How to make Khan-style videos?

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I am a high school teacher and want to make Khan-style instructional videos for physics classes. I tried the Wacom tablet and there is just no way I'm going to be able to write on that without having my eyes where I'm writing. I need to be able to write on the screen like a normal piece of paper. It seems like my only option is to use ScreenChomp with an ipad, and just deal with the reduced functionality compared to Camtasia. Is that true, and if not, can you tell me what my options are?
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Hi, thanks for letting us know about what you're trying to do! Could you provide some insight into what functionality you looking for?

Thanks again!
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You might search for Khan Academy to see what I'm trying to do. Basically, I want to make screencasts that capture my voice and me writing on a whiteboard environment solving physics problems. Khan himself uses a Windows based solution with Camtasia and a Wacom tablet. But as I mentioned above, that tablet requires one to write on the tablet while the writing appears on the computer screen, a skill that requires too much practice for me to want to try. My school uses Mac, and I was hoping to use Camtasia Mac for this, but if I understand things correctly, there is not an ios version of that which could be used on the ipad.

Some online have used ScreenChomp with an ipad to do exactly what I am trying to do. I am about to go that route, but thought I'd check with TechSmith first.

I have also seen some hardware cards that seem to be able to take ipad content and allow it to be viewed on a Macbook screen where Camtasia could be used, but that route is confusing to me.
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Use the ScreenDraw utility within Camtasia for what you want to do.
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As far as I can tell there's no "ScreenDraw" for Camtasia for Mac, at least as of June 2014.
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I am trying to do the same thing.  My old Gateway died and I haven't been able to find a computer that has the flip screen and can be written on with a stylus--any ideas?
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One thing I've seen people do is run Camtasia Studio on a Windows PC Tablet, and then the computer itself is like your "Wacom". Do you have access to an electronic whiteboard, sometimes called Interactive White Boards or Smartboard?

You can write on that too, and Camtasia Studio will record it.

You are correct though in that there is no Camtasia for the iPad, so maybe give ScreenChomp a try and go from there?

Other ideas?
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Mike what Windows PC Tablet will run the Camtasia Studio version for Windows? Just curious, I would like to check into that option in the future. Also, could you recommend a not so pricey Whiteboard or Smartboard that will not cost you an arm and a leg? Thanks.
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Thanks for the suggestion! Just to clarify, Screenchomp is made by us here at TechSmith as well. The great thing about Screenchomp is that you can record your lesson, then share it to the Screenchomp service, then download the MP4 to your Mac or PC. Then it is easy to import the MP4 into Camtasia for Mac or Camtasia Studio (PC) and edit further by adding annotations, zooms, and more to enhance the video. You also get additional sharing options from Camtasia. Here is a screencast showing this process using Screenchomp and Camtasia for Mac:

As Richard mentioned above, you can also accomplish this using the ScreenDraw features in Camtasia Recorder. Here is a tutorial that shows how to use it:

The key is to put a plain background behind your recording area.

I hope this helps!

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It sounds like you would love a Tablet PC. Even though your school is a Mac school, have you considered getting your own Tablet PC? I teach math and have used Tablet PCs for about 6 years in our mainly-Mac school.

The Tablet PC uses a stylus (like a pencil) and I write directly onto the convertible computer screen (as if it were a piece of paper). And as I write, I see exactly what I am writing onto. This is a much more natural experience than the using the Wacom set-up. The Tablet PC replaced my overhead projector. My middle school students and I use Camtasia Studio on the Tablet PCs, with ease, to create math tutorials (see

Here is a link to some tablets I have owned or used:

Nowadays, there are all sorts of "touch" devices. I'm not a huge fan of using touch to create instructional videos, although if using an iPad, ScreenChomp is great! A good Tablet PC can cost between $1000 - 2000 or so. There are a few pretty good ones priced just under that at about $800 - $999. Typically, HP has made a few priced just under $1000. Not my favorite, but pretty good and a good entry choice. Here is an example of one for sale:

And here is a better one at $1199:

Basically, there are Wacom tablets (you hook-up to your Windows or Mac computer), touch-only tablets (usually tend to have no physical keyboard.), touch with stylus tablets and stylus-only tablets. I tend to like the stylus Tablet PCs that have a "convertible" keyboard and an "active digitizer" for a stylus. But I think something like the HP I mentioned above would be perfect for what it sounds like you want to do. Let me know if you want any more details.

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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!
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I'm a little late here, but let me provide a suggestion. I've produced instructional videos similar to those produced by Khan Academy for the last two years. I find that the Wacom Bamboo Create Tablet paired with Sketchbook Express works rather well at creating the effect where it appears you're writing on a blackboard. Sketchbook Express came for free with the tablet that I purchased (Wacom Bamboo Create), but there are other options available. 

To record what's happening on the screen I use Screenflow 4, which is a great piece of software for screen capture and video editing, however Camtasia will also do the job for you.  Personally, I've found that recording the audio and video separately so that I can edit and speed up the writing and sync it with the audio produces a better quality video. This eliminates those moments in your video when their is writing, but nothing in terms of audio. This allows me to condense a 10 minute video into roughly 5 minutes. I write slow, and it doesn't get any better on a tablet, but you want want to record everything simultaneously. 

I hope this helps. If you're looking to learn more about producing tutorial videos I have a course that may help you:

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Hi Matt - I am interested in getting hold of you about your tutorial advice. I tried to buy your course but it wouldnt accept payment from any of my UK cards. Please advise?

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Hi Katie,

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