Camtasia Training done right.
A two-day extravaganza of intensive learning and workflow enhancement, guided by one of the world’s leading professional screencasters.
Daniel Park, author of Camtasia Studio: The Definitive Guide,
hands you the keys to screencasting productivity
in the most comprehensive Camtasia training courses available.
NOTE: Our most recent courses took place on March 30 – April 2, 2015. Next dates and times are TBD.
Dear Aspiring Camtasia Studio Guru:
I’ve finally given up the ghost.
After years of catering exclusively to corporate trainees, and turning away eager individual learners, I finally decided that it’s time to start teaching public Camtasia Studio courses.
As Camtasia Studio has grown in popularity, technology training firms have begun offering classes on this increasingly robust application. Their instructors have buckled down and studied its features, learning the function every menu and button. There’s only one problem:
None of these folks actually screencast for a living. It’s what these instructors DON’T know, and therefore don’t teach, that makes all the difference. For example:
- They don’t know the million little workflow tricks that can shave days off of each and every project.
- They don’t know the third-party software tools that compliment Camtasia Studio.
- They don’t know how software, the right equipment, and know-how can magically combine to produce excellent studio-level audio, even on a budget.
- They don’t know how to construct an hour-long planning session that will save at least three on the back-end.
- They don’t possess the hard-learned techniques of dealing with clients, colleagues, and bosses to get the project in the can without becoming mired in committee-review hell.
In just the past year, we’ve done barnburner Boot Camp sessions in Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, and Irvine. At the end of each session, I offered to pass around my iPhone so that participants could record their candid thoughts on the course. Many were camera-shy, but a few took up the challenge:
A group photo of me with my incredible Camtasia Studio students (Mathematics Professors).
Port Elizabeth, South Africa – February 2011
How do I know if the Camtasia Studio Boot Camp is for me?
If you’re an enthusiastic beginning or intermediate-level learner who wants to create top-drawer tutorials and marketing spots, then this course is for you.
Okay. How do I know if it’s NOT for me?
This public Camtasia training class is not suited to organizations who want to implement department- or company-wide knowledge of screencasting techniques. Our private, on-site courses are the preferred path for those organizations. Additionally, if you can’t make the trip to one of our training locations, you’re probably better served by the lower-cost alternative of our online Camtasia Studio course.
What will I learn?
Basic Training Itinerary
The Camtasia Studio 8 Boot Camp is a healthy mix of theory and practice, taking you from the planning stages of your project all the way through recording, editing, production, and sharing. While we’ll be working on stock projects in class, the more intermediate and advanced users are encouraged to bring and work on their own projects, where I’ll be available to assist, and may even use your project as a class example. Here’s a breakdown of the two-day training:
Preliminaries: Course Introduction, introduction to the software, polling students to determine their individual needs for what they want out of the course.
Curriculum Design, Scripting, and Storyboarding: Finding your audience, basic principles of educational multimedia, importance of scripting, basic storyboarding techniques.
Basics of Recording:
Setting up your recording – Setting the capture area, choosing which streams to record.
Exploring the Recorder’s User Interface – Adjusting the view, menu options, Statistics and Properties area, Recorder’s tray icon.
Making your Recording – A guide to your first recording.
Workflow tips – Recording animated content, avoiding common recording mistakes, time-saving tips.
Recorder Special Effects:
Annotations – System stamps and text annotations.
ScreenDraw – How to mark up your screen as you record.
Recorder Advanced Topics:
Video options – Introduction to codecs, compression quality, frame rate, hardware acceleration, key frames, data rate.
Audio options – Audio setup, selection of capture devices and sources.
Other program preferences – Capture options, choosing the file type, hotkeys, camera options.
Why record your PowerPoint presentations? An exploration of eight good reasons to record live presentations and archive older ones in video format.
Basics of Recording – Setting up the Recorder toolbar, reducing the dimensions of your Presentation, basic troubleshooting.
Moving the recording into Camtasia Studio – Adding a presentation to CS, making use of markers, using PP notes for captions.
Additional considerations – Recording video content within PowerPoint, making smoother captures, playing back CS videos from within PowerPoint, adding animated GIF files.
