Using Camtasia Studio:
Creating Simple Screencasts

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there educational pricing for Camtasia software?
A: At present there is and the cost for individual higher education purchases currently runs 30-40% off of the retail price with greater discounts available for larger purchases.

Q: Do I already have access to the software or a license through the USC College of Education?
A: Yes. The Office of Instructional Support has a copy of Camtasia Studio available for COE faculty and staff on four stations in room 274-N. If you wish to purchase Camtasia Studio, please go to the OIS website for more information.

Q: Is there a version of Camtasia software for Mac as well as for Windows?

A: Yes, they have slightly different names and have some interface differences. The two products are Camtasia for Mac and Camtasia Studio, which is for Windows.

Q: What are the system requirements for each version?

A: Windows:
• Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
• Microsoft DirectX 9 or later version
• 1.5 GHz, single-core minimum ~ Recommended: Intel 2.0 GHz dual-core or better
• 1 GB RAM minimum ~ Recommended: 2.0 GB or more
• 500 MB of hard-disk space for program installation
• Display dimensions of 1024x768 or greater

• Mac computer with an Intel processor ~ Recommended: dual core 2.0GHz or faster
• Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later
• Quartz Extreme support
• 1GB of RAM ~ Recommended: 2.0 GB of RAM or greater
• 4GB of available disk space (minimum)
• QuickTime 7.5.5 or later

Q: Can I import my own pictures and videos to incorporate into a screencast?
A: Yes, use the Import Media function.

Q: Can I use Camtasia to capture the Camtasia editor?
A: Yes, once you start the capture, use the application switcher to bring the Camtasia editor to the front.

Q: Where can I get answers to detailed technical questions about using Camtasia?
A: The TechSmith site is a great resource for technical assistance and troubleshooting information. You can access their Support Center.


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