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Setting up Your Computer for Camtasia


Before you begin recording your screen capture video, you will need to prepare your materials, configure your PC and test your audio settings to ensure a smooth recording.

Preparation Tips for Your Recording Session

Connect and Adjust Your Headset Microphone

To record audio in Camtasia, you will need a PC microphone. A PC Headset Microphone is recommended for the best audio quality. Make sure your microphone is connected to your PC and is adjusted properly. See Connecting and Adjusting Your Headset for Camtasia for more information on setting up your headset.

Setting Your Screen Resolution


For captures that will be viewed on a variety of different machines, it is recommended that you set your screen resolution to 800x600 or 1024x768 pixels before using Camtasia.

  1. From your PC desktop, right-click with your mouse on an empty space and select Personalize from the menu.
  2. From the Personalization window, select the Display Settings option.
  3. Write down your current screen resolution so that you can reset it to the original size later. Then, lower the slider below Resolution to 800x600 or 1024x768.
  4. Click the OK button.
  5. Your screen will briefly blank while the resolution is changing. After it has successfully changed, you will be prompted asking if you would like to keep these settings. Click Yes.
  6. When you are finished capturing, you can repeat these steps to return your desktop resolution to your preferred settings.

Preparing Camtasia

  1. On your PC, select the Start menu and then All Programs > Camtasia Studio 6 > Applications > Camtasia Recorder.
  2. From Camtasia Recorder, go to the Effects and select your desired options for Sound and Cursor.
  3. You are now ready to begin recording your screen. Visit Recording a Narrated Camtasia File for instructions on how to do this.
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