Record the Screen and Audio

Camtasia Recorder captures your screen, webcam, and audio. Set the capture area to an entire screen, specific dimensions, a region, a window, or an application on the screen. To get started, click the record button and begin your onscreen activity.


Set Up Your Recording





  1. Select the recording area:
    • Click the toggle to turn screen recording on or off.
    • Click the dropdown and select a recording area option.
  2. Camtasia highlights the selected recording area on the screen. To edit the recording area:
    • Drag the handles to adjust the selection.
    • To enter a specific size, type the dimensions in pixels into the Width and Height fields.
    • To move the selected area on the screen, click the center handle (Windows) or within the selected area (Mac) and drag to the desired location.
    • If your computer is connected to multiple displays, you can drag the selected area from one screen to another.

    Tip: Hide desktop icons on Mac.

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

  3. To record webcam video from a built-in or connected camera device, click the toggle to turn webcam recording on or off and select a camera device from the dropdown.
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  4. To record audio from your computer's built-in microphone or from a connected USB microphone:
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    • Click the toggle to turn microphone recording on or off and select an audio device from the dropdown.
    • Drag the slider to increase or decrease the audio level.

    Tip: Run a sample recording to test the audio.

    • No Microphone Audio: Select an audio device in the dropdown or enable the Microphone option in the recorder.
    • No System Audio: Enable the System Audio option in the recorder.
    • Low Microphone Audio: Drag the audio slider to increase the audio level and make sure the connected audio device is positioned near the speaker.
  5. Turn system audio on or off. System audio captures the sound from your computer such as application alerts or audio playing from your computer speakers.
  6. Click the Record button.
  7. Click the Stop button.

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


Recording Shortcuts

Option Windows Shortcut Mac Shortcut

Launch Recorder


To customize on Windows, select Edit > Preferences > Shortcuts > Program Options tab.


To customize on Mac, select 2021 > Preferences > Shortcuts > Recorder Options tab.

Start/Pause Recording



Stop Recording



Camtasia Recorder automatically records cursor data to customize the cursor with effects. See Enhance Your Video Overview.

This help topic is for Camtasia version 2021. 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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