Making Engaging Videos in Camtasia 9: Adding Animations
Camtasia 9 is available for free to UW-Stout faculty and staff for loading onto their computers issued by UW-Stout
This article demonstrates how to use captions in Camtasia 9
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.
You can animate multiple types of objects within Camtasia. These include, but are not limited to: callouts, logos or other outside artwork, text that's important for the end users to see, and, if you want to, you can even animate the recording of your webcam.
|Callout||Logo or other artwork|
|Text||Webcam video image|
Making in animation is not difficult, but you may want to consider starting with simpler animations and move on to more complex animations when you feel more comfortable making them. To get started, make sure that you have something on your canvas that can be animated, such as this Arrow callout.
Then click the Animations tab on the left menu.
Make sure you're in Animations area. There are many pre-made animations, and if you mouse over them, they'll show you what they do.
To add your animations, click and drag it down to the track for the item that you that you want to animate and wait until the track border turns green, then release.
You'll see you've now got an arrow in this timeline area that you can move back and forth.
To make the animation work, take the Playhead and move it all the way to the tiny, white circle on left end of the arrow.
This is where you're going to set your start for your animation, so you want to start with the animation off the screen and you want to remove all the opacity.
If you played it back, you would see that it appears. But you want it to appear, pause, and then exit the screen.So you've get some area in your timeline here to pause. Now you can go ahead and drag another animation down to where you want it.
Mouse over your white circle, the small one. Make sure your opacity, scale, and other items are correct.
Then move the playhead to the end until the big circle turns red. Here's where you're going to drop your opacity and you're also going to move this off the edge of the screen. So now, if you played the whole thing back, you would see that it comes in, pauses, and then it fades back out.
As you get more comfortable with the process, you can make more complex animations. Be careful, though, as too many animations can become distracting for learners. You also want to stay away from the trap of using too many animations as it will make you look like a rookie!
If you have any questions, please contact the Instructional Technology Consultant for your college.
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