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LRC Video Station: Quick Start Guide

Room Reservations

Where and how to reserve the room:

  • The Video Station is located in LRC Room D2001
  • You need to sign-up up to reserve a time slot; the sign-in sheet is available at the LRC AMI (Computer) Help Desk.

If you need Technical Support, contact the AMI (computer) Help Desk: 301-295-3358 or

Need Inspiration (Ideas)?

Basic Recording

  1. Set up your workspace by following the Preparing a Workspace instructions below.
  2. In the Camtasia tool bar, there are icons representing the audio and camera.
  3. Click the arrow next to the audio icon, and make sure there is:
    • A checkmark next to the Yeti Stereo Microphone option.
    • Not a checkmark next to the Record System Audio option.
  4. Click on the camera button to toggle whether or not the camera records your face while also recording the screen.
  5. Before pressing the recording, be sure to review the Hardware Information section.
  6. Use the mouse to press the record button (red circular button)
    • The computer tells you that you can stop recording by pressing F10, and then gives a three second countdown to begin.
  7. When done recording, press F10. Select save and edit your work.
  8. Save your work in a folder on the desktop, labeled with your name. Use this for all your Camtasia files.

Hardware Information

  • The Yeti microphone has a light above the mute button. Push the mute button to toggle between states.
    • Blinking red light = muted microphone
    • Steady red light = live microphone
  • The electronic pen works similar to a mouse when on the tablet.
    • As a best practice, keep the pen off of the tablet when using the mouse to avoid unusual behavior in the cursor.
  • The webcam sits lightly on top of the monitor, and try to avoid moving it.
    • When active, a blue light will brightly light up around the lens. Turning the camera on and off will be controlled by software in Camtasia.
  • The speaker bar under the monitor is turned on/off and volume adjusted by the dial at the rightmost side.

Preparing a Workspace

  1. Open the Smooth Draw program, so you have a window to draw in.
    • Resize the window to roughly 1/4 of the screen. The exact size here is not crucial.
    • Select the File->New menu option. This is a handy way to get a clean drawing canvas.
    • Notice how this window has tool options on the left and upper portions of the screen with a white “canvas” occupying most of the window. This layout distinction will be used later.
  2. Open the Tablet Properties program in order to define an area to use the tablet and pen in.
    • Notice that at the top of the window there are at least two program icons, i.e. All Other and Smooth Draw. Selecting one of those options allows setting the other properties below. For now, select All Other.
    • Select the Mapping tab
      • Select Portion from the drop down menu on the right hand side of the screen, even it it is already displaying as the current choice.
      • In the middle of the new window, select Click to Define Screen Area. It is a wide button, and deceptively easy to overlook at first.
        • The cursor will change to look like a corner bracket. Move the cursor to the top left of the Smooth Draw window (the whole window, not just the canvas.) Once the cursor is in place, left-click the mouse to set that location.
        • Select the OK button.
      • At the top of the remaining Tablet Properties window, select the Smooth Draw icon to highlight it and repeat the entire mapping process exactly as before. This may seem redundant, but avoids confusion when differing programs are in focus when using the tablet and pen.
      • Minimize the Tablet Properties window, so it is handy should you find you want to resize the defined area later.
  3. At this point, feel free to familiarize yourself with the basics of using the electronic pen on the tablet to interact with the Smooth Draw program.
    • The pen is pressure sensitive, so you can write lighter or darker lines.
    • The top of the pen functions as an eraser.
    • Holding the pen at too low an angle to the tablet can limit its performance on the tablet.
  4. Open the Camtasia program.
    • This opens the full editing suite of Camtasia with capabilities beyond the scope of this guide.  Watching the short video tutorials is highly recommended before editing takes place.
    • Select Record the Screen.
      • The green dashed lines designate the portion of the screen to be recorded as video. Dragging the white dots along the edge will alter the size and shape of the area.
      • Resize the green dashed lines to surround the canvas area of Smooth Draw. Do not include the tools nor scroll bar portions of the window, or they will show up in the video.
      • You should now see most of the monitor as slightly shaded, and the area inside the green dashed lines as brighter. This bright area is what Camtasia will record.
  5. Return to Basic Recording section.

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James A. Zimble Learning Resource Center • 4301 Jones Bridge Rd. Bethesda, MD 20814 • Main Number: 301-295-3189 • AMI Helpdesk: 301-295-3358

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