Tuesday, 16 October 2012

How to add a graphical overlay in Camtasia studio

In this video, I will show you how to add a graphic overlay to your videos in Camtasia studio.

This is particularly useful if you wish to brand your videos for example.

I have included the transcript below.

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In this video, I am going to show you how to add a graphical overlay to a video in Camtasia studio.

This is a common requirement if you want to brand your videos with a logo for example.

For logos added in this way, it can be desirable to have a transparent background for your logo.

Many graphics programs will enable you to create .png files with transparent backgrounds.

I have discovered Pain.Net which suits me just fine and can be freely downloaded.

I create my graphic which in this case happens to be my domain name and then crop to size.

Paint.Net has a magic wand which allows me to point to a region and then delete it.

By deleting all of the background colour, I am left with the checkerboard appearance indicating transparency.

My graphic is ready to save.

If I open my project in Camtasia studio. I will need to select the Import Media optio to include my graphic overlay.

Once the graphic has been imported, it can be dragged onto the timeline on it’s own track.

By definition, a graphic overlay should be placed on a track in front of the main video.

That is to say, above.

The top most tracks in Camtasia are the front most in the final edit.

When you drag a graphic into the timeline, it is assigned a nominal duration.

If you wish, the graphic can be stretched to fill the entire running time of your video.

For my videos, I like to add a title image to the start and end.

I don’t want my overlay to be placed in front of these segments, so I stretch my graphic overlay to fit between these points.

That means that when the title shots are in view, the overlay isn’t

And for the remainder of the time, the graphic overlay is visible.

The graphic initially appears in the centre of the screen.

This probably wont suit.

In fact, you are more likely to want it in a corner.

I want mine placed in the middle of the bottom edge.

I also want the image smaller and less opaque.

If I drag the image into position and then select the Visual Properties button, I am able to set a number of properties.

I will set my Opacity to 50% or there abouts and reduce its size to 75%.

My overlay is now ready.

If I view my video during the titles at the beginning or end, I cannot see the overlay.

If I view the video anywhere in between, I can see my overlay.

I will probably vary the colour of my overlay depending on the dominant background colour of the video I am editing.

With a corporate logo, this might not be possible.

OK that’s it.

If you want to add a graphic overlay to your videos in Camtasia studio, it really is simple.

I plan to produce many more videos on a wide variety of topics.

Thanks for watching this one.

I’ll see you next time.



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Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"