What is Camtasia?

Camtasia is multimedia editing software used to record onscreen activity, audio and web cam video and narrate PowerPoint presentations. Users can edit recordings, add media, create interactive content, and easily caption videos.

More than a simple screen recorder, Camtasia gives you the freedom to truly customize and edit your videos

Why would I use Camtasia instead of other tools?

Camtasia gives you much more flexibility in producing your videos than other screen capture or recording applications. Here are some reasons:
  • Camtasia enables you to produce your recordings in a variety of formats, including MP4, which works on both Mac and PC platforms
  • Camtasia enables you to do PowerPoint voice-overs and screen recordings
  • Camtasia enables you to do very precise editing, including frame-by-frame editing when necessary
  • Camtasia enables you to add  callouts, text effects, and animations which can increase engagement
  • Camtasia enables you to record your webcam and then decide when, where, and at what size it will appear in the final recording
  • Camtasia enables you to add in images, video, and music from other sources.
  • Camtasia enables you to add self-assessment quizzes to your recordings
  • Camtasia enables you to edit your recordings without having to completely re-record your entire presentation
  • Camtasia enables you to add "hotspots" which will take users to a website or place or your choosing within the recording
  • Camtasia has a wide assortment of styles and backgrounds to enhance the look of your presentation
  • Camtasia is free for UW-Stout faculty and staff to download on their UW-Stout issued computers. 
  • Camtasia can be used off-campus via VPN

How is Camtasia applied in learning environments?

Instructors can produce mini-lectures, tutorials, study guides, narrated PowerPoint presentations, overviews, and more. Files can be uploaded to an instructor's My Media area in D2L for sharing videos to students. To learn about more possibilities and applications and how instructors are using Camtasia in learning environments, view our information sheet: 7 Things You Need to Know about Recorded Camtasia Lectures.

What do students think of it?

A number of UW-Stout instructors and Learning Technology Services (LTS) conducted a pilot study of students whose instructors were using recorded mini-lectures in their courses. Student reactions were collected via an anonymous survey delivered via Qualtrics. The instructors who participated in the study had to meet certain requirements for participation:

  • Videos could not be longer than 15 minutes, and instructors were encouraged to keep them to 10 minutes or less.
  • While instructors could show their video or a picture at the beginning of each lecture, they could not have a "talking head" running for the entire length of a video.
  • Videos had to be spaced evenly throughout the duration of the course, so not all videos were shown at the beginning or end of the course.
  • It was strongly encouraged that videos be captioned.
  • Instructors got IRB approval to collect survey responses from the students and most were assisted by LTS in this process.
  • Instructors agreed to share their results with LTS and have their results published.
After the pilot study, some changes were made to the survey instrument and a formal study was conducted.

Is Camtasia supported by UW-Stout?

Yes! We offer training sessions, tutorials, and some technical support.

Costs

Camtasia is free for use in our Multimedia studio in Millennium 322. 

Get It Here

Contact Rich Berg for personalized training or to reserve our Multimedia studio for Camtasia recording. 

Tutorials

Using Camtasia Studio

What Can You Do with Camtasia?

Making Mini-Lectures in Camtasia

Preferred Practices for Creating Mini-Lectures in Camtasia

Videos

Recording Chunked Lectures in Camtasia by Dr. Ann Brand

Instructor Examples

Titration Curves by Dr. John S. Kirk

Relearning by Dr. Ann Brand 

Conservative Forces vs. Non-conservative Forces by Dr. Todd Zimmerman

Organizational Change by Dr. Amy Zimmerman

User Resources

Music

dig.ccmixter.org  has many songs in different styles. It is easy to download songs and there is no membership required. All songs are licensed through Creative Commons, so you will be required to give credit to the musicians for using their work. This website has a handy feature that enables you to copy the attribution info for a song you download. You can search for other songs, but keep in mind that some songs on the site may contain lyrics that are not appropriate for the workplace.

"See You Later" by Pitx
Attribution tag (copy all of the information below and put in your video in order to give proper attribution)
See You Later by Pitx © copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files.Pitx/17154 Ft: Fireproof Babies, Bmccosar

"Average Funk Band" by texasradiofish
Attribution tag (copy all of the information below and put in your video in order to give proper attribution)
Average Funk Band by texasradiofish © copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/texasradiofish/53814 Ft: Admiral Bob

"Hot Dog On A Stick"  by Coruscate
Attribution tag (copy all of the information below and put in your video in order to give proper attribution)
Hot Dog On A Stick Ft. SpinningMerkaba & Bruce H. Cosar by courscate © copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Coruscate/35139

Musopen offers mostly classical music and can be searched by composer, performer, instrument, period, and form. To download music, you must register but there is a free "Lite" membership available. Sheet music is also available from the Musopen site.

Camtasia

Camtasia 8 logo

Required Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Benefits: Easy to learn. Powerful editing tools, features.
Challenges: May require some training for beginners. Free training is available from Learning Technology Services (LTS).

What Instructors Are Saying

Yes, the lectures improve student learning. I see it in the breadth and depth of their discussion board posts and their ability to apply the material in other written assignments.

~ Dr. Ann Brand, SOE Instruction

What Students Are Saying

I really liked the lectures that he posted online! They were informative and would help clarify parts of the chapter I had already read. Keep it up . . . I thought it was very helpful.

~ Chem 331 Student

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