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E-learning with Camtasia Studio

Book Description

A step-by-step guide to producing high-quality, professional E-learning videos for effective screencasting and training

In Detail

With the advent of powerful Internet streaming technologies and growing adoption of e-learning as a medium for learning, Camtasia Studio is proving effective as a tool to demonstrate tasks and concepts visually. It delivers a high level of professional quality, enhancing the effectiveness of e-learning videos and the prestige of the video author.

With this book, experts and new users alike will be led through a series of detailed tips and tutorials to design, record, edit, enhance, and deliver a stunning e-learning video that will work as a standalone or within a learning management system. By following through the examples, exercises, and screenshots in this book, you will gain thorough knowledge of creating and deploying your own video e-learning project in no time.

What You Will Learn

  • Create a project plan that outlines all of the items needed to create an effective e-learning video
  • Produce a storyboard and audio script that defines the content of your video
  • Record video footage from the computer screen or other sources
  • Enhance the video with edits for timing, special effects, and audio
  • Add an effective quiz to measure users' understanding of the video content
  • Deliver the finished video, either as standalone or as part of a learning management system
  • Get started using the planning tools outlined in the book
  • Downloading the example code for this book. You can download the example code files for all Packt books you have purchased from your account at If you purchased this book elsewhere, you can visit and register to have the files e-mailed directly to you.

