Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 143 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.4.3.1792
File Size:
249.38MB
Date Added:
August 19, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $299.00 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,973,352
Downloads Last Week:
4,980
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
DirectX 9 or later, Microsoft .NET 4.0

Editors' review

Camtasia Studio gives you the tools to record your computer screen and then turn those recordings into professional-grade videos. And once you've edited and polished your creation, you can share it directly from the app to YouTube, Google Drive, and Screencast.com.

Pros

Smooth functioning: Camtasia provides a lot of nice features in a fluid interface that makes creating screen capture videos and processing them a breeze. You can set the program to record either the screen or a PowerPoint presentation. You can also choose to record your entire screen or only a portion of it that you preset before recording begins. The recordings, themselves, are clear and crisp, providing you with an excellent framework on which to put all the finishing touches and effects you want.

Finishing tools: Once you have your screen capture recording the way you want it, you can utilize the various tools included in the program to make your video complete. These include multiple Transition Options, Voice Narration, a Zoom and Pan effect, Cursor Effects, Captions, Quizzing, and more. You can also use built-in tools to enhance and improve the audio quality of your voice recording.

Cons

Crashing and errors: This program did crash once during testing. We also periodically received an error message stating that the program couldn't initiate recording for an unknown reason. But we were always able to remedy these situations by closing the app and then opening it again to start fresh.

Bottom Line

Camtasia Studio is a comprehensive program for creating instructional or other videos using screen capture. The interface is accessible to all users at all levels, from novice on up, and the finished product you can create with this app will have a truly professional feel. You can test out Camtasia Studio for free for 30 days. After that the full purchase price is $299.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Camtasia Studio 8.4.2.1768.

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  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 143 votes

    • 5 star: 59
    • 4 star: 29
    • 3 star: 20
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 21
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  • 5 stars

    "On of the best solutions for creating screencast videos"

    July 15, 2014   |   By Anne_S

    Version: Camtasia Studio 8.4.1.1745

    Pros

    - Allows to create, edit and share screencast videos
    - Easy-to-use
    - Multiple editing features
    - Nice tutorial to help one master the software

    Cons

    I'm not sure if it's still not fixed, but when I used it a while ago, I had problem working with big files. It would close up unexpectedly, and I was on the constant look-up for pressing the save button.

    Summary

    I've tried several more similar tool, but should say that Camtasia definitely rocks. Highly recommended! It's desktop, and it costs $299 (one-time fee). The cost is pretty high, yet if you create videos regularly, you're likely to feel that it's good value for money.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Software!"

    April 29, 2014   |   By Algeroch

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.1

    Pros

    1) Fantastic screen recording, I lose absolutely 0 frames when I record
    2) Easy to use editing
    3) Uploads directly to YouTube quickly

    Cons

    LOTS of errors. I know it's good software, and I would definitely recommend it, it has too many errors. Just today I tried to record my webcam, and got "An unexpected error has occurred. Capture cannot be started". I have searched for answers and typically could not find any. Sometimes when I edit clips they crash the software and then I lose sometimes hours of hard work.

    Summary

    It is fantastic, however the errors and bugs and crashes really need to be ironed out. Also, the price is about £200 - Jesus Christ! It is a shame when I try to use it and it either crashes, lags or doesn't work. And if you reply, don't say I mush have a bad computer, I have one of the best computers going.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works great with almost anything."

    March 15, 2014   |   By alexmonte

    Version: Camtasia Studio 8.3.0.1471

    Pros

    So far I have been able to record and edit almost anything I needed to. It works perfectly with all but one program I have. I have been able to edit just about any video file. Better than any other editor I have found.

    Cons

    Sometimes it will crash but usually you can recover your work. The only program I cannot record is GTA 4. I have tried EVERYTHING I could find to get it to record it and ended up having to use OBS instead to record GTA 4. Other than that, it works like a charm!

