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Camtasia 9 Definitive Guide

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  • Tips on preparation
  • Recording, including best practices on recording PowerPoint and other special situations.
  • The lowdown on the multi-track editing and animation functions, including the new Behaviors function.
  • Tutorials on using all the special effects, including tips on when you’d want to.
  • Using Camtasia to create a DVD.
  • Production advice to help you prep your screencast for any audience, any device. Avoid the “blurry” pitfalls of inappropriately scaled video!
  • A special hardware Buyer’s Guide for audio equipment, so that you’ll be able to narrate like a pro.

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Daniel's books are tops! I've owned paper and electronic all the way back to Camtasia 6. The electronic editions with demos are particularly helpful. They and the Techsmith website are really all you need to produce quality video. Daniel is really good at helping focus on workflow to do it right the first time. Story boards. Script. No winging it. Worth every penny.

Camtasia 9 Definitive Guide

After reading a good portion of Daniel Park's Camtasia 9, the Definitive Guide, I can say this is the best book I have read on the subject. I have been through 2 other books on Camtasia, and they are not even worth mentioning. For any person really serious about Camtasia and squeezing it for all its worth, The Definitive Guide is written just the way Daniel speaks, down to earth, with the full intent to help the reader get it.  I know because I signed up and went through Daniels Screencast Ninja Academy.
I highly recommend this book as the investment is well worth the cost.  I also purchased an additional copy for my business affiliate, since I believe it is that good.

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You could either stumble through TechSmith's mediocre tutorials, or you could work your way through Daniel's top-notch lessons. You could either trial 'n' error your way to a modicum of intuitive Camtasia9 success, or you could cut to the chase with Daniel Park's exhaustive guide. Your choice. For me, the value of Daniel's thorough content is indisputable.

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Camtasia is big, like a forest. Left on your own, you will end walking in circles. You need THE guide, Camtasia: The Definitive Guide.

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Daniel Park



Unit 1: General Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Camtasia
    • What Is Camtasia?
      • Can Camtasia be used for usability?
      • Can Camtasia be used to record games?
      • Is Camtasia only for Windows? What about other platforms like Mac and Linux, and mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad?
      • Is Camtasia spyware?
    • What’s New in Camtasia 9?
      • Eye Candy
        • Oh, Behave!
        • The Library
      • Interface Enhancements
        • Hitting the Canvas
        • Voice Narration
      • Improved Sharing
        • Pink-slipped legacy features
        • Improved Audio-Only Output
    • What Other Hardware and Software Do You Need?
      • System Requirements
    • Other Helpful Software
  • Chapter 2: About This Book
    • What You Can Expect to Find in Each Chapter
      • A New Digital Edition Brings New Benefits
      • Full-color, pop-out images
      • Easy Navigation
      • Printing
      • Quickcasts
    • About the Screenshots in This Book
    • A Note on Terminology
    • Formatting Conventions
      • Hotkeys
      • Special Sections
      • Emphasis

Unit II – Prep Work: Before your first Recording

  • Chapter 3: Quick and Dirty Curriculum Design
    • General Guidelines
      • Know Your Audience
      • Determine All Technical Specs Ahead of Time
    • Tips for Making a Top-Notch Training Video
      • Why Train with a Screencast?
      • Know Your Video’s Purpose
      • Learn the Basic Principles of Educational Multimedia
        • People learn better when information is presented in bite-sized chunks (segmentation principle).
        • People learn better when information is presented in a conversational style rather than a formal one (personalization principle).
        • People learn better when on-screen text is presented near any corresponding images (spatial contiguity principle).
        • People learn better when any extraneous information is removed (coherence principle).
        • People learn better from animation and narration than animation with explanatory on-screen text (modality principle).
        • People learn better when animation and narration are synchronized than when they’re asynchronous (temporal contiguity principle).
        • The design of multimedia presentations can have different effects on people based on their prior knowledge, visual literacy, and spacial aptitude (individual differences principle).
      • Recording Techniques for Training Videos
        • Make Liberal Use of Attention-Getters
        • Slow It Down
        • Don’t Get Mired in the Details
        • Set Specific Goals
    • Tips for Making a Masterful Marketing Video
      • Why Sell with a Screencast?
      • Know Your Video’s Purpose
      • Address the Customer’s Need
      • Remember to Ask for the Sale
    • Tips for Making a Dynamite Demonstration Video
      • Why Present with a Screencast?
      • Determining the Video’s Purpose
      • Finding Information about Your Audience
    • Additional Reading
      • Training Videos
      • Marketing Videos
      • Demonstration Videos
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Scripting and Storyboarding
    • General Tips on Scripting
      • Gathering All the Pieces
      • Avoiding the “Blank Page” Syndrome
      • What to Write: Form and Content
        • Make the Wording Audience-Appropriate
        • Be Consistent in Your Terminology
        • Possible Scripting Techniques
    • General Tips on Storyboarding
      • Choose a Presentation Layout You’re Comfortable With
      • Storyboard Flow
      • Multiple Image/Video Tracks
    • Summary

