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How do I record a video in Camtasia?

You will learn how to record a video in Camtasia.

It is highly reccommended that you watch Camtasia's own tutorial videos, found here: Camtasia Tutorial Videos or at the Help tab at the top of Camtasia. The 5 basic tutorial videos will take around 20 minutes, and provide all the information needed to create, edit, and produce quality videos.

For help editing videos in Camtasia, head here: How do I edit a video in Camtasia?

For help adding effects in Camtasia, head here: How do I apply effects in Camtasia?

For help captioning your Camtasia video, head here: How do I add captions to my Camtasia video file?

For help using Camtasia to record an audio only podcast, head here: How do I use Camtasia to record an audio podcast?

1. Start a new project

Open Camtasia9 (Windows) or Camtasia3 (Mac) and select New Project.

Open Camtasia

2. Start recording

Click the Record button in the top left to get ready to record.

Select record

3. A small window will pop up with several options

For help setting up your Microphone or Webcam, head here: How do I check if my microphone/webcam is working?

Configure Camtasia's options
  1. By default, Camtasia will record your entire screen. You can change which areas get recorded by clicking Custom and changing the dimensions or by resizing the green dashed box that outlines the screen.
  2. If using a webcam, make sure that the camera is turned on.
  3. Make sure Audio is being recorded or change your microphone input by opening the drop down menu.
  4. Change the sensitivity of the microphone by changing the volume slider.
  5. When your preferences are finished, hit record to begin recording.
Resize the screens view area

You can also 'draw'  onscreen during your recording by pressing Ctrl + Shift + D and selecting one of the drawing effects in the recording window.

Screen drawing tools

4. Toggling record

In the small window, press Pause to pause the recording until you press play again, or click Stop and end the recording and place it within Camtasia.

Pressing F9 will also start the recording and F10 will stop the recording.

Recording operation tools

5. The recording is placed onto the timeline

Don't forget to save your project periodically overtime for safety. Saving it as a Camtasia Project (.tscproj) will allow you to work on the project again in the future, with your tracks and timeline in the same posititoning.

You can also drag and drop audio or video files onto the timeline to place them directly in the video.

You can jump to different points in the video by clicking along the timeline to certain points or by dragging the playhead. Pause and play the video by pressing space.

If you want to separate the recorded system audio and video, right click the clip and select Separate Audio and Video. This will split any audio that was playing through your system while you recorded your video.


Your recorded audio and video will be placed onto the timeline. The audio and video will be placed on separate tracks, and can be edited independently of each other.

6. The recording viewport

The recorded video will display on the canvas. Here you can preview your project and make changes to the video.

Video canvas

7. Share the video

Once you are done with your video, hit the Share button at the top right.

This will bring a list of options on how you want to share or publish this video.

Video share options

8. Saving the video as a local file

Saving as a Local File will allow you to save the video to your computer, allowing you to keep it for continued future use.

The default settings may be changed if you want, but they are good to go by default. Click Next through several screens.

Camtasia Production Wizard custom settings

The final screen will allow you to change the name of the file and where it gets saved to. Once you've changed these to your preferences, hit Finish and your video will be created on your computer.

Production Wizard enter production details

You can also upload the video directly to YouTube or to your Google Drive. Selecting either of these requires you to sign in and fill out some of your video information.