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59 Tips for Creating Engaging Screencasts

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Have you ever wondered what techniques you can employ to create a great video? We conducted a focus group and discovered the vast majority of “what” creates an engaging video happens before you ever click the Record button inside Camtasia Studio! Have you ever wondered what techniques you can employ to create a great video?

From flat to phat: New Camtasia feature drops the needle on screencasts

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Welcome to the pre-release beta of the newest Camtasia feature, with some automatic goodness: Camtasia Rap-ify (For Windows and Mac). Create your video as you normally would, adjusting sizes, adding callouts, clips – editing everything as you normally would. The post From flat to phat: New Camtasia feature drops the needle on screencasts appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

Progress Reports with Camtasia for Mac

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This week's Screencast of the Week is a great one! John put together the following slideshow using Camtasia for Mac. asked John how he created the screencast with Camtasia for Mac. brought the audio into Camtasia for Mac, along with all the images (as JPGs). Check out the screencast below. Any nominations for next week's Screencast of the Week?

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Recording PowerPoint Presentations like a Pro: Geetesh’s 13 Tips for Creating Great PowerPoint Slides

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He’s also generously shared some thoughtful tips for creating screencast -friendly PowerPoint slides. Geetesh’s 13 Tips for Creating Great PowerPoint Slides for Recording. Here are some things to keep in mind while creating your PowerPoint presentation: 1. If you did create a script, print the script with a fairly larger sized font size.

The 12 Days of Screencasting - On the Sixth Day.

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We're half way through our "12 days of Screencasting. Today's tip is from screencast expert and veteran Scott Skibell. All together now. "On the sixth day of Screencasting, Scott Skibell gave to me. For the 12 Screencasts of Christmas, I wanted to make sure I shared a gold nugget and not just a lump of coal. The object then appears to float over the screencast.

13 Tips for Recording Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

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It’s just a matter of plugging your iOS 8 device into a Mac running Yosemite and then firing up a tool like Camtasia for Mac or TechSmith AppShow. These tips will help you get great results the first time you dive into iOS screencasting. When you plug your device into your Mac and launch a mobile recording app (e.g., Prepare your iOS device. 1. Clean up clutter.

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Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, SmartFocus

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I'm going to let you in on a few secrets as we get closer to the launch of Camtasia for Mac on August 25. Up first is a sneak peek of one of the new features in Camtasia for Mac - SmartFocus. Camtasia for Mac will also include TechSmith's patented SmartFocus technology. It's great for creating dynamic screencasts or to highlight a particular section of your screen, or create a fly-over effect, or focus your viewer's attention for greater detail. Check out this quick screencast. So, Tags: Camtasia for Mac News TechSmith 475 157 479 38

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Become Better at Screencasting: Tips from Anton Bollen

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This year at Screencast Camp , things were pretty low key for me until it actually started. So you’ll see a little rust in this episode, but regardless, our guest, Anton Bollen, TechSmith German Evangelist, provides some great tips about becoming a better screencaster. Anton’s Screencasting Tips for becoming a Better Screencaster. The show wasn’t without incident though.

24 Screencasts About Camtasia in 24 Hours. Starts Now!

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It's time to kick off our marathon of 24 Screencasts about Camtasia in 24 hours! Matt Pierce, our Customer Engagement Manager, is the host of the videos so you'll see him in most of the screencasts we make. 11:00 am: Creating a Good Story, Bil Moore. 11:00 pm: Secrets of Camtasia for Mac for power users or nerds. Doug Troxell, Camtasia for Mac developer.

Count Down to 24 Camtasia Screencasts in 24 Hours.

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You'll have a chance to win copies of Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac as well as some fun things like microphones, books, TechSmith t-shirts, mugs, the coveted TechSmith spork and more! We'll have a wide selection of books that are perfect for any screencaster that you could win, including: Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath. Microphones? Check!

Camtasia for Mac - Resizing Applications Screencast

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We've received a fair number of requests to capture a specific window or region with Camtasia for Mac. Camtasia for Mac Product Manager, Troy Stein, has created a 3 minute video showing how to resize applications and browser windows and produce the videos at the same dimensions. Troy and I will be making some more screencasts over the next few weeks. Or, maybe you could help me convince him to pull another all nighter and make 24 Camtasia for Mac screencasts in 24 hours? Tags: Camtasia for Mac Tips and Tricks 475 198 160 Check it out below.

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New from TechSmith Labs: AppShow brings iOS screen recording to Mac

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AppShow makes it easy to record an iOS device and create a compelling video. Create marketing videos for an app. To run AppShow, you need: a Mac with Yosemite. The post New from TechSmith Labs: AppShow brings iOS screen recording to Mac appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. News & Events Apple AppShow Mac Mobile news and events Release Screencasting Today we officially launched TechSmith AppShow as a technical preview within TechSmith Labs. Why use it? You might use it to: Show how to use the features of an app. Help people discover new apps. Why Labs?