Working with Camtasia Studio:
Introduction to the User Interface – exploration of the Clip Bin, video preview, timeline, and task list.
Basic Timeline-based Editing – Making use of Clip Bin contents, adding content to the timeline, adjusting your project properties, zooming your view, two methods for making basic cuts.
Multitrack Considerations – New to version 8! An exploration of the multi-track system and how to layer content, including how to group clips together.
Visual Properties – New to version 8! Adjust the size, opacity, position, and rotation of all visual elements on the timeline.
Visual Effects – New to version 8! Apply special filters to visual media, such as Drop Shadow, Colorize, and Border.
Working with Camtasia Studio (contd.):
Advanced Editing Techniques – Splitting clips, adjusting clip speed, extending clips, viewing and locking tracks.
Markers – Creating, renaming, & removing markers, plus a discussion of how markers can make editing & production easier. And new to version 8, binding markers to a clip or group.
Saving your Work – Saving & opening projects, importing/exporting projects, unpacking a CAMREC, saving an audio stream, saving an individual frame.
Audio in Camtasia Studio:
The Voice Narration tool – VN settings, manual and auto extend, setting the recording duration, track selection.
Basic Editing – Fades and other volume adjustments, silencing out a selection, and audio enhancements (dynamic range control, background noise removal, and vocal enhancements).
Recording System Sound – Covering various techniques for capturing audio from the computer, including sound card, and potentially, TotalRecorder and/or patch cabling.
Advanced Camtasia Studio Tricks and Effects:
Animations – New to version 8! Animating video clips, still images, and callouts over time.
Title Clips – Adding & inserting clips, adjusting text, adding graphics.
Recording & Editing Camera Video – Setting up the camera, choosing the preview mode, formatting options.
Transitions – Adding, altering, setting duration, and removal.
Callouts and Flash Hot Spots – Defining a callout, adding text, adding a Flash Hot Spot, Hot Spot capabilities, adjusting properties, adding custom callouts.
Zoom-n-Pan Effects – Zooming, panning, and a discussion of the stylistic & practical reasons why zoom-n-pan is advisable, SmartFocus.
Flash Quizzes & Survey – Multiple-choice, fill-in, & short answer questions, and managing your quizzes and surveys.
Captions – Adding narration text, formatting text per NAD guidelines, synchronizing caption content, manual editing, open vs. closed captions, and captioning options.
The Production Process
The Choices – A fly-by overview of the different production options available in Camtasia Studio and how to leverage each for specific purposes.
Common Production Elements – Regardless of final output choice, certain elements are common to all, such as encoding options, video size, video info, watermarks, SCORM, embedding in HTML, marker (table of contents) options.
File Format options – After an assessment of the client’s most likely output contenders, we discuss the specifics of these formats.
Advanced Production Options –Production Preview, Production Profiles, Batch production, Camtasia Player.
TechSmith Smart Player – New to version 8! How to produce screencasts, complete with interactive features, for viewing on the iPhone.
(If time allows) – Disc-based Video Projects with Camtasia MenuMaker
MenuMaker Wizard – Template selection, adding content, naming your menu.
MenuMaker Interface – Main UI, General Properties, Cursor Properties, List Properties, Content Properties, Button Properties.
Content Options – Adding links, web addresses, standard text.
Submenus – Adding and removing submenus, Map view, moving content between submenus.
Project Properties – Project preferences, Display preferences, Resources preferences, Project & Template files.
Menu Production – Testing, creating, and burning your menu to disc.
Advanced Topics Itinerary
While our Basic Training Boot Camp focuses more on learning the general functionality of Camtasia Studio and its standard workflow of record > edit > produce > share, this Advanced Topics Boot Camp picks up from there, cementing basic concepts while exploring new areas like video hosting, equipment, and third-party software.
The Advanced Topics Boot Camp is entirely learner-driven. Registrants will be surveyed ahead of time as their current needs, the gaps in their knowledge, and what they’d most like to take away from the course. We then custom-create a specialized curriculum based on this information, and devote the entire first day of the workshop to addressing these topics to the benefit of all.
