Camtasia (Mac): Record a PowerPoint or Keynote Presentation

Problem

How do I record a Powerpoint or Keynote presentation using Camtasia for Mac?>

Solution

In order to record your PowerPoint Presentations,  you can open your presentation (in PowerPoint or Keynote), start a new recording with Camtasia, then put your presentation in full screen/presentation mode. Camtasia will be able to record your full screen view, which would include the presentation, and pick up your audio as you narrate your slides. 

The steps for setting up/recording a PowerPoint or Keynote Presentation are as followed:

  1. Open the presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint or Keynote.

  2. Open Camtasia or choose File > New Recording.

  3. Select the audio and camera options:
    • Camera video(1):
      Click to enable camera video. From the Camera menu, select the camera device, such as the built-in iSight or a USB camera. A preview of the camera appears.

    • Microphone audio(2):
      Microphone audio is recorded by default. From the Audio menu, select the microphone.

    • System audio (3):
      Click to enable system audio recording. System audio is the sound from your computer including mouse click sounds, audio from your speakers, etc. If the TechSmith Audio Capture Component is not installed, click the Need System Audio help button to install it.

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  4. Click the Record button or press Command-Shift-2 to start recording.

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  5. Once the count down has finished, open your presentation and put it up in either full screen mode or presentation mode, to start Narrating it.

  6. At the end of the presentation, click the Esc key to exit the presentation. Press Command-Shift-2 to pause and name the recording.
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