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Camtasia Process Description

In an effort to ensure effective and consistent video production, the below procedures have been created for creating and publishing a video through Camtasia. 

Camtasia Procedures

1. Access Camtasia.  
2. Select “New Project”.  
3. Choose “Voice Narration” to begin recording audio. Within “Voice Narration” choose your microphone and adjust audio before recording.
4. Select “Start Voice Recording” to record audio.   
5. Record the full length of audio and then click “Stop” to end the recording. 
6. Name the narration clip (*.m4a) and save in a folder on your computer.  
7. “Track 1” on the bottom.

8. Record and edit all audio tracks before recording video tracks. 
9. Edit tracks separately by locking them. The lock icon is on the left side of each track. Primary editing tools such as cut, paste, split, and copy can affect the length of each track and can render tracks out of sync or produce a gap in the video.
10. With your cursor right click an unlocked track in order to receive more editing options for that track, such as “Extend Frame”. 

1. Edit all dimensions before beginning to record. 
2. After selecting the “Record” button on the left side of the window, set the dimensions to “1280 and 720” for a video with good resolution without reducing the size of the video. Do this in the toolbar window that opens up when recording. 
3. If dimensions do not hold, unlock the “Aspect Ratio” by clicking the lock image in the “Dimensions” box.
4. Move the dottedā€line video capture area to where you would like to record your video on your screen. When the recording area is placed, hit the red “rec” button on the toolbar.  
5. Control the recording duration with the timer box that replaces the initial toolbar. 
6. When finished recording, click “Stop”.  
7. A video file will be created. In the Camtasia window, locate “Media” and select it. In the tab,a “Media Bin” will open and will be populated with the new recording.  
8. Click and drag the new recording to the “Track 2” area at the bottom of the “Camtasia window”, release the recording into the track, and it will populate. 
9. Add any additional effects by utilizing the options in the left side of the Camtasia window. These new effects will need to be housed in other tracks.

Option One: Importing Caption File

1. Choose “More” in the left toolbar. Select “Captions” in the dropdown. 
2. In the window a Captions box will appear. Select “import” inside the window.   

3. Locate your “transcript”, choose the file, and “Open” the file to import the text.  

4. The transcript will populate in the “Captions” box. Sync the captions with the each video frame. Adjustments can be made during or after syncing.

5. After completely syncing captions, click the star in the upper left corner of the “captions window”. Choose “Export captions…” in the dropdown. 

6. Name the file (*.srt) and “Save”. 

Option Two: Sync Captions with Script (preferred method)

1. Make sure your video is at the playhead. Then choose “More” in the left toolbar. Select “Captions” in the dropdown. 

2. Click the "Add Caption" button.

3. Copy and paste transript into the caption box. Once you do this, select the small gear symbol and choose "Sync Captions". A brief tutorial will then pop up. When ready, click "Continue" and the project begins to play immediately. 

Note of advice: Be sure to edit your script in MIcrosoft Word before copy and pasting into Camtasia to ensure that punctuation and spelling is correct.

4. As the video starts, you will see the first few second of the transcript in bold. Once you get to the next section of the video that has not synced, you will need to click the words spoken to continue the transcript .

7. Click the green “share” button in the upper right corner of the window, then select “YouTube” in the dropdown list. 
8. If you have not already, log in to the CSU Online Library Tutorials Google account. 

(Username: csuonlinelibrarytutorials@gmail.com / Password: Library6555)  
This will enable access to the CSU Online Library Tutorials YouTube account.

**If YouTube requests verification, choose "Recovery Email" and enter: library@columbiasouthern.edu

9. Fill in the necessary fields in the “Production Wizard” box. Give the video a title, select “How to & Style” in the category, check “Unlisted” under privacy, and select “Upload Captions”. Then, click “Finish”. 

10. The video will render, and your unpublished video should open in YouTube in your browser.