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402 BYOD: Screen Record: A Simple User Interface with Camtasia

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Thursday, April 13

Tracks: Development & Tools

“All those modules you recently recorded about the new software system need to be redone. The IT department made an update to the user interface.” If you were ever involved in a project recording new software systems or updates to existing systems, then you may have heard a version of that opening statement. The problem is usually rooted in not communicating with all stakeholders, and the result is lost time, lost productivity, missed deadlines, and a lot of frustration. New systems will always be on an organization’s horizon, and updates to existing systems will constantly change. How can you adapt and be flexible to these ever-changing needs when you hear that statement the next time? Simple User Interface (SUI) graphics is a clean, professional, and fully adaptable approach to recording any screen.

In this session we will define SUI graphics and look at several examples. You’ll learn how to either source pre-made assets or create your own graphical user interfaces to imitate any screen you need to record. With prepared sample SUI graphics, we will discuss a sequential narrative and storyboard a plan. You will learn how to organize and manage all the necessary assets and import them into Camtasia. Finally, following the prepared storyboard, we’ll explore several screen record animation techniques such as mouse tracking, highlights, zoom and pan.

In this session you will learn:

  • About Simple User Interface (SUI) graphics
  • How to source SUI graphics or the basics of creating from scratch
  • How to storyboard a short sequential visual narrative for animating in Camtasia
  • How to animate mouse tracking to appear like a screen recording
  • Several Camtasia techniques like highlights, zoom, and pan

Participant technology requirements:

Laptop with a licensed copy of TechSmith’s Camtasia or 30-day free trial

Kevin Thorn

Chief NuggetHead

NuggetHead Studioz

Kevin Thorn is an award-winning eLearning designer and developer, consultant, and owner of NuggetHead Studioz, a boutique custom design and development studio. After retiring from the US Army, Kevin pursued a career in corporate IT and training and development. With his combined military and industry experience, Kevin started the Studioz in 2012. He works with clients in various industries. Kevin is a well-known industry speaker and trainer and a certified facilitator in LEGO Serious Play methodologies. He holds a BS in information technology management from Christian Brothers University and an MS in instructional design and technology from the University of Memphis