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How to create a DIY green screen video effect (aka chroma key)

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Tips & How To's Camtasia for Mac Screencasting Tips and TricksAchieving a good green screen effect used to be difficult and expensive. But no longer. In this post, I'll show you how to make your first green screen video on the cheap. We'll take a look at the various elements you need to consider: backdrop, software, camera, lighting.and how you can probably pull off your first green screen production for $30 or less. Before we get started on the how.let's talk about the why. Why would you ever want to use a green screen effect in your video? To what end? Continue reading.

5 Screencasting Tools for Online Learning

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When creating an online course or any sort of demonstration, you may need to capture your computer screen. We’ve narrowed it down to a few of the best screencasting applications to help you build your online course a little easier. With Screencast-O-Matic , you have the option to record through your browser with one click or through the downloaded application.

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Audio Best Practices

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Which basically means creating a spike in the audio that is captured on both the audio recorder and camera. It’s essentially the same idea, you are creating a noticeable spike in the audio that you will be able to easily line up later in your editor. Tips for Recording Audio for Screencasts. Nothing turns off viewers faster than a video with bad audio. Watch it on YouTube.

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Walk Through Your Syllabus in a Video

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Instead of using class time, create a video that explains your syllabus. For Educators camtasia Camtasia for Mac Camtasia Studio Education educational technology flipped classroom Higher Ed Screencasting Snagit Snagit on Mac VideoWalking through the syllabus is a necessary task at the beginning of every class. Students need to know where to find resources, how you’ll be evaluating them, and to hear you set the tone for the learning ahead. But often it takes up a good portion of the first class – valuable time that could be spent learning. What Do I Need?

Suggestions Needed - Screencaster Suggested Reading List

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I recently had a request by email to share a list of suggested books for screencasters. And, I was also thinking about different elements of a screencast -prep, planning, writing, graphics, presentation, storytelling and promotion. Great screencasts start with great writing. Use these tricks to make better screencasts. Here's where I need your help.

15 Great App Preview Videos and a Free Tool for Making Your Own

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Back in June, Apple announced that developers would be able to create and upload a 30-second demo to their App Store listing. Not all developers have created a video for their app yet, so you might not see many in the store yet. It’s software that runs on a Mac and captures the screen of your iOS device. also wanted to include an update on AppShow , now in open beta.

Camtasia for Mac - Sneak Peek, Production & Sharing

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Welcome to Day 5 of our sneak peeks of Camtasia for Mac. After you've created your screencast in Camtasia for Mac, chances are that you want to share your masterpiece. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can share your screencasts on the web, Screencast.com, on YouTube or on an iPod or iPhone. Want to share your screencasts on YouTube?

How to Produce Great Screencasts

Rob Hubbard

I’ve been creating a lot of screencasts recently for the goal-based learning systems that we develop, so I thought I’d give you a run through of the equipment I’m using and the workflow I’ve adopted. The screencasts show users how to use the functions of the goal-based learning system. Equipment: Mac. elearning Filmmaking Goal-based learning Screencast Technology Video

Leave Clear Instructions for Substitutes

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Rather than spending hours writing up lesson plans for them to try to follow, why not create video instructions for substitutes and your students to watch together? Plans will be clear and the sub can focus on creating a great learning experience without worrying about how to interpret the directions. For Educators camtasia Camtasia for Mac Camtasia Studio Education educational technology flipped classroom Higher Ed Screencasting techsmith fuse Tips and Tricks VideoWhat do I need? 1. TechSmith Fuse and/or Camtasia. 2. Your plans for the day you’ll be absent.

Booklet: What Would You Tell a New Screencaster?

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Remember last month when I asked for your tips to share with a new screencaster here ? From your responses and tips, we created a booklet "What would you tell a new screencaster?". Remember last month when I asked for your tips to share with a new screencaster here? Tags: Camtasia Studio Camtasia for Mac Jing Screencast 475 26 59 24 32 52 appreciate it!

Show Students How to Login

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Rather than answering these questions every day, you can create a short video to show students how to log into anything when they forget. Sam Houston ISD, Dr. Roland Rios has built up a library of useful how-to clips created by student tech interns. See an example of how to create and name a Google Doc. For Educators Education educational technology flipped classroom Higher Ed Screencasting Snagit Snagit on Mac Snagit on Windows Time Saver VideoShare a how to login video at the beginning of the term so you can refer them back to it. What do I need? 1. At Ft.

How to Successfully Add Music to Your Videos

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Adding background music to any video you create in Camtasia will add a whole new dimension to your content. All of my tutorials  are of course made with the amazing Camtasia for Mac ! Tips & How To's Audio Camtasia for Mac Camtasia Studio customers Screencasting Tips and Tricks VideoGuest Post by Mike Russell, Creative Director at Music Radio Creative.

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Meet Dan Spencer - Using Screencasts Effectively in the Classroom

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We're gearing up for the 24 hour screencast marathon about Camtasia next week. Dan uses Camtasia for Mac in his classroom to create screencasts of his lectures and then he loads them onto iPod Touches so his students can learn the material at a pace that works for them. Dan will share how he uses Camtasia for Mac and screencasts effectively in the classroom.

Screencast of the Week - Tom Crawford + Gondola = Fun

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It's time to get back into the Screencast of the Week! I had a chance to catch up with screencaster, "Tom Crawford":[link] from "Visualization Network":[link] at "CES":[link] recently. Tom has several screencasts made with Camtasia Studio on his blog "here":[link] I like Tom's screencasts for several reasons. also like the style of Tom's screencast.

5 Mac Apps to Make the Life of an E-learning Professional Easier

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Let me introduce five free Mac apps I cannot imagine doing without. Sip When creating a course, having to strictly adhere to the customer’s design means you have to keep to the specified styles and measurements, and it is usually required that you use the provided color palette as well. The ones I found to be the most useful are the ability to automatically create a palette complementing a color of your choice, and to edit the selected colors right from the quick access panel in the Mac menu bar. Second, there is both a Mac and PC version. First, it is free.

Camtasia Studio + Camtasia for Mac = Cool on iPad

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inch screen is perfect for viewing screencasts. Well, the good news is that is it possible to play Camtasia Studio, Camtasia for Mac and Jing screencasts on the iPad! Mike Curtis, an Information Developer at TechSmith has created a screencast that will show you how to successfully create a screencast for your iPad. Check out the 4 minute screencast below. It also explaines how to get from Camtasia for Mac to the iPad. Once you create your videos, you'll need to load your videos onto the iPad. I may have a new addiction.

Crafting a Good Story for Your Product Video (free ebook)

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started with a long history of screencasting. discovered over the years, that in education as well as in advertisements, screencasts are just not good enough on their own. Instead we have to utilize many forms of video to create a better and more engaging experience for our audience. Creating a good story is a lof of work. ”—that it  was as simple to create.

24 Screencasts About Snagit in 24 Hours. Starts Now!

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It's time to kick off our marathon of 24 Screencasts about Snagit in 24 hours! Tiffany Wood, the Snagit Product Manager, is the host of the videos so you'll see her in most of the screencasts we make. Matt Dyer, Information Developer * 3:00 am: Using Snagit with Screencast.com - John Wood, Lead Screencast.com Developer * 4:00 am: Personal favorites - spotlight and magnify, blur call-out and more. * 5:00 am: Creating Training Materials with Snagit - Matt Pierce, Customer Engagement Manager * 6:00 am: Saving Time with Snagit - Quick Access, Quick Styles and more. Here we go!

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Camtasia Small Business Test Drive: Week 2

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This week each business created their first (or in some cases, second or third) screencast and sent us an exmaple. Thomas Ro is a developer at Ciesa and one of their heaviest users when it comes to screencasting. Since the narrative style tends to be similar between each screencast, an actual script isn't necessary. Our screencasts tend to be done in takes.

Recording Skype and Google Hangout Video Calls

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As a video creator, especially with screencasts, I am always looking for ways to enhance my content and improve the engagement of my viewers. We can capture the video conference interviews and then bring them into the videos I’m creating. This video you create might just be for review purposes. With technology like Skype and Google Hangouts though, I don’t have to. Video.

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TechSmith AppShow – A Better Way to Show Off and Record iOS Apps

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Which is one reason we’re so excited to be building TechSmith AppShow , a new software product for Mac that will make it easier than ever to create screencasts of iOS devices. With iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite (now in beta, expected this fall), anyone will be able to capture their device screen directly to a Mac to record iOS Apps, with pixel-perfect clarity and smooth motion.

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Animation Easing: What is it? How do I use it?

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Screencasts and videos are no different. Check out the example below that was created in Camtasia Studio. Easing in Camtasia for Mac. You might not know it, but if you are working in Camtasia for Mac and have added animations like zooms, pans, tilts, or movement to objects on your timeline, you’ve likely been using easing all along. Easing in Camtasia Studio. Click OK.

Tech-tastrophe – Save Yourself From Presentation Tech Failures with Betsy’s Tech Presentation Failure Prevention Tips

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And all I could think of is that if he had made a quick screencast of what he wanted to show on his website, his presentation would have been fine. If he had a screencast, he would have had a presentation regardless of the Wi-Fi situation. Create a back up. Create a back up of your back up. Make a screencast so you can demo your product smoothly. Dead air.

New book: Interactive guide to Camtasia for Mac

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Calling all you Camtasia for Mac users! Dave Buell, who has been an Information Technology professional for many years, has written a new book all about Camtasia for Mac. Dave’s interactive book for Camtasia for Mac is available in 2 different formats – Interactive PDF and an iBook (which works great on the iPad). Visit Camtasia Mac Training for more information.

24 Screencasts About Snagit in 24 Hours!

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In fact, we'll be making a screencast an hour all about Snagit! And, not only will we be recording screencasts for you, but we will also be live streaming the event here. Taking Snagit from Work to Home: Planning a Wedding with Snagit and Getting Crafty # Snagit for Mac # What is a SNAG file and what can it do for you? Creating Training Materials with Snagit. When was the last time you pulled an all-nighter? It's been far too long since I've done that. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 25! Plus, we'll need some help staying awake! The history of Snagit.