How to Edit Videos With Camtasia

Updated on February 8, 2019
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Amelia has over 25 yrs of experience in the IT, Training and Education, and eLearning industry.

Camtasia Studio Video Editing
Camtasia Studio Video Editing | Source

How to Edit Videos In Camtasia

If you’re new to Camtasia and haven’t yet created a basic file, you can learn how in the article, How to Create Videos With Camtasia.

If you’ve already created a basic Camtasia file, open your file - then you are ready to roll!

Let’s begin on the main Camtasia screen. Note: If you are using a version other than Camtasia Studio 9.0, the screens may vary slightly, but the steps will be primarily the same.

Camtasia Main Screen
Camtasia Main Screen | Source

Applying Cursor Effects

There are several cursor effect options (you can only pick one):

  • Cursor Highlight (yellow circle)
  • Cursor Magnify (shown in this demo)
  • Cursor Spotlight
  1. A cursor effect can be applied to one or more recording clips. First, click on the recording clip in the timeline.
  2. Next, click Cursor Effects on the left.
  3. Click the cursor effect to the recording in the timeline to apply it. In this example, the yellow cursor highlight is applied. Once applied, it will be applied to the entire clip.
  4. To delay the effect, click the small arrow at bottom center, then drag the effect inward as needed.

Camtasia Cursor Effects
Camtasia Cursor Effects | Source

Applying Annotations: Callouts and Arrows

To apply a callout:

  1. Drag the playhead to the position on the timeline where you would like to add the callout.
  2. Click Annotations on the left.
  3. Double-click on the annotation to add it to the timeline.
  4. Click in the callout on your video and add text as needed.

Camtasia Adding a Callout
Camtasia Adding a Callout | Source

To apply an arrow:

  1. Drag the playhead to the position on the timeline where you would like to add the arrow.
  2. Click Annotations on the left.
  3. Double-click on the arrow style to add it to the timeline.
  4. Drag the arrow to reposition it; drag the left or right edges of the arrow to resize the arrow.
  5. To customize your arrow (or any annotation), click on the options on the right (to control the color, thickness, etc.).

Camtasia Adding an Arrow Annotation
Camtasia Adding an Arrow Annotation | Source

Other Annotations: Shapes, Blur and Highlight, Sketch Motions and More

Additional annotations are applied in the same manner by clicking on the appropriate annotation category, then follow the same steps above. Here are additional annotations to consider:

  • Shapes
  • Blur and Highlight
  • Sketch Motions
  • Keystroke Callouts

Camtasia Shapes
Camtasia Shapes | Source
Camtasia Blur and Highlight
Camtasia Blur and Highlight | Source
Camtasia Sketch Motions
Camtasia Sketch Motions | Source

As you can see, there are lots of other annotations you can add in Camtasia.

Did you find this article helpful? If so, please let me know in the comments section below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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