Just writing this quick message to let you know that new minor versions has been released for Camtasia Studio on PC, new version 8.3 and Camtasia for Mac, new version 2.7. You find instructions on how to access these below. Both Camtasia 2.7 for Mac and Camtasia Studio 8.3 PC was just released a couple of days ago.

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New Camtasia Studio 8.3 for PC

Camtasia 8.3 (PC) was just released a few days ago. If you hold an older license (Camtasia 7 or older) you can upgrade to Camtasia 8.3 here. If you are unsure if you are eligible to a no-cost upgrade, verify what Camtasia Studio version you own here.

New in the last releases:

Camtasia Studio v8.3.0 Minor Release

 

  • Made improvements to the Relay plugin
  • Updated TSCC codec to fix a crash bug when accessing corrupt input
  • Fixed a bug where the playhead advances but the video frame doesn’t change
  • Fixed a bug where transitions are treated as audio media and can cause attenuation in project audio
  • Fixed a bug where indented callout text didn’t show as indented in the preview window
  • Fixed a bug where MOVs could break project upgrading

Camtasia Studio v8.2.1 Maintenance Release

 

  • Fixed a memory leak for media files on the timeline that was leading to high memory use and instability
  • Fixed a crash when double clicking a media while it is transferring from the Fuse mobile app
  • Fixed a bug where users with a Lectora production preset got stuck in the production preset manager
  • Fixed a bug where temporary files were written to the user’s Windows temporary folder instead of the custom temporary folder location specified inside the editor Tools > Options dialog

Upgrade from Camtasia 7 and older to Camtasia Studio 8.3 PC here. 

New Camtasia 2.7 for Mac

Camtasia 2.7 (Mac) was also released just a few days ago. If you hold an older license (Camtasia Mac 1) you can upgrade to Camtasia 2.7 here. If you are unsure if you are eligible to a no-cost upgrade, verify what Camtasia Mac version you own here.

Here is the version history for the last few releases in case you haven’t kept your software updated:

Camtasia for Mac 2.7.0

  • Made improvements to the Relay plugin
  • Added the ability to crop annotations
  • Made improvements to the TechSmith Smart Player
  • Fixed an issue with files imported from Fuse do not have thumbnails
  • Fixed an issue where images are imported sideways from Fuse
  • Fixed a crash when resizing an annotation while pressing Command
  • Fixed an issue where double-clicking a .cmproj opens an untitled project also
  • Fixed an issue where the playhead does not move on a ripple delete when using the context menu on a selected region
  • Fixed an issue with media scaling while dragging control points
  • Added the ability that when a track is hidden associated markers are also hidden

Camtasia for Mac 2.6.2

  • Fixed a crash when sharing to Camtasia Relay
  • Fixed a hang when the media path contained the characters ‘cmrec’ or ‘trec’ anywhere in the path
  • Fixed a bug where the play head sometimes jumps back to time zero when clicking or dragging it

Camtasia for Mac 2.6.1

  • Fixed a bug that was causing Fuse videos larger than 1GB to fail to transfer
  • Fixed a bug where special characters in file names sent from Fuse were not handled correctly
  • Fixed a bug where deleting media from the bin followed by a save did not delete the media from the project
  • Fixed a bug where after dragging a freeze region effect on the timeline, multiple undo operations were required to undo the drag operation
  • Fixed a bug where dragging two video effects to the timeline required three undo operations to undo the two changes
  • Fixed a bug where a crash would occur when cropping a callout by using the option key while resizing the callout
  • Fixed a bug where an error message would occur when the user double clicks a .cmrec file

Camtasia for Mac 2.6.0

  • Added import of videos and images from Google Drive
  • Added sharing of video to Google Drive
  • Added import of videos and images from mobile devices using TechSmith Fuse for iOS and Android
  • Added Ctrl+Shift modifier to use snapping while trimming a media with the mouse on the timeline
  • Fixed a bug where exporting would continue after the user clicked the cancel button
  • Fixed a bug where you could get into a state where changes to audio actions were not applied
  • Fixed a bug where a volume adjustment could end up inside a visual action leading to a crash
  • Fixed a bug where clicking on the playhead drop line would deselect the media behind it, making editing a media near the playhead more difficult.
  • Fixed a bug where the double arrow callout could be clipped when the width is set to 100
  • Fixed a bug where the Update File context menu in the clip bin should have been disabled because selecting it would have no effect.
  • Fixed a bug where copy and paste of an animation could change the interpolator on the animation
  • Fixed a bug where the drop zones don’t draw correctly when dragging an effect to a rotated media on the canvas.
  • Fixed a bug where it took two undo actions to remove a video effect after adding it
  • Fixed a bug where the Mix to mono setting was not saved on a stitched media
  • Fixed a bug where you could not tab between input boxes when adjusting the canvas dimensions

Upgrade from Camtasia 1 Mac  to Camtasia 2.7 Mac here. 

