Friday, December 13, 2013

Camtasia Studio

I've recently had a few people ask me what software I use to record my matches from Magic Online. Previously, I've written about how Magic Online replays work and how you can create a replay for any game for which you have the appropriate game number. Today I want to talk a little bit about how you can then take those replays and turn them into a video that can be shared on the Internet.

Essentially what you need is some sort of screen-capture software, which takes whatever is displayed on your screen and renders it into a standard video file that you can then load into a video editor. Most screen-capture software will also allow you to record a voice-over while you're recording; if not, any decent video editor will allow you to do the same.

While there are probably several good options available, I currently use Camtasia Studio. Camtasia is a fantastic suite of software that allows you to record, edit, and distribute video from your computer. You can capture all or only a portion of your screen, capture any sound effects from what you're recording, add streaming video or audio of yourself while you're recording, and much more. Then, with the built-in video editor, you can import existing images, audio, or video to really make a fantastic end-product. Their website has a whole host of tutorials, which are short, easy-to-understand, and really show off what this editor can do. They even have a fully functional 30 day trial to let you decide if this is the right product for you.

Unfortunately, Camtasia Studio 8 is expensive, putting you back over $250. If you are a student, they do have an education discount available here, but be warned you will have to prove your credentials to get the discounted price.

However, there is a free alternative out there called CamStudio. While it has significantly less bells and whistles, and requires some work to get it operating properly, it is available absolutely free. Next Friday, I'll tell you more about this great alternative.

Finally, don't forget about the giveaway I'm currently running. All you have to do is become an E-mail subscriber, and you are automatically entered into a drawing for either a Theros draft set or a $10 gift card. All the details can be found here.

Thanks for reading.

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