Today, I am sharing the tool I use to produce the Project Weeping Angel videos. Making videos for YouTube has been an extremely liberating experience for me to exercise my freedom of speech. If you wish to explore this liberty, please join me in this journey.
There are other free programs, but I am not familiar with how to use those products at this time, so for this training session, we will be using the TechSmith Camtasia video production program. Later, we will learn to use the FREE OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) for hosting live interviews.
Below the Camtasia payment options, there are notes to aid in understanding the basics of using this fabulous program. Camtasia offers a 30-day free trial at this link:
The free trial does have the TechSmith watermark stamped over the video, but it is a good way to start before making the investment. During the trial, practice the tutorials to gain efficiency. Once you determine this is for you, then you may go to this link to purchase the product at $249.00
Record Your Screen
To start a recording, click the Record button at the top of the tools panel. This opens the Camtasia recorder, which by default, is set to capture everything that happens on your screen.
Customize Recording Settings
#1 Choose to record the full screen, or select a custom region to record.
#2 Choose other inputs to record along with the screen. Options include webcam, microphone audio and system audio. Select the down arrow or double arrows next to each to choose a specific microphone or webcam.
#3 Click Start Recording to begin.
Finish Recording (Windows)
When you’re finished recording, click the Camtasia recorder icon in the taskbar, then the stop button. If you need to re-record, choose delete to start over.
Quick Tip: Press “F10” to stop a recording, or “F9” to pause/resume a recording.
Finish Recording (Mac)
To finish the recording, click the Camtasia icon in the Apple menu bar, then click “Stop Recording.” Or, if you need to re-record, choose “Start Over.”
Quick Tip: Press “CMD+OPTION+2” to stop a recording, or “CMD+SHIFT+2” to pause/resume a recording.
Trim out Mistakes
Often we record a little extra at the beginning and end of a recording. To remove the extra content, drag the end of the clip “in.” This is called trimming. If you trim too much, drag the clip back to restore your video.
It’s good to note that any edits you make on the timeline, won’t affect your original recording in the media bin.
Cut out Mistakes
Drag the red or green handle on the playhead to select the area to remove, then click the cut button to remove the section. A stitched line appear, showing you where the cut was made.
If you make a selection and want to bring the playhead back together, double click the playhead.
Add Titles, Annotations, Effects & More
Add a level of polish and professionalism to your videos with eye-catching titles, annotations, effects and more. Click and drag them from the tools panel to the timeline or canvas.
Produce & Share
When you’re ready to produce or share your video, click the share button in the upper right corner of the editor, then select a destination.
Download the Camtasia Project that goes along with this video.
I suggest always initially sharing to the local file first, then within the local file select the final destination. By sharing with this method, you will have the original MP4 file saved in your computer devise.