Video Editing Basics

Learn how to use the Canvas and Timeline to make basics edits to your video.

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The Timeline

In Camtasia, videos are created on the timeline, moving sequentially from left to right. This is where you arrange and edit your screen recordings, audio clips, titles and more. 

The timeline is organized into layers, which we call tracks, where media on the top layers cover the ones below.

The Camtasia timeline

The Camtasia canvas

The Canvas

As you build your project, the Canvas is where you preview your work. As the playhead moves along the timeline, everything at that point is displayed on the canvas.

The Canvas, is also a working area where you position, resize, and rotate content. It’s good to note that everything that’s shown on the canvas is produced in the final video.


Timeline selection with the playhead

Remove a Mistake

To remove a mistake or unwanted section of a recording, drag a handle on the playhead to make a selection and click Cut. This removes the selection and moves all media to the left to fill the space.

To replace a mistake with a new recording, make a selection, then press the Delete key. This removes the selected media and leaves space on the timeline for a new recording.


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Create Space on the Timeline

Sometimes you need to add media to the timeline, but there is no room. To create space on the timeline, move the playhead, select the clips and then press the S key on Windows or CMD+T on Mac. This splits the clips into two parts, which you can move to create space.


Trim cursor dragging a clip

Trim Media

To remove extra footage or fine tune media, click and drag the end of a clip “in.” This is called trimming, and if you trim too much, simply drag the clip back to restore your video.


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Zoom the Timeline

To fine tune your editing, use the zoom slider to zoom in on the timeline. If you zoom too much or want to see your project in full, click the magnifying glass to fit your entire project to the timeline.

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