Record Your Own CAD Training Videos14 Aug, 2013 By: Robert Green
Learn the correct software settings that will allow you to create clear, easy-to-follow tutorials for your users.
Cursor options. Next, make the mouse and click activities clearly visible via highlighting, using the settings shown below.
These options let the viewer see mouse movements much more easily, since your mouse pointer will be highlighted.
Use the default cursor settings with a conventional mouse pointer and you'll get great results. When the user sees a red set of circles around the cursor, they'll know you clicked the left mouse button; blue circles denote right-clicks. I can't recommend this enough, because users can now clearly understand the mouse actions involved.
Note: Once you have these options set, you should click the "Make cursor effects editable in Camtasia Studio" checkbox at the top of the screen. This approach will give you the best of both worlds by setting the visual options properly, yet giving you the option to adjust your choices during video production later. Otherwise, you'll be stuck with the same option settings for the life of the recording.
If you'd like to have Camtasia convert your spoken words into text (to generate scripts, for example), you can use the Speech Recognition functionality to do so. Access the Speech Properties dialog via the Tools > Speech menu.
Before you begin, you'll need to go through an extensive training process (see circled Train Profile button) to teach the program how you sound. To get speech recognition started, you'll need to configure your microphone for the optimal level (see circled Configure Microphone button).
Note: I've only experienced average results with speech recognition so far, and I don't rely on it too much. I leave it to you if you want to try using it.
Take It for a Spin
Now go ahead and try a few quick practice runs. When you're done, come back and read the rest of this article.
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