How to use Camtasia Picture in Picture (PIP) ✅💓

How to use Camtasia Picture in Picture (PIP) ✅💓


Hi, this is Naomi Skarzinski with TopShelfVA.com.
Today we are going to talk about Camtasia’s Picture in Picture.
I was noticing the other day, watching a colleague’s video that she had her Picture in Picture
but she had a small little video of herself down in the bottom right hand corner.
She was just using the default and there are many ways to be able to use the Picture in Picture.
You can actually turn off, move it out of the way, enlarge it, etc.
There’s various ways that we can use Picture in Picture, so that is what we are going to
talk about today. Now the first place to start with your picture
in picture is setting up the recorder correctly. The first thing to do is to select the microphone,
if you have more than one microphone you can choose it from this drop drown selection here.
You do not necessarily need to use the webcam microphone if you have others to choose from
that may be of better quality. Then turn on your webcam by clicking on it
to get a green check mark. You need to set up some options in order to
use the picture in picture to its ultimate abilities.
I have a Logitech C920, so this may be a little different from your setup.
Make sure your screen capture is at 30 frames per second.
Click on Format Settings. You will see the output size is set at 640
x 480, which is quite small. Click on the drop down button and select 1280
x 720 or 1600 x 896, which will still be at 30 frames per second, then say okay.
If you try going to 1920 x 1080, you will notice, since Camtasia is recording both,
it will relegate 1920 x 1080 to 5 frames per second, which is extremely disjointed.
You can check this on your system, whichever one will work best for you.
The main point is to make sure your webcam is recording at 30 frames per second at the
largest size possible. Now, if you wanted to change any of the adjustments
of your webcam, you could select Device Properties and make the adjustments you needed.
Once you have these set, you can then say okay.
Then click on record to start recording your webcam and screen at the same time.
Once you are done, click on F10 to stop the recording.
Then click on Save and Edit and give the file a name you will remember and save.
Your Camtasia will open up with the recording on the tracks.
The first track will be your screen capture. The second track is your webcam recording.
Always make sure the track you are not currently working on is locked.
It’s always nice to start off your videos with a bit of a larger image of yourself,
so that you have more of a connection with your audience.
Move your cursor over the webcam video and you will see the cursor changes to a crossed
arrow. This would mean if you click and hold your
left mouse button down, you could move this anywhere on the canvas you wanted.
But what we want to do is expand it, so put your cursor over the left corner.
It will turn into a double arrow and start moving it to the opposite corner to expand
it. Now keep in mind how you set your options
at the beginning for recording, will dictate the clarity as you expand.
Now you have some choices. Let’s say once you have given your greeting
around three seconds you want to minimize the webcam video portion back to the corner.
To do this make sure the track is still highlighted. Then click on your Visual Properties tab.
If it is not showing, click on More and select it from the drop down list.
Go to Visual Properties, click on Add Animation. Put your cursor over the corner for the double
arrows and decrease the size. You will now see the animation arrow on the
track. You can adjust the animation start and end
by clicking on the little round circles at either end.
You can also move the full arrows on the track to have it last the same amount of time but
start in a different location. Now let’s say we also want to move in on
a specific part of the screen capture at the same time the webcam animation is happening.
Lock the webcam track and unlock the screen capture track.
Place your play head at the end of the webcam animation.
Making sure the screen capture track is selected. Then click on the Zoom-n-Pan tab.
Then zoom in on the location in the screen capture by adjusting the frame in the zoom
area. If you need to, adjust the animation arrow,
so it aligns exactly with the webcam animation. For some pattern interrupt, let’s say you
want to move the webcam image to the opposite corner.
Make sure the screen capture track is locked and the webcam track is unlocked and highlighted.
Place your play head where you want the animation to end.
Click on the Visual Properties tab and click on Add Animation.
Then move the webcam image up to the other corner.
You can come up with a whole variety of ways of using this picture in picture and animation
features. Let’s adjust the animation so it happens
relatively quickly, so we’ll shorten this as an example.
We also want an animation on the screen capture to happen at the same time.
We lock the webcam track and unlock the screen capture track and make sure it is highlighted.
Then we click on the Zoom-n-Pan and zoom into the location we want.
We want it to line up with the webcam animation, so we’ll adjust the screen capture animation
the same way we did previously. Now you may want to make a specific point
at one location for emphasis; you want your audience to really see you well.
Once again, lock the screen capture track. Unlock the webcam track and highlight it.
Click on Add Animation and enlarge the webcam video.
Now I may want to fully focus on the screen capture and don’t want to be on the screen at all.
Click on Add Animation, then move your cursor over the webcam image and slide it off to
the left. This way the main focus is what is on screen
and not on you. Later, you may say I have a main point to
add and want to hide the screen capture video. Here’s how you can do that.
First you would start by shrinking the canvas to 25%, so you can see everything on the canvas.
Make sure your webcam track is highlighted and click on Add Animation.
Expand the webcam image, so it lines up top and bottom to the main screen height.
You can tell this by the yellow lines. What I want to do now is crop this image,
so only I am showing. You can’t see the end here of the webcam
image, so you need to be able to move the canvas to the right.
What you can do is either click on the hand icon to move the canvas or holding your space
bar down while you move the canvas to the right.
Now in order to crop this, you can either click on the crop icon, or you can hold the
Alt key down, which changes these white lines to the blue crop lines.
You can then move the webcam image back on screen, using the yellow lines as the guidelines.
Now all of this is still being recorded by the animation that you clicked a little while
back. Let’s go back up and Shrink to Fit, so we
can see a larger screen. Let’s say at this point you wanted to add
your key point here to the right of you. Right click on the first track, which is your
screen capture track, and select Insert Track Above.
Now, I’ve already put a little graphic together in my Library for this demonstration.
I’ll move it down to the empty track, next to the play head.
As you can see, there are a variety of ways to use your picture in picture feature, rather
than sticking with just a tiny picture in the bottom right corner that stays there all
the time. So I hope you’ve gained a lot of information
and tips and tricks from using this picture in picture feature.
Also, please don’t forget to subscribe to the channel to receive more Camtasia how to
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of any other how to videos you would like to see.
Thank you for watching and liking this video. Until we meet again, have a wonderful life!

