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Stop a Recording

This finishes and saves the current capture.

1 There are three ways to stop recording:

a Click the stop button on the standard toolbar.

b Press the default Stop hotkey F10.

c Select menu options Capture > Stop.

2 The Save Movie File As dialog opens for you to specify a filename (unless you specified automatic file naming using Options > Preferences > File Name).

The Media Player on your computer starts with the movie file loaded and may start automatically.

Delete a Recording

This cancels and discards the current capture.

1 During any recording, you can delete or cancel the process these ways:

a Click the red "X" on the standard toolbar.

b Select menu options Capture > Delete.

2 The capture pauses and you get a message asking if you are sure you want to delete the current video capture. If you answer Yes, the recording stops and any captured frames are discarded.

Capture Menu > Input Options

Set the input option you need for the recording you are going to make:

  • If you choose Screen, the entire computer screen will be captured.

  • If you choose Window, the cursor changes to a finger for the user to point to the parts of the window to be captured. Click over the window title bar to capture the whole window.

  • If you choose Region, the cursor changes to a crosshair pointer for you to define the region of your computer screen to be captured in the video. This region is shown within green angles at each corner.

  • If you choose Fixed Region, a dialog asks you to define the region in pixels. See also: Define a Fixed Region.

Capture Menu > Output Options

There are two possible output options:

  • If you choose File, the captured video will be stored in an AVI (video) file. The name and location of the saved video file can be set under Options > Preferences, then choose the File tab. See also: Options > Preferences > File

  • If you choose Live, the captured video will be made available to any live encoding process you have running on your computer. See also: Live Output Feature Description and Options > Preferences > Live.

Note: When Live Output is ON, all input options are disabled, since video frame size is determined by the application that is using Camtasia Recorder as a video source (for example, Windows Media Encoder or NetMeeting).

Capture Single Frames

This is a capture option that makes Camtasia capture only one frame at a time. With this option selected, Camtasia is always in a paused state. Use the record button like a camera shutter button to capture one or more stills that can be saved as an AVI file.

1 Select menu options Capture > Single Frame. This is a toggle that you click ON by selecting the menu option once and OFF by selecting it again. When the option is ON, a check mark appears next to the menu option.

2 Set any other capture options, including Input, Effects, and Preferences.

3 To capture a frame, use any start recording method: red record button , Record/Pause hotkey, or Capture > Record.

4 Repeat the capture as many times as needed. You can change the contents of the capture region between captures to achieve whatever motion effect you want.

HINT: Single Frame capture can be used to create a slide show or "stop frame animation" style movies. This option works well with the Time-lapse capture mode available under Options > Preferences > AVI > Time-lapse Capture Setup Dialog. For example, by setting the Time-lapse playback frame rate to 1 frame per 10 seconds, you can use Single Frame capture to add slides, each of which is displayed for 10 seconds.

For another useful periodic frame capture option, see also: Time-lapse Capture Setup Dialog.

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