Record Your Presentation with Camtasia Relay

What is Camtasia Relay?

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). The link can then be shared with others. For instance, the link can be copied and pasted into a Canvas site.

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 a smart link that will serve the appropriate file according to the device you are using.

iOS Devices

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: Guide to using Camtasia Fuse

How to Begin

To begin using Camtasia Relay at Western, please see our step-by-step instructions:

  1. Request an account & install the software on your computer
  2. Get started using the software.
    • To use Camtasia on your computer, see: Camtasia - Using for First Time
    • 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.

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.