ScreenDraw: Whiteboarding with Camtasia Studio


At a conference I attended this summer, a few math teachers were discussing their options for recording hand-written lessons. I asked if they had tried using ScreenDraw, a live annotation tool built into the Camtasia Studio recorder. Most of them didn’t even know it was there – and I wondered how many other users had yet to discover it!

The short video below provides some popular use cases for ScreenDraw as well as instructions for setting it up. A couple of notes before you watch:

  • The video shows the use of a pen-based graphics tablet. ScreenDraw works best with a setup like this, but still functions with a mouse or trackpad.
  • I say it in the video, but it is worth repeating here that anything drawn with ScreenDraw is burned in to the video capture and can’t be edited or turned off after recording.
  • If you start to use ScreenDraw on a regular basis, knowing the keyboard shortcuts to change tools and colors on the fly is a must. I’ve made a printable guide that you can use until you memorize them.

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