TechSmith Camtasia 9
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at the edge of the capture window or cutting off
some of the application.
On the Mac version of Camtasia, you can
capture the screen from iOS devices attached
to your Mac. Otherwise, to capture Android
screens on a Mac, or iOS/Android screens on a
Windows computer, you’ll need a reflector app
that transmits the mobile screen to the desktop.
TechSmith has a tutorial describing your options at bit.ly/2kpxLcr.
The second box from the left in Figure 1
shows the webcam capture. Webcam footage is
captured as a movable, independently editable
file that’s distinct from the screencam capture.
In terms of audio, the two boxes on the right
of the capture bar are for audio, one for a microphone attached to the system and the other
for system audio. On both, you can enable or
disable as well as control the volume.
Push the Start Recording button to start the
capture. You can pause and resume using simple keystroke commands in both versions. On
Stop, the captured video automatically loads into the
media section of the editor.
Figure 2 shows the edi-
tor with the Record button
on the upper left. As you
can see, the editor has four
main windows, dominated
by the Preview window in
the middle and Timeline on
the bottom. On the left are
the Media and Effect Bins,
with the Media Bin open
and showing some of the
motion-graphics effects that
ship with the program. On
the right is a Properties window for configuring
clips and effects in the Timeline. For example,
the lower-third title in the Timeline was select-
ed for the screenshot. You see two categories
of configurations on the right, visual properties,
accessed by clicking the film icon on top of the
window, and text effects, reached by clicking
the lowercase “a.” All visual properties can also
be directly manipulated by moving and resizing
the clip or effect in the Preview window, with
alignment and positioning guides simplifying
You build your project by dragging clips
and effects onto the various tracks in the Time-
line; most operations are simple and intuitive.
To trim the start or end of a clip, you drag ei-
ther end to the desired location. Or, you can
drag the pointer to the desired start or stop
point and split the clip, either via keystroke
commands (S in Windows, Command-T on the
Mac) or via the split icon located in the small
icon bar on the upper left of the Timeline.
The editor does a nice job of keeping things
simple. For example, videos with audio are presented on one track in the Timeline, although
you can access either track via its properties