Camtasia is the brand name for a suite of screen-recording applications also known as lecture capture tools. The Camtasia Relay product has been licensed for campus use and consists of a desktop application where the recording is captured, as well as a video encoding server and host. Recordings made on a desktop or laptop computer are easily and conveniently uploaded to a server. An email will automatically send you a link to the recording(s).
Another characteristic of Camtasia Relay is that the server will encode your recording into several file formats for distribution on different devices. For example, our default profile will automatically produce two files for you: one in Flash format for playback on most desktop computers, and one in a format appropriate for iPods and iPhones. Additionally Relay can now be used to upload and convert short video recordings from iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads. On your iDevice, you will need to download the free application “Fuse” from the app store and configure it for use at Western. Be sure to see our complete guide to using Camtasia Fuse.
To begin using Camtasia Relay at Western, please complete an account request.
Using Relay requires that you identify a “profile” for each recording. A profile generally describes the output that you’d like to receive from the system. The standard, recommended profile is "Desktop & Mobile”. Files submitted under this profile will be encoded for playback on a desktop computer using Flash and playback on a mobile device using an .m4a file format. Other standard options include Audio Only (for mp3 files), Desktop Only, and an option to provide captions to your content. When you request your account, please indicate all of the profiles that you may want to use.
One you have an account, you can download the Relay software to your Western desktop or laptop computer. Or, simply launch Relay from a classroom computer to record your presentation live. Most classrooms are configured to capture audio from the installed wireless lapel microphone. If your classroom is not working as expected, please contact the technical supervisor for Classroom Services.