(Last Updated: October 19, 2018)

Recording and editing videos in screencasting has become more and more common all over the world. There are undreds of techniques you can use. However, there are also vital techniques that you should consider. In this article, we would help you find out what they are based on one of the most powerfull video editing tool.

When working with Full Motion Recording (FMR), ActivePresenter produces a project file contains one slide with a video which has same size as recording size. You can do further editing with the slide and the video before exporting to output to create an attractive tutorial. Here are some techniques which are commonly used:

  1. Adding Zoom-n-Pans
  2. Adding shapes to comment or explain
  3. Using Freeze-frames
  4. Applying transition effects
  5. Splitting video
  6. Adding voice and background music

Now, we will explore each technique in detail.

Adding Zoom-n-Pans

Zoom-n-Pan, as its name described, consists of zooming and panning. It is used to guide viewer’s attention to specific area of video. For example, a text-box with typing text or a button on which viewer should click. Usually, several Zoom-n-Pans are inserted when guiding the viewer to multiple parts of video. When you want to reset original scale, let insert a Zoom-n-Pan with Zoom Scale 100.

Timeline is very important for inserting a Zoom-n-Pan properly. By dragging the play-head of Timeline and previewing the changes on Canvas, we can determine where to put a Zoom-n-Pan (position, size and timestamp).

You can watch following clip to get the story:

Adding shapes to comment or explain

Inserting a shape to a slide with video has a little difference comparing with static slide (slide with background image). Because video content varied with time, you need to know the location to put the shape on. You also need to know at what time the shape should be shown/hidden. Similar to using Zoom-n-Pan, Timeline takes an important role here.

Here is a short clip demonstrates how shapes can be used:

Using Freeze-frames

Sometimes, there is very short moment in your video but you want to show it in longer time for audiences or to display a comment at that time. To achieve this, you just need to insert a freeze-frame at that point. The video will look as it is paused in a while. The “paused time” corresponds to the length of freeze-frame.

This clip will show how to use freeze-frame:

Applying transition effects

You can also apply the transition effects for video as well as other objects. There are four supported effects (fly, fade, wipe, and peak) with customizable parameters. These effects are applied for both entrance and exit effect types.

Splitting video

If your video has any unnecessary part, you can remove it by splitting video into multiple parts and then arrange the remaining ones in timeline. To launch the Video Splitter, just right click on video object and select Split Video.


Adding voice and background music

Audio narration can be done while recording screen but it also can be inserted later. Adding audio in editing phase has some advantages:

  • You don’t have to do screencasting and speaking at the same time so it is easier.
  • You don’t need to record screen again if you made a mistake in recorded audio.
  • You can insert audios which are recorded from multiple sources such as microphone and computer with supporting of additional audio recorder.

Adding audio is very simple. First step is inserting an audio object into slide. The second one is record audio to it or import audio from file.

Adding background music is similar. Additionally, there are three options usually applied for this kind of audio:

  • Play over Multiple Slides: the audio will continue playing until it is finished, even when you advance to the next slide. You can enable this property from the right-click menu of the audio object.
  • Loop: the audio will start over again, every time it is finished. To enable this property, select the audio object and check on Loop field in Properties panel.
  • Ignore Pausing: the audio will keep playing even when the presentation is paused to wait for user input. Note that this property does not ignore a pause command from player toolbar. In other words, if user pauses the presentation using toolbar, the audio will pause. You can find this property in Properties panel, just bellow Loop.

Finally, these techniques are also applicable for any video including video inserted from external file. And, if you are going to upload your video to Youtube, exporting to WebM video format is recommended. WebM is a high video compression format from Google and is comparable to H.264, it uses libvpx codec which was derived from the famous vp8 codec so it can produces video file with high quality and small file size, the export progress is relative slow though, so please be patient while exporting.

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