Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to see what someone is doing in a video tutorial?
Especially in a screenshare, such as a software demo, you end up squinting at the screen and trying to figure out what their mouse is pointing at.
There's a simple solution that will make your own screenshare video tutorials miles (or kilometers) better than your competitors…
Use Camtasia to ‘Zoom In'
Camtasia is one of the easiest video editing software tools you can use. And, while it is a paid tool, I've found that it's been worth every penny. It's saved me hours of time, knowing I can quickly and easily edit out bloopers, add simple callouts, and zoom to whatever part of the screen people should focus on.
In the following video tutorial, I show you how to use Camtasia to Zoom In on Your Screenshare Tutorials. You'll even notice a little zooming I added to this video itself:
Here's are the basic steps I follow:
- Record your video and open it in Camtasia, making sure to put it on the timeline
- Move the play head forward until you find the first place you want to zoom in
- Select the ‘Animations' menu tab on the left
- Drag the corners of the ‘Zoom' control image to show only the part of the screen you want people to focus on
- Move the play head forward until you find where you want to zoom out or move to a different part of the screen. Adjust by dragging the ‘zoom' image around, zooming out, or zooming in.
- Adjust the speed of any zoom by clicking on the zoom arrow in the time line and dragging either end. You can also drag the whole arrow forward or back.
- When you're done adding any zooms, save your project and ‘Share' as a file on your computer or directly to somewhere like YouTube.
And here's what that final video looks like – the one I edited in the zoom tutorial above:
Camtasia makes it intuitive and easy to add all sorts of fun elements to your videos, but the most valuable feature I use is this type of zooming in on parts of a screen.
If you're doing screenshare tutorials, you can certainly start with quick videos using Snagit or even the free Jing tool. But then consider grabbing Camtasia so that you can take your videos to the next level.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Want some great training on how to use Camtasia?
You can follow the Techsmith tutorials, but I get my best tips and learning from Lon Naylor and Ron Hogue. The course I purchased for learning Camtasia 9 (the latest version) is the easiest to follow:
If you want to get free tips on Camtasia, as well as other screenshare and PowerPoint slide videos, check out Lon Naylor's main site here: