Camtasia - Great Screencasting software
May 29, 2018

Camtasia - Great Screencasting software

Chris Bloom | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Camtasia

We use Camtasia for a number of screencasts for trainings and marketing material. We run through product demos, but also record animated slides from PowerPoint (although I do not use the PP plug-in - I just record it while running the presentation). Camtasia is quite intuitive and easy for quick edits of the recorded videos. We even use it sometimes for basic audio recordings (exporting the video file as an mp3), and have put in some actual video (interviews, introductions, etc.) for export. Be warned, however, that it's not really designed for that, so the program can get really choppy when trying to edit.


  • Love the interface. Easy to navigate and edit.
  • The audio editing works very well. You can get down to a frame by frame edit. There is also a noise reduction option that is really good at getting rid of ambient noises (like an HVAC noise).
  • Adding some basic effects, callouts, transitions, and zooms are easy to do, and makes our videos more compelling.


  • When you lower audio down to a very low level (less than 20% of original volume), it's very hard to edit out areas or splice music together. A vertical zoom of the timeline with audio would be nice.
  • Could do a better job managing video, and not just screencasts. Any 'real' video gets pretty choppy when you try to use for introductions or transitions.
  • Camtasia Recorder sometimes does a random reset for preferences, which might default to my laptop built-in microphone instead of the bluetooth mic I have plugged in. Or the recording dimensions change. So it's a good idea to always do a 5 second test recording before you actually record, to make sure your audio preference is correctly selected.
  • Hard to give exact ROI numbers, but we have been able to create customer-facing videos in a fraction of the time (and no extra budget needed) for showcasing our latest product features.
Storyline is great for adding interactivity and such for eLearnings. But the video capture feature, in my opinion, doesn't come close to what Camtasia can do. If we ever need to add screencasting to a Storyline module, I record and edit in Camtasia, then just export the movie and insert it into a Storyline slide. I haven't had a chance to compare Camtasia side by side with another true screencasting product.
If you're doing any screencasts or powerpoint slide demos that you want to record, Camtasia is the program for you. It's pretty quick to learn, and has enough features for editing and publishing without overwhelming the interface. From time to time, we overclock what it was designed to do in order to make some interesting video mixed with the screencast. That said, if you're looking for true video editing, go with a Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, or even iMovie.


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