The second day consists of guided practice in the development of your screencasts. Rather than work with the generic exercises, participants are required to bring along ideas and assets for their own projects. During these practice sessions, students will be encouraged to occasionally “drive” the projector and share techniques and ideas with their fellow learners, all the while benefiting from the expert guidance of one of the most experienced and prolific screencasters in the business.
As there is no set curriculum for the course, which focuses on workflow and the art of screencasting as opposed to a walkthrough of technical procedures, it is appropriate for users of either Camtasia Studio (PC) or Camtasia Mac.
Daniel Park, the original Camtasia Studio maven, with you every step of the way.
Back in 2000, TechSmith Corporation introduced a little suite of applications called Camtasia. At that point, it was no more than a tiny recorder utility, along with a small producer application that let you string multiple recordings together. A humble little program with big implications.
They brought me in as an outside consultant, where I wielded Camtasia to make some of the very first screencasts (which were, not surprisingly, about Camtasia). I was making these screencasts before the word “screencast” even existed.
After a brief tenure there as a full-time employee, I once again struck out as a consultant, where I was approached by a small tech publisher to leverage my experience for a book, one that would be so definitive that no one else would bother trying to top it.
Camtasia Studio 3: The Definitive Guide was born, and soon to follow were paper editions for versions 4, 5, and 6, an all-digital guide for version 7. We then produced a new and improved (interactive PDF) Camtasia Studio 8.2: The Definitive Guide, and it remains, as ever, without peer in helping do-it-yourselfers get up to speed quickly.
I know this program better than anyone. I have to. It’s my job to document its every intricacy. I’ve seen its development over the years, from its inception as the “little utility who could” to the amazing capture-editing-titling-animating-production-sharing juggernaut it is today.
I’m also one of only a handful of TechSmith Recommended Training Providers, and currently the ONLY one who services North America. In fact, I go all over the world.
Past learners have loved our Camtasia training.
While this is the first public course we’ll be offering, I have offered private courses for companies of all shapes and sizes for the past decade. Organizations like Pfizer, the Mayo Clinic, and the Internal Revenue Service. All very different enterprises with wildly different goals. But they have one thing in common. They came away from the training happy, more knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the possibilities of that new knowledge.
I had one training assignment a few years ago where I was to teach Camtasia Studio at Knowledgewave Training, a nationally recognized training firm in Vermont. I gotta tell you, training a room full of expert trainers is not for the faint of heart. But in the end, the knowledge gained in that session helped them develop the materials to launch Log On to Learn, a very well-received training video portal.
This is what participant Matt Wohl had to say about the training:
That’s a heck of a compliment coming from an expert trainer like Matt. But he’s also not alone…
“I’ve been using Camtasia for quite a few years. I attended the Camtasia Studio 8 Boot Camp (Advanced Topics) at the end of 2012 and was surprised at what I didn’t know! Daniel is a wealth of information and clearly has a gift for working with and training others in Camtasia. I got a lot out of the Boot Camp; mainly work-flow and shortcuts which expedite the process of creation. For me, the best part about the Boot Camp was that it was hands-on. Sure there is “theory” but it’s so much easier to learn by getting into Camtasia and actually using what you just learned. I highly recommend this Boot Camp.”
- Scott Meister, Indianapolis, IN
On the Basic Training: “This boot camp was an excellent value. I’ve used Camtasia for a few years, but I knew there were gaps in my knowledge. I thought this course could help, and boy, was I was right. I learned about some features I didn’t know were in the software; about the properties of some things I didn’t understand before; and I picked up some great tips about design and recording. It was really helpful to have an expert demonstrating the product, and to answer questions.”
On the Advanced Topics: “Another great value! It was helpful to be able to work on my own project and use my newly acquired knowledge to make it better. Daniel showed us how he puts together a project, which gave me a lot of good ideas. This course has helped me create my videos faster and make them much more interesting.”
– Karen O’Lane, Irvine, CA
“The specialized 3-day training by dappertext were delivered in a professional way with lots of flexibility to cater for the needs of individual participants. Not only did dappertext deliver on theobjectives of the training course, the training also created a perspective of CS and its functionalities that inspired us to pursue a number of new and exciting applications of CS.”
