Training for Camtasia Studio 8?

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I have just purchased Camtasia 8 and was wondering if there are any DVD instruction cources or Camtasia 8 for Dummies yet?
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Chuck Carey

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Mike Curtis, Employee

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Hello Chuck,

I know there's a Lynda.com course, but I'm not quite sure about the coverage in books.

Before you spend any money though, I wanted to make sure you were aware of our comprehensive list of written and video tutorials available for free: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

If those aren't meeting your needs we'd love to learn more about how we could help.

Thanks for posting and thanks for using Camtasia Studio!

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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Hey Mike thanks for the response. To be honest, you guys don't do a very good job of explaining how to edit an audio track. You ellude to it in the very first video but then never really address it, even in the written manual. This is one area that I really need help with. It would help if you could walk a new user (like me), with a simple example, like your calculator and notepad video, of how to create and edit it, both audio and video.

Thanks,

Chuck
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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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Hi Chuck,

Here is a *very* quick and casual video that covers how to do a couple common things with both audio narration and background music. Let us know if there is anything more specific you are looking to know. It works best if you can show or explain to us what effect you are trying to achieve.

http://www.screencast.com/t/KYwSuzGlbch

-Josh
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Hey Josh, thanks this is helpful. But you don't show how to take out words that are misspoken and record over them again. When you start showing your Calculator demo, your narriator talks about saying words that may need to be edited then he never addresses them in the presentation so a new user like me is left hanging. You show how to timplement music which is really cool and I wasn't aware you provided a library of music, but you didn't talk about editing and taking out words and recording over them again. That example would really help.

Thank,

Chuck
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Hi Chuck,

I pulled one of the videos (Voice Narration) from my site and put it on screencast.com. See if this helps...hopefully it will:

http://www.screencast.com/t/NEIfoM9fCf

HTH.

Dave
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Chuck,

Thanks for letting me know exactly what you were looking to do. I think Dave's video demonstrates a pretty common solution to replacing audio. Let me offer two additional things to note, however:

1. If you use Dave's method, make sure that you split out the audio from the video first. In Dave's example, he actually had not done that yet, so when he split and cut the original narration, he also split and cut the video out. If you watch closely, when he previews the video, it shows a black screen during that section.

2. If you are truly replacing narration, sometimes it is hard to match the volume and tone of your voice from the original track. Hopefully, with some of the audio leveling tricks you may have picked up you can get those matched up.

Again, let us know if you need anything else. And thanks, Dave, for jumping in.

-Josh
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Good catch Josh. Since it was an audio example, I didn't pay attention to the video side but that's a good point. It would definitely cause some issues if you didn't split the audio/video first.

Thanks again for the comment.

Dave
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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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Also, here is a link to a blog post that Cait posted a few weeks ago. It covers the procedure for replacing audio by silencing the original narration, which is slightly different than cutting it:

http://blogs.techsmith.com/tips-how-t...

This is also a good opportunity for me to suggest following our tips and how-tos blog. We like to share a variety of knowledge there, both lighthearted and practical. Most of the time, the content can be appreciated by users of all experience levels.
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Guys, What I really think would be helpful would be a good tutorial for the first time user with a step by step explanation of what you do to start to create a video. Your Calculator example would be find if you elaborated more on what you do with setting it up the first time and editing it, etc. You guys have started but actually left us hanging. A written demo or tutorial on getting started would really help. I printed out a bunch of sections of your manual but they don't have examples.

Chuck
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I agree, Chuck. As a new user, I'm feeling kind of lost (and I'm a pretty fast learner). In addition to the lack of explanation about audio, there is nothing that tells you exactly how to do things like cut/paste a piece of media on the timeline...well, they tell you how it **can** be done, but when I do it, the piece (e.g.,a callout) gets pasted to something way up on the timeline, like Track 63. They just say to move the playhead to the location where you want it, but how do you get it to paste to the exact track where you want it??

