Every time I step into Camtasia to work on a video, I’m always pleased with the versatility of it. Any time I need to make a quick instructional video, it’s easily the tool I go to first. Add in the premade Camtasia templates we have in the library, and I can create clean visuals even faster. But what if I want to make some changes to those templates? It’s really simple. Let’s take a look at one of our Camtasia Overlay templates and figure out how to make some simple changes.
Know the Different Parts
When you load this particular template into Camtasia studio, you’ll be greeted by this screen:
I’ve lengthened the timeline navigation so you can see it a little better in that picture. You’ll see on the bottom two lines the stock video and audio we’ve included with the template. Feel free to delete those out, as you’ll likely replace them with whatever content you’ve got instead. On the five lines above that, you’ll see three different columns of objects on the timeline, each representing the three overlays in the template.
Let’s get a closer look at the first group.
You’ll notice in this template that each of the three overlays has a text callout and four image pieces that animate in. On each end of the image pieces, you’ll see blue arrows representing how the object animates for this template. On the text callout, you’ll see the fade in/out transitions on each end.
Entrances and Exits
Notice how each object on the timeline seems to be spaced at odd intervals. This will be one of the things that you can choose to adjust. Depending on your content, you can move the item to the left or the right to reposition it appropriately. You can also lengthen or shorten it by dragging the sides of each object. This will affect the object’s entrance and exit times. When you watch the video above, you’ll see that each object flips on and off the screen at a different time. That’s adjusted by the length and position of the object on the timeline.
The duration of the animation is adjusted similarly. You’ll notice that each of the blue arrows has a dot on each side. Drag those to the side to lengthen or shorten the duration of the animation. Note that this means that a longer duration to the action plays out slower. If you want the animation to play more quickly, just shorten it!
Motion and Animations
Double-click on one of those blue arrows to bring up the animation properties. This is where the real fun begins! You’ll notice a number of different options for tweaking how the object will move during the duration of the animation. It’s important to know that wherever you are on the timeline is where you will affect any changes. For instance, the screenshot above is of the animation at the start. And this screenshot below is from the end of the animation.
You’ll notice we’ve changed the X rotation about 90 points from start to finish. That’s what causes the flip. If you want more of a flip, adjust the numbers at either the start or the finish depending on what you want your desired outcome will look like. You’ll also see that there are numbers you can adjust for position. This allows you to move the object. Select a starting and an ending position and you can have objects fly on or off screen. Similarly, there are two slider bars for scale and opacity that you can adjust for zooms or fades. There are even a few other visual effects, like drop shadow and borders, that you can add if you desire. Play around and see how you like it!
If you’ve already built your project and are looking to add an overlay after the fact, don’t fret! We’ve given you all of the source files so you can add the pieces you need into any project you’ve already got going. We’ve got over a dozen different overlays to choose from and a bunch of other Camtasia templates that you can play with. How do you use overlays in your eLearning videos? Share with everyone in the comments below!