That’s all the news I got for you today. Ideas and suggestions for this blog, please go ahead and comment below.

DSC_0065Halloween’s just around the corner but that won’t be complete without some cute, scary treat to our friends, colleagues, loved ones and users.

Why not use this Callout on top of your Camtasia Halloween videos.  This overlay comes in a PNG transparent file 512×300 px format. Use this overlay on your videos, screencast and any graphic applications.

Download the Happy Halloween Camtasia Callout/Video Overlay free on Facebook today!

Until Next Time, 

Peter, Your Camtasia Guide :)

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We all know that Camtasia is a flexible screencasting tool that allows us to create professional and compelling screencasting contents.

Many users of Camtasia is longing for the possibility to record iPads and iPhones.

I came across this great video by techsavyed in my quest for a solution . Please note that the recording takes place on your desktop or laptop computer, not directly on the iPad, but rather the mirrored image of the iPad on your computer. I have detailed the steps to set this up here.

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Here’s what you need to record your iPad

How to Record iPad

1. Run the Reflector App and go to the Air Play options.

2. Turn on the mirroring and see the iPad on your desktop.

3. Go to Device menu>Enter full screen. (To eliminate all the distracting files in your background).

4. Exit the full screen.

5. Go to the Camtasia for Mac Recording Menu.

6. Select a recording region that is very similar to the size of your iPad. (In the video, it’s the YouTube HD 720p option.)

7. Turn on system audio to capture the sound coming from your iPad. This will make your screencast easy to understand especially for the hearing challenged.

8. Click the record button. Adjust the recording window.

9. Demo any app on iPad with audio so your users can have the best experience with quality audio and video.

You’re done!

Here’s a video explaining the steps.

Additional Tips

  • Use Camtasia Cursor effects to make it look like you are manipulating your iPad using a mouse and not the touch option that may not work well using an air play screen.
  • Use your computer’s mouse or crack pad for pointing out important features of the iPad app you want to demo.

There you have the easy steps on how to use your iPad in screencasting using Camtasia for Mac and Windows. Have you tried it before? Share your experience.

Get Camtasia for Mac or Camtasia for Windows today!

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Until Next Time,

Peter, Your Camtasia Guide :)

CamtasiaforMac-Box-right-200pxOur favorite screen recording tool with streamlined, user-friendly and intuitive features is now even better. Camtasia for Mac V 2.5 makes screen capturing activity easier and more professional; therefore, allowing us to communicate our message visually. If you already have Camtasia for Mac, you can consider upgrading to the latest version.

Additional Features

  • Share history window (with Facebook and Twitter buttons on it)
  • New capture method on versions OS X 10.8 and up
  • User interface and color picker
  • Mix to mono option (Allowing to use both sides of the audio channel, right and left, even if you only set one)
  • Lock track option
  • Turning off the tracks, hiding the visuals and muting the audio ability
  • Linear interpolation
  • Solved the issue that makes images black when they are larger than 5000×5000
  • Enabled range selection using the shift key after mouse down
  • Allowed fine tuning a timeline range selection using the keys “shift + comma + period”
  • Solved the problem that could not open or save corrupted files
  • And more….

 

Until Next Time, 

Peter, Your Camtasia Guide :)

infographic-voteInfographics has been around for years, but has gained enormous interest online the last few years, as I am sure you have noticed.

Infographics help present complex information quickly and clearly. But it’s not always as easy as to just put together an infographic. To effectively communicate it needs to be professional and clear. There are artists focused on creating infographics for you, but if you don’t have a few hundred dollars to spend you won’t get far.

This is where Callouts come into scene. Callouts.com will create the professional graphic images you need in order to create your own stylish infographics.

But to do this right we need your input. How do you want them to look, what are you going to use them for et cetera. We will develop this set of Infographics together with you, by posting questions on this blog and collecting comments from you.

So please head over to Callouts and vote for your favorite Camtasia Infographic Callouts

Until Next Time, 

Peter, Your Camtasia Guide :)

InfoWhat does it entail to get good screencasting? Many will tell you that there are a lot of factors that will determine whether your screencasting is a success or a failure. Here are some of the tips pertaining to the most important points that your screencast should contain.

10 Tips to Outstanding Screencasting for Both Newbies and Pros

  1. Plan what goes in your content. This will guide and show what is relevant and must be covered in the screencast project.
  2. Know your tools to get the most out of them. This is easy in Camtasia as it comes with a preloaded sample project that you can practice on to get a better hang on how to record and edit your videos
  3. Filmography. Make sure that what you are capturing on video really does matter in the presentation. Try Camtasia Recorder to automate the recording process of key frames. This will also be helpful when you  share your videos to users of different devices.
  4. Audio. Be sure to make the audio loud enough for your audience to hear and clear enough for them to comprehend. With Camtasia Editor, you can adjust the volume in case the audio is too loud or low then removed white noise and stutters.
  5. Test both video and audio. Consider practicing in advance to gain better video and audio quality that works for your project.

