Camtasia should out-articulate Articulate!

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I gotta believe this will be a big "duh" that's been discussed somewhere else in the life of Camtasia but here goes anyway. Why can't you include an Articulate-like feature that allows recording narration one slide at a time with the ability to re-record just that section if necessary. For my money that would be Camtasia heaven!
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Bernie

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  • sooo wanting to have this feature added!

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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Thanks for this idea!

When you refer to recording narration one slide at a time, do you mean for PowerPoint slides? If so, there is a way to do this in Camtasia Studio. Here is a link to our Help that explains how to do it.

Basically, you have to first save your PowerPoint Slides as images from within PowerPoint. Then you can import the images into Camtasia Studio, add them to the timeline, and using the Voice Narration tab, add audio voiceover to each slide. There is an option on the Voice Narration tab to extend the frame as you do the voice narration, so it will adjust the length for you to match the length of your audio.

You can actually do this same technique with any image files that you want to import into Camtasia Studio. It isn't limited to only PowerPoint Slides.

I hope this helps!

If not, would you mind explaining in more detail what you mean by slides, and how you would expect it to work?

Thanks for your feeddback!
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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Ooops...fogot to include the link to the Help: http://download.techsmith.com/camtasi...

It appears the link won't go directly to the content, so after following the link, click on the Search tab in the upper left, and then type in Save PowerPoint Slides into the search box. Next, click on the first result which should be "Save PowerPoint Slides as Images"
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Hi Shane,

First of all thanks for the quick response.

Yes I am talking about PowerPoint presentations ... I should have made that more clear.

I get the concept behind your suggestion but it doesn't do the trick for me. I tried it on one of my presentations. As I expected would happen all the presentation images got distorted by the resizing operation. More importantly this approach negates all animations.

So back to my original thought ... I think overall when it comes to features Camtasia has it all over that "A" brand software. I also think this additional feature would knock it out of the ballpark. So I keep wondering ... if the "A" folks can include it why can't TechSmith?

Happy New Year!
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Try this approach?

With each PP slide [with animations], capture it with Recorder [w/w/o narration] to get footage w/animations.

With the slide captures on timeline, use Voice Narration under each one in turn to add narration.

Use clip speed adjustments against a slide where necessary to get slide clip durration to match the final narration.

However, I get excellent results by using Recorder directly; not the PP addin to capture the slides while I add narration.
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Daniel Park

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I see CS and Articulate as complimentary rather than competitive. Yes, some features overlap, but Articulate is decidedly PowerPoint-focused, with some dabblings in screencasting (their screen recorder is actually pretty weak). They do have the ability to do much better quizzing/surveying, along with offering some minor interativity (that goes beyond the clickable hotspots offered by CS). I actually like them both, and would like to see each product continuing to play to their individual strengths rather than trying to "overtake" the other.

cheers, Daniel
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I agree Daniel ... that they both have their place and that neither one should try to "ovetake" the other. I just wish there was more overlap with some of the more basic common-sense features.

Cheers back at you ... Bernie
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What? Not try to "overtake" a competitor? I suppose Techsmith shouldn't try to make Camtasia better than Adobe Captivate either?

Baloney.

I want a tool that gives me the ability to develop a product without having to use additional _major_ tools to compenstate for deficiences.

Go on Techsmith... make a a better product. Then see your competitors cry.
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Daniel Park

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But Bruce, there's a danger in trying to become the "everything" tool. The development of a product should be about controlled focus. You can do a few things really really well, or you can do a dozen things half-assed. Of course I'm for improving the product, but I can think of a half-dozen things off the top of my head I'd rather see than improved PowerPoint implementation.

cheers, d.
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"You can do a few things really really well, or you can do a dozen things half-assed."

There's a third choice ... you can do a dozen things (or more) really well.
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Daniel -- I agree about the Powerpoint features. But I was really speaking of features like closed captioning, better library features, improved text effects, etc.... things that tools like Captivate, After Effects and Premier are already doing. I'd like to not sit here wishing Camtasia had features that I know good and well are included in a typical video editing tool.

Cheers to you too. :-)
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"There's a third choice ... you can do a dozen things (or more) really well."

I think Techsmith should shoot for 2 or 3 dozen.
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My company is building eLearning with the desire of providing hands on opportunities inside a simulation of our operating system. We also have a desire to test from these modules and track a cumulative score over completion of several same-topic modules. Is there a way to successfully produce video with the benefit of Camtasia's hotspot interactivity and the high-quality of Articulate's quizzing/testing features without sacrificing the quality of the Learning Objects built in both products for their respective strenghts? I have played with linking files and it can appear quite seamless for the user, but the process is grueling and if the video elements are being hosted by a 3rd party (we use a company called Bright's Cove) it is not clear what the full URL is for each LO for scripting the linking of the components from both programs. Not to mention the headache with the process of updating content over time! We haven't been successful in uploading an MP4 built in Camtasia (in which the hot spot feature is critical) into Articulate without the hot spot functionality being lost completely. We've tried to recreate the LO in Articulate but their hot spot limitations prevent us from being able to advance to the next step of the system's processes without clicking the 'next arrow' at the bottom of the window- which really deminishes all attempts of simulating an operating system's environment. Any tips that could steer us to success would be most appreciated!
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BTW- we are using the most current versions of both Articulate and Camtasia.
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BTW - Articulate has a new product in beta now - Storyline - that has Screenr built in.
And they promise a new release of Studio by the end of the year.
I agree with Daniel Park - their screen recording software Screenr is very limited, but I loooove their Engage product with interactive hotspots. And Quizmaker is outstanding.

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