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Capturing and Loading Video into the Editor

When you're ready to capture (with options set and demo file visible), you can click the red Record button or press F9. The timer will count down three seconds, you'll see a 3–2–1 countdown on the screen to be captured, and then you're on.

Be prepared to start your narration and demonstration after about a beat. You can use any program that's fully open, and your onscreen movements and voice narration are all recorded (see Figure 6).

SmartFocus tracks your mouse movements and places a blue arrow in the Timeline of your production to suggest zoom and pan effects during postproduction.

You can open other windows on the screen that you've designated for capture. (Later you can cut out unwanted recording portions in which you close or open other programs and windows.)

Keep in mind that you can redo various portions of the recordings to correct errors; you don't necessarily have to start over. If you're a few minutes into a segment and you make a mistake, pause, wait a second or two, and then repeat the beginning of the mistaken section as a cue to yourself, this time doing it correctly.

The most important rule is that you will be able to fix many mistakes in the editor.

When you've finished recording a segment, press F10. Depending on the length of your recording, you might see a slider as the recorded file is saved temporarily (see Figure 7). Then a set of options will appear at lower right, as shown in Figure 8.

You can use the displayed options to do any of the following:

  • Delete the file and start over.
  • Produce the file immediately—saving it in a distributable format (covered in Part 2).
  • Place the file in the Clip Bin of Camtasia Editor, which opens automatically. This option is generally preferred.

At this point you can name the *.TREC file (see Figure 9), if you enabled that option as discussed previously. The file goes into the Clip Bin of the Editor and appears in the first Timeline track. (SmartFocus will probably display tips about where you might want to zoom and pan.)

After saving the file in the Clip Bin, you can continue to the postproduction process, which is covered in Part 2.

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