Unit III – Recording With Camtasia

  • Chapter 5: Recording Your Screen
    • Making Your First Recording
    • Setting Up Your Recording
      • On Consistency: Capture Area Selection Revisited
      • Choosing Which Streams to Include
        • Audio
        • Webcam
        • Markers
      • The Camtasia Recorder User Interface
        • Adjusting Your View
        • The Menu Bar
      • Recording Games
    • Recorder Workflow Tips
      • Work from a Script
      • Take the Time to Set Up Your Shot
      • Don’t Mess with Your Windows
      • Timing Is Everything
      • Avoid the Scroll Wheel
      • Pause when Needed
      • Split Things Up
    • Summary
      • Other Tips
    • Exercises
  • Chapter 6: Special Effects of the Camtasia Recorder
    • Annotation Effects
      • System Stamps
      • Captions
    • Cursor Effects
    • Mouse click sounds
    • ScreenDraw
    • Summary
    • Exercises
  • Chapter 7: Recorder Tools Options
    • The General Tab
      • Help Options
      • Capture Options
      • Saving
    • The Inputs Tab
      • Frame Rate
      • Video settings
        • So, What’s a Codec, Anyway?
        • The Compression Quality Slider
        • What’s a Key Frame?
        • Specifying the Data Rate
        • Other Compression Options
      • Selecting an Input: Audio Devices and Sources
      • Selecting an Output: Audio Settings
      • Webcam settings
    • The Hotkeys Tab
    • The Program Tab
      • Recording region
      • Workflow
      • Minimize
    • Summary
    • Exercises
  • Chapter 8: Recording Your PowerPoint Presentation
    • Why Record Your PowerPoint Presentations?
      • Almost as Good as Being There
      • Audio and Video
      • Ink Annotations
      • Portability
      • Better Playback Control
      • Interactive Features
      • Security
      • Capture of Third-Party Applications
    • Camtasia Add-In Toolbar
    • Add-In Options Dialog
      • Program Options
      • Video and Audio Options
      • Picture-in-Picture Options
      • Record Hotkey Options
      • Watermark Options
    • Recording Your Presentation
    • Moving Your Project to Camtasia
    • Playing Camtasia Screencasts within PowerPoint
    • Troubleshooting the Add-In
      • What If the Add-In Doesn’t Open?
    • Summary
    • Exercises

