How to Record and Edit Videos with Camtasia


If you want to find an easy-to-use tool for you to record your computer screen, and do some editing later, Camtasia really comes in handy. And you share your video clip to YouTube or just store it to your USB flash drive for your own use when you’re done with the recording or editing. Here, we’ll show you step by step how to record your screen with Camtasia, and edit the recorded clip later.

  1. Record screen with Camtasia
  2. Edit the video with Camtasia

Please note that if you are using free trail version, you CANNOT resort the edited video clips for market use.


* Note: We are using Camtasia 9, whose display might be a little bit different from its previous versions. But the basic work-arounds remain the same.

1. Record screen with Camtasia

1) Open Camtasia. Click New Project. And wait for it to open.

2) Press the Ctrl key and the R key together. Or you can click the Record button on the top left corner. This will open a new recorder window.

3)  You’ll see this new window on the bottom right corner of your desktop. Click the red rec button to start the recording if you’re ready. You can press F9 to start recording as well.

As you can see, there are some features that you can choose here. By moving your cursor to the dot under Custom, you can choose to record a custom area. And by moving your cursor under the dots under Camera off and Audio off, you can turn your camera and video recorder on.

4) When you finish recording, press F10 to end. You’ll see the video clip in Media Bin, on the canvas and on the timeline.

We only record the scree with no audio, so you only see one track in the timeline. If you record the video and audio at the same time, you will see the audio track at the above.

2. Edit the video with Camtasia

You can press the Space button on your keyboard or click the Play button on Camtasia to preview your clip.

1) If you see any mistakes, you can trim your clip. Click the timeline (it’ll be highlighted with a yellow rectangular), and then scrub over the timeline by dragging the playhead.

You will be able to see an arrow icon indicating that you can drag. If you trim too much, you can drag the clip back to restore your video.

2) If the mistake is in the middle, drag the handle on the playhead and press the Delete button on your keyboard to remove the section. Or you can click the scissors icon above the timeline to remove it.

You’ll see a stitched line showing you where the media was removed.

3) If you want to make the palyhead back together, double click the playhead.

4) If you want to have a better look at your recording, you can use the zoom slider.

5) You can also drag other animations to the timeline to add more movements to your video clip. When the animation is added, you will be able to see a down arrow at the bottom of the clip that you have chosen. Click the icon and you will see the effect.

6) When you finish editing, press the Ctrl key and S at the same time to save your project. You’ll see the notification if it’s the first time you saved a video.

7) If you want to share the clip with others, just click the Share button on the top right corner and choose the right path for you.

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