• Stephanie Castillo

Capturing Slide Annotations on Camtasia

Updated: Jan 28

Recommended Equipment

  • Presentation software of your choice that allows annotations

  • PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, and Google Slides allow for slide annotations

Recording on Camtasia

  1. Open Camtasia

  2. Select "Record" at the top left corner of the window

Screenshot of a close up of the Camtasia window, pointing out the Record button.

3. The TechSmith Camtasia Recorder window will pop-up

  1. Select which computer screen to record; ensure the window you're recording is where your lecture slides are located.

  2. If you would like your video to be captured simultaneously, ensure your webcam is turned on.

  3. Select the microphone you will be using to capture your audio

  4. If you have audio or videos playing in your lecture slides, turn on System Audio

  5. If you are using a pen & tablet to annotate, make sure it is connected to your computer and ready for use

Screenshot of a computer screen displaying the TechSmith Camtasia Recorder window. Behind the aforementioned window is a PowerPoint window.

4. Select Start Recording. A three-second countdown will start before the

recording begins

Screenshot of a computer screen showing Camtasia three-second countdown.

5. Fullscreen your slides and begin your presentation

Screenshot of PowerPoint Presentation demonstrating live slide annotation.

6. When you're done with your presentation, click on the film icon at the top right of your computer's menu bar and select Stop Recording

Screenshot of cursor hovering over the Stop Recording option in the Camtasia menu located on the taskbar.

7. You'll be redirected to Camtasia where your recording is automatically placed in the Media tab

Screenshot of the Camtasia window showing the final recording located in the Media bin folder.
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