Combine PowerPoint with Software Demo in Camtasia?

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I need to screencast a presentation that combines slides from PowerPoint with a live software application demo. I will need to switch back and fortht between the PowerPoint and the software application during he presentation. Will Camtasia work for this?  How would I do it?
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Hi there

I would think Camtasia would work nicely to achieve this. Basically consider that Camtasia is a camera that you aim at your screen. Whatever goes on in the screen is recorded. You record then edit that recording. 

For example, you may need or want to cut out the bits where you switch from PPT to the software and back and forth.

So sure, Camtasia certainly sounds up to the task. If you aren't sure, TechSmith even offers a free download and an evaluation period.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yes, this can be done.   I love using PowerPoint (or Keynote on Mac )because of the animations and transitions that come with both programs.  Switching back and forth between the PPT slide and the application you are demonstrated keeps the user engaged.   I actually play/record the PPT  slide show at 16:9 settings using HD 1920x1080 resolution using Camtasia.  

1) Create the PPT slides using whatever transitions or animations you will need.  
     a.   I suggest leaving a blank slide in between each slide you need. 

2) When ready, start both the PPT slide show and Camtasia:  Set up your record region and then briefly start PPT slideshow pausing to allow you to resize the PPT to fit under the  1920x1080 green markings. 

3) Now start your recording and then start your PPT slideshow.

4) Once done, on the timeline, slice and dice the the PPT recording to fit between your application recordings.   I have gone as far as create the PPT "blank slide" inside Photoshop and add to Camtasia so if I need to add another slide;  I have it.    I hope that helps.