Document your work with Camtasia Studio

Document your work with Camtasia Studio

Summary: Like everybody else, I find it a chore writing documents to capture the work that I have done.Recently, I have been using screen recording software like Camtasia Studio to document my work.

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Like everybody else, I find it a chore writing documents to capture the work that I have done.

Recently, I have been using screen recording software like Camtasia Studio to document my work. So while I'm doing a complicated piece of work on my PC, I would use Camtasia to record the screen with my narration as I click and talk through the steps.

It's a reasonable substitute for writing documents, especially when I'm working on agile projects. Here's what I like about Camtasia Studio:

  • MPEG-4 HD quality video files: Camtasia captures my PC screens at 1280x720 resolution and they look crystal clear. Camtasia exports the recordings in MPEG-4 format that I can share easily with my coworkers. I also tried the Mac version of Camtasia but I wasn't able to export the same video quality as the Windows version.

  • Fast easy editing: I was able to crop out the unwanted segments of the screen recording quickly and easily. Camtasia has timeline editing similar to video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro, but I find Camtasia's user interface more efficient at editing.

  • Keystroke callouts and mouse-click effects: While you're typing during the screen recording, Camtasia shows you the pressed keys as graphic overlays. You may also show left- and right-mouse clicks with different effects.

  • SmartFocus: Camtasia helpfully zooms in and shows you the details as you click and type during the recording.

  • Speech-to-Text Transcription: Camtasia can transcribe your speech and show it as a text overlay, but it didn't understand my accent well. Maybe it would work better for you.

Documenting your work is a necessary evil. Do you have other efficient ways to do that?

Topic: Hardware

Lee Lup Yuen

About Lee Lup Yuen

Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge.
He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

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