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The best Camtasia guide keeps getting better. Camtasia: The Definitive Guide has been a mainstay of the screencaster’s bookshelf since 2005. It has helped even seemingly hopeless technophobes become screencasting ninjas in less time than they ever thought possible. No Camtasia book is as comprehensive or approachable. Now it’s available exclusively as an all-digital download. Both Windows and Mac versions are fully supported.

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The all-digital guide offers perks you just can’t get on paper, like easy searchability. And full-size, full-color screenshots. And thirty embedded screencasts that total over an hour of content. A lot of love went into this little tome. You’ll be able to take advantage of my decade’s worth of experience as a professional screencaster, learning not just features and buttons, but workflow and best practices.

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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 amazing behaviors function.
  • Updates on all the newest features of version 2020, and how to wield them like a pro.
  • Tutorials on using all the special effects, including tips on when you’d want to.
  • 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.
  • A BRAND NEW CHAPTER on Saving Time on Task, including info on templates, themes, presets, themes, and packaging.

That’s hundreds of pages of screencasty goodness, more than 300 screenshots, and an hour’s worth of screencasts, for just $49.

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Great tool and reference.

This is great tool for an ever expanding app that gets more complicated. Follow Daniel and you will find the way.

 by Ken Whitaker on Camtasia 2020: The Definitive Guide
Camtasia 2018 Definitive Guide - All I can say is Wow!

I've been a Camtasia user for years but have recently really invested the time to understand how it works. This guide from Daniel was just what TechSmith doesn't make available to users--comprehensive instructions. I am very happy I purchased this guide.

 by Gerald Delacey on Camtasia 2020: The Definitive Guide
Encouraging and engaging

I am only part way through the book, fairly experienced with the software, but found the text encouraging, engaging and best of all easy to digest. Good illustrations and succinct text made it a pleasure to read and follow. Well worth getting as I am learning useful, practical value added tips. So glad to have it as a mentor and guide.

 by Chris Hunter on Camtasia 2020: The Definitive Guide

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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Daniel Park



  • Unit 1: General Introduction
    • Chapter 1 – Introduction to Camtasia 2020
      • What Is Camtasia?
        • Can Camtasia be used for usability?
        • Can Camtasia be used to record games?
        • Is Camtasia only for Windows?
      • What’s New in Camtasia 2020?
        • Reusing Content
        • Interface Improvements
        • New Editing Capabilities
        • Visual Quality
        • Mobile Screencasting
      • 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
      • 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
        • Recording Techniques for Training Videos
      • 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
      • 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
        • Recording in Camtasia for Windows
        • Recording in Camtasia for Mac
      • Setting Up Your Recording
        • On Consistency: Capture Area Selection Revisited
        • Choosing Which Streams to Include
          • Audio
          • Camera
          • Markers
        • The Camtasia Recorder User Interface
          • Adjusting Your View
          • The Menu Bar
        • Recording Games
      • Recording Mobile Devices
        • Capturing iOS into Camtasia Mac
        • Alternative Mobile Capture Options
      • 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 Preferences
      • Windows Tools Options
        • The General Tab
          • Help Options
          • Capture Options
          • Saving
        • The Inputs Tab
          • Frame Rate
          • Video settings
          • Selecting an Input: Audio Devices and Sources
          • Selecting an Output: Audio Settings
          • Camera settings
        • The Hotkeys Tab
        • The Program Tab
          • Recording region
          • Workflow
          • Minimize
      • Mac Preferences
        • Capture settings
        • Save settings
      • 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?
      • Importing PowerPoint into Camtasia Mac
      • 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 in Windows
        • Saving a Project in Mac
        • AutoSave
        • Creating or Opening a Project
        • Importing or Exporting a Project
        • Saving an Individual Video Frame
        • Saving Just the Audio
      • 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
      • Zooming
      • Panning
      • Managing Your Zoom-n-Pan Effects
      • Cursor Effects
        • Basic Cursor Properties
        • Adding Cursor Effects
      • Interactivity
        • Managing Quizzes
      • Captions
        • Captioning in Windows
          • Paste-n-Sync
          • Synchronizing Your Caption Content
          • Manual Addition and Organization of Caption Points
          • Speech-to-Text
        • Captioning in Mac
        • Importing and Exporting Captions
        • Captioning Options
        • Formatting Tips for Captions
      • Gesture Effects
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 12 – Saving Time on Task
      • The Library
        • Using Library Assets in Your Project
        • Adding Timeline Elements to Your Library
        • Managing Your Library
      • Themes
      • Placeholders & Replaceable Media
      • Templates
      • Presets and Favorites
      • Packages
      • Summary
      • Exercises
  • Unit VI: Sharing Your Work with Others
    • Chapter 13 – The Production Process
      • Production in Camtasia for Windows
        • 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 File (AVI)
          • Prepping Your Videos for DVD Output
          • Animation File (GIF)
          • Audio Only (M4A)
      • Production in Camtasia for Mac
        • The File Formats
          • MP4
          • Quicktime Movie (MOV)
          • Animated GIF
        • Other Production Settings
          • The TechSmith SmartPlayer
          • Caption Style options
          • Quiz display options
          • SCORM options
          • Table of Contents
      • Sharing to Online Services
          • Uploading to from Windows
          • Uploading to from Mac
          • After Uploading
        • TechSmith Video Review
        • Vimeo
        • YouTube
        • Google Drive
      • Summary
      • Exercises
    • Chapter 14 – Other Output Considerations
      • Custom Production Presets
      • Batch Production/Export
        • Creating a Production Preset
        • Using Your Presets to Batch Produce
        • Batch Export for Mac
      • Additional Output Options
        • Production Preview
        • Share History
        • Saving an Individual Video Frame
        • Saving Just the Audio
      • 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
      • Other dappertext courses
      • Camtasia Certification
    • About the Author

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