Adventures in Video: Connecting with Online Students Through Camtasia

Tracy Schaelen beginning of this session focused on what the presenter has been doing with Camtasia and video. Before showing the 2nd video in her class, she mentioned that she uses green screen in Camtasia. You have my attention. She did mention that the “how to” portion will come later in the presentation, but I hope we have enough time…We’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at/watching various videos that she puts into her class. That’s something that I would typically expect from a standard session, but I was kind of hoping for more of a tutorial/walk through of what can be done in Camtasia. I don’t want to see the final product as much as I do the steps involved. There has also not been any mention of captions or ADA compliance and we’re 1/2-way through the session.At the end of the session, she talked VERY briefly about the chroma key (green screen). The setting to remove the green screen from the timeline is very simple and easy to find. Jason Valade also gave a basic overview of the differences between Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac. He also indicated that the features between the PC and Mac versions are continuously getting closer and closer. That was about all we had time for in this session. Overall, not what I was hoping for or expecting. Wish we could have spent more time looking at captions and more of the technical “how-to” details in both Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac.

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