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Seven Principles at WPI: Technology as a Lever Principle One: Good Practice Encourages Contacts Between Students and Faculty

September 5, 2006

Camtasia Studio is a video-based screen capturing software program. It is analogous to using a video camera to record your screen. However, unlike using a video camera, the software is installed on a PC, so the screen capture is recorded directly to a higher-quality digital video format. Camtasia, along with a PC headset/microphone, can be used to create screen-capture video files.

Camtasia was originally designed for creating software tutorials, but has other powerful applications. Common uses of Camtasia are:

This Fall, we have updated the campus license of Camtasia Studio to version 3. For information on obtaining the Camtasia software, send an e-mail to

For instructions on using Camtasia, visit the How-to Center.