Camtasia is a tool that can be used to create screencasts: digital recordings of what is done on a computer screen during a certain period of time. The screencast can contain a PowerPoint slideshow, but it can also be a demonstration of a software program. Screencasts are often accompanied by a teacher’s voice-over and sometimes also images of a webcam are added. Easy screencast recording software can produce a screencast within a few minutes, but it is also possible to add more complex features, such as a quizzes, music, and animations. In that case, more editing is necessary to design and finalize the screencast.
Camtasia offers advanced functionalities to make a screen recording. We recommend Camtasia if you want to do more than just presenting a PowerPoint. For example, if you want to show and explain your students how a certain software application works. On top of recording, you have the possibility to edit your video and audio once you have finished recording. This makes it easy to cut out mistakes.
Teaching staff can request a Camtasia license by sending an email to the LISA Servicedesk. You will receive instructions on how to download Camtasia by email. Step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on how to get started with recording can be found here.
- A Windows or Mac device
- Enough disk space on your local drive to record and save your screen recording
- Using a headset is recommended (you can request one here)
Once you finished recording, you can upload your video files to the UT's Vimeo channel by yourself via the Video Portal (log in using your AD credentials).