Record the Screen

With Camtasia Recorder, you record exactly what you want: the entire screen, specific dimensions, a region, a window, or an application. Recorder is designed to be simple and easy-to-use starting with your first recording—just click the Record button and begin your onscreen activity.

Recorder automatically records:

  • Microphone audio recording
  • SmartFocus zoom and pan keyframes to automatically optimize the viewing experience
  • Keyboard shortcut data that generates automatic callouts in Editor
  • Cursor data that allows you to customize the cursor in Editor

To Record the Screen

The default settings in Recorder give you a recording file that includes:

  • Full screen recording
  • Microphone audio recording
  • System audio recording
  • SmartFocus zoom and pan keyframes to automatically optimize the viewing experience
  • Cursor data used to enhance the cursor in Editor
  • Keyboard shortcut data used to generate automatic keystroke callouts in Editor



For both platforms:

  1. Choose area to record.
    • Full screen recording is the default.
    • Or, record with custom dimensions or a region you select.

  2. If desired, record web camera.
  3. Choose audio options.
    • Microphone audio is recorded by default.

    • System Audio is recorded by default.

  1. Click the Record button to begin recording.
    • Click the Stop button or press F10. (Windows)
    • Click the Stop button or press Option + Command + 2 (Mac)

About SmartFocus™

During recording, SmartFocus ™ collects data about the actions performed onscreen along with the cursor movements. Then during editing, apply the SmartFocus effect to automatically add zoom and pan animations to the video. This saves you the time it takes to manually add zoom and pan animations.


To make the best use of SmartFocus during the recording process, use the following tips to help SmartFocus predict where to apply the zoom effects:

  • Slow down. Use slow, deliberate mouse movements.
  • Limit clicking. Do not randomly click around the screen or repeatedly click with the mouse.
  • Record at full screen dimensions and produce at smaller dimensions. SmartFocus is ideal for cases when you need to record at full screen or large dimensions, but want to produce the final video at smaller dimensions. For example, if you record a full screen application and then produce the final video for distribution on a smaller mobile device, the full screen recording is not viewable at the original dimensions without zooming.
  • Record clips longer than 30 seconds. SmartFocus is optimized for recordings longer than 30 seconds. For shorter clips, manually add zoom and pan animations.
  • Hover the cursor where you want the viewer to look. Keep the cursor still on the area of focus in the recording. For example, if you want the viewer to focus on a hyperlink, place the cursor on or near that area as you speak and then click.
  • Do not “talk” with the cursor. Do not move the cursor around the screen as you speak. Try to keep the cursor still in the area of focus in the recording.
  • Keep the cursor close when entering text. SmartFocus may not predict the correct action if you click in a text box, move the cursor to the other side of the screen, and then start talking. If you want the viewer to see what is typed into the text box, keep the cursor in the text box.
  • Use the mouse scroll wheel (if applicable). Try using the mouse scroll wheel instead of clicking and dragging on the scroll bar. SmartFocus may zoom in on the scroll bar instead of the content scrolling. For example, use the mouse scroll wheel when scrolling long Web pages.


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