How to Screen Capture & Save Videos with Camtasia

How to Screen Capture & Save Videos with Camtasia

Camtasia by Techsmith is powerful, yet quite comprehensive video production software. It’s well-known among all video specialists as a good solution for recording screencasts, Skype video interviews, YouTube tutorials, online game video reviews, how-to guides and even PowerPoint video recordings. Plus, high quality of Camtasia’s motion video screencasts turns the software into a unique product for both pros and newbies. But being so notable for flawless video recording, Camtasia cannot boast of easiness in screen video file saving; it seems to be a bit complicated. Let’s explore step by step how to save videos made by Camtasia.

Recording video with Camtasia

Camtasia recorder is pretty easy to handle. Open the program (note: it’s free for 30 days), click the Record the screen button in the upper left corner and a small bar with video recording options will pop up:

Camtasia RecorderPush big red button and start screencasting. Camtasia screen recorder lets you select the recording area size. You can turn on the Full screen mode, set a custom resolution using the input box, or go the easier way and just drag the screen recorder frame that appears next to this settings bar.

For instance, if you record a step-by-step tutorial or an online video game, probably the full screen mode is for you; if you’re playing guitar in front of your webcam for YouTube video, you might need only a part of your screen.

Saving Camtasia screencasts

After you stop recording the video, you’ll see the preview of it and 3 buttons Save, Produce and Delete:

Save, Produce, and Edit buttons in Camtasia Studio 8If click the Save button, there will be .camrec and .avi (but system audio sounds might be lost) as available output options (at Camtasia Studio 8).

Obviously, the choice is rather limited as compared to Screencast-o-Matic. Especially, if you plan to edit, burn DVD or show it on tablets. That’s why I recommend proceed with the Produce button which will trigger a pop-up window where you’ll get several video saving formats such as upload to YouTube account, saving file as mp4 video file or mp4 video with a video player for embedding on a website. Besides, you can create a custom preset, but settings are complicated for a newbie.

Converting Camtasia videos to other formats

Freemake Video Converter

If MP4 format is not enough for you, use Freemake Video Converter that can convert video into AVI, WMV, FLV, MPEG, 3GP, MKV, etc. After you save your Camtasia video as “MP4 only”, you can add this video file to Freemake Video Converter and convert Camtasia’s file to any format, burn to DVD/Blu-ray, make an iPad or Android-friendly video absolutely for free. This will be pretty simple to do.

If you aren’t familiar with popular Freemake Video Converter, watch this video guide first or follow these steps:

  • add Camstasia’s file to Freemake Video Converter;
  • select a desired output video format (click on a green bubble at the bottom of the program);
  • convert your video.

Thanks to Freemake you don’t have to torture yourself with complicated file settings, video quality adjustments, etc. Install Freemake, drag and drop your file and enjoy an excellent screen recoding made with Camtasia in any format.