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Camtasia

What Is Camtasia?

TechSmith Camtasia is a popular screen recording and video editing software developed by TechSmith Corporation. It can be used for creating professional-quality videos, tutorials, demonstrations, and presentations. Camtasia offers a range of features and tools that make it easy to capture, edit, and share screen recordings.

Features at a Glance
  • Screen recording: Camtasia allows you to capture your screen activity, including applications, presentations, or any other content displayed on your computer screen. You can choose to record the entire screen or specific regions.
  • Webcam recording: In addition to screen recording, Camtasia enables you to capture video from your webcam, allowing you to include a live video feed of yourself within your recordings.
  • Video editing: Camtasia provides a comprehensive video editing suite with a user-friendly interface. It offers features like trimming, cutting, cropping, adding annotations, transitions, effects, and animations to enhance your recordings.
  • Audio editing: The software allows you to edit and enhance audio tracks, including adjusting volume levels, removing background noise, adding voice narration, or incorporating music and sound effects.
  • Media import and customization: Camtasia supports importing various media files such as images, videos, and audio to incorporate into your projects. You can also customize and annotate imported media to create engaging and interactive videos.\
  • Quizzing and interactivity: Camtasia offers interactive features like quizzes, surveys, and hotspots, enabling you to engage viewers and create interactive learning experiences within your videos.
  • After editing your videos, Camtasia provides options for exporting and sharing your creations in various formats, including MP4, AVI, and animated GIFs. You can directly upload your videos to video-sharing platforms like Canvas LMS, YouTube, Vimeo, or export them for web, mobile, or desktop playback.

Scope and Cost

Techsmith Camtasia is proprietary software that incurs a licensing fee for its use. CIRT recommends this software only to those faculty who are experience technical issues with other solutions that are freely available to UNF instructors (such as Canvas Studio). 

Before requesting a Camtasia license, please review the Collections in this article to be sure that you need this software. Or book a consultation with the Online Learning Support team to discuss your options.

Canvas Integration

Unlike Canvas Studio, Camtasia is desktop software and thus does not directly integrate with Canvas. However, though Canvas Studio, videos created in Camtasia (or other recording software) can be uploaded and shared following these instructions.

Requirements

Camtasia is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, and it is recommended to have at least 16GB of available memory. Additionally, a microphone is required for recording audio.

Support Report

The implementation of a grading system for CIRT support not only facilitates efficient resource allocation but also fosters transparency in our service delivery. By self-grading our support levels as A+, B+, and C+, we provide faculty with a transparent framework that outlines the expected level of assistance they can anticipate when reaching out for help.

A support grade of “B+” represents a strong level of assistance, with our team possessing a solid understanding of the application or integration. While not reaching the pinnacle of expertise, “B+” nevertheless indicates proficiency and competence in addressing a wide range of issues. CIRT’s internal documentation remains robust, and our team is well-equipped to troubleshoot various challenges. Although there may be instances when reaching out to the vendor becomes necessary for more complex issues, causing support delays, especially when we lack administrative access. Users of applications and/or integrations with a “B+” grade can usually expect comprehensive resolutions to their issues when such resolutions are possible.

External Resources

To further empower UNF instructors, we provide direct links to the vendor’s support material, ensuring you have access to official resources and expert guidance. Furthermore, we curate and share external support documentation discovered online that may offer valuable insights or alternative perspectives. Our commitment is to provide you with a holistic support experience, combining our internal expertise with external resources to empower you in navigating the intricacies of this application.

Contact CIRT

For UNF faculty seeking to deepen their understanding of this application, schedule personalized training sessions, or initiate the installation process, we encourage you to reach out to the Center for Instruction and Research Technology at cirtlab@unf.edu (904-620-3927).

Version: Camtasia 2023/4
Scope: No Canvas Integration
CIRT Support: B+
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