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Producing and Sharing Your Videos

With enhancements completed, be sure to save your project (you're already doing that periodically, right?), and begin to think about production of your video (output).

At this point, I've completed my enhancements, fixed any errors, and backed up and saved my underlying source (*.TREC) files, in case I need to make further modifications to my video later.

When you click the Produce and Share button in the Camtasia Editor, the Production Wizard opens (see Figure 14), displaying a number of custom presets for various output options—from full-screen video (for DVD or network) to web video (YouTube) to mobile phone video.

Work your way through the wizard, choosing the appropriate file type, adjusting screen size and other options (or keeping the suggested defaults), and making selections to suit your video. Each part of the wizard is context-sensitive, based on your choices for output and file type.

When you finish the wizard, Camtasia produces the video based on your options, and places it in a folder named for the new file (if you've chosen to specify the folder). You can also get an audio-only version of the project for use in podcasts, as well as a web page with the script to view the video. If you want to share the video directly via email or on a network, just click inside the production folder, which is indicated at the conclusion of the wizard.

Figure 15 shows the part of the wizard where you designate the name of the file and specify the production folder where you want the files to be stored.

If you produce many videos with the same settings, you might want to create your own custom preset. Simply choose Add/Edit Preset (see Figure 16), name the new preset, and choose the appropriate options for the desired output.

When you choose the named preset, you don't need to go through the whole wizard again; just name and produce the new output file.

Remember that you can also save your projects by their projected output and change the effects accordingly. For example, you could save a project named "Mobile," which includes more zooms for smaller screens, and then save the same project without zooms for a full-screen version on a network.

In this way, you can use Camtasia Studio Recorder and Editor as both a training facilitation program and a full-blown video editor.

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Tom Bunzel's most recent book is Tools of Engagement: Presenting and Training in a World of Social Media (Pfeiffer, 2010), which covers the use of Camtasia to create compelling social media content. You can reach him through his website or his blog.

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