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6. Collaborate. When working with a team, consider exporting your Camtasia Project in a zip file so other members of the team can contribute to the project even when using a different PC. With Camtasia, you can also create an early demo to show with your members then check if it is appropriate for the topic.

7. Record the screen you need. Close unnecessary windows and apps to keep the desktop uncluttered. Make sure to get high resolution captures using the Camtasia Recorder then insert some animation, highlights, or effects for further emphasis using the Camtasia Editor.

8. Special effects. Use them, but keep it to a minimum. Use these only when needed so the video can be enhanced. With Camtasia Editor, you can cut out the sections where nothing happens then add simple but appealing transitions like Cube rotate or Fade to Black.

9. Edit carefully. From basic to complex editing, you can make your screencast appear more professional. Do not forget to edit the dimensions in Camtasia Editor so the final video can be best seen by users in the different devices that they will use.

10.  Share. This is easy on Camtasia Editor as you will just make the video shareable by hitting on the Produce and Share button. When it is good to go, you can use Camtasia to share via Youtube or Screencast. You can also email, tweet, blog, or post in Facebook depending on your choice.

Screen-globeThese ten tips are just the beginning of how Camtasia can help make the content more understandable. These will showcase what you want to share with them so points are clearly communicated. Be the master of screencasting by familiarizing yourself with these basic points and tips when you use Camtasia.

For many of us Labor Day has just passed, and with that perhaps a sense of summer as well. It’s time to get back in the saddle, put the peddle to the metal and I can think of a whole bunch of other cliches that’s suitable for how I feel right now. But I’ll spare you those and get right to the point :)

We have just released an amazing SuperStamps package of Marketing/Sales related graphics that you can use directly in Camtasia & Snagit. SuperStamps Ads 3D is the world’s largest collection of 3D ads. It’s fast and easy to use. It can really make your marketing stand out and get noticed. Be prepared to be inspired to create great marketing!

We are bombarded with marketing messages today more than ever before. Research indicates that we are exposed to between 3,000 up to 20,000 marketing messages each day. So how do you get your marketing to stand out? SuperStamps Ads 3D give you the edge to really stand out and be noticed among all the clutter.

Proven “Take-Action” Boosters

SuperStamps Ads 3D are the original 3D graphics that allow you to grab attention and boost response for all your marketing needs.

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You don’t need to be a graphic artists to come up with creative action boosters because there are SuperStamps Ads 3D that you can use. Grab the attention of your readers and make your marketing more successful. This collection comes with 122 take action boosters which clearly send out your marketing message. These 3D ads are carefully selected to target a wider audience; every image comes in three versions/angles and two color variants. So, you will get 732 graphic files when you buy the SuperStamps 3D Ads.

Other Camtasia Resources You May Want to Check Out

SuperStamps 3.0

Included here are more than 1,300 graphics, stamps, callouts and icons that you can use directly with Camtasia. In this collection you’ll be up to pleasant surprises and that you can find a lot of useful images that can make your screencast better and more exciting.

SuperStamps Business 1.0

Find 264 icons and stamps that you can use in your business related tasks. These images come in the PNG format and that they’re perfect to use in your presentations, emails, reports and presentations among others. Plus, these stamps and icons can be used in other office software such as MS PowerPoint, Word and Publisher. No sweat!

SuperStamps Monsters

Here comes your creation kit to use with Snagit or Camtasia! With the SuperStamps Monsters you can make your avatars, emoticons and characters. Name it! Use these images to create more exciting characters, mascots and emoticons.

Personalize your Avatar forum images with these stamps, too. This collection comes with about 19 monsters that come in three different shapes and out of these monsters you can make about seventy million variations.

Camtasia Intros Backgrounds

Here you’ll get more than thousands of files that you can use in your video production. All of these can be downloaded in an instant. Plus, they’re all royalty-free so you can use them as you want to—personal or commercial use. When you subscribe to Camtasia, you can also expect new contents uploaded monthly, so there’s no running out of sources to use.

Useful SuperStamps Resources

SuperStamps

http://www.softwarecasa.com/superstamps.html

SuperStamps Business

http://www.softwarecasa.com/superstamps-business.html

SuperStamps Monsters

http://www.softwarecasa.com/superstamps-monsters.html

Camtasia Intros Background

http://www.callouts.com/camtasia-intros-backgrounds/

That’s all for today, folks!

 

Until Next Time, 

Peter, Your Camtasia Guide :)

Computer MediaAre you thinking of ways on how you can leave a lasting impression on your audience? If this is your goal, you need to make sure that you will shine in your presentation. One way of doing this is using Camtasia to the fullest so you can engage your audience and make them interested in knowing more about your presentation.

