Setting Up Your Environment for Video Recording

Setting up the environment for your video ahead of time helps eliminate problems during video capture and video editing.

  1. Set your computer resolution to a ratio of 16:9 (recommended: 1280x720). You will edit and render this video at this same resolution. If this change makes your display less crisp, try anti-aliasing. Open the Start menu. In the search box type cttune.exe and press enter. By default the Turn on ClearType box is checked, to turn ClearType off, uncheck the box.
  2. Hide desktop icons (Right-click screen background Windows desktop -> View -> Show desktop icons).
  3. Hide desktop gadgets (Right-click make sure that everything that you intend to open during the demo, such as client applications or a browser open within the area on the screen that you intend for it to appear in the demo. -> View -> Show desktop gadgets).
  4. Hide toolbar (Right-click make sure that everything that you intend to open during the demo, such as client applications or a browser open within the area on the screen that you intend for it to appear in the demo. -> Personalize -> Taskbar and Start Menu -> Auto-hide the taskbar).
  5. Close programs with automatic popups (e.g., Outlook, Lync).
  6. Turn off spellchecker and grammar checker unless the scenario specifically requires those features.
  7. Make sure that everything that you intend to open during the demo, such as client applications or a browser, open within the area on the screen that you intend for it to appear in the demo. Have the UI you are going to record open in the background and sized to fit in the window before capture begins.
  8. Restore visited links so that they appear blue again, clear your browser's temporary files. (Tools>Internet Options>Delete Temporary Files.)
  9. Change wallpaper/background to a solid color (Right-click Windows desktop -> Personalize -> Desktop Background -> Solid Colors).
  10. Hide or disguise personal or proprietary content such as internal addresses/pathnames, email addresses, codenames, etc. If you will be navigating to and opening files, consider moving those files to a top-level generic directory. For any personal or proprietary content that you cannot hide, Camtasia has editing tools for blurring and masking.
  11. Optional: this step only applies if you are *not* using Camtasia. Make the mouse pointer bigger. (Right-click the desktop -> Personalize -> change mouse pointers -> Scheme -> Extra large).