Category Archives: Camtasia


Recording Booth Tips

Hey yall,

GPayne checkin’ in! Since the first week of the term I’ve helped quite a few people to navigate the recording booths in the DLC for voice and video recording, so I thought it would be useful to share what we’ve learned for anyone out there interested in using the booths this semester:

  1. Make an appointment
    • Use the appointment system (go/dlcappointment) to learn about the booths before you get started. Even if you don’t plan on recording the same day, do yourself a favor and let us walk you through the process before you start.
  2. Reserve the booth
    • Use the reservation system (go/recordingboothreserve) to help you avoid times when people are already using the booths. If you happen to be in the DLC when you want to reserve a time, there is an iPad by the Blue Booth that can help you with that. Just ask someone to help you!
  3. Choose the program
    • Garageband is perfect for recording just audio, and Camtasia is great for recording both your face and your voice. They’re both user-friendly programs.
  4. Set yourself up for success
    • Make sure you come prepared with what you want to talk about. Scripting your podcast or video will make the whole process much smoother than just speaking-off-the-cuff. Try practicing your script out loud before you record. It will flow more smoothly when you do the real thing.
  5. Add content
    • Once you hit the record button, just go for it! Say everything you have to say. If you think you messed up, just pause for moment and start again from a few lines back. Editing after you’ve recorded the bulk of your project is always easier than trying to edit as you go.
  6. Edit later
    • Editing creates meaning. You decide what remains in the final product, and it’s easy to delete sections that don’t belong, or rearrange clips to make yourself sound better. If you don’t like what you did, Command-Z will always undo your actions.
  7. Export and save
    • Once you feel good about the content you’ve created, find Share amidst the drop-down menus above and click on export (or Export Song to Disk in Garageband) to save it, with your name, in an easily located place like the desktop. Be sure to save it again onto an external flash drive or to the cloud when you’re done. Think! if it’s not saved in at least 2 places, it’s probably not saved at all.

And those are the key takeaways from my experience helping people in the recording booths. I hope these simple-to-follow instructions make it easier for you work on your own, but remember Tip #1, make an appointment with one of the GAs to get a full walkthrough.

Be well,



The return of screen capture and webcam recording!

Welcome back to MIIS and welcome back to the DLC!

Today we hosted a Camtasia 2 workshop for some Translation and Interpretation students and it’s likely that you might want to learn the very simple and straightforward way to screen-capture and record video via the webcam as well. Camtasia 2 is a great piece of software that allows you to record entire presentations—including recording your computer screen, your voice, and/or a video of yourself talking, and then edit it with text, photos, and external media to have a completely polished movie on your topic.

Be sure to come visit us in the DLC if you’re interested in learning more.


  • Schedule an appointment or drop-in between the hours of 12pm and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Camtasia 2 is installed on all of the DLC laptops and in the two recording booths. Click here to reserve a recording booth.
  • Tutorial: Getting Started with Camtasia
  • To teach yourself about the program before you come in, try going to to review a tutorial video about it or other software packages we offer in the DLC.

Hope to see you soon!


Intro to Narrated Screen Capture Workshop!

Professors, want to turn your lecture slides into narrated videos?  Want to create tutorial videos for your students?

Students, need to record a presentation or Skype call for class?  Want to easily demo your work on your e-portfolio?

Why? With Camtasia, you can easily record, narrate, and edit your onscreen activity to create professional-quality videos.  Come learn the basics of narrated screen capture as well as how to share your videos.

When? October 7th, 1-2 PM

Where? DLC D-Space

How? The DLC has 6 computers with Camtasia software for you to use.  Computers will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis and may need to be shared within small groups.

Questions? Email us at

Click here for some useful Camtasia resources!

Screen Recording Resources

Click here to download template presentation

Example of how Camtasia can be used


Sharing your Video

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