Export and Share a Video

Export and share a video based on the set of media (recordings, video clips, audio clips, images, and effects) on the timeline.


Export Your Video

Export options contain settings optimized to share videos to Screencast.com, Vimeo, YouTube, your local hard drive, and more.

  1. Click Export.
  2. Select an option from the Export menu.
    • On Windows, the Production Wizard appears. Step through the wizard to create your video.
    • On Mac, the Export As dialog appears. Choose the desired options to create your video.
    Windows File Formats Mac File Formats


To save a production preset for future use (Windows only), select Export > Custom Production > Add/Edit Presets.


Export a Selection on the Timeline

Export a selection on the timeline to create a short video or to preview an effect.

  1. Make selection on timeline.
  2. On Windows, right-click the selection and select Produce Timeline Selection As. On Mac, select Export > Local File.
    • On Windows, the Production Wizard appears. Step through the wizard to create your video.
    • On Mac, the Export As dialog appears. Choose desired options to create your video.


Export to YouTube

Upload your videos directly from Camtasia to YouTube.

Recommended YouTube video resolutions vary. 720p or 1080p (HD) are best for playback on standard monitors.
  1. Click Export > YouTube. You may be asked to sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Enter a title, description, tags, and category.
    Add commonly misspelled words from your content as tags so YouTube can help users find your video.
  3. Set the privacy settings to desired level.
  4. To upload captions or markers, select Upload captions(Windows) or Create table of contents from markers (Windows and Mac). If your timeline includes captions on Mac, Camtasia automatically uploads the captions to YouTube.
    Quizzes and interactive hotspots in Camtasia are not supported on YouTube.
  5. Click Finish.

Camtasia uploads the video to YouTube and opens the video in a browser window for playback.


Customize Export for Quizzing, Captions, and Hotspots (Windows)

If your video includes quizzing, captions, or hotspots, you can customize the video player (Smart Player).

  1. Click Export > Local File.
  2. Select Custom production settings from the dropdown and click Next.
  3. Select MP4 - Smart Player (HTML5) and click Next.
  4. The Smart Player Options dialog opens. Customize the desired settings for each tab.
    Tab Name Options


    Customize the Smart Player's color theme, playback settings, thumbnail image, and more.


    The Produce with controller option is required for videos that include quizzes, captions, or interactive hotspots. If your video does not include these, deselect the Produce with controller option. See Playback Requirements.


    Set the embed size and exported video size. Embed size affects the view size of the exported video when hosted on a website.

    Video settings

    Set the frame rate, encoding mode, keyframe placement, H.264 encoding, and color mode. The default settings for these options are best for standard videos.

    Adjusting these settings affects the size of the exported video file.

    Audio settings

    Set the audio bit rate. The default settings for these options are best for standard videos.


    Customize and enable additional Smart Player options such as the viewing controls, search, table of contents, captions, and quizzing.

    Select Table of contents, Captions, or Quizzing in the Options tab to include in the exported video. These options are only available if added to the timeline before export.

  5. Click Next.The Video Options dialog opens. Customize the desired settings such as quiz reporting for SCORM compliant packages (LMS packages).
    You must have a quiz on your timeline to view the Reporting options.
  6. Click Next.
  7. The Produce Video dialog opens. Edit the video file name, file location, and video playback option.
  8. Click Finish.
  9. After export, click Open production folder to view the exported files.


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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