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Highlights

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.

Likelihood to Recommend

Camtasia

In looking at client's existing websites and speaking our thoughts about them to our potential web design clients via screencast videos, Camtasia is nearly the perfect solution. Camtasia is also great for providing project updates and training videos to our web design clients. For complex integrated screencast presentations, we might need to integrate a better software program like Adobe Premier or After Effects. For faster and more simple screencast vidoes we use Jing via Screencast.com instead
.Kim Murphy | TrustRadius Reviewer

OBS Studio

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.
Travis Gray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Camtasia

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OBS Studio

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Camtasia

  • 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!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OBS Studio

  • 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.
Charles Beck | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Camtasia

Camtasia 3.7
Based on 2 answers
It's a great solution for the price.
Lori Wildman | TrustRadius Reviewer

OBS Studio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Camtasia

Camtasia 8.0
Based on 5 answers
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OBS Studio

OBS Studio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Camtasia

Camtasia 8.3
Based on 15 answers
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.
Jorge A. Merino | TrustRadius Reviewer

OBS Studio

OBS Studio 9.2
Based on 4 answers
OBS Studio has been so easy to use that I have not had a need to reach out for support with the program. Actually, I am unsure if the program even offers any sort of support for its use, though I am sure that it does in some way. I give them a thumbs up for creating a program that, thus far, has not needed support.
Mandy Henriksen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Camtasia

Premiere overall all is a more robust software but it requires a level of expertise most of our everyday user don't have as with Adobe After Effects it really requires formal education/training in videography or multimedia to be able to properly capitalize on. We also use Google Loom with has some similar features but lacks any post-production editing or enhancement features
Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer

OBS Studio

OBS takes a lot more work to get started with than Google Hangouts, but you get a much more high quality output from it. It even works better with YouTube than Hangout, which is odd since it is also owned by Google. You can not set a poser image on a YouTube live stream when you use Hangouts, but you can with external programs like OBS. You can do so much with layout, like having two video sources on the screen at the same time, any style lower thirds; it is much more powerful.
Seth Paine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Camtasia

  • 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.
William Ruthrauff | TrustRadius Reviewer

OBS Studio

  • 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.
Charles Beck | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Camtasia

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Camtasia Editions & Modules

Edition
Business$249.991
Education$199.991
Government & Non-Profit$223.991
  1. Per User*
Additional Pricing Details
*Discounts available for purchases supporting a large volume of users.

OBS Studio

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

OBS Studio Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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