SharePointPedia Supplemental Guidance

Recording a Screencast Demo with Camtasia Studio
(Adapted from Keith Comb’s Guide on the Tools and Techniques used by the SST TechNet Team) Author: Lawrence Liu, Community Lead for SharePoint Products and Technologies Draft: 09/02/2006

Introduction
Camtasia Studio is an awesome product. One of the key advantages of the Camtasia Recorder over Windows Media Encoder it doesn’t consume a significant amount of CPU and RAM, and those resources are critical to running the virtual machine(s) needed for recording the demos. Here are some online training resources for Camtasia Studio: • Camtasia Studio Learning Center • Camtasia Studio User Guide (.PDF file) You may need to experiment with different screen resolutions to determine what’s optimal for your specific application, but 1024x768 typically works well for most scenarios and provides a nice balance between legibility of the demo and the resulting file size. Camtasia Studio is comprised of several products, but the key ones are: • Recording Tool for capturing the demos • Studio Shell for producing Windows Media Video (.WMV) and Shockwave Video (.SWF) files

Screen Capture Procedure
1. Get your demo script and virtual machine(s) organized. Make sure that the
VM(s) is running at 1024x768 screen resolution.

2. Set your host machine’s screen resolution to 1024x768 as well. And make
sure that the voice input to your machine is working correctly. 3. Start Camtasia Recorder.

SharePointPedia Supplemental Guidance Recording a Screencast Demo with Camtasia Studio

4. In the Capture menu, verify that you have selected the “Screen” and “Record
Audio” options.

5. In the Tools | Options | Capture tab’s Performance options, verify that the
“Disable display acceleration during capture” option is checked.

6. Minimize Camtasia Recorder to the Windows Taskbar. You might consider
hiding it because when you are recording, it flashes from red to green and could distract your audience. However, if you are recording a full screen VM, you will not see the host task bar and flashing icon.

SharePointPedia Supplemental Guidance Recording a Screencast Demo with Camtasia Studio 7. When you are ready to record, press the Start Recording hotkey (F9). Pace

yourself and feel free to pause the recording for a drink of water or whatever because a video recording will be more difficult to edit than text. You can pause by pressing F9 key and resume recording by pressing F9 again.

8. Press the Stop hotkey (F10) to end your recording. 9. Camtasia Recorder will bring up a Preview window to let you review the
recording.

10. Click on the Save button to save the recording (preferably as a .CAMREC file)
into a subdirectory for future use with Camtasia Studio.

11. After the save is complete, you’ll be prompted to select one of the Post-Save
options. Select “Edit my recording” to add slides, transition effects, and other glitz. Otherwise, select the “Product my video in a shareable format” option.

12. Selecting the “Edit my recording” option will launch Camtasia Studio.The
following is a test screen capture of Windows Vista Ultimate running inside a VM using Virtual PC 2004 SP1. You can see that Camtasia Studio added the test.camrec media file to the project. You can add slides and transitions at

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this point if you like.

13. Save your project into a working directory. This is just good practice, which
you should do frequently, since Camtasia Studio doesn’t have an Auto-Save feature. In the following screenshot, some slides and transitions have been added to the project. Although you should keep screencasts simple and brief, it wouldn’t be impolite to credit yourself at the beginning and end of each screencast that you develop because the screencast is likely to be referenced

SharePointPedia Supplemental Guidance Recording a Screencast Demo with Camtasia Studio
and hyperlinked in many ways without any attribution.

14. When you are done adding the slides, transitions, and credits, save the
project one last time.

SharePointPedia Supplemental Guidance Recording a Screencast Demo with Camtasia Studio 15. Now it’s time to produce the shareable media file(s). Windows Media Video

(WMV) and Macromedia Shockwave Flash (SWF) are two of the most popular formats. In this example, you’d select the WMV format and and click Next.

16. Select the profile for the output. The profiles specify different audio and video
bit rates. The Camtasia Full Motion Video profile is sufficient for most

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scenarios.Select it and then click Next.

SharePointPedia Supplemental Guidance Recording a Screencast Demo with Camtasia Studio 17. Select the video size. The default setting is to use the largest video size, so if
you are consistently using the 1024x768 screen resolution for your recordings, you won’t have to think about or make any changes here and can just click Next.

18. You’ll be presented with the Video Options and Marker Options pages next,

but there’s no need to make any changes to the default settings, so just click Next to move on.

SharePointPedia Supplemental Guidance Recording a Screencast Demo with Camtasia Studio 19. At the end of the Production Wizard process, you’ll see the Produce Video

page. Simply confirm the file name and other settings; then click Finish to start the actual creation of the media file.

20. At this point, the Rendering Engine will transcode the project into the

resulting media file. Repeat the procedure starting from Step 15 for other media file formats that you need to create.