If you want to easily create instructional videos from the comfort of your office chair, then Camtasia Screen Recording software is just what you need. Combining screen video recording, with a webcam and an audio interface - Camtaisa software allows you to both be seen and heard as you explain a concept or process - all from your desktop. The result of a Camtasia session is a video you can post into Canvas, YouTube or other online mediums.
The cost of a Camtaisa license is $32.50 and the same amount per year for maintenance which allows you to upgrade to the newest version. With just under $200 in equipment plus the software license, you will have your own desktop studio. So now that you have the overall details about Camtaisa's capabilities, let's go deeper into it.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
There are only a few items you will need to create a Camtaisa Screencast: If you plan to include yourself in the video which we recommend, then you need a web cam with microphone or a stand-alone microphone and a little lighting to make your videos look good. Here are our recommendations for a solid Camtasia recording setup:
Any of the Logitech line of webcams will generally work well for capturing you and you explain what you are doing on the screen. You will want to select a model which has High Definition (HD) quality meaning it records in 720 or higher in resolution. You can get a Logitech webcam between $69 and $129 per webcam.
Both Samson and Blue microphones come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Prices for a quality microphone from either company run $99 and up.
Lighting can be as simple as a lamp on your desk or a couple of small ringlights that clip to your monitor to create even lighting. Ringlights like these cost about $5 each.
ALL OF THE ITEMS YOU NEED TO CREATE A CAMTASIA SCREENCAST ENVIRONMENT CAN BE FOUND AT BHPHOTOVIDEO OR STAPLES IN OKCORALL.
For some hands-on learning before you invest in your own setup, come to Web Services at Life Sciences East 003 and try out our Camtasia Recording studio and get some training. Call and setup a time (x2918) to try it out!
For more tutorials on how to use Camtasia software, visit the Techsmith Camtasia Studio YouTube channel: