Camtasia Quick Tips: The Playhead

This article describes the basic functions of the playhead in Camtasia

Camtasia 9 is available to UW-Stout faculty and staff at no charge through the Key Server.

PC users should go their Software Center desktop app and install Camtasia 9. Instructions on using software center for PC are located here.

Mac users can use Self Service to install Camtasia 9. Instructions on how to install for a Mac are located here.

Your LTS Instructional Technology Consultant can assist you with downloading the software.

Learning to use the playhead in Camtasia is important because the playhead serves some important functions.

When you open a project, the playhead will be all the way to the left of the timeline by default. 

Camtasia 9 playead at left end of timeline

You can click and drag the playhead to anywhere in your recording that you want.

click and drag to move the playhead

You can also click on the numbers in the timeline to move the playhead to a certain point.

click numbers in timeline and the playhead moves to where you click

One of the functions that you may want to use is to play back a certain portion of your recording without playing the whole recording back. You can do that by grabbing either the red side or the green side of the playhead and pulling it out so you've got a certain area highlighted. 

click and drag the red side or green side of the playhead to select an area

Once you have that area highlighted you can click on the play button and it will show you what is playing just in that part that you selected.

playing a selected area

Another thing you can do with the playhead when you have an area selected is actually delete portions of the timeline. So you have an area selected and just hit the delete key on your keyboard and it deletes those areas and it leaves an empty spot.

empty spot left by deleting selected area

If you have questions about Camtasia please contact Learning Technology Services and someone will assist you.

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Keywords:camtasia, camtasia help, playhead, camtasia playhead, camtasia 9   Doc ID:73227
Owner:Rich B.Group:UW Stout
Created:2017-05-10 13:23 CDTUpdated:2018-05-04 14:42 CDT
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