Overall Satisfaction with Camtasia
Camtasia is used only by the Management Information Systems team at my organization. We have a need to produce videos that instruct our users on how to use technologies we release. Camtasia makes it ridiculously easy to produce professional videos that capture us manipulating software, voicing our steps (either while we are recording the screen or after), highlighting mouse clicks, and adding annotations to the screen. The application also includes many intros, outros, and themes, which make composing a quality video that much easier and quick. While we initially bought the program for making instructional videos, we have also used it to make promotional videos for our org, finding it a capable editor for video shot with a camera. The audio tools are good enough to correct for soft voices and reduce background noise. Significantly, we are finding that production we use to source we are now doing internally, saving money and time.
- Perfect for screen recording and capturing voice.
- A wealth of included assets (including transitions, animations, intros and outros) reduce production time and increase production value.
- It's a breeze to add annotations (callouts, arrows, lower thirds) to video.
- The program's approachable interface hides significant power, so there is a lot of flexibility and features on tap as your needs grow.
- Camtasia seems to struggle sometimes with large videos (and I'm on a machine with 32GB RAM), especially with multiple tracks. Sometimes it will freeze when trying to move a track, making it challenging to place it exactly where I want it.
- There have been a couple of instances where sharing large videos has locked up the program. I didn't lost any work, but I had to restart the process.
- I wish the audio controls were a little more granular, but that is a minor complaint since the application includes a lot for the price.
- Ability to create quick, highly polished tutorials.
- The included assets are of high production value and easily customizable.
- Publishing completed videos is a breeze.
- We used to source instructional videos. Now we do them in house, saving us time and money. Not only that, they are of higher production value.
- We have used Camtasia to produce promotional videos in house. These used to be outsourced.
- We don't have to wait for an outside firm to find capacity to help us with simple video projects, but can now do them on our timeline.
- Camtasia has surprising power for the price. Again, don't expect Primiere Pro, but understand you may find you can do a lot with this program. We keep finding more and more use-cases for it.
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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I've tried a few screen recording programs and none of them were even close to Camtasia in terms of ease of use, breadth of features, and flexibility. One of the neat things about Camtasia is you can start simple and the program will grow with you. That is, the program is very approachable for beginners but has considerable power available as you get more advanced. So, this is the best program for screen recording, including making instructional videos, how-to videos, and lessons. That said, this is not what you need if you want to make a Hollywood-style video: TechSmith doesn't market it as a replacement for After Effects, Premiere Pro, or Resolve. It fills a niche that Adobe strangely ignores.