Create a Title

Title clips introduce a video or section within the video and commonly include some of the following elements:

  • Video title or section title
  • Video author or introduction of the speaker
  • Company or website branding

Title clip examples

The first frame of the video is usually your first chance to grab viewers' attention. By creating a title for the first frame, you can provide potential viewers with additional information about the video's contents, which can help increase viewers' interest and increase the video's traffic.

These two examples of first frames provide no additional information about the video's contents:

Non-informative first frames

Tips When Creating Titles

  • Make sure to proofread and check the spelling of the text within the title.
  • Keep it simple. The use of bright colors, unusual fonts, and animations may distract or turn viewers away from watching the video's contents.
  • White text on a black background can make the font look slightly larger.
  • Use large, easy-to-read fonts.
  • Try to keep the title text to one line.
  • Avoid using red, green, or blue for the font color in titles.
  • Save the original image files and Camtasia project file (.cmproj) in case you need to update the video or reuse a title.
  • Browse through movie trailers, YouTube, and other websites for inspiration.

Create Titles

Use the following features and tools to create your titles.

Set the Title Background Color

  1. Click the Annotations tab.
  2. Drag the white rectangle shape onto the desired location on the timeline.
    Rectangle style
  3. Click to select the annotation on the canvas. Drag the handles out to expand the shape to cover the entire area of the canvas.
    Drag handle out
  4. Click the Properties button Properties button. On the Annotation Properties tab, select a color for the shape.
    Select color
  5. The default duration for shapes is 5 seconds. To shorten or extend the duration, click to select the shape on the timeline. Drag the end in or out.

Add Title Text

  1. Click the Annotations tab.
  2. Select the Text tool.
  3. Drag the desired text style onto the track above the rectangle shape.
    Drag text to track above
  4. Double-click within the text box on the canvas. Enter the desired text.
  5. To adjust the size and padding of the text box, drag the handles of the text box on the canvas.
  6. To move the text box, click within the text box on the canvas and drag it to a new position on the canvas.
  7. Click the Properties button Properties button. Edit the font, color, size, alignment, and other text properties on the Text Properties tab.
  8. The default duration for text is 5 seconds. To shorten or extend the duration, click to select the text on the timeline. Drag the end in or out.

Import an Image for the Title Clip

You can also import an image to use for the title or as an asset within the title, such as a company logo.

  1. Select File > Import Media.
  2. Browse and select the file to import. Camtasia disables any unsupported file formats.
    Tip: If you want the image to span the entire canvas, resize the image to the size as the video dimensions before importing the file.
  3. Click Import.
  4. Camtasia adds the file to the media bin. To add the image to the title, click the Media tab and drag the image onto the timeline or canvas.
  5. To move the image, click within the image on the canvas and drag it to a new location.
  6. To resize the image, drag a handle on the canvas. If you want to scale the image to fit the entire canvas, Control-click the image on the canvas and select Scale to Fit.
  7. To edit properties such as the tilt, rotation, and opacity of the image, click the Properties button Properties button. Click to select the image on the timeline and edit the properties on the Basic Properties and Effects tab.
Title Category Level Format
000 - 0: Introduction Getting Started I Video
001 - 1: Make a great recording: Prepare, Script, Rehearse Getting Started I Video
002 - 2: Make a great recording: Select, Start, Pause Getting Started I Video
003 - 3: Editing essentials: Explore the Editor Getting Started I Video
004 - 4: Editing essentials: What You Really Need to Know Getting Started I Video
005 - 5: Editing essentials: Preview, Trim, Cut Getting Started I Video
006 - 6: Increase viewer understanding: Zoom, Pan, Bam Getting Started I Video
007 - 7: Increase viewer understanding: Annotations Getting Started I Video
008 - 8: Increase viewer understanding: Cursors & Clicks Getting Started I Video
009 - 9: Make your screencast stand out: Transitions Getting Started I Video
010 - 10: Make your screencast stand out: Animations & Video FX Getting Started I Video
011 - 11: Make your screencast stand out: Maintain Consistency Getting Started I Video
012 - 12: Create better audio: Mics, Recording, Audio FX Getting Started I Video
013 - 13: Share your screencast: The Great Export Getting Started I Video
014 - 14: Share your screencast: Screencast.com and YouTube Getting Started I Video
015 - Zooming: The Often Misunderstood Half-Holy Grail of Screencasting Quality Main Concepts I Video
016 - Editing Dimensions Basics Edit I Video
017 - Recording Tips Record I Written
018 - Keyboard Shortcuts Reference II PDF
019 - Add Interactive Hotspots to Your Video Additions I Written
020 - Composite Assets with the Mask Effect Effects II Written
021 - For Camtasia Studio 8 Users: Feature Comparison Chart Reference II Written
022 - Add a Device Frame Around Your Video Video FX II Written
023 - Apply an Animated Highlighter Effect Animations II Written
024 - Brand Your Video with a Watermark Additions II Written
025 - Captions Audio II Video/Written
026 - Change the Canvas Background Color Canvas II Written
027 - Choosing Dimensions for Quality Video Production Reference II Written
028 - Create ADA-Compliant Captions Audio II Written
029 - Create a Table of Contents for Video Navigation Additions II Written
030 - Create a Title Additions II Written
031 - Embed Video on a Web Page or Blog Share III Written
032 - Magnify the Cursor with Cursor Effects Cursor FX II Written
033 - Maintain Privacy with the Blur Annotation Annotations II Written
034 - Markers Edit II Written
035 - Record a PowerPoint or Keynote Presentation Record II Written
036 - Remove a Color from a Video Effects II Video/Written
037 - Replace a Section of Audio on the Timeline Audio II Written
038 - Save an Annotation for Reuse Annotations II Written
039 - Speed Up or Slow Down the Speed of a Clip Effects II Video/Written
040 - Working with the FX Drawer Effects II Written
041 - Connecting Your Mobile Device Mobile I Video
042 - Creating and Sharing Mobile Content with Windows Devices Mobile I Written

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