Snagit Instructor Guide

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Snagit is a screen capturing software for creating and editing screenshots and basic video recordings of your screen. Finished projects can be saved as images or videos that can be used as visual instructions and how-to guides.

Cost Yes Free
Bandwidth Yes (Snagit does not run online)
Canvas Integration No Works outside of Canvas
Privacy Yes Snagit is FIPPA compliant and data is stored securely in Canada
Similar UBC-Supported Tools Kaltura and Camtasia are other centrally supported tools for screen capturing and editing.

What can I use it for?

You can use Snagit for capturing and editing visual content:

  • Capturing images or video recordings of your screen
  • Recording yourself through your webcam and microphone
  • Editing screenshots with annotations
  • Trimming video recordings

This tool guide is for version 2021.4.0 of Snagit. Information and instructions may differ slightly for other versions of Snagit.

What do I need to use Snagit?

The Snagit application

Snagit is a desktop application, meaning you will download and install the Snagit software on your computer to use it. You can view Snagit’s system requirements for Windows and Mac on their support site.

Audio/visual equipment

If you wish to record yourself or your voice, you will need a microphone and a webcam.

Tips

  • If you are recording audio, use headphones with a microphone or an external microphone to ensure good audio quality for your recording.
  • You can explore Snagit how-to videos (scroll down to the Snagit videos) for more descriptions of the features and functions that are available.

How do I use Snagit?

UBC offers free access to Snagit for faculty, staff, and students. You can download the software to your computer, then install and open it to start making captures.

Click any bar below for instructions and tips for using Snagit.

Download and install the Snagit application

It is best to install the most recent version of the application. If you have installed an earlier version, delete the version you have installed and follow the instructions below.

  1. Log in to UBC’s Software Distribution website using your UBC CWL (Campus-Wide Login).
    • If this is the first time you are accessing the Software Distribution site, you may receive a prompt asking if the site can access your CWL information. Click Accept to proceed.
  2. Click either the Faculty or Staff tab (whichever applies), then click Snagit.
  3. Choose your platform (Windows or Mac), and click Add to Cart.
  4. In the cart pop-up, click Check Out.
  5. Copy the License Key code displayed, as you will need it to complete the installation. Click Download.
  6. On the new page that opens, click Download again.
  7. Once it downloads, open the Snagit installer and follow the steps in the pop-up window to install the application.
  8. After it is installed, open Snagit, and enter the License Key you copied in Step 5, when prompted.
  9. If using a Mac, Snagit will ask for Mac system permissions first. You can also enable these manually by going to your Mac System Preferences:
    • Click Security & Privacy, choose Privacy, and enable Snagit for your camera and microphone.

Tips

  • Snagit requires a License Key in order to run, and you can find your License Key again at any point after downloading the application, if you lose it. From UBC’s Software Distribution website, click your name at the top right, select “Your Account/Orders”, and click “View Details” for your Snagit order. The License Key will be highlighted in red in the pop-up.
  • You can check the version of the Snagit software you are running while using the application. For Windows, click “Help” and select “About Snagit”; for Mac, click Snagit at the left of the Menu bar, and select “About Snagit”.
  • You can get help uninstalling Snagit to ensure previous versions are properly removed from your device.

Capture your screen using Snagit

Snagit allows capturing a screenshot (image) or video of anything displayed on your screen, whether a region, a specific window, or your entire screen, depending on the content you want to create.

There are three main ways you can capture your screen:

  • All-in-One – Select between an image, video, or panoramic (area you scroll) capture from the All-in-One option. You will make your selection after pressing the Capture button.
  • Image – Select the settings, effects, and sharing location of a captured image. You will decide your options before pressing the Capture button.
  • Video – Select the settings and capture a video, such as a webcam recording. You will decide your options before pressing the Capture button.
  1. Open Snagit. On Windows, you will see the Capture window with the big red button. On Mac, you will need to click Capture from the menu at top left to launch the Capture window.
  2. Set up the content that you want to capture on your screen.
  3. In the Capture window, select Image from the options on the left-hand side.
  4. Use the toggle buttons to specify which image capture settings you want active while taking the capture.
  5. Click the Capture button.
  6. If needed, select the screen area of your capture by clicking and dragging the orange crosshairs or moving the area of your selection.
  7. Once taken, your capture will open in the Snagit Editor. You can follow the directions below for help with editing and saving.

