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Screencasting: Five Simple Tips for Speeding Up Development

During the past year I have created over 60 screencasts for my department. I have used Captivate for the majority of these, but I have also used Camtasia, Articulate, and Adobe Presenter. Since I spend so much time working with these rapid development e-Learning tools, I have become familiar with the most common snafus and roadblocks associated with the development of screencasts, and I have become much faster and more efficient when working with these tools.

Below is a list of  5 simple tips that can be used with any of these programs.

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Moving Multiple Clips on the Timeline in Camtasia Studio 7

As a Senior Education Specialist for UITS IT Training at Indiana University, I use presentation tools and video editing applications almost daily. Because of this, it doesn’t usually take me very long to figure out how to perform a simple task in one of these applications. That is why I was so frustrated the other day when I couldn’t figure out how to select and move a large number of audio clips on my Camtasia timeline without pressing and dragging each one separately. Since the presentation I was working on had over 50 clips, it was going to require a lot of adjusting and I knew there had to be a better way.

When I need to do this in Adobe Premiere Pro, I simply select the Track Select Tool and then go to work. C’mon TechSmith… Give me a tool. I shouldn’t have to guess how to do such a common task!

After searching online for an answer, I realized there are lots of other users who agree with me. Consequently, I thought a nice, short blog post that answers this question would probably be appreciated. So here you are folks.

If you want to move multiple clips on a Camtasia Studio 7.0 timeline, press and hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, and then press and drag the left-most clip in the sequence (while the Shift key is still being held down). When you do this, the clip you are manipulating and all clips to the right of this clip will be moved.

Sounds easy, right? It is… Unless you don’t know how to do it.  (  :

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