If you've followed my posts for a while, then you know I'm a fan of Techsmith's Camtasia screencasting software. Camtasia has traditionally been a tool for creating screencasts -- that's a video recording of whatever you can get your computer to display on the screen. It's great, too, for editing those screencasts. But, traditionally speaking, if you were to edit live action video, conventional wisdom suggests using something like Apple's Final Cut Pro or Adobe's Premiere. But no more.
While I love Final Cut, and use it a lot for my longer duration video productions, I have to admit that increasingly, I've been finding myself using Camtasia for editing some of my shorter-duration videos. Why? Because, while I love Final Cut, the rendering times are just...waaay...too...looong. Camtasia cuts that time down drastically.
For my friends who've asked about editing techniques and workflow, I thought it would be helpful to give you an overview of the process I use to produce some of my shorter duration videos. The video above isn't intended to be a "how to" tutorial for using Camtasia (for that, check out the Techsmith site for a great series of "how to" videos that show you how to use their software), but rather the video above is a high level / whirlwind view of the workflow I use to produce some of my vids. Hopefully it lifts the veil a bit and helps to demystify the process.
Do you produce online video for your own blog or website? What editing software do you prefer?
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