Editing, Publishing and Captions is a 50-minute workshop and game template to teach and learn how to edit, share and create captions for short video projects. Developed by Jesse Garcia, Tim Miller & Christina Cordova

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Editing, Publishing & Captions

HSU Student Snapshots

“Student Snapshots” is a collection of video stories from Humboldt State University (HSU) students in their own voice. These stories are about the experiences of students as they live in Humboldt County and explore both the county and the HSU campus. Student Snapshots are quick 1-minute stories that share your unique experience from your own vantage point. Take a look at the HSU Student Snapshots YouTube playlist (below) to see what people have already shared and then add your story.

This guide will help you with publishing and sharing your story. Visit the accompanying online guide for more links and info:

Digital Media Lab Quick Guide

This short guide will get you started with your project. For more information about this or with other digital media projects, visit


Available on all campus computers, Camtasia is a fully featured video editor that is pretty quick to learn.

Splitting & Trimming

Cut your video in two ways: 1) Hover your mouse over the end of your video clip. When the cursor changes to a double arrow, click and drag to change the start/end of the clip. 2) Click on the video clip you want to edit to select it, move the playhead to the right point on the timeline. Left-click on the playhead and select Split to cut the clip.

View of editing interface: tracks at the bottom with multiple levels and a playhead to move through the footage.


Add shape or text elements using Annotations. These will show up on their own track- be sure it is above your video or else you won’t see it! Annotations are great for making titles, credits, pull quotes and any other textual information.

Captions (Modify -> Captions)

It is extremely important that you include captions in your project. Many viewers will either have hearing issues or won’t have access to speakers or headphones. Captions are fairly easy to make with Camtasia or in YouTube. Having a script to copy and paste from makes it even easier. Visit for details and tutorials.

Learn More


Available on all campus computers, Audacity is an audio editing program that you can also download and use for free on any Windows, Mac or Linux computer. The learning curve may feel overwhelming but a few tricks will help you clean up some common problems.


Separate your audio from your video in a video editor. In Camtasia, you can export the audio from a video and clean it up in Audacity. To export, select Share, then Export Audio Only. After you’ve cleaned up your audio, upload it back to Camtasia: File, then Import, then Audio.

It’s always best to start off with a good recording (take your time to setup and use quality microphones) but sometimes you’re stuck with a less-than perfect recording and you need to make it work. These tools will help.

Noise removal

Get rid of background noise or hiss using this tool to first get a noise profile of the background noise and then filter that noise out.


If you are working with several clips this tool will give them the same peak amplitude (every clip will have similar levels).


Do you have audio that gets far too quiet at times and needs a boost? The compressor will help make those volume changes less severe, but it’s a complicated tool. View for more info on using the compressor.

Other Video Editing Software Options

There are many ways for you to edit your footage. While Camtasia is available on all HSU campus computers, it isn’t free for you to use at home. Here are some other options you want to try:

Mobile Apps


Add Your Project to Student Snapshots!

To submit your video to be added to the HSU Student Snapshots playlist, follow these instructions:

  1. Create your video – borrow DML equipment and/or attend the Snapshots SkillShops for help.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube.
  3. Email with a link to your video.
  4. Tell your friends family – tag your posts #HSUStudentSnapshots.

Remixing Content

You don’t have to create everything from scratch. There are plenty of images, songs, sounds, and more that you can borrow from others:

You can use public domain or creative commons content without getting permission from the artist, but you should give them attribution at the end of your video and include links in your video description.

For more info visit: or email

This guide has an open Creative Commons license. You can use, share, remix and repurpose this content as long as you attribute the authors, Jesse Garcia, Tim Miller & Christina Cordova CC BY, 2018. If you’re re-using this guide, we’d love to hear about your project-