Unit IV – Editing Within Camtasia

  • Chapter 9: Working with Camtasia
    • The Camtasia User Interface
    • Importing and Using Your Media Clips in Camtasia
      • Importing from Google Drive
        • Getting Started with Google Drive
        • Setting Up Mobile Connectivity
        • Selecting Mobile Content
        • Capturing Mobile Content
        • Preview Mobile Content & Connect to Camtasia
      • Utilizing the Media Bin
      • Previewing Your Clips
      • Adding a Clip to the Timeline
      • Adjusting Your Canvas Dimensions
    • Editing on the Timeline
      • Viewing Your Work on the Timeline
        • Previewing Your Content
      • Basic Timeline Editing
        • Moving Clips Around on the Timeline
        • Selecting Content for Editing
        • Selecting Entire Clips
        • Zooming In and Out on the Timeline
        • Deleting Content from the Timeline
        • Trimming Content from the Timeline
      • Advanced Editing Techniques
        • Splitting a Clip
        • Extending a Video Clip
        • Adjusting Clip Speed
        • Cropping a Clip
        • Adding new tracks
        • Locking Your Tracks
        • Track Visibility
        • Grouping Track Contents
        • Deleting tracks
      • Fun with Markers
        • Moving, Deleting, and Synching to Markers
        • Splitting Up Your Timeline Using Markers
    • Saving Your Work
      • Saving a Project
      • AutoSave
      • Creating or Opening a Project
      • Importing or Exporting a Project
      • Saving an Individual Video Frame
      • Saving Just the Audio
    • The Library
      • Using Library Assets in Your Project
      • Adding Timeline Elements to Your Library
      • Managing Your Library
        • Removing Library Assets
        • Exporting and Importing Your Library Assets
    • Summary
    • Exercises
  • Chapter 10: Working with Other Media: Audio & Visual Clips
    • Working with Audio Clips
      • The Voice Narration Tool
      • Double-Checking Your Audio Setup
      • Basic Editing of Your Audio Tracks
      • Audio Effects
    • Working with Visual Clips
      • Adjusting Visual Properties
      • Animations
        • SmartFocus
      • Visual Effects
        • Remove a Color
        • Interactive Hotspots
  • Chapter 11: Editing Effects
    • Annotations
      • Annotation Types
    • Transitions
      • Adding a Transition
      • Changing Your Mind
    •  Behaviors
      • Style Types
      • Other Behavior Properties
    • Zoom-n-Pan Effects
      • Zooming
      • Panning
      • Managing Your Zoom-n-Pan Effects
    • Cursor Effects
      • Basic Cursor Properties
      • Adding Cursor Effects
    • Interactivity
      • Managing Quizzes
    • Captions
      • Paste-n-Sync
        • Synchronizing Your Caption Content
        • Manual Addition and Organization of Caption Points
      • Speech-to-Text
      • Importing Captions
      • Captioning Options
      • Formatting Tips for Captions
    • Summary
    • Exercises

Unit VI – Sharing Your Work with Others

  • Chapter 12: The Production Process
    • Common Production Elements
      • File Format and Encoding Options
      • Video Size Options
      • Video Options
        • Video Info
        • SCORM Reporting
        • Watermarks
        • HTML
      • Marker Options
      • Produce Video
      • Production Preview
    • The File Formats
      • File Formats: The Condensed Version
        • Smart Player Output (MP4)
        • Windows Media Video (WMV)
        • Audio Video Interleave Video File (AVI)
        • Animation File (GIF)
        • Audio Only (M4A)
      • Smart Player Output (MP4)
        • Smart Player Options
        • Marker Options
        • Smart Player Structure
      • Windows Media Video (WMV)
        • Windows Media Encoding Options
      • Audio Video Interleave File (AVI)
        • AVI Encoding Options
        • Prepping Your Videos for DVD Output
      • Animation File (GIF)
        • Animated GIF Encoding Options
      • Audio Only (M4A)
        • M4A Audio Encoding Options
    • Custom Production Presets
    • Sharing to Online Services
      • Screencast.com
      • Vimeo
      • Google Drive
      • YouTube
    • Summary
    • Exercises
  • Chapter 13: Other Output Considerations
    • SmartPlayer technology
    • Batch Production
      • Creating a Production Preset
      • Using Your Presets to Batch Produce
    • Summary
    • Exercises

Appendices – Where to go from here

  • Appendix A: Equipment Buyer’s Guide
    • Buying the Right Mic
      • Microphone Type
      • Directionality
      • Buying Tips
      • Microphone Accessories
        • Microphone Cable
        • Microphone Stand
        • Pop Filter
        • Monitors
    • Buying the Right Preamp
      • Analog Preamps
      • Audio Interface Devices
      • USB Microphones
    • The Basics of Acoustic Treatment
    • Buying the Right Video Camera
  • Appendix B: Getting Additional Help
    • The Screencaster
    • About the Author

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