(Last Updated: May 13, 2020)

As you may notice, once finishing the capturing phase, ActivePresenter automatically transfers your recording to the edit screen. Depending on the recording mode (software simulations or video demonstrations), what you’ll see is a screencast (also a recorded video) or a slide-based project. But in any case, the app lets you edit the recorded project the way you want. This is necessary if you want to enhance your project.

The below tutorial walks you through some ways to edit recorded videos. The editing techniques for software simulations will be saved for another article.

Before going into details, there are some important things you should know:

  • After recording, ActivePresenter will automatically create different objects. If you record screen without audio and webcam, there’s only the video object. In case you record screen, system audio, microphone audio, and webcam at once, there are four objects in total.   
In case you record screen, system audio, microphone audio, and webcam at once, there are four objects in total.
  • You have full access to all video editing features even you are using the free ActivePresenter version. There is no time limit, watermark, and pop-up ad at all. See the Feature Comparison page for more information.

Ways to Edit Recorded Videos in ActivePresenter

Basically, ActivePresenter provides you a wide variety of features to edit recorded videos. These features appear in the Tabbed Toolbar, Timeline pane, and Properties pane. So you can use them to edit the timing, change cursor effects, and even enrich your recorded videos with a lot of annotations and effects. These tasks can be done in a couple of minutes.

Edit the Timing

When recording video, chances are your recorded video includes unwanted information, especially in its beginning and end. You can also have to adjust the duration to match the video with voice and annotations. Sometimes, you may want to split or join videos, slow down or speed up the video to create special effects. With these in mind, it’s vital to edit the timing for video.

ActivePresenter lets you easily edit the timing for video. To do this, access the Timeline pane and work with commands, namely Cut Range, Copy Range, Delete Range, Crop to Range, and Insert Time. They are arranged next to each other as shown below:

Access the Timeline pane and work with commands, namely Cut Range, Copy Range, Delete Range, Crop to Range, and Insert Time.

Note: If you want to edit the video only, you need to select the video object first. And then select a range you want to apply commands. You simply drag the green Start Marker and yellow End Marker of the Playhead to select the range. Otherwise, if you select a range but do not select any object, the command you apply will affect all objects inside that range.

  • Cut Range: Remove unwanted fragments in the recorded video and place it on the clipboard. If you want to cut a video part and paste it into a new position in the video, this command is good to go with.
  • Copy Range: Copy video parts that fall within the selected range.
  • Delete Range: Remove the selected range of the video completely.
  • Crop to Range: Delete everything outside the selected range.
  • Insert Time: Insert freeze time at the Playhead position. 

For more details, see Basic Audio and Video Editing: Cut, Copy, Delete, and Crop.

Besides, you can also refer to this article to see other tools for editing videos/audio in the Timeline.

Edit Cursor Effects

A mouse cursor is an object you can use to depict a moving mouse effect. It lets you simulate mouse movements, which is useful for software simulations and training videos.

In the recording process, if you choose to record mouse cursor and turn on cursor effects previously, you’ll see cursor effects in the recorded videos. You can change these cursor effects for better visibility using a cursor highlight, click sounds, and click effects. Even if you turn off cursor effects before recording, you are also able to add them to your recorded videos the way you want. 

A mouse cursor is an object you can use to depict a moving mouse effect. It lets you simulate mouse movements, which is useful for software simulations and training videos.

To change cursors effects for the recorded video, work with the Cursor Effects section in the Properties pane. See Change Mouse Cursor and Mouse Clicks in Captured Videos for more details.

Note: You can’t add multiple mouse cursors to a video.

Add Annotations

ActivePresenter gives you a vast number of annotations, such as shapes, text caption, spotlight, zoom-n-pan, and closed captions. You can add them to the recorded video, style them, and add animation effects as you want. Make use of these practical features to create a professional screencast. With annotations, you can explain complicated concepts, add more details to what you are saying, “talk” to the audience, etc.

For example, you can use zoom-n-pan effect when you want your audience to focus on a specific part instead of the whole screen. 

You can use zoom-n-pan effect when you want your audience to focus on a specific part instead of the whole screen.

Apply Green Screen Effect

Also known as chroma-keying, green screening is the technique of blending a video with another layer of video. It can be done by keying out a color from a video, then replacing that color with another video. You often see this technique in movie stunts or in weather forecast where a presenter stands in front of a moving weather app. This can be helpful when you want to remove background of a webcam video placed at the corner of the tutorial one.  

The green screen effect can be helpful when you want to remove background of a webcam video placed at the corner of the tutorial one.

For information about how to use green screen effect, see Use Green Screen Effect.

Reduce Audio Noise

Your recorded audio may have some background noise. But don’t worry! ActivePresenter provides you with a facility to remove noise easily: Audio Noise Reduction. Basically, the Audio Noise Reduction effect helps reduce constant backgrounds like tape hiss, electric fans, or hums. To get the best result, it’s highly recommended to try the effect several times.

ActivePresenter provides you with a facility to remove noise easily: Audio Noise Reduction.

For more details, see Use Audio Noise Reduction.

Now you’ve learned how to edit recorded videos in ActivePresenter 8. Hope that it helps. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any problems.