Camtasia vs. OBS Studio

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Camtasia
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Some video solutions on the market are super-easy to use, but deliver lackluster results. Others deliver professional quality video, but the learning curve is extreme. Camtasia aims to enable anyone to quickly start creating pro-quality videos in minutes with no video experience needed. Camtasia can capture everything happening on the screen with just a few clicks, and offers drag-and-drop editing and visual effects features to transform screen recordings into polished software…
$299
one-time fee per user
OBS Studio
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
OBS Studio is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming, featuring real time video/audio capturing and mixing. Users can create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, and capture cards.
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CamtasiaOBS Studio
Editions & Modules
Education
$212.99
one-time fee per user
Government & Non-Profit
$269
one-time fee per user
Business
$299.99
one-time fee per user
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
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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OBS Studio
Chose OBS Studio
OBS is the only robust screen capture with a stable graphical user interface that works on Linux (that I could find). That's why I originally chose it. Since the program is cross-platform, I have been able to keep using it. I could switch back to Panopto, now that I am on …
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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.

Features

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. 

Limitations

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.

Pricing

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.

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User Ratings
CamtasiaOBS Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(73 ratings)
9.5
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(3 ratings)
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Usability
9.0
(6 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(14 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
CamtasiaOBS Studio
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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Open Source
From simple streaming to bigger events, OBS has been able to handle all of it with full confidence from us. Have never questioned if it was going to be unreliable in a specific situation, even with minimal training. Software identified the external input source easily and had no issues setting that up (Blackmagic Mini Recorder), and great for pulling in separate audio from the computer input.
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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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Open Source
  • 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.
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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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Open Source
  • editing-montaging videos
  • easier way to adjust webcam image (templates)
  • i wish mic choice would show up in the window. sometimes the wrong mic is selected and notice too late (after recording)
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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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Open Source
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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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Open Source
Very usable because it is free and has had a lot of people helping to suggest improvements and sponsors have allowed the product to grow in sophistication and suitability across a variety of situations and use needs. It is very logical to use once you get started, although the dashboard can seem intimidating at first.
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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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Open Source
For a free product, a range of support is available. There are plenty of ways to find out answers to questions, because there are probably thousands of people using the product who are willing to share what they have learned. It usually works as designed, so needs for support are limited.
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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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Open Source
I have also used TinyTake by Mango Apps and I prefer OBS studio because the video quality results are better and OBS allows you to record an unlimited length of the video. OBS also lets you record an entire screen instead of manually having to draw your parameters, which can create oddly sizes videos if you miss by a few pixels.
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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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Open Source
  • Cost is free, so any benefits are immense in terms of investment.
  • Learning curve is steep, so time can be a cost.
  • Flexibility is probably the biggest benefit to the people that use it.
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