How do I convert video using Camtasia (PC version)?

You will learn how to use Camtasia Studio on a PC to quickly and easily convert your iPad/iPhone/tablet video file, so that it will be easier to share with your course in TITANium.

Camtasia Studio is free for CSUF faculty and staff.

  1. Request your free Camtasia Studio software
  2. Download the 30-day trial.

Follow these steps below after you have installed Camtasia Studio.

iPad video

Note that this video file shot with an iPad is an MOV (QuickTime) and is much too large for upload to a course in TITANium or Dropbox. The file size is 188 MB. That would be a bear to try to view on a smart phone or tablet. The dimensions are 1280x720 which is good for a PowerPoint video or screen capture video but a little large for a headshot video.

upside down iPad video preview

1. Drag the video file to the Media bin of a new Camtasia Studio project.

Note: For tutorials on getting started with Camtasia Studio, visit Techsmith.com

2. Right-click on the video in the Media bin and select "Add to Timeline at Playhead".

Or, drag the video from the Media bin to the Timeline below.

Media bin

3. The video is now on the Timeline.

video is now on the Timeline.
4. If the Stage is the wrong size, you will need to set it to the correct size.

Note the black area around the preview of the video. This indicates that the Stage is not the correct size. This Stage (1920x1080) is not the same dimensions as the video clip (1280x720).

Follow these sub-steps to manually adjust the size of the Stage. Otherwise, continue with this step.

Stage is the wrong size,

4.1. Click on the icon to resize the Stage.

Stage size is selected

4.2. Using the drop down menu select "Original recording dimensions".

Original recording dimensions is selected.

4.3. Click on OK.

OK button is selected.
5. If the video is upside down, you need to rotate it manually.

Follow these sub-steps to manually rotate the video image. The video might display upside down if the iPad/iPhone/tablet/camera were upside down while recording the video.

Otherwise, continue with the next step.

video is upside down,

5.1. Grab the rotation tool with your mouse.

Clicking on the Stage will display the rotation and alignment tool. Grab the green-colored circle just off-center of the Stage.

 rotation tool

5.2. Rotate the image using the rotation tool in green.

Rotating

5.3. The video is now right-side up on the stage.

The video is now right-side up

6. Click on File in the main tool menu.

Now, that the video is set on the Stage, it is time to convert the video from MOV to MP4 and to reduce the size of the video file.

File in the main tool menu is selected.

7. Choose a name and location and Save.

Save button is selected.

8. Click on Produce and share.

Produce and share button is selected.

9. Using the drop down menu, Select "MP4 only (up to 480p)".

The three built-in choices for MP4 only allow you to choose according to how large you want the video to display and how large you want the file size to be.

  1. MP4 only (up to 480p) - Since this particular video sample is only a headshot, reducing the display size to 480 is fine. It will reduce the display dimensions of the video to 854x480. The file size will also be greatly reduced from 188 MB to 10 MB.
  2. MP4 only (up to 720p) - Since the original video is 1280x720, this choice is also acceptable but not necessary for a headshot. It is good for PowerPoint narration video, screen capture video, and video with greater detail. The file size will also be greatly reduced from 188 MB to 21 MB.
  3. MP4 only (up to 1080p) - Since this setting is larger than the original, the video will produce at the original size of 1280x720. This size is good for displaying PowerPoint narration video or screen capture video on a 1080 HD TV. The file size will also be greatly reduced from 188 MB to 25 MB.
MP4 only is selected.

10. Click on Next.

Next button is selected.

11. Click on Finish.

The MP4 video file, which will be produced, will have the same name as the Camtasia Studio project. However, you can change that video file name on this screen if you desire. Change the name before clicking on Finish.

Finish button is selected.

12. The video will render.

rendering progress bar

13. The produced MP4 video file can now be uploaded to your course.

Using the default settings for Produce and share, the newly created video file is significantly smaller than the original file. In this sample, the original was 188 MB and the new one is only 10 MB. A significant reduction in size (and quality).

Note that the file has been converted from an MOV (QuickTime) to an MP4, which is much more Internet friendly. Also, video files from the instructor should be captioned. Camtasia Studio does have a captioning tool. View techsmith website for tutorials.

 MP4 video file

Article Summary

You have learned how to use Camtasia Studio on a PC to quickly and easily convert your iPad/iPhone/tablet video file, so that it will be easier to share with your course in TITANium.