What Camtasia 9 tips would you teach in 45 minutes?

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I'm teaching a session next month and was told to assume that every is a true beginner.
45 minutes isn't a lot of time, so I'm curious what the community thinks that would be beneficial for beginners to see in such a short amount of time.

Here's the list that I've started brainstorming with, and obviously, it's not going to be covered in 45 minutes.

Grouping clips
Recording Settings (pixel size, record system, record microphone)
Sources for sound/video/images
Picture in Picture
Audio levels
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Well I am a true beginner, and I've had to learn this application with the kind assistance of this community.  

One of the very first things I faced, AND which seems to appear every other week or so from another newbie, is "how do you get quality video posted on YouTube", or "Why doesn't my video look as good on line as it does when I play it on my PC?"

I would suggest explaining screen resolution concepts, screen capture, and walking people through the SHARE process.  I'd do it first.  This could be a part of your recording settings, I guess.  But I don't see it as a direct 1:1 equivalence overall.

This will do two things,
  1. Address the very thing they will email you about when they start working on their own projects,
  2. Gives you a destination and a purpose to work towards.  A framework on which to hang the session on.
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I really like this. It's something you reminded me about one of my earliest struggles. After hours of editing, and posting to YouTube, the video was the wrong pixel dimensions and there wasn't an HD option. 

I figure I could show my own settings to the class and offer a very brief description. 
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Is this a live 45 min. session? Because that's a tough spot to be in with a group of newbies.

It's difficult to prioritize where to start.If these people truly don't know anything.You don't have enough time to teach them much.

They won't even know what a timeline is. When you start talking about the timeline, ripple delete, cross-fade, it's like speaking another language. Visual aids will help a lot in that situation.
Every tool and technique you mention, may trigger a question. Every explanation will eat away at that 45 min.  In the blink of an eye, that class will be over.
Video editing was difficult for me to grasp when I was getting started. Repetitive tutorial watching was my best learning tool. TechSmiths tutorials are better than nothing. If they don't have access to the internet perhaps you could record the tutorials for them?
The videos would be for them to use after the class is over, as a reference and further learning.

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Thanks, Joe!

Looks like I'll actually have 90 minutes. That's still short, but it's better.
Ripple deletes are a must. We'll probably stick with butt-splices instead of cross-fades.

But you've got me thinking. These are people who want to do video tutorials, mostly screen capture. I don't know how many want to be on-camera themselves. With that in mind, it simplifies things, somewhat.
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I agree with Joe.  Prepare a powerpoint presentation with the details.  Touch on the highlights and point out more detail can be found in the presentation, which would be provided to the attendees.
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Hi Oz,
This is a great question to pose here.

I would offer you should let your team know that a LOT of what happens BEFORE they record can make or break a great video.
Here is a PDF guide you can print out for them to use, or give them the link so they can access it later:

Additionally, there are some best practices for working on collaborative projects, and for managing your projects.
Here is a collaboration guide you can print out for them to use, or give them the link so they can access it later:

Also, everybody loves hotkeys. You will surely get asked about hotkey usage so we have a guide for that as well.

And, here are the steps I suggest for creating a video:

Crucial Steps for Success: Complete Your Video in this Order
For the best video editing, complete your edits in the following order. You may not include each of these steps
in every video project you work on, but, to ensure success, the order below should still befollowed.

For example, always import all the media and arrange it on the time line before you begin to edit the audio.
Or, edit the audio on the timeline before you add a transition.
1. Import images, recordingfiles, video clips, and audio and arrange the clips onthe timeline.
2. Make basic edits to the clips on the timeline.Cut and split clips, moveclips, add markers, etc.
3. Record camera video (webcam) and add to timeline.
4. Edit the audio.
5. Add voice narration.
6. Add title clips and transitions
7. Apply SmartFocus and add zoom, pan, and other animations to draw viewers’ attention to specific action in the video.
8. Add other effects such as callouts, captions, behaviors, quizzes or surveys.

Finally, most people will feel VERY successful if you take them through recording a portion of their screen, putting it on the timeline, making a few cuts and basic edits, and producing the video, and watching it play. So, keep the class simple, and shoot for an easy success everyone can achieve. Then, let them know where out training videos are so they can build on their success and keep learning.

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Thanks for the links. I will share them.

Shooting for an easy, achievable success. I like that.
I hadn't thought about best practices. That's a big deal and needs to be incorporated into the session.

Without best practices a lot of the cool stuff can get really really frustrating.