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Camtasia Studio is a program for making screencasts, that is, for making narrated videos of whatever appears on your computer screen. With Camtasia, you can record, edit, and then produce an effective and attractive screencast. In order to create a screencast with Camtasia, you must purchase Camtasia Studio and install a copy onto your PC or Mac. 

There are three stages to creating a screencast with Camtasia Studio: recording, editing, and producing. Briefly, here's what each one entails:
 
  1. Recording. Recording simply means that you begin to video capture your computer screen while narrating whatever appears on it. You can choose to capture your whole screen or just a specific section of it. 
  2. Editing. After you are done recording your computer screen, you have the opportunity to edit it. There might be parts that you want to edit out — for example, if your phone rang during the recording or if you stumbled over a word. There might be something that you want to insert — for example, if you forgot to mention something. There might be specific things on the screen that you want to highlight by means of a "call out" such as an arrow or circle. There might be sections in the screencast that you want to preface with a "title card." You might need to adjust the volume of your voice. All of these things, and more, can be done during the editing stage.
  3. Producing. After you have finished editing your screencast, you need to render it into a format that can be uploaded to the web. A common format is MPEG-4. This is a good format if you are going to upload your screencast to YouTube. 

Camtasia Studio has many features, especially with regard to editing. Learning to use the program takes time — perhaps four or five hours. TechSmith, the maker of Camtasia Studio, provides a helpful series of video tutorials that explain every step in the process of making a screencast. 

To learn about the best practices for making screencasts (with any program, including Camtasia Studio), consult the CTE Teaching Tip, Screencasts

Have any questions about making screencasts at the University of Waterloo? Contact CTE's Mark Morton for support.

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