Camtasia Studio is a computer screen and audio recording application. Camtasia Studio allows you to record, edit, process, and upload your on-screen activity and audio to a streaming media server so that your recorded media can be shared and then viewed on nearly any device.
Camtasia Studio can also incorporate video clips, and it’s possible to add call-outs, animations, captioning, and even to incorporate a PowerPoint presentation into a project. TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio Features page includes video examples of the different features available.
Application to All Courses
Camtasia Studio is a powerful tool for any classroom. The lists below are just a sampling of ways the software can be used.
Record On-screen Content and Audio
- Create tutorial videos to show students how to use a new course tool.
- Create a Web tour of a research or library website
- Demonstrate the basics of using a software application (Word, Excel, etc.)
- Record audio over an existing PowerPoint presentation.
- Record short lectures and require students to watch videos online prior to face-to-face or online meetings (e.g., discussions, web conferences, or chats).
- Record guest speakers for use in future semesters.
- Create on-location or in-office informal videos on your own.
- Closed captioning may be added to Camtasia Studio projects.
Engage your students
- Create interactive content using quiz feature.
- Add animations or call-outs to call attention to important content.
- Add content that appears on mouse-over or mouse-click.
- You can view some examples of how Camtasia Studio is used in education on the TechSmith Customer Stories and Case Studies page.
- CITT Video Services also includes three testimonials from UF professors (scroll to bottom of page).
Access to Camtasia Studio
- CITT Video Studio: Camtasia Studio software is available for use in the CITT Video Studio. The CITT Video Studio Recording page describes what services are offered to faculty.
- College or Departmental License: Check with your department or college to find out whether there are licenses already available, or computer labs with Camtasia Studio already installed and available.
- Purchase a License: Your department may purchase a license for you to use on your personal computer or laptop from Software Licensing.
If you are unable to use Camtasia Studio you may download and use Relay, TechSmith’s free recording tool. It can be used to create streaming videos, but it is less powerful and has fewer recording capabilities than Camtasia Studio. Please follow the instructions on the UF Video and Collaboration Services Relay Help page if you are interested in using Relay.
Watch a Tutorial
Lynda.com offers excellent tutorials on how to use Camtasia Studio and a variety of other software titles. You can access these tutorials by going to the e-Learning Support Services website and clicking on the lynda.com login button that apperas under Teaching Tools. You will be prompted for your Gatorlink username and password, and then you will be able to search for tutorials.
- 7 things You Should Know about Lecture Capture: This PDF article from Educause details the benefits and uses of lecture capture in education.
- Case Study: Camtasia Relay Meets Seattle Pacific University’s Unique Content Capture Needs: This PDF article details how Camtasia Relay helped Seattle Pacific University meet the needs of students to have online access to lecture materials.
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Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.