Making Videos with Camtasia Studio 8

Behind the scenes of my “What is Carnival U?” video

Video is becoming an increasingly important part of teaching and learning practice, as well as in documenting research projects, especially for those who would like to demonstrate impact. Camtasia Studio 8 is a great video editing tool within the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Toolkit supported by the Centre for Excellence in Learning (CEL) at Bournemouth University which is really easy to use for those like me who are new to video making.

I’ve recently started using it for editing videos and have found it really user-friendly. As part of my Carnival University (Carnival U) project which is supported by CEL, I am co-creating a number of audio-visual artificats with students and Camtasia Studio 8 allows me to make small tweeks to videos that students have made – such as shortening  them with the cutting function, adding transitions and also including captions.

Below is an example of a video that I have recently co-created with students which introduces Carnival U. I added captions to  the video to make it accessible for hearing impaired students, shortened its overall length and added transitions for more visual interest.

Although I am still very much a novice with the software, I’d be happy to help anyone who wanted to get started with Camtasia Studio 8. Also I’d love to see work from other members of staff who are regular users. E-mail me at, I’d love to hear from you.


Dr Nicole Ferdinand is currently leading the BU Carnival University which is made possible by a BU Learning and Teaching Fellowship Grant from CEL. Dr Ferdinand is one of BU’s four Learning and Teaching Fellows for 2017/18.

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