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Tutorial: Using Camtasia Screencams with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

In this tutorial, we'll look at how to create screencams with TechSmith Camtasia, and then import them into Adobe Premiere Pro to incorporate them into your existing Premiere Pro projects to create professional-quality instructional videos that seamlessly combine screencams and HD footage.

Next we’ll press the Record button on the right of the Recorder tool, which gives us the opportunity to customize the region of the screen we want to record (Figure 5, below). It’s often a good idea to customize the region, instead of either recording the whole screen or choosing set dimensions, because sometimes you don’t want to show the viewer what’s in the Dock, or what’s in the toolbar.

Figure 5. To customize the recording region, simply drag the green vertices shown above until you’ve selected the section you want to show. Click the image to see it at full size.

Once you’ve selected the region, you’re ready to record (Figure 6, below).

Figure 6. Ready to record in Camtasia. Click the image to see it at full size.

Working in the Camtasia Editor

When you’re done recording, Camtasia’s editing tool (Figure 7, below) will open. Here you can save your recording to your chosen destination. You can also add annotations, transitions, animations, callouts, zooms, effects, pans, and a number of useful things to help engage your viewer during the screen capture.

Figure 7. Annotation options in the Camtasia editor. Click the image to see it at full size.

You can also skip all of this--say, if you’re planning to do your editing in another application--as we’ll do in this example. When you’re ready to export, go to the Menu toolbar, and choose Share > Advanced Export.

The Advanced Export dialog opens. Note that you might see different defaults than those visible in Figure 8 (below) because mine reflect settings I’ve chosen in an earlier version. First of all, make sure you’re creating a QuickTime MOV file.

Figure 8. Advanced Export options.

Click Options to customize your QuickTime settings In the Movie Settings dialog that opens, under Video, click Settings. First, select a good quality codec from the Compression Type pull-down menu. I’ve chosen Animation, as you can see in Figure 9 (below). In the Key Frames field, adjust your keyframes to every 300 frames. Under Compressor, for Depth, select Millions of Colors, and set Quality to Best. Then click OK.

Figure 9. Choosing compression settings. Click the image to see it at full size.

Back in the Movie Settings dialog (Figure 10, below), we’ll skip over Filters, since we don’t need that for this example, and we’ll click the Size button to open the Export Size Settings dialog. For Dimensions, we’ll select HD 1920 x 1080 16:9 to match the footage we have in our Premiere Pro project. We’ll deselect Sound, since we haven’t recorded any audio in Camtasia. Once you’ve adjusted all these parameters, click OK to close the Movie Settings dialog and return to Advanced Export.

Figure 10. Movie Settings for the QuickTime file we’ll export.

Back in the Advanced Export dialog, click Export to export the video. It should take about a minute or two to export.

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