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How to: Record a screencast and upload it to Screencast.com

Rhonda W, 06-21-2007
I want to discuss how to get the best results when recording a video in Camtasia to be uploaded to ScreenCast.com. As discussed in a previous post, ScreenCast will give you the best quality when uploading a video to share on your web page, but you have to record and produce the video using the best possible settings to get the results you desire.

Equipment

The first thing to consider is the equipment being used. You want to make sure you have a good quality headset microphone, this will insure the best sound quality. Camtasia offers a sound check each time you start to create a project. I recommend doing this each time you record a video. Adjusting the sound before starting the video makes for easier editing later. If your going to record web cam as a part of your video, you want to make sure that the settings for the web cam are set properly also. You can do this by clicking on the "camera" link in the "Tools" box, this will bring up the settings. Set the frames per sec. to 30, and the rest leave at the default settings.

Getting started

Start by opening Camtasia. You will get a box that ask "What do you want to do". Select "start a new project by recording the screen". You will then get the "New recording Wizard" box. This box starts with asking, "What would you like to record?". I prefer using "Region of the Screen". This option allows you to define the exact region of the screen that will be captured in the video. The next setting will ask for the dimensions, leave this to the default, as you will select the dimensions later when you capture the screen area yourself. Just be sure it is set to "region" and not "fixed region" Next is the question, "what would you like to record?". Check the "record audio" box and if you are going to record from your web cam then also check the " Record Camera" box,. You have the option when recording the camera to see the preview of the camera while recording. This is personal preference, some people find it to be a distraction while recording. The Audio setting will be the next prompt. Usually the default settings are best, but be sure to test this before moving on, and make adjustments as needed. Finally, click on the "video" tab and set the video screen rate to 30 frames per sec, this will give you the best streaming video. Leave everything else set to the default settings.


Recording

Now that your settings are in place, you can begin recording your video. You will start by clicking on "record". You will then be prompted to select the region, you do this by dragging the cursor to create a box around your desired region. Once you release the box in it's place the recording begins. While recording, it is better to just start speaking and not to pause for short transfers from a screen or if you make a mistake. This will make the video seem choppy. A good rule of thumb, is when you make a mistake, let the video run for a few seconds, to leave room to edit and repeat the section you made the mistake on. When you finish recording click stop and save the video for editing.

Editing

This is my favorite part. The Camtasia program has many editing options. Just be careful not to get carried away with them. A few cool ad-ins will make for a great video, but too many can make it look cheesy. One of my favorite editing options, is the "callouts". You can use these to blur information you don't want shown during the video, like personal information on an account. You can all also add chat bubble and full page written notes. The instructions for using these are available in the program, by clicking on "help".
Start your editing by dragging the video to the time line. Click play and listen and watch the video as the bar moves down the time line. You can choose to cut any section of the video you don't want to keep, such as recording mistakes. The volume can also be adjusted up or down and you can take out background noise or feedback, by clicking on the "audio enhancements link.

Producing

You have edited your video to your desire. So you now need to produce the video. This is where you will determine the quality of your recording.
Start by clicking on "produce video as". This will open the Production Wizard. You want to choose "custom production settings", for this video, that will be uploaded to ScreenCast. Next choose WMV format and click next. You will then be asked for the Profile to use. Leave this to default, which is recommended. Also leave the size of the video to the default (recommended) setting. (Tip- If you recorded the video in full screen, but plan to have it play in a smaller screen, then you want to change the size to 640x540. If not then when played in a smaller screen, the text will not show through clear.) In the video options, you just want to make sure the HTML option is checked, to be able to embed the video to a web page. The next page will ask about the introduction to your video, leave this to the default. Now you will be asked to name your video and select the location on your computer, to save the to and you can choose if you would like the video to play right after production. Click finish and your video will start rendering the production setting you have chosen.


Uploading to ScreenCast

You have recorded a great video, edited it with a few cool call outs, produced it to a WMV file and saved to your computer. Now you are ready to upload your video to ScreenCast. Login in to your account and click "Library". You will see an upload button on the top. Click "upload" and you will be prompted to browse for you video and upload the contents. After the video has been uploaded, you can give the video a title and also an introduction description, click continue when done. You will be taken to the details of the video. Here you will see the URL link, HTML link and the HTML embedding code. (TIP) (If you do not want the video to auto start when someone comes to your page, then make sure in the code, that the "auto start" value is set to "false" and the "show controls" value is set to "true".) To embed the video to your web page, copy the embedding code and paste it to your desired location. That's it!~ Now your ready to show off your work.

Embedding video in Forum

If you embed your video into VBulletin, your best bet is to create a video tag that will make embedding videos easy, without having to paste object and embed html code. We created a tag called 'video' for our use, so when you need to embed a video in one of your posts all you would do is write:

[ video ] location_of_video [ /video ]

(Remove the double spaces surrounding video and /video to make it work. Replace location_of_video with the http:// address where your video file is located)

IMPORTANT: Make sure your filename doesn't include any spaces. If it does when you embed it, replace all spaces with %20
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