Camtasia vs. Lumen5

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Camtasia
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Camtasia from TechSmith is a tool for making screen and video recordings.
$199.99
Per User*
Lumen5
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Lumen5 in Vancouver aims to enable teams to create social media content in minutes, working with enterprise brands, organizations, and creatives to produce engaging videos that get results. Powered by AI and designed for business, the vendor states their platform allows users to focus on storytelling while relying on technology to bring ideas to life. Lumen5 is presented as an ideal solution for social media and marketing teams to drive growth, scale their business, and increase engagement.N/A
Pricing
CamtasiaLumen5
Editions & Modules
Education
$199.99
Per User*
Government & Non-Profit
$223.99
Per User*
Business
$249.99
Per User*
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CamtasiaLumen5
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details*Discounts available for purchases supporting a large volume of users.
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User Ratings
CamtasiaLumen5
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(72 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(27 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CamtasiaLumen5
Likelihood to Recommend
TechSmith
Camtasia is so easy to use that I recommend it over Adobe Premiere, Captivate, Storyline, and other tools. The only problem is the price. Due to the fact that I purchased this for education purposes, and educational prices have gone up exponentially, it has been difficult even at $179 to upgrade, as an educator and the organization is not always willing to reimburse the purchase, it would have been more economical. It was less than $100 (Black Friday) when I bought our updated version in 2019. Camtasia profile accounts aren't the best setup, however. My profile account does not reflect when I was a user or show past invoices, and I wanted to see how long ago I was a user.
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Lumen5
Our content marketing team easily turn their blog posts into quick and short videos, perfect for sharing on social media. The videos can be turned from a blog post or online article into a slick video in under an hour, and look just as professional as videos created in Adobe software or on iMovie.
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Pros
TechSmith
  • Very intuitive controls. You don't need to be a pro at video editing
  • Seamless control of assets (separates video from still images)
  • Great library of annotations and gestures
  • Easy to integrate audio/video edits
  • Custom formats that suit my needs (web, mobile, tablets)
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Lumen5
  • Text to video conversion
  • Available template
  • Customisation of script
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Cons
TechSmith
  • USB Microphones can sometimes cause a problem if they become accidentally unplugged during a recording session. This can corrupt some of the files that the Camtasia Recorder application uses to capture directly to .avi mode.
  • You'll sometimes get a message when you next try to record that .avi mode isn't available and the only way to fix this is by completely uninstalling and reinstalling Camtasia (with a reboot in the middle of these two actions).
  • This bug only manifested after Camtasia 8 was released, but still seems to cause an issue right up to and including Camtasia 2021.
  • I'd like to see more standard Annotation options. The existing ones are pretty good, but variety is a little lacking.
  • More 'Behaviours' would also be really welcome as these are a great feature and make Callouts a bit more interesting and lively. I've not seen any new Behaviours over the past few versions (since Camtasia 2018).
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Lumen5
  • Audio options aren't great
  • Previews sometimes lag
  • Needs some more templates
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Likelihood to Renew
TechSmith
Each release of Camtasia has added just enough functionality to justify the upgrade to the new version. I like that Camtasia is not a subscription-based product as we have more flexibility and control over our spend on the product. We can also purchase support packages that include the next version when released.
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Lumen5
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Usability
TechSmith
I haven't used another video recording and editing tools that is as comprehensive and straight-forward as Camtasia. Typically, if you want a user-friendly video editing tools for novice users, you have to compromise on features. Camtasia solves this problem by offering extensive editing features in a simplistic, user-friendly environment. Highly recommend
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Lumen5
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Support Rating
TechSmith
With the latest version (Camtasia 2020), I actually had problems with an Imac with HighSierra, but from the first moment they answered and guided me to solve the problem, even before making the purchase (with some doubts I had). And they have support in English and Spanish, I really liked that.
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Lumen5
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Alternatives Considered
TechSmith
I've tried several freeware recorders, too. If all you want to do is literally record your screen, and nothing else, you don't need Camtasia. There are literally dozens of apps that will do that. If you want an app that will record your screen while capturing mouse clicks, follow you, record your voice while you capture, and annotate when you're done, Camtasia has no equal. Plus, it doesn't stop there. You can add professional intros and outros (many already created to choose from), lower thirds, etc., leading to videos with very high production value. This is THE program to buy if you want to produce training videos of very high quality.
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Lumen5
So much easier to use - AI automatically selects the text and creates videos that don't take hours to make
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Return on Investment
TechSmith
  • Many faculty members used it because it was easy to use and accomplish what they needed.
  • No need for a lot of training or follow-up training due to it being very to use.
  • Account management within our system and assigning permissions required a few steps when granting access.
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Lumen5
  • Less time to market in terms of video creation
  • Higher customer engagement
  • Low OPEX cost
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