Record the Screen and Audio

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




  1. Choose the screen area to record:
    • Full screen (default)
    • Presets:
      • Click the dropdown and select standard recording dimension.
    • Custom area: 
      • Click the dropdown and select the Choose Region option (Mac) or the Select area to record option (Windows).

      Tip: Hide Desktop Icons on Mac

      Select the Camtasia icon in the Menu Bar > Hide Desktop Icons.

  2. To record a webcam, click the dropdown to select the camera device.

    Camtasia records both the screen and webcam. For webcam only, delete the screen recording track in Camtasia Editor.

  3. Choose audio options:
    • Microphone audio is recorded by default. Click the audio dropdown to select the microphone or audio device.
    • System audio is recorded by default.

      Tip: Run a sample recording to test the audio.

      • No Audio: Make sure the audio device is on and connected.
      • Low Audio: Drag the audio slider to increase the audio level. Make sure you select the correct audio device in the dropdown.
  4. Click the Record button.
  5. Click the Stop button.

The TREC recording file is added to the Media Bin in Camtasia Editor.


Recording Shortcuts

Option Windows Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Start Recording F9 Command+Shift+2
Pause Recording F9 Command+Shift+2
Stop Recording F10 Command+Option+2
Add a Marker Ctrl+M  

Camtasia Recorder automatically records:

  • Keyboard shortcut data to generate keystroke callouts in Camtasia Editor
  • Cursor data to customize the cursor in Camtasia Editor

This help topic is for Camtasia version 2020. If you have a previous version, upgrade to the latest version of TechSmith Camtasia or view the help for another version in the Previous Versions section.


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