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  1. Here is detailed information on how to take full advantage of Camtasia's Picture in Picture feature with animations and Zoom-n-Pan.

  2. This is awesome it will take me several times through it to get it all, but what a wonderful tutorial. Do I use the same to put in an into? Or how do I add a lower third?

  3. Thanks for the great, in depth, training on using the picture in picture features of Camtasia. It is very flexible and provides many options that you don't see people taking advantage of.

  4. Great video. I have screenflow. However, it is good to know that Camtasia works just as well. Only for windows computer. Great tips!

  5. ThankX for the video I need to learn how to do this. I am using the latest version 3.0+ for the MAC. Now I just need to figure out 3.0. It is a great upgrade by the way

  6. Q? I notice that you seem to have a good nack using Camtasia. If you dont mind when I have a problem I would like to see if you may know the answer. I am using the atest upgrade to Camtasia for the MAC 3.0+, great upgrade by the way. I just heard you say you use the Logitec C 930. My wife bought me the C 940 that has the stereo HD microphone. Something I have not figured out yet (been very busy) I use the Yeti Pro Microphone. Do you know the answer to this question?

    Will I be able thru Camtasia setup the C 940 Web Cam only and not the stereo HD mike that comes with the C 940 and instead use the Yeti Pro mike?

    Thanks in advance

  7. Nice content, learnt a lot in little time. But facing one issue at my end, during pip – video is getting captured at 360p only for 30fps, anything higher than 360p, it reduces the frame rate drastically to just 5fps. using Logitech c922 webcam with 1080p recording capacity. any settings I need to change

  8. Wow! You just made my Camtasia a more exciting tool! Thanks for this most excellent tutorial! You're awesome!

  9. Very interesting – I've been wanting to fool around with something like this but had no idea where to start. Thank you for an excellent how-to! I subscribed, too.

  10. Wow! This was so helpful! Thank you for showing this in such a clear way. You're a great teacher! PS Even though this video is several years old it just keeps on giving. 🙂

  11. Hi there – Thanks for the videos- is there any way to make the web cam part of PIP a nice cropped circle – I just want to show a circle with head and shoulders in it

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