– Prof. Werner Olivier, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
“When I needed help getting up and running with Camtasia Studio, I got Daniel Park’s name as a recommendation, the man who literally wrote the book on this application. And I can’t tell you howglad I am that I called him. He worked with me in digestible hourly sessions via phone and webcast to help me master Camtasia Studio in a fraction of the time it would have taken me otherwise. For training or consulting on screencasting, give Daniel a call – you won’t regret it for a moment.”
– John Nessel, President, Restaurant Research Group
Standard price for an exceptional course, plus free bonuses!
The cost of the course is
$1,299 $975 for both days. This is roughly on par with what other, vastly less qualified instructors charge.
Exclusive special bonuses
By signing up for our Boot Camp, I’m also giving away two highly useful bonuses:
- Our completely awesome, all-digital Camtasia Studio 8.4: The Definitive Guide. The latest edition of the Definitive Guide includes hundreds of screenshots and dozens of screencasts. It’s been newly revamped as an industry-standard interactive PDF, and will serve as a great prep tool before the course, and as an awesome searchable reference after the course is complete. We’ll be using it in the course itself, but you’ll receive your copy the instant it’s released. Oh, and Boot Campers get free updates to the guide FOR LIFE. $49+ value.
- A coupon for a free 30-minute one-on-one teleconsulting session with yours truly. Most students come away from my courses psyched about what this incredible tool can do for them. But later, when they get involved with their own actual projects, they often get stuck by a technical hassle, workflow issue, or their own sparse knowledge on certain specialized features. At that point, it’s critical to have an expert in your corner, someone who’s seen it all, and can guide you in the right direction. This is doubly true if you’ve got a deadline looming.
You’d be amazed what we can accomplish together in a half hour. Your coupon…
- Has no blackout dates.
- Never expires.
- Entitles you to priority scheduling.
- Session will always be with me, Daniel Park, and never an associate.
Just touch base when you’re ready to use it, and you’re well on your way to getting your screencasting issues resolved. $140 value.
Refreshments will be provided during class, and we’ll also be handing out free swag, compliments of our friends at TechSmith Corporation.
Our guarantee: Love it or it’s FREE.
If at the end of the course, you decide that it was two days of your time poorly spent, I’ll give you 100% of your tuition back. You can even keep the book with my compliments. We won’t even ask you why (though you’re certainly welcome to tell us). Most of our boot camp participants have an “Ah-ha!” moment at some point during the course, usually the first morning, where they tell me, “That little trick right there was worth the cost of admission all by itself!” The odds of walking away happy are definitely in your favor.
A hard limit of 15 slots for each course.
This introductory offer is going out on the TechSmith course catalog, our site, and a couple thousand Screencaster subscribers. Fifteen slots for Basic Training, and 15 for Advanced Topics. That’s it. I believe in providing lots of personal attention to my course participants, so I absolutely will not admit more than 15 each.
We’ll happily take your payment information via online purchase. If you prefer to pay by check, simply contact us, and we’ll be happy to assist. But hurry, as these very limited slots will not last long.
Camatasia Bootcamp was just what I needed to get up to speed quickly and turn my ideas into reality. Daniel has lots of great information to share and will have you screencasting like a pro in no time!
I was extremely pleased with the amount of individual attention that Daniel was able to give each of us and it appears that this is the class that just keeps on giving. Great investment in my education! Thanks again!
Bootcamp was Awesome!
Daniel really knows his stuff. I attended both the Basic Training and the Advanced Topics and really enjoyed the personal one on one time with an expert in the field. I not only learned how to use the Camtasia Studio software, but more importantly how to utilize the software and accompanying products to really create my visions.
Advanced Bootcamp was Great
Daniel did a great job in answering my questions and providing expert guidance on my project in the Advanced Camtasia Studio bootcamp. It's obvious that he really knows Camtasia Studio and has produced great videos himself. I highly recommend this course to anyone who needs some guidance using Camtasia Studio in their business.