce your recording.

.camproj
Think of the .camproj file as a container. It needs to draw upon all the files in the clip bin, the media files and the .camrec file, to create the screencast. The .camproj file  is the file you open to edit your screencast

.srt
The .srt file holds all the subtiles information including the order and how long each caption is played. The srt file is exported manually after you have inputted all the captions into your camtasia project.

.mp4
One of the most common formats for video and audio files as it allows for exceptional quality, even at lower bandwidths. The majority of audio and video programs support it including iTunesU and YouTube. It also allows for a certain level of interactivity.