LDT Online: Camtasia
Christopher Hernandez earned this badge on Mar 15, 2019
Camtasia is a video editing software that gives you the ability to create and edit videos and then publish them toYouTube, Facebook, and other similar services. Camtasia is available for both Macs and PC.
Camtasia as a Tool
Reflect on the various ways that Camtasia, or the eLearning content it can produce, could be used in the educational, training, or personal learning environments. From your selected perspective, describe two different examples where Camtasia or eLearning could be integrated and used. In both cases, explain why it could positively impact learning.
Use the open text area to submit your reflective response. As a suggestion, you may want to first compose your response in a word processed document, check for all editing that needs to be completed, save your response so that you can access it later, if needed, and then copy and paste your response in the open text area for this challenge.
Camtasia is an all in one dual screen recorder and video editing software that can be a beneficial tool in creating educational videos as well as training videos.
Video editing tools are, no doubt, an essential tool for content creators. They give us the ability to create visually stimulating content that can be both entertaining and informational. Camtasia takes this to another level. With the ability to screencast, as well as edit videos, this software cuts out the need to search for, learn, and use other screencasting software. It also allows users to directly export to YouTube, as well as various other online sources.
Regarding educational videos, teachers and other educators can create both instructional and educational materials. An educator who teaches courses on using software, such as the Adobe suite, can use Camtasia to screencast, edit, and publish the videos for their students. On the other side of this, educators can also create engaging video content for their students. Let’s say there are several educational videos on World War II. The teacher can take these videos and combine them using the tools that Camtasia provides.
Another use is in using Camtasia to create training videos for businesses. Many large businesses rely on training videos to help new and current employees catch up on company rules, regulations, and updated policies. Training leaders can use Camtasia to put together video presentations or demonstrations and either export them to YouTube or export the file for use within a larger presentation.
Step-by-step instructions for this challenge
- Review these Camtasia tutorials:
- There is a tutorial on the Techsmith website, which can be found here: https://techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia.html
- An introduction to quizzing from TechSmith.
- Audio – Add at least one piece of background music into the project, and one piece of audio narration.
The right background music will enhance a video making it more engaging and interesting to watch. Be careful to use music that works with the video and doesn't distract from it – and most importantly, make sure it isn’t louder than any video sound or narration.
- Images – Add at least two images into the project.
Be sure that images are public domain, fall within the right Creative Commons license, or fall within fair use.
- Video – Add at least two different types of video. 1) screen video that you have recorded. 2) Video that others have recorded.
- Effects – Add at least two visual transitions.
Choose professional transitions that will help move the video forward without distracting from the content. Since transitions are not always needed between cuts, do not use them at inappropriate times.
- Title – Add at least 1 title.
Meaningful text (such as a title at the beginning of the video, or a set of instructions) should be used when appropriate. At least 1 title must be used in the video.
- Credits – Add credits at the end.
Credits should be provided for all content (video, still images, music, etc.) that you did not create, regardless of if the content is in the public domain, Creative Commons, or used under Fair Use. It is also courteous to give credit to yourself and those who helped you produce your video. Credits should not scroll or disappear so quickly that they cannot be read, although they may move quickly.
- Upload to YouTube.
You can export the video then upload it to YouTube, or upload it directly from Camtasia. If you don’t want it to be public, be sure to make the privacy setting “Unlisted” – you can then submit the URL and only those with the link can see it. Include an appropriate title and description of your video. Add tags to increase the likelihood of others finding your video. Select an appropriate category for your video (typically education). Under the advanced settings, either do not allow users to add comments and video responses, or change the setting so they are only allowed with approval.
In the "Link" area below, post your YouTube link to your saved video.
* This list of tasks was adapted from the work of R. West, D. Randall (2014) and their colleagues at Brigham Young University (iptedtec.org). Permission was granted for the use of this list of tasks.
Criteria for successful completion of this challenge
- All deliverables have been conscientiously uploaded by the student and are fully accessible by the grader.
- Completed video file displays artfulness and professionalism through the following:
- High recording quality for original recorded section (audio not scratchy or muffled, video clear and visible).
- Smooth and articulate vocal narration in original recorded section.
- Narration or recorded video and/or audio can be heard over background music.
- Visuals and audio cohesively tell a story or teach a concept.
- The video goes no longer than 1 minute.
- If there are breaks between tracks, these have smooth transitions.
- Titles are on screen long enough to read but not longer than necessary.
- There is coherence to and evident care taken in the selection of tracks combined in this file.
Deliverables for this challenge
1 YouTube video link with at least the following:
- Background music and audio narration
- 2 images
- 2 videos: 1 from somewhere else, 1 from the user
- 2 effects and/or visual transitions
- 1 title
- Credits with citations
Don't forget professioanlism! All work should be visually pleasing and coherent. Remember all images and video should be carefully gathered via Creative Commons or other public domain sites, fall within fair use, and be cited in the credits as appropriate.
I've provided a screenshot so all elements of my project line can be seen.
I decided to create a promotional video for my website which focuses on bringing attention to integrating the digital arts field into special education.