Camtasia and OBS Studio are both screen capture and video recording tools. OBS Studio is designed primarily for live-streamed video, giving users the ability to send their video to sites like YouTube or Twitch as it’s recorded. Camtasia, on the other hand, is aimed at users who want to create training videos and other pre-recorded content, and includes tools for editing videos after they’re recorded. Camtasia is simple to use and has a reasonable price point, which is likely why it’s popular with businesses of all sizes. OBS Studio is most popular with small businesses, likely because it’s open-source and free.
Although both Camtasia and OBS Studio allow users to record their screen and create videos, they also differ significantly in their feature set and user experience.
OBS Studio helps users create both live-streamed and pre-recorded video content. Every audio, video, and text element in OBS Studio can be customized in a variety of ways. Users can lay out collections of pre-customized audio and video elements and switch between them at will with dynamic transitions. Its open-source format means users can take advantage of an expansive library of community-created plugins, transitions, filters, and other options. And, like other open-source software, OBS Studio is free for anyone to use.
Camtasia, by contrast, is designed for pre-recorded videos. Its interface is simple and intuitive, making it easy to get new users up and running quickly. A pre-loaded asset library gives users a starting point to make videos with a cohesive theme. It also includes post-production video editing tools to add effects, insert transitions, and make other modifications to recordings.
OBS Studio and Camtasia are each powerful tools in their own right, but they also have important limitations to consider before you choose one or the other.
Camtasia does include post-production features, but these features aren’t as robust as one might find in other video editing software. For example, users report that Camtasia’s audio processing, color correction, and color keying functions are very basic, and that they have had to resort to other post-processing tools for their needs. Camtasia doesn’t allow users to live-stream video, making it useful only for pre-recorded content. Some users also consider Camtasia’s price point a bit high, especially when compared to other free options such as OBS Studio.
However, OBS Studio can be costly in other ways. New users often find OBS Studio daunting and unintuitive. Newcomers to the software should expect a significant learning curve, as they’ll likely need to search the internet for examples, tutorials, and other support. OBS Studio also doesn’t include post-production tools; if you want to add effects, images, or other modifications to pre-recorded videos, you’ll need to use other video editing software. Finally, like many other open-source projects, the software may suffer from bugs and be taxing on computer resources.
OBS Studio is open-source and can be downloaded for free. Camtasia uses a per-license pricing model with discounts for education, non-profit, and government customers. For individuals and for-profit businesses, each license is a one-time fee of $249.99. For government and non-profit organizations, each license is a one-time fee of $223.99. For educational organizations, each license is a one-time fee of $169.99. Bulk discount pricing is available for purchases of 5 or more licenses. For bulk pricing details, refer to the vendor’s pricing page.
Provided by the TrustRadius Research Team
Published on September 15, 2020
Likelihood to Recommend
- The product is extremely intuitive. For a first time user, it doesn't take long to be able to produce a minimum viable product.
- There are enough editing capabilities to produce high-end, professional looking videos. Voice narrate, highlight cursors, zoom and pan, seamless transitions.
- The layout is simple and helps keep your projects in line. Being able to drag and drop from the clip bin to the timeline and then move objects around to the second makes creating easy.
- OBS Studio makes it easy to connect with streaming service providers
- OBS Studio makes it easy to switch from source to source during your broadcast
- OBS Studio makes it easy to design and edit what your viewers will see.
- Both a pro and a con of it being easy to use is that it has limited features.
- Better video editing abilities.
- More enhancements on creating videos. Added webcam in the video would be nice while presenting.
- Automated closed captioning would be great!
- Sometimes the way the individual screens are highlighted, to move them is sticky.
- Better compatibility with MAC OS.
- Make it less taxing on CPU/memory.
Likelihood to Renew
Return on Investment
- The value for this product is the ability to become proficient at using it in a very relative short period of time.
- The price point is very low for such a feature rich product. It almost is addictive. I have found myself trying to find videos to create just so I can use the product.
- Contracting out to a company to create videos will cost you much more than the small investment made in this software. Even if you invest in some of the other TechSmith products that can be used to supplement content to your videos, you will still find yourself well under a budget for a contractor.
- Custom presentations are more impactful and the customers are more responsive.
- In general, the professional look helps to promote our brand.
- Ease-of-use allows us to create more and more videos.
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Entry-level set up fee?
Camtasia Editions & Modules
|Government & Non-Profit||$223.991|
- Per User*