Engaging Your Audience With Camtasia

  • Catch the attention of your audience by including screen recordings. Instead of just adding still images, consider capturing in a record the examples that you will be using for the presentation. With Camtasia, you can now record the screen showing software demos and slides or you can personalize by importing camera videos, photos, and music.
  • Make your videos appear professional. Impress your audience by showing them high quality screen recordings using Camtasia. Take full advantage of the powerful but user friendly Camtasia video editor. You can tweak by adding callouts, graphics, and built-in themes to make the videos more appealing.
  • Intrigue your audience with captivating visual effects. Use Camtasia to incorporate cursor effects to make your audience curious about your presentation. Try adding some video transitions so your viewers remain hooked all throughout.

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  • Liven up your presentation. You can also liven up your presentation by integrating animated backgrounds through Camtasia. Presentation content can also be animated by making pictures bounce, letting the call outs fly, or even tilt, resize, and rotate the data. Include some pre-installed music drags by simply dragging and dropping so they will be more engaged.
  • Include your audience in the presentation. Instead of just having your audience listen to you, include them in an interactive presentation. You can use Camtasia to prepare interactive videos where your listeners can access clickable links and other interactive features.
  • Avoid any auditory distractions in your videos. Use Camtasia to remove background noise so the audience can easily hear what is being conveyed in the video you included.
  • Keep your videos short but comprehensive. Do not forget to use Clip Speed so you can keep your videos in the perfect length that will not be  boring or lacking for the audience.
  • Give your listeners access to your videos. Make a difference from other presenters by sharing your videos to the listeners so they can re-watch your presentation even when on the go. Camtasia provides you with a Save-Share-Send option where your output can be easily sent to Youtube or at Screencast.com. Retrieve the hyperlink and the embed code so you can share via emails, blogs, tweets, and other avenues.

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With the help of Camtasia, your audience will be far from bored or feeling sleepy. You can engage them to achieve more participation and better results with Camtasia. On your next presentation, try out some of these tips and see the difference that Camtasia can make to help you shine and stood out from the rest.

A new version of Camtasia Mac was just released, version 2.4.

If you’re already using Camtasia for Mac version 2 you can upgrade directly through your software. If you are still on version 1 you can upgrade to Camtasia Mac 2.4 here.

What’s New in Camtasia Mac 2.4

Here are the main new features.

  • Added stitching (usability enhancement for editing on the timeline)
  • Added the ability to copy and paste properties and animations
  • Added spell check for callouts
  • Added freeze region video effect
  • Added a getting started project
  • Updated device frame video effects
  • Additional bug fixing and enhancements

Brief Overview Video

Here is a video showing some of the new features.

Buy Camtasia Mac 2.4 here
Upgrade from Camtasia Mac 1.0 to 2.4 here

Camtasia Relay 4.3

Camtasia Relay 4.3 is out! The new release is perfect for administrators and presenters who want to add visual graphs in their presentations.

Camtasia Relay, known as an affordable organization-wide screen recording tool which allows you to see your records and even share lectures, presentations, meetings, and mobile videos, comes now with a new feature aiming to give you an easier time to use it.

The team behind the powerful software has developed its video capabilities. They say that they try to balance new features for both system administrators and users with their main goal of making the recording process fast and easy.

As you might take note of, a majority of the feedback for the software from its users is positive. Apart from those feedbacks that developers are proud of, they keep working on improvements based from these suggestions and so they come up with the minor release Camtasia Relay 4.3.

The publisher is aware that people are expecting more from the app for business and school use and so because TechSmith would love to keep them satisfied, they have released 4.3 which targets administrators who want to know what’s going on the server.

What’s New?

The Camtasia Relay 4.3 has an easy-to-read graph which administrators can use to check on the number of recordings processed by the server during a specific time by just choosing a date or day range to see.

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The new feature definitely will allow them to monitor their peak usage times as well as what recordings are lined up on their server. Moreover, it contains a graph which can show average file sizes for every encoding done together with the encoding length and time for every profile found on the Camtasia Relay system. Due to this current innovation, administrators can plan ahead for both present and future needs.

Meanwhile, the new Camtasia Relay 4.3 dashboard also comes with data on usage of every profile, which they can find on the setup page.  Having that said, you will now have the ability to see this information, which used to be buried in your event logs or database. Watch the presentation below:

The latest release is focused to help system administrators, but the TechSmith team is in the works for new features to target users as well. You should definitely stay tuned for these updates coming soon.

If you have any questions that you want to send out to the developers or stories to share with the Camtasia Guide community, feel free to post them below.

For more information about Camtasia Relay 4.3 click here

Until Next Time :)

Peter, Your Camtasia Guide