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  • Recording, including best practices on recording PowerPoint and other special situations.
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  • Tutorials on using all the special effects, including tips on when you’d want to.
  • Using Camtasia Studio 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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Camtasia Studio 8: The Definitive Guide

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Unit 1: General Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Camtasia Studio
    • What Is Camtasia Studio?
      • Can Camtasia Studio be used for usability?
      • Can Camtasia Studio be used to record games?
      • Is Camtasia Studio only for Windows? What about other platforms like Mac and Linux, and mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad?
      • Is Camtasia Studio spyware?
    • What’s New in Camtasia Studio 8?
      • Footage Editing
        • Track Attack!
        • The Library
      • Object Editing
        • Visual Effects
        • Object Properties
      • Production enhancements
        • Pink-slipped legacy features
        • Smart Player on computers
        • Smart Player on iPhone
    • 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
    • About the Terminology in This Book
    • 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 Studio

  • 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 Studio 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 Studio
    • Playing Camtasia Studio Screencasts within PowerPoint
      • Linking to Camtasia Player
    • Troubleshooting the Add-In
      • What If the Add-In Doesn’t Open?
    • Summary
    • Exercises

Unit IV – Editing Within Camtasia Studio

  • Chapter 9: Working with Camtasia Studio
    • The Camtasia Studio User Interface
    • Importing and Using Your Media Clips in Camtasia Studio
      • Importing from Google Drive
      • Importing from your Smartphone
      • Utilizing the Clip Bin
      • Previewing Your Clips
      • Adding a Clip to the Timeline
      • Adjusting Your Editing 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
        • Trimming Content from the Timeline: Method 1
        • Trimming Content from the Timeline: Method 2
      • Advanced Editing Techniques
        • Splitting a Clip
        • Extending a Video Clip
      • The Multi-Track Layout
        • Adding new tracks
        • Renaming and Viewing Tracks
        • Locking Your Tracks
        • 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, Camera Video, and Graphics
    • Working with Audio
      • The Voice Narration Tool
      • Basic Editing of Your Audio Tracks
      • The Audio Tab
      • Recording System Sound
        • Technique 1: Using Your Sound Card
        • Technique 2: Total Recorder
        • Technique 3: Creative Cabling
        • Technique 4: Miking the Speaker (Not Recommended)
      • Testing Out Your Settings
    • Recording Camera Video
    • Graphics
      • Adjusting Visual Properties
      • Animating Visual Properties
  • Chapter 11: Editing Effects
    • Callouts and Flash Hotspots
      • Defining the Callout’s Shape
      • Callout Shape Tools
      • Adding Text
      • Adjusting the Callout’s Properties
        • Fade in and Fade out
        • Adding a Flash Hotspot
        • Text Box
        • Opaque Text
    • Zoom-n-Pan Effects
      • Zooming
      • Panning
      • Managing Your Zoom-n-Pan Effects
      • SmartFocus
    • Transitions
      • Adding a Transition
      • Changing Your Mind
    • Cursor Effects
    • 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
    • Quizzing
      • Managing Quizzes
    • 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
        • Flash/HTML5 Output (MP4)
        • Windows Media Video (WMV)
        • QuickTime Movie (MOV)
        • Audio Video Interleave Video File (AVI)
        • iPod, iPhone, iTunes Compatible Video (M4V)
        • Audio Only (MP3)
        • Animation File (GIF)
      • Flash/HTML5 Output (MP4)
        • Flash / HTML5 Player Options
        • Marker Options
        • Flash/HTML5 File Structure
      • Windows Media Video (WMV)
        • Windows Media Encoding Options
      • QuickTime Movie (MOV)
        • QuickTime Encoding Options
      • Audio Video Interleave File (AVI)
        • AVI Encoding Options
        • Prepping Your Videos for DVD Output
      • iPod, iPhone, iTunes Compatible Video (M4V)
        • iPod Encoding Options
      • Audio Only (MP3)
        • MP3 Audio Encoding Options
      • Animation File (GIF)
        • Animated GIF Encoding Options
    • Custom Production Presets
    • Sharing to Online Services
      • Screencast.com
      • Google Drive
      • YouTube
    • Summary
    • Exercises
  • Chapter 13: CD-based Videos with Camtasia MenuMaker
    • Getting Started with a New Project
    • MenuMaker’s Main User Interface
    • Main Menu Properties
      • General Properties Tab
      • Cursor Properties Tab
      • List Properties Tab
      • Content Properties Tab
      • Button Properties Tab
    • Submenus and the Map View
      • Viewing Your Menus in Map View
      • Adding and Removing Submenus
      • Moving Content between Menus
    • Project Properties
      • Project Preferences
      • Display Preferences
      • Resources Preferences
    • Project and Template Files
    • The Final Step: Testing and Creating Your Menu
      • Menu Creation
    • Summary
    • Exercises
  • Chapter 14: Other Output Considerations
    • SmartPlayer technology
      • SmartPlayer for iOS
    • Batch Production
      • Creating a Production Preset
      • Using Your Presets to Batch Produce
    • Camtasia Player
      • The Camtasia Player Interface
      • Camtasia Player’s Command Line Parameters
    • 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

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