Camtasia Spot Zoom Effect Tutorial

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Learn a Spot Zoom Trick with this Camtasia Video Editing Tutorial. It helps you magnify a section of your screen and focus your audience attention there. 

Video Transcript

Here is a common problem you face while creating a screen capture video of a software demo you need to press a small button or a tool in one corner of the screen and your audience needs to see the impact of it in the larger area.

For example, if I need to demonstrate how the zoom tool in PowerPoint works.

I need to take my cursor over here and press this zoom in or zoom out button, but then the problem that I face is.

Using the regular pan and zoom animation guides the viewer's attention only to this area. Then they will miss out on the action that is happening in the larger screen.

At the same time if you just show the larger screen like this then the audience will miss out the action that is happening in the small area.

That is the problem you will solve with today's video.

You will learn how to use this useful trick called Spot Zoom trick to help your audience notice those small buttons or tools that are tucked away in a corner and still understand the overall functioning of your screen.

And this trick will help your audience, especially when they watch your video on a small screen like on a mobile phone.

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How to create Magnifying Effect

Let me show you how the trick works.

At a click here you can see that the slide area is Reduced and when I click here the slide area is expanded.

As you could see, the effect that added a magnifier lens to the cursor made it easy for you to observe where my cursor was and the area that was being shown.

Now let me show you how you can add that magnifier lens effect.

It is one of the features of Camtasia Studio.

All you need to do is to 1st decide on the point in the timeline where you want to add that magnifier effect.

So I'm going to have that effect start from this point onwards.

Before that, my cursor would be just the way it is now.

Let me select the track for screen recording.

I removed the audio track for this demonstration purpose.

Now this is the point where I want to have the magnification happen, so let me select that track and hit S.

That splits the track.

Now whatever effect that I add here will be applicable only to this segment.

The previous segment will remain the way it is.

Now let me move the playhead along the timeline to decide on the end point where I want to have the magnification effect to end.

You can see that this is the place around which I don't really need the magnification, so I'm going to select the same track and hit S again.

Now, this bit that you see here is the place where I'm going to apply the magnification.

Now let me take my cursor over to this segment anywhere along this segment is good enough.

Then let me go to cursor effects.

Then I can choose this option called magnify.

Let me click and drag the effect and put it on the segment that we had selected just now, and you can see that I instantly have this magnification effect around my cursor.

Now there are a few things you can do to make this magnification even more pronounced.

Additional Settings for Magnification Tool

The first thing is you can change the size of the circle.

Now let me increase the size of the circle.

Like so and you can see that this is a fairly large.

Area the next option I have is to control the zoom levels. Now you can see that the default zoom level is 150% if I want it increased, I can always slide this to the right.

You can see that this area is getting magnified and we have got it somewhere around 200%.

And of course you can customize the effect even more by adding some shadow softness.

An have the effect ease in, ease out, etc.

I'm not really going to do any of those.

Let us keep things simple.

I only increase the size and I increase the zoom percentage.

Now observe the clip here as they move the timeline back to the start.

Now as I play, you can see that the cursor turns into a magnifier lens when it comes to this segment and as the playhead moves beyond this point, it will revert to this shape.

So observe this, you can see that we now have the magnification shown.

The viewers can clearly see the magnified area.

And now the cursor reverts back to its original position.

Where to use the Spot Zoom

Another place where spot Zoom trick can come in quite handy is when you want to show something really intricate and detailed.

For example, take a look at this engineering drawing.

When I show that drawing on a PowerPoint screen, there are too many details here and the audience can get lost in the details.

Even when I show the picture in PowerPoint slide show.

The details are so minute that it is not possible for the audience to follow.

They would really welcome the option of zooming into the specific areas that demand their attention.

In those cases I can move my cursor over the specific areas that I want them to see, like this.

Once I finish my explanation I can go to another area where they need to look and then I can guide their attention to the next area where they need to focus.

Without this part zoom technique following the details may not be as easy.

Another place where spot zoom technique can come in quite handy is to demonstrate the cause effect relationship as you do your demonstration.

I've taken a very simple example in this case.

I want the audience to observe how the pie chart changes as I change my value.

Here in these kind of cases, I want the audience to be able to see this while also observing the changes that are happening here, so I will place my cursor on this cell.

Then I will enter different values like say 15 and you can see.

The change that happens in the chat and then let me go here and make my change here.

And you can see the impact on the chart now.

In this case you could see that the input area and the result area are fairly close together and you can still get away with the usual pan and zoom effect.

But let us say this is a really large spreadsheet and you have a chat in one end and you have the input area in another end.

And you can't alter the structure of the document because there are values all over the place.

Then in such cases, spot zoom technique can come in quite handy because the audience can observe the impact of 1 change in the larger scheme.

Things so the next time you create a screen capture video, make sure you use spot zoom trick.

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