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I'm a beginner with Camtasia and I'm eager to learn how to build projects that are better designed.  

How can I improve the attached video?

Also, one skill I struggle with is syncing audio  with video (I tape the audio separately in a studio). So, any tips you have to share,  I'm eager to hear. 

Thank you!
Holly

BTW: I still need to add credits, such as the music is from Jason Shawn
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Fabulous first video!

Some suggestions:
  • Find the best tutorial video you can find, on any topic, and notice how long that video takes to cover each skill. I think you will find that it covers 2 or sometimes 3 topics per minute. Our brains have a tremendous capacity to absorb data from video, and because we can rewind, we don't care if we miss something. Try to emulate that pace.
  • Unless you are trying to teach people to read, don't read bullets. Your audience finishes the bullets in half the time it takes you to read them, then gets impatient. If those bullets are the important, upload a PDF of the bullets instead of a video.
  • Unless you are trying to teach people about the "bold" command and copy editing, don't show them how to use the bold command or edit copy. My sense from the video is that if they don't know how to bold something, they're not ready to take your class, they should be in a basic computer skills class instead.
  • Don't be afraid to edit out slow parts. There's no law that says the video can't go faster than what you recorded in Camtasia.
To sync sound between two audio recordings, a lot of us just clap once. The waveform for the clap is very distinctive and easy to sync. But you are recording audio in a studio, presumably after you have already edited your screen capture. Here's my similar workflow:
  1. Capture screen & other video clips
  2. Edit down to a short, tight presentation, typically twice as fast or faster than you would deliver it live. Television has trained us to absorb video quickly!
  3. Write the audio script, practice out loud & edit until it matches your video.
  4. Record final audio in the studio.
  5. Edit the audio into the video. You can stretch out the video with static frames if necessary. 
Here's a video I created in 2013 using that workflow.

http://betterdemo.com/better-demo-gallery/ (scroll down to "Online Demo Video)

Here's a screen grab from the Camtasia project file. Notice that the video is all chopped up where I removed boring stuff, and the audio is all chopped up to match. (click to enlarge)



Again, fabulous first video!
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Hi Dave,
Thanks so much for taking the time to give me feedback!  You video exemplifies many of the points you shared with me - stylistic choices I really like. 
Additionally, your approach - record the video and then the audio - makes so much sense.  My approach (until now) was exactly the opposite. 

This is fun stuff. I'm hoping to have a full redo done by Wednesday - when this project is due. 

BTW: What feature in Camtasia  allows for the "static frame"?  I don't see it and probably will use it. 

Again, thanks so much Dave!  I truly appreciate your help. 
Holly 
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To extend the last (or first) frame of a clip to the playhead location, Edit>>Playhead>>Extend frame to Playhead

To insert a static frame anywhere, position the playhead on desired frame, Share>>Export Frame As..., then import the frame back into the bin. 
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Thanks again Dave!