Add Your Voice and a Drawing to an Image in Snagit

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You may know how to create a video tutorial by capturing your screen activity and voice with Snagit.
But did you know you can also doodle and talk right over top of a still image? This can be a really quick way to share your thoughts on a screenshot, photo, or even a blank “whiteboard.”

With Snagit, you can simply talk and draw like you would if marking up a physical document with a pen then send it to a colleague or student. They can play it back once or many times to clearly understand your feedback or idea.

You can even use this approach to narrate and annotate a series of images! You could go through a colleague’s presentation slides, a competitor’s website, or whatever you want to comment on. Select only the most important screenshots to talk about. Then flip through those screenshots, commenting and inking as you go. Very efficient both for you and for the receiver!

Feel free to try this process out and take the survey below about your experience for a chance to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards!

Here's how:
1. Turn off option to hide Snagit when capturing (you only need to do this the first time)

2. Plug in microphone if it’s not already plugged in

3. Open desired image on the canvas (or series of images in Open Captures tray)

4. Select the pen tool and set the desired width/color

5. Click the big, red capture button

   6. Select the image on your canvas as recording area

7. Click video camera icon to start recording


8. Talk and draw on the image

9. If you want, you can even switch between images using the Open Captures tray

10. Press stop button

11. If you want, playback your recording and trim out anything you don’t want
12. Click Share tab and click the Screencast button to upload the recording and get a sharing link, or upload and share it directly via social.

After you try this out, tell us about your experience!

If you try this out (or if you’re already doing something similar with Snagit or another tool)...please tell us about your experience. Take a 5 minute survey and you could win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards!

Survey link:
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Emily Dallaire

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Posted 4 years ago

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This goes to show the differences between the Mac and PC Versions.  None of screenshots shown remotely looks like the Mac version.
The mac version does allow very basic video creation. Its a Very watered down version of Camtasia2 for Mac.

What you need to do is try out Screenium3.  It allow you to use either still images or Movies and add scripted audio using system Voices.  You you choose this feature. Then a window opens up choose language, then choose desired voice Male/female. Then type what you want the voice to say. The you play it back. To change cadence or appropriate delays you add periods, commas, or semi-colons or colons. I use SnagIt and Camtasia2, But I'm finding when I want someone to really take notice I am having to use Screenium3. It takes long. But finished product in Right hands would look and sound like it was created by a company charging $10K an hour for their work.  My Voice I find is not ready for Prime time .  
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Hi there - thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Which version of Snagit for Mac are you using? While there are some differences in the interface, the same basic steps should work for Snagit 3 and the UI should be very similar.

Would love to know more about the main audience for the videos you create. Is it mostly colleagues and stakeholders inside your organization, outside clients and customers, the public at large?
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I am a regular contributor and Community Moderator at Microsoft answers (now known as Community) and I do frequent instructive videos to answer question. about Word Excel and PowerPoint. The Videos I upload to YouTube which play automatically when clicked on in the answers forums This ability in Screenium is outstanding and would be worthwhile i=to insert in Camtasia. I would be willing to pay an addition $10-20 for any new versions. if they were to have this feature. here is a sample.
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Peter Gillberg

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Wow, great idea :) Added to Snagit Users Group on Linkedin