It's been years in the making but TechSmith has finally updated Camtasia... and boy is this upgrade worth the wait.
First and foremost, Camtasia for Windows (version 9) and the Macintosh (version 3) are now very similar allowing you to share projects across platforms. And while the version numbers are different (I wish TechSmith had settled on a common version number or name), and there are features that still aren't available in both platforms, this is an awesome step in the right direction.
The interface has been overhauled. One common complaint from my students as I teach Camtasia is that the options such as Transitions, Audio Effects, etc. in version 8, while awesome, were often hard to find for new eLearning developers. (The options were sandwiched between panels in Camtasia 8 and often hidden from view as a developer switched from one set of options to another.)
Check out the new interface. Version 9 for Windows is shown below followed by version 3 for the Mac. I think you'll agree they're pretty similar.
And finding the options/tools you need is no longer a challenge because all of the options are neatly aligned at the left of the Camtasia window.
Beyond a new interface, Camtasia comes with an enhanced collection of Library assets that include a collection of high-quality, royalty-free backgrounds, music tracks, icons, and animations.
And if you used to dread publishing your Camtasia projects because the process was painfully slow, you can rejoice. Camtasia takes full advantage of 64-bit processing power that results in blazing-fast rendering times.
I'll be covering specific Camtasia features on both the Mac and Windows version in the coming weeks. If you'd like to learn more about Camtasia (or download the trial and try it on for size), visit the TechSmith website.
While developing a recent Camtasia project, I needed to split a large video into multiple segments. The video I was given included mouse movement and plenty of screen clicks. Between all of those clicks, I needed to freeze the screen background for 5-10 seconds so I could explain a concept via callouts.
One way to accomplish the task is to export a specific part of the video as an image, import the image into Camtasia, and add it to the Timeline.
To begin, position the Playhead on the Timeline at the exact moment in time that you need to use as an image.
In the image below you can see the part of the video that I need to essentially freeze for a few seconds.
Choose File > Produce Special > Export frame as.
Name the file, select a File type (you can save as a bitmap, GIF, JPEG, or PNG), pick a save destination, and then click the Save button.
And that's it. The exported frame is an image and can easily be added to the Clip Bin and then the Timeline. There won't be any visible difference between the frame you exported and the video itself, except you'll have more timing controls over the image than the video.