I’m going to show you how to create an on-the-go video using your smart phone and Camtasia.
As long as your phone is relatively new, you should be able to use it’s audio, video and pictures with Camtasia. For this video, I’ll be using the Blackberry 9930

Your phone probably doesn’t have a whole lot of storage space, and you don’t want to run out of space during your shoot, so the first thing you’ll want to do is clear off all the old photos and videos.
If you have a different phone then I do, you’ll have to figure this part out on your own, or read the manual. I find it easier to do this by attaching my phone to my computer.

You can just delete the files, or move them to your hard drive.
Next you’ll want to set the image and video resolution as high as it will go. The default setting is usually pretty low, so the video and images are easier to send, but this is not the best setting for web video. Higher resolution files will take up more space, but they’ll look far better.
You can reset to the default after your shoot.

Now it’s time to shoot. You can grab action shots, images, grab sound bites or even a voiceover.
The zoom on your phone is most likely a digital zoom and won’t produce very good results. You’ll get nicer pics and video if you simply move in close.
For audio, you’ll want to get as close as possible. Be mindful of wind and background noise as it can ruin your take.
If you’re doing a voice over, a quiet room is your best bet.
No one likes to watch shaky video. Keep your shots steady by taking a solid stance, using two hands, and possibly bracing yourself against something.
You can do static non-moving shots, or get creative and try moving around a bit to add interest.
Some phones even have an insert for a tripod, for rock-steady shots.

• After you’ve captured your shots, you’ll need to move the media to your computer.
• It’s a good idea to create a new folder for each project you create.
• Keep all your project files in the same folder. This will help you stay organized and make it easy to archive your project to a DVD or flash drive later.
• You can even create sub folders for each type of media.
• Next, import the media into Camtasia. Simply drag and drop the files from your project folder to the media bin.

• To begin, just drag your media to the timeline and arrange it to tell your story.
• I like to start with an interview or sound bits, then add “b-roll” to keep the viewers attention.
• You can even trim off the parts you don’t want.
• Or adjust the length an image is shown. 1-3 seconds is a good guideline.
• You have multiple tracks to work with, so it’s totally fine to lay pictures and video down on top of your interview or voiceover.
• Whatever is on top is what you’ll see, but audio tracks will all play, unless muted.
• To mute a track, or adjust it’s volume, just click on the AUDIO tab and adjust as needed.
• You can even add tunes to pump up your production.
• If you have an interview or voiceover, keep the music volume low so you don’t drown out your speaker
• For more info. on timeline composition and editing, check out Camtasia’s tutorials.

When you’re happy with your story, produce your video and upload it for sharing.

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