Recording Your Lecture Video (Mac)

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When John was happy with his file structure and prepared all of the materials he intended to use for his lecture video, he proceeded to recording his lecture videos. Following steps demonstrate what he did to record his lecture videos.

Starting Camtasia 2

  • Before you start recording, open your presentation file (either in Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat).
  •  To start Camtasia 2, click the camtasia image macicon on the desktop.
  • When launched, Camtasia opens into the Editor, as shown below.
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 Recording your screen

  • To start recording your screen, click the record your lecture mac 2button located near the top-left corner of the Editor.
  • Camtasia will minimize to the task bar and the Recorder will open.
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  • By default, the Recorder will be set to record the full screen and a green line will be visible along the outside border of your screen when starting the recording. This line indicates that everything on your screen inside this area will be recorded.
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  • From the Recorded inputs menu, make sure your audio is turned on. If you are using the webcam, make sure it is turned on as well.
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  • When you are ready to start, click the record your lecture mac 6button, or use the hotkey Shift + Command + 2.
  • The countdown begins for recording; after 1, recording starts. Camtasia records the screen (graphics, video, and/or audio) and your narration, if applicable.
  • When you are done recording, press the hotkey Option + Command + 2.
  • You can also stop recording by clicking the record your lecture mac 7button in the top bar and selecting Stop Recording.
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Saving your recording

  • After you stop recording, it will automatically open up in the Camtasia Editor, where you can edit your recording and save it as a project.
  • The recording you’ve just saved will be added to the Clip Bin and Timeline.
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  • Once you have reviewed your recording and are happy with it, go to the File menu and click Save.
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  • Navigate to the specific folder you created to save your recording. In this step, it is very important to save your files under the folder you created for your course.
    Try to use several subfolders to organize your recordings. If you are using a modular approach in your course, you may have several modules in the course and each module may encompass multiple weeks. Also, within each module you may have several lecture videos. Thus, creating a Modules > Weeks > Lectures structure in your folders would be of great help.
  • Give your recording a name that is meaningful and easy to understand. If you are recording the first lecture for the first week of the first module, a name like M1W1L1 would be appropriate. Then click Save.
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  • You will see the project file of your lecture saved in the folder.
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