    Summary

    Very few problems and it works well. I have yet to have found anything that works better.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent package for academic & business presentations"

    January 01, 2014   |   By CNET-W4CHL

    Version: Camtasia Studio 8.2.1.1423

    Pros

    - Fantastic support, both from live people and forums supported by TechSmith

    - Wide variety of tutorials for Camtasia Studio, both on the internet and in many colleges and in many companies for many uses

    - Excellent add-ons to recorded presentations via hot spot link "callouts" to web links, closed captioning, or interactive quizzes

    - Good stable of associated products which work well with Camtasia Studio especially SnagIt and ScreenCast

    - Large following in businesses that create short multimedia "YouTube advertorial" style presentations

    - Excellent integration with PowerPoint for quick capture of the audio and video which allow creation of true indexed presentations usable as online reference material

    - Even CS8 output that includes

    - Professional license is not bound to one PC, though it is a "single user" license.

    - simple to export entire working session (CAMPROJ + all current working files), so easy to move a project to another machine for rendering

    Cons

    - updates are only available as a complete reinstall image, though settings are preserved

    - using the more advanced features of CS8 such as interactive quizzes requires rendering using a custom Adobe Flash output that requires a true file server to host a "folder" created by the CS8 rendering tool

    Summary

    Other reviewers have featured the standard multimedia video capabilities in Camtasia Studio, this review includes some of the capabilities that we found valuable in producing educational and business partner videos.

    Though university I graduated from (and one my daughter currently attends) have limited academic licenses available, I chose to purchase an indvidual pro license that I could use for my personal and professional use in 2011. I am glad I did! At the time I purchased Camtasia Studio 7 (CS7), but at a time when Camtasia Studio 8 was being previewed and was a no cost upgrade. There have been some growing pains with Camtasia Studio 8 (CS8), but the current 8.2 release seems to have stabilized and all major features I seek now have more function and are as fast or faster to render as the old reliable CS7.

    I am especially impressed with the support I have received over these past 3 years from TechSmith. With one exception they have been able to provide a fix, or pointers to a fix for my problems within at most 2 days.

    The licensing of the Professional level package is great! I am the only user on several PCs, and have CS8 installed on my laptop but also on a backup laptop and a home machine with more memory (12gb) and faster processor (quad core vs laptop dual core) so I often render on the faster machine after syncing the exported directories.

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  • 3 stars

    "Can't Import MTS or AVCHD Video"

    December 11, 2013   |   By stejayVA

    Version: Camtasia Studio 8.2.0.1416

    Pros

    Sweet, smooth editing interface.
    Great tutorials.
    Multiple output formats with HQ encoding

    Cons

    Cannot directly import MTS or AVCHD format videos!

    Summary

    As a prosumer-level video producer, I was keenly disappointed that Camtasia does not permit the direct import of MTS or AVCHD video, a standard with many mid-range Sony and Canon HD video cameras.

    A search of the TechSmith knowledge-base shows this issue has been known for at least 3-years, with promised made of adding this functionality, but alas, no action taken.

    Full thread here: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/mts_files?topic-reply-list[settings][filter_by]=star_promoted

    Hence, if you record source video in either of these formats, be ready for an extra, time-consuming step (transcode to AVI) if you wish to use this otherwise very nifty program!

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  • 5 stars

    "Great program, I can see myself probably buying it."

    March 03, 2013   |   By KnockKnockItsFloyd

    Version: Camtasia Studio 8.0

    Pros

    *Software works really well, comparing the audio recording to Audacity, it just blows it out of the water. It records both mic audio and incoming sound from the computer(I.E; Your guitar from mic, and playback from backing track from computer sound, instead of just speaker).
    *Screen recording records smoothly. Didn't have any issues with it at all.

    Cons

    *Couldn't get webcam to work with it/crashed program, but that's my fault for using the very iffy PS3 Eye cam as a camera. Use a proper camera/web cam with this program and you will be fine.

    No other issues what so ever.

    Summary

    All in all, its a great program which you get to try out for 30 days to see if you like it. That's 30 days of unlimited professional-grade videos you can be making.. anything from gaming videos to music videos to vlogs.. and the interface allows you to move **** around like in xsplit..

    You cannot go wrong with this, and I'm seriously considering putting cash out for it considering that most other programs are hella expensive and do less/hard to learn.

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  • 2 stars

    "Meh, a waste."

