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Camtasia 2020

Camtasia 2020 is available from Software Center

Camtasia Version 2020 is software for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screen capturing, or via a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint. It can also be used for simply editing an existing video.

The screen area to be recorded can be chosen freely, and audio or other multimedia recordings may be recorded at the same time or added separately from any other source.

Camtasia started as an enhanced screen capture program and has evolved to integrate screen capture and post-production tools targeted at the educational and information multimedia development market.

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What are the components of Camtasia?

Camtasia 2020 for Microsoft Windows consists of two major components:

  • Camtasia Recorder - a tool for capturing screen audio and video
  • Camtasia Studio editor - a multimedia authoring tool with the industry standard "timeline" interface for managing multiple clips in a stacked track form.

How do I get Camtasia?

Camtasia 2020 has been licensed by the University to meet the need to capture screen recordings and to edit and/or repurpose video and audio used for learning and teaching by academic staff. It is also recognised however that general staff may also benefit by having access to this software.

Windows

Install Camtasia for Windows via the Software Center. Launch the Software Center from the icon on your desktop and either browse by Category (Recording & Utilities) or search for Camtasia to locate the software for installation.

Click the install link in Software Center to install Camtasia on your computer and follow the installation wizard prompts for guidance.

Mac Computers (CDU Purchased)

Download Camtasia for Mac directly from TechSmith. Once it has been installed, you will need to contact ITMS to finalise the registration process. You can get further support on the TechSmith website. This does not include personally owned computers.

Windows (CDU Purchased)

Download Camtasia for Windows directly from TechSmith. Once it has been installed, you will need to contact ITMS to finalise the registration process. This does not include personally owned computers. Please be aware ITMS will not give out License Keys.

Why use Camtasia?

There are many benefits to using Camtasia ranging from screen capturing and desktop recording to developing video and other interactive learning objects for learning and teaching.

Some examples of how Camtasia can be used include:

  • Screen capture and desktop recordings
  • Developing instructional videos
  • Create demonstrations and how to’s
  • Record interviews
  • Engaging students with interactive content
  • Simulations
  • Incorporating quizzes and questioning
  • Authoring and developing SCORM Packages

Camtasia not only allows you to create engaging content but comes with a video editor that gives you control to cut out mistakes, bring in new footage or add audio and images.

There are many pedagogical benefits to using Camtasia and already lecturers and academics are putting Camtasia to great use in their learning and teaching right now at CDU.

Where to go to get support

Installation support

If you require support with the installation process, please contact the ITMS service desk.

Ext: 6600
T: 08 8946 6600

Technical support

Camtasia Technical Support is available to log individual support tickets and provides live chat options. The Technical Support team is based in the US and is available on the US Eastern time zone from 8am – 7pm Monday to Friday (9:30pm - 8:30am (CST) Monday - Saturday).

Please note: Camtasia is provided in a self-supported context. The Learnline Staff support team or ITMS do not provide general application support for Camtasia.

Where can I get training?

Camtasia Courses

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning have released new courses to support Camtasia 2020.

LinkedIn Learning provides many courses for Camtasia ranging from Beginner through to Advanced users. CDU staff have access to a suite of courses via arrangements with LinkedIn Learning.

The simplest way to get to LinkedIn Learning is via the Portal and click on the LinkedIn Learning tile.

Camtasia Resources

TechSmith Blogs

TechSmith provides a blog service which contain posts by TechSmith product and options are available to subscribe to posts via email or RSS feeds.

Camtasia on Google Scholar

Searching Google Scholar for Camtasia returns thousands of results to articles, journals, publications and case studies that provide insight into the application of Camtasia in learning and teaching.

Camtasia on YouTube

Camtasia provides a dedicated channel on YouTube with a number of video tutorials, education customer stories, tips and tricks, introductions and insight into how to use Camtasia for the flipped classroom

Camtasia YouTube channel

TechSmith Camtasia website tutorials

TechSmith Camtasia host a series of online video tutorials from getting started to advanced techniques, targeting Windows and Mac users.

Topics include:

  • editing
  • audio
  • assessment
  • captions.

Camtasia Tutorials for Windows

Camtasia Community (CDU Wiki)

A wiki space has been created at CDU for sharing information on Camtasia. This will provide a platform for a community of practice to emerge. Although this hasn't been used recently it exists and is available however the information needs to be brought up to date.

Camtasia Community

Camtasia Extras

Additional extras such as themes, music and templates are available from the TechSmith Library. These can be downloaded and then installed to Camtasia Studio to add even more to what Camtasia already has to offer.

What should I do with my videos once I have produced them in Camtasia?

CDU’s preferred method of hosting videos is ShareStream. For information on ShareStream please contact the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT). Videos can also be hosted in Microsoft Stream available in Office 365.

Things to consider when producing your Camtasia videos

While Camtasia Studio has the ability to produce very high quality videos. Consideration should be made about the intended audience and how they will access the videos.

As a rule:

  • Consider file size. Consideration should be made to ensure that all users are able to access the videos. A student that has a limited internet connection is unlikely to want to download an excessively large file. If your video is intended to be uploaded to the CDU website, you may need to contact Web Services to ensure the file size is correct. There are various ways to compress your video for uploading.
  • Store the Camtasia project files in a safe place. When you have finished making your video, make sure you store your project files in a safe place that allows for easy and quick modification to existing videos. You can also use project files as a template for later videos. This will lend consistency to your videos and saves time and effort in subsequent productions. Camtasia 2020 also allows you to save your project as a Zipped file, that keeps all the content together and can be shared with others.
  • Copyright and branding. All videos produced in Camtasia must follow the CDU brand guidelines for video and include copyright information.

ITMS

Contact information

W: logit.cdu.edu.au

Location
IT Kiosk, Red 8, Casuarina campus
Office hours: 8am - 4pm, Mon- Fri (CST)

Telephone
08 8946 6600 (ext 6600)
Phone hours: 7:30am - 6pm (Mon - Thu)
7.30am - 5.30pm (Fri)

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