Camtasia Isn’t Just For Screencasting

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.

In fact, my recent posts on "Help Me Prepare For a Panel..." and "Is Social Media STILL a Shifting Paradigm" are examples of live action video edited with Camtasia.

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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Mel is the online training architect and screencasting wizard at Kareo, one of Forbes' 2013 list of 100 Most Promising Companies in America. He's also the creator of Digital-Know-How, a training website devoted to developing learners' skills for screencasting and web video course development. Mel is also the chief blogger of; Mel's personal blog. The comments and opinions you read here are Mel's and not associated with any other company.
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6 Responses to Camtasia Isn’t Just For Screencasting

  1. Mel,

    Great post. You are so right too. Final Cut (Express or Pro) rendering takes so long, I’m finding myself using screencasting software more and more for video editing. This is a great way for people to get the most out of their screencast software investment.

    I also find the traditional timeline approach in Camtasia:Mac or ScreenFlow a little easier to work with than say, iMovie for down and dirty editing. The timeline allows us to easily add our website address, transparent png logos, or that “b-roll” footage from other videos. You get more control over placement using the timeline than you do with iMovie.

    Thanks for the Captions overview from Camtasia:Mac too. I wasn’t aware of that feature since I use ScreenFlow a little bit more.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Scott, I’m in full agreement about Cam-Mac and Screenflow’s timeline to be a lot easier to work with. Interestingly, in a comparison between Cam-Mac and Cam-PC, I also think the Mac version is a lot easier to work with.

      For our other readers and visitors, Scott’s absolutely right, too, in saying that this is a great way for people to get the most out of your screencast software investment. For my part, I think you get more bang for your buck with either Camtasia-Mac or Screenflow b/c it gives you a two-fer, of sorts. A multi-track editor that can robustly handle screencasts while also doubling nicely as a lite video editor that can handle the 20% of things you’re likely to use 80% of the time.

      Scott, thanks as always for stopping by to comment.

  2. Demetria says:

    I use Camtasia a LOT but have been having some issues with AVI vids not importing audio lately, so it’s kind of been a bummer. Tech Smith is good about resolving issues, though & thanx to Twitter we’ve connected on that. Otherwise, I choose Camtasia hands down.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Demetria. Thanks for stopping by to comment. I know what you mean. I’ve had similar issues with some avi files, as well. One thing I’ve done as a workaround is to import the audio and video files separately onto separate tracks in Camtasia. I agree, too, the Techsmith guys have been pretty responsive. I see you found them on Twitter, too, eh? 😉

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