I am an instructor. How do I use Camtasia 2 for Mac to record voice-over lectures?
Posted by Anna Wright on 07 March 2012 10:57 AM
Note: These instructions are for faculty teaching online or hybrid courses—not students.
Camtasia for Mac - Version 2 is screen video capture software that allows you to capture your computer screen while recording voice-over narration for a lecture. Note: Camtasia for Mac is for Mac (Apple) computers only. Version 2 is for Mac users with OS 10.9 or later installed on their computer.
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You can schedule an appointment with your assigned Instructional Designer (ID) to get Camtasia for Mac installed on your Rowan Mac laptop or desktop. It can be installed in-person or remotely using Bomgar. Bomgar is a remote control system for computers that allows your ID to install the software on your computer right from their office computer at Rowan.
If you decide to use Bomgar (during your scheduled appointment time), do the following:
Note: Let your ID know which Mac OS X you are running so he/she knows which version of Camtasia to install on your computer.
To run Camtasia on your Mac, you need the following:
A headset is available for loan through Rowan Online. When software or hardware is loaned, your Instructional Designer will prompt you to sign an Equipment Loan form. Note: We do not recommend recording audio with the built-in microphone on your computer.
If you do not want to improvise when recording your voice-over narration, you can create a script for each slide. Type your script into Microsoft Word and print it out so you can refer to it while recording with Camtasia.
When your PowerPoint presentation is created and ready for voice-over narration, follow the instructions below.
Camtasia will automatically open and add the Camtasia recording file (.cmrec) into the Media Bin and onto the timeline. By default, full screen recordings appear at 50% of their original size on the canvas and region recordings appear at their original size on the canvas.
The Media Bin stores all Camtasia recordings, video clips, audio clips, and images imported into a project. Clips in the Media Bin are not affected by any editing completed on the timeline.
The Canvas displays the current frame in the video at the location of the playhead on the timeline.
The Timeline represents the sequence of all clips, effects, text, and shapes in a video. The playhead’s position controls the display of the video preview on the canvas. The timecode is shown to the right of the playhead in Hours: Minutes: Seconds; Frames. The Timeline also displays all markers.
Markers are navigation points. When you record a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, Camtasia automatically creates markers on the timeline for each slide. Markers are attached to the media and are blue. When you move the media on the timeline, the marker position within the media is maintained.
Use the Player controls, which are located below the Canvas, to play, rewind and fast forward your video.
When you are finished recording your PowerPoint lectures, you should submit them to your Instructional Designer before or on the due date. IMPORTANT: Your Instructional Designer will need both the PowerPoint file and its Camtasia Project file (.cmproj) in order to publish your voice-over lecture and upload a PDF of the lecture into Canvas.
Because the file size of your voice-over lectures may be quite large, you can share your voice-over lecture files with your ID using Dropbox. Click here to learn how.
IMPORTANT: When you have finished the development of your course, you must return the headset (if borrowed) to your ID.
Once your ID has received your lecture files, he/she will publish and upload them. Below is an example of what a published lecture looks like in the Media Gallery. This is how the students will view them in Canvas.
For Further Assistance
TechSmith, the creator of Camtasia, offers numerous video tutorials on their website: Camtasia for Mac - Version 2 Tutorials by TechSmith