Honestly, I have seen far worse documentation (I just switched from Captivate....but I digress). But it definitely needs to be more comprehensive. It seems like the online Help and the tutorials both make too many assumptions, with regard to how experienced the user is with the product. As a Tech Writer, I understand the difficulty in catering to various user levels, but making the effort could mean the difference between Cam Studio being an "okay" program, to a "great" program. If new users are easily lost, you cannot expect to expand your new license sales (word of mouth spreads like wild fire). Also, I am a Michigander and really would like to see Techsmith thrive! Cam Studio provides a ton of awesome features, but is lacking in enough areas that you should really listen to user feedback and keep improving on areas that are not so great, including vague/insufficient documentation.

Lastly, PLEASE do not remove important features without providing some kind of warning and workaround. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to specify dimensions of callouts; only to find out, that capability was removed with 8.

Thanks!
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Hi Kim,

The pasting behavior you mention above does work as intended. Pasted items are placed on the first open track. If no tracks are open, a new one is created and the item is pasted there. But this is not off the table for evaluation and we appreciate feedback and comments such as this.

With regard to the tutorials, I was wondering if you would be willing to elaborate on the assumptions they make. The Camtasia Studio video tutorials are one of my main responsibilities, and we are always looking for ways to improve them.

Thanks for posting.
-Josh
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I am about ready to launch a website, ScreenCast Help to specifically teach about screencasting. It will be a membership site but will be very inexpensive. One of the things I want to do is provide on the fly training training for the members so that when they need help, they can get it.

Like you've said, it is impossible to cover all areas as a trainer but if you provide specifics to me here, I'll do what I can to create some screencasts showing how to do it and then post them. And then eventually, I'll add them to the membership site.

Unfortunately, I still have quite a bit of work to do before launching the site but I am very excited about it and it will hopefully be available soon.

Thanks.

Dave
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Kim

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That's great, Dave! Thanks for the notice! I will be glad to provide you with a list of topics that I, personally, have/had been struggling with since I started using Cam Studio 8 just a few weeks ago.

Solutions to Cam-related problems - especially when you're up against a tight deadline - are invaluable, so I would be more than glad to pay a small fee to become a member and access the site. I'm willing to bet that others would, too!

Would you like the suggestions to be posted here, under this topic, or would it be better to take this discussion to a different venue?

Thanks again for the great news!
Kim
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Hey Thanks Dave. I clicked on the link and checked out your site. How soon do you plan to be up and running? What kind of offer are you willing to make for your first clients so they can give you rave reviews?

Chuck
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@Kim, please post them here so that maybe others can see the requests too.

@Chuck, I would love to get a few people on the site and get some feedback. I would be willing to give them a great price for access to the site and them offer that low monthly fee for the lifetime of their membership. This would be the reward for getting in early and not having all the options that will be in the future.

Let me know if you're interested and I'll give you some more specifics.

Thank you for your interest...I appreciate it very much.

Dave
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Dave, I'm very interested. Lynn.com charges about $25/month but has hundreds of different training classes around all kinds of things. What I like about what you are offering is that you are right in the wheelhouse of what I want to be trained on. So, when do you think you will have your site open? Remember I need baisic training on how to use Camtasia Studio 8 and want to get started as soon as possible.

Chuck
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Dave this is something I am also in the process of putting together but, I had not planned on charging a membership fee. I just wanted to help the users and it would also possibly help me to create some screencast videos for a fee by referrals and small business owners who do not have the time or knowledge to do it themselves. Maybe we should talk and see what we can do jointly. If you are interested. Let me know and maybe we can discuss some things. Let me know how you can be reached if you are interested. BTW, the site looks nice. Have a great day.
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Chuck Carey

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Josh thanks for those tips. One other thing that I clearly didn't find in your written documentation was how to deal with this issue either. So that would help if you would provide it there. One thing I like about the written documentation is I can print it out and read it and test it while I am attempting to make the change. That isn't easy to do when you have to watch a video and then remember what you watched and do it. I like the fact that with written documentation you have a step by step process that you can do at your own pace.

Chuck
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I took a 2 day hands-on live course with a Camtasia instructor that went through every single feature. I found it was very hard to find training resources, so I was extremely happy that I found this course. It can be taken in person or online live. I took it online live and I was able to share my screen with the instructor and ask specific questions when I got stuck. Highly recommend for anyone who needs to get clarification/a complete solution to jump start using Camtasia. http://thinkbiglearnsmart.com/camtasia-studio-training/

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