    Table of Contents

    1. E-learning with Camtasia Studio
      1. Table of Contents
      2. E-learning with Camtasia Studio
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewers
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Free access for Packt account holders
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Downloading the documents and samples
          2. Downloading the color images of this book
          3. Errata
          4. Piracy
          5. Questions
      8. 1. Getting Started with Course Development
        1. The power of video teaching
          1. What does this chapter contain?
        2. What are my e-learning project goals?
          1. Considering the desired outcomes when setting goals
          2. Consider learner needs when setting goals
        3. What are the best techniques?
        4. How can I assemble source materials?
          1. Gathering information
          2. Gathering assets
        5. What is an outline?
        6. What is a storyboard?
        7. What is a shot list?
        8. The sample project
        9. The templates and samples
        10. Summary
      9. 2. Planning the Project
        1. What is a project plan?
          1. Why is planning important?
          2. What will a plan accomplish?
        2. Selecting the subject
        3. Defining project scope
        4. Setting project goals
          1. Be specific
        5. Resources
          1. What resources will I need?
          2. The project team
          3. The review team
          4. Software and systems
        6. Learner analysis
          1. Informal learner analysis
          2. Formal learner analysis
        7. The project outline
          1. The subject outline
          2. The detailed outline
            1. How much detail should I include?
          3. Using the project plan
          4. Modifying the project plan
        8. Try it – create a project plan
        9. Summary
      10. 3. Creating the Script
        1. Do I really need a script?
          1. How do I organize and write the script?
        2. What is the appropriate tone?
        3. What is included in the script?
          1. Commentary and directions
          2. The Introduction section
            1. The Overview subsection
            2. The Objectives subsection
            3. Try it – writing the introduction
          3. The e-learning content section
            1. Try it – adding content
          4. The Conclusion section
            1. Try it – writing a conclusion
        4. How is the script used?
        5. Summary
      11. 4. Creating the Storyboard
        1. Why do I need a storyboard?
          1. Using the script instead of a storyboard
        2. What to include in the storyboard?
          1. Follow the outline
          2. What goes where?
          3. Incorporating the narration
          4. The video stage directions
          5. The Visuals column
          6. Try it – creating a storyboard
        3. Reviewing the storyboard
          1. Using the storyboard
        4. Creating a shot list
          1. Using a shot list when recording
          2. Try it – creating a shot list
        5. Summary
      12. 5. Recording Basics
        1. Before recording
          1. Microphone
          2. Camera (optional)
        2. Recording audio and video simultaneously
          1. Saving time by multitasking
        3. Should I record audio first or video first?
        4. Using Camtasia Recorder
          1. Explore the recorder options
          2. Select the recording area
          3. Try it – screen recording
        5. Using the mouse properly
        6. Using the shot list
        7. Using Audacity to record audio
          1. Audacity tips
          2. Using the correct tone while recording
          3. Using the script
          4. Try it – recording audio
        8. Using a virtual whiteboard and pen tablet
          1. Try it – recording a whiteboard
        9. Summary
      13. 6. Editing the Project
        1. What is NLE?
          1. Camtasia recordings
        2. Project samples
          1. The sample project – Using CuePrompter
        3. Importing media
          1. The Clip Bin panel
          2. Importing methods
            1. Using the File menu to import
            2. Using the drag-and-drop method
            3. Importing from mobile devices
            4. Importing a zipped project
            5. Try it – importing zipped Camtasia files
            6. Try it – using the Import media button
        4. Placing assets on the timeline
          1. Try it – placing files on the timeline
            1. Placing a video
            2. Setting editing dimensions
            3. Placing audio assets on the timeline
        5. Using the timeline
          1. Timeline and track description
            1. Media tracks
            2. Adding a new track
            3. Zooming the timeline
            4. The editing toolbar
            5. The play head
            6. The time scale
        6. Previewing the content
          1. The preview window
            1. Canvas
            2. Editing dimensions
            3. The preview size
            4. Canvas tools
            5. The time indicators
            6. Player controls
        7. Task tabs
        8. Laying out visuals
          1. Adding a title
          2. Using the Camtasia library
            1. The Camtasia Studio Library panel
          3. Try it – adding a title
            1. Downloading a theme
            2. Using a title from the theme
            3. Customizing the title
        9. Laying out the audio tracks
          1. Enhancing the experience
          2. Try it – adding background music
            1. Renaming and adding tracks
            2. Downloading music
            3. Adding background music
            4. Music timing and volume
            5. Reviewing your results
            6. Locking the audio
        10. Editing for timing
          1. Try it – making cut edits
            1. Splitting a clip
            2. Cutting a clip
            3. Jump cuts
          2. Extend Frame edits
          3. Try it – using Extend Frame
          4. Adjusting the clip speed
          5. Try it – adjusting the clip speed
        11. Using visual effects
        12. Adding transitions
          1. What are transitions?
          2. Try it – using transitions
        13. Inserting images
          1. Try it – inserting images
        14. Using callouts
          1. The callout feature
          2. Try it – using callouts
            1. Selecting and designing the callout
            2. Customizing the callout
            3. Callout extra credit
        15. Using zoom and pan effects
          1. The Zoom-n-Pan feature
          2. Try it – zooming and panning
            1. Zooming in
            2. Panning
            3. Zooming out
        16. Summary
      14. 7. Quizzes and Interactions
        1. Why include learner interactions?
          1. Interaction types
          2. Simple action hotspots
          3. Quizzes
          4. Video player requirements
        2. Creating simple hotspots
          1. Try it – creating a hotspot
            1. Inserting the Replay/Continue buttons
            2. Adding a hotspot to the Continue button
            3. Adding a hotspot to the Replay button
        3. Using the quiz feature
          1. Try it – inserting a quiz
            1. Creating a quiz
            2. Previewing the quiz
        4. Scoring options
          1. Using SCORM
          2. Try it – setting SCORM options
            1. Producing the SCORM output
            2. Testing the SCORM package
          3. Using the e-mail scoring option
        5. Publishing and testing
        6. Publishing non-quiz interactions
          1. Try it – publishing to TechSmith
        7. Summary
      15. 8. Deploying Your E-learning Video to the Web or LMS
        1. Capturing the actions of learners
          1. Why track learner actions?
          2. What is certification?
          3. How is interaction of data used?
        2. Hosting courses in an LMS
          1. SCORM interface standard
            1. How does SCORM work?
            2. The AICC and Tin Can interfaces
        3. Using a Moodle-based LMS
        4. Enterprise systems
        5. Setting production options
          1. Try it – producing a single movie file
          2. Try it – producing video with Smart Player
        6. Summary
      16. A. Appendix
        1. Sample file description
        2. Sample Camtasia Studio project
          1. Accessing and downloading the project files
          2. Unzipping the Sample Camtasia project
        3. Design and development documents
          1. Google Docs samples
        4. Document templates
        5. References
      17. Index