Create an Animated Scene With Behaviors

*This is an advanced tutorial. If you're looking for an intro to Camtasia and Behaviors, see these videos.
**If you’re a Camtasia Mac user, download the assets used in this project here.

set up the canvas

Getting Started

Creating an animated scene is a snap with Camtasia Behaviors and the all new assets in the Camtasia Library.  Here’s how to get started with a fun example:

  1. Open a new project in Camtasia.
  2. Set the editing dimensions to 1280x720 pixels.
  3. Change the canvas color to a dark blue (#233CAE).
add stars to the canvas

Create a Starry Night Sky

  1. Select Annotations from the tools panel and choose the Shapes tab.
  2. Add the star Annotation to the canvas.
  3. Open the Properties panel and change the Color to white.
  4. Remove the Drop Shadow.
  5. Change the Scale to 22.5%. 
  6. Copy and paste the star 15-30 times and position them randomly near the top of the canvas to create the rest of the night sky.
timing the stars

Position the Stars on the Timeline

  1. Position the stars on the timeline so they appear on the canvas at slightly different times.
  2. Make all of the stars appear within the first two seconds of the project.
stars end at the same time

Exit at Once

  1. Adjust the duration of the stars on the timeline to make them all end at exactly the six second mark.
making the starts twinkle

Make the Stars Twinkle

  1. Select all of the stars on the timeline. This allows us to add and customize a behavior for all of the stars at once.
  2. Drag the Pulsating behavior from the Behaviors tools panel to one of the stars.
  3. In the Properties panel, change the Style attribute of the Out state to None.
  4. When finished, right click on one of the stars and select Group. (this groups the stars together and reduces the amount of space they take up on the timeline.)
adding buildings

Add the Buildings

  1. Open the Camtasia Library, which is found under Media in the tools panel.
  2. Open the “Buildings” folder and add House-04 to the canvas.
  3. Repeat step 2 for Park-01 and Shop-02.
  4. Change the Scale of each image to match the values below.
    • House-04 - 35%
    • Park-01 - 22.5%
    • Shop-02 - 30%
building timing

Adjust the Timing

  1. Position the buildings on the timeline so they appear on the canvas one after another.  Make sure they don’t appear until after all of the stars have entered the canvas.
  2. Change the Duration of the buildings on the timeline so they end at exactly the six second mark.
buildings pop up

Make the Buildings Pop Up

  1. Select the Pop Up behavior from the Behaviors tools panel and add it to all three buildings.
  2. Select all three buildings, and in the Properties panel, change the Style attribute of the During state to None.
  3. Repeat step 2 for the Out state.
callout types

Add the Moon

  1. Add a Circle callout to a new timeline track.
  2. Change the Color to white.
  3. Remove the Drop Shadow.
  4. Position the circle on the timeline so it appears on the canvas after the buildings.
  5. Adjust the Duration on the timeline so it ends at exactly the six second mark.

**If you don’t see a circle as on option, select the drop down menu and choose All.

sliding behaviors

Make the Moon Slide

  1. Select the Sliding behavior from the Behaviors tools panel and add it to the circle callout.
  2. Change the Direction of the In state to Right
  3. Change the Style of the Out state to None.
congratulations

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Congratulations! You made an amazing title slide. If you love it, select your media on the timeline, right-click it, and choose Add to Library. Now you can use it in all your videos.

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