  1. Open Snagit. On Windows, you will see the Capture window with the big red button. On Mac, you will need to click Capture from the menu at top left to launch the Capture window.
  2. Set up the content that you want to record on your screen.
  3. In the Capture window, select Video from the options on the left-hand side.
  4. Use the toggle buttons to specify which video capture settings you want active while recording.
  5. Click the Capture button.
  6. If needed, select the area to record on your screen by clicking and dragging the orange crosshairs or moving the area of your selection.
  7. In the Video Recording toolbar that appears, options can be turned on or off before you record:
    • Webcam – Record live video from your webcam (either built-in or connected). Click the down arrow to choose between the picture-in-picture or full screen for your webcam.
    • System Audio – Record the sound or audio playing from your computer.
    • Microphone Audio – Record the audio from your computer’s microphone (either built-in or connected).
  8. When you are ready, click Record.
  9. If wanting to pause your recording at any point, click Pause.
  10. Click Stop to finish your recording. Your capture will open in the Snagit Editor. You can follow the directions below for help with editing and saving.

Tips

  • For detailed descriptions of the capture options, review Snagit's guide to common captures. You can learn about capturing hidden windows, capturing multiple sections at the same time, and more.
  • You can apply common capture settings or create your own by saving Snagit capture presets. To see and add presets, click “Presets” at the bottom left of the Capture window.
  • Creating Snagit videos from images is another way to create content, allowing you to emphasize parts of an image or a series of images as you explain a process or concept, or provide feedback to students.
  • Ignore any prompts to install the latest Snagit application, if you are running an older version, as these prompts will attempt to charge you for the update. Follow the steps above to install the latest version of Snagit instead.

Edit your captures using Snagit

Snagit allows previewing, editing, and sharing your captures in an interface known as the Snagit Editor. Access the Editor at any time during capturing by clicking “Open Editor” at the bottom right of the Capture window.

Snagit Editor has many features and tools. The main areas of the Editor are the following:

  • Library – Click Library at the top left to view, browse, and organize your capture history.
  • Canvas – The central window of the editor is a working area to preview and edit your captures.
  • Toolbar – When you are editing an image, click any editing tool at the top to edit, annotate, and enhance your image capture.
  • Recent Captures Tray – At the bottom of the window, you’ll see a row with recent captures or other files opened with Snagit Editor.
  1. After taking an image capture or opening an image file in Snagit, your capture will appear in the canvas area of Snagit Editor.
  2. Select the tool you want to use from the toolbar at the top. You can access additional tools by clicking More.
  3. Alter and customize the settings of any particular tool through the Tool Properties panel on the lower right.
  4. Click the Image menu at the top of the window to access additional editing features for trimming, resizing, and rotating your capture.
  5. Once you are done editing, click File and select Save to save your image.

  1. After recording a video capture or opening a video file in Snagit, your recording will appear in Snagit Editor.
  2. The Snagit video playback controls will pop up at the bottom. These controls allow for editing your video in two ways:
    • Trimming or Cutting Unwanted Sections – Click and drag the Start (green) or End (red) handle to highlight the area you want to cut in blue. Click Cut to delete the segment. After being cut, the segment will be shown as a yellow line on the timeline.
    • Saving a Frame as an Image – Drag the playhead (white arrow) to display the video frame that you want to save. Click Save Frame as PNG to open the frame as an image capture, which you can edit or save.
  3. Once you are done editing, click File and select Save As to save your recording as a video (.mp4) or animated GIF image (.gif).
    • You can Share your video to Camtasia, which is another UBC-supported multimedia editing tool with more robust options for video editing.

Tips

  • You can save your image captures as projects to edit them again at a later time. When saving the image, select Snagit Project File Type (.snag or .snagproj) as your file format.
  • Explore the Snagit Editor toolbar guide for more about the available tools for editing and marking up your image captures.
  • Adding tags in your library to your captures can help you group and organize your files, e.g., under particular topics or course names. To add a tag, open your capture in Snagit Editor and click “Tag” at the bottom left.
  • Ignore any prompts to install the latest Snagit application, if you are running an older version, as these prompts will attempt to charge you for the update. Follow the steps above to install the latest version of Snagit instead.

Where can I get more support with Snagit?

Technical support

If you have trouble with Snagit:

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