    February 25, 2013   |   By AyameJay

    Version: Camtasia Studio 4.0.2

    Pros

    Records in HD (choose custom select area and make the dimensions 1280(w) x 720(h), which is 720p HD), recorded inputs,

    Cons

    • Price,

    • I didn't understand how to export as video (I found out eventually, but they could make this more obvious... To export as video, add the recording file to the timeline then click produce and share, click the drop box and select the one you want. If you want HD then click MP4 only (up to 720p),

    • Gray blotches in video.
    Okay, this is why I gave it such a low rating! Gray blotches show up in the video. They don't go away, I guess it was because I was moving through the screens to fast..? But anyway, if these are in the way nobody can see my video!

    Summary

    I had a bad experience.

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  • 4 stars

    "Too Expensive but really cool software!"

    January 30, 2013   |   By TV3WASIF

    Version: Camtasia Studio 8.0

    Pros

    Yes, Its is easy to use.

    Cons

    A good for teacher to teach their pupils.

    Summary

    I think the transitions is really cool now and i love this software. Thank you, Camtasia.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good Video Editing Software; Best Screen Capture"

    December 30, 2012   |   By JumpmanAgainstTerran

    Version: Camtasia Studio 8.0

    Pros

    +HD Screen Capture
    +Zoom and Pan was Great!
    +You can adjust video quality! (With Fast Rendering!)

    Cons

    -No Effects :(
    -Adding something in timeline can split the track
    -You can't make it fade while adding the transitions (Not like Windows Movie Maker)

    Summary

    FIRST OF ALL! I am pretty pissed at some reviewers who keeps on saying the following:
    "It keeps on crashing!"
    "So many bugs..."
    "Laggy Screen Recorder"
    I am going to be honest with you. Mine is also lagging (the screen recorder) but, why did I say best?

    Because I am doing this review not just for myself but for others to get interested on this product too. I have a reason why it lagged. It is because I have a bad computer. Look at others in YouTube, theirs did not lag. So, do you have a good computer? NO! So stop posting bad stuff about this product because it is your PC's fault not the product because this product is great.

    Now onto the review. First up the screen capture. The screen capture is great! You can capture it HD! If it lags for you, go get another screen recorder and edit it with Camtasia. You can adjust the quality on this product. The video size is smaller? USE THE ZOOM AND PAN! God, this video editing software is great. And what is better is that the rendering is faster than Windows Movie Maker!

    My concerns about this product is that there is no effects. This is my biggest concerns so far on why there is no effects... Not like Windows Movie Maker. Adding something on the timeline splits the track which makes the editing ruined. Why can't it just stay? And adding transitions can't fade the video. If you don't know what I mean, It is like the sound and will fade when you add the transitions. If you still don't get it, try adding transitions on Windows Movie Maker, it fades the sounds.

    Overall, this product is great. Although, the price is a ripoff. They should lower the price. Like $230. But I did not add them in my concerns because it is not much of a big deal. Although I mentioned Windows Movie Maker to this review, it is still better than Windows Movie Maker. BUT they just have things that Camtasia Studio doesn't have.

    If Camtasia Studio and Windows Movie Maker were to be combined, I could have gave this product a perfect score! Thanks for reading my review and hope you get my point!

    ~JumpmanAgainstTerran

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  • 5 stars

    "Good Video Editing Software; Best Screen Capture"

    December 30, 2012   |   By JumpmanAgainstTerran

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.1

    Pros

    +HD Screen Capture
    +Zoom and Pan was Great!
    +You can adjust video quality! (With Fast Rendering!)

    Cons

    -No Effects :(
    -Adding something in timeline can split the track
    -You can't make it fade while adding the transitions (Not like Windows Movie Maker)

    Summary

    FIRST OF ALL! I am pretty pissed at some reviewers who keeps on saying the following:
    "It keeps on crashing!"
    "So many bugs..."
    "Laggy Screen Recorder"
    I am going to be honest with you. Mine is also lagging (the screen recorder) but, why did I say best?

    Because I am doing this review not just for myself but for others to get interested on this product too. I have a reason why it lagged. It is because I have a bad computer. Look at others in YouTube, theirs did not lag. So, do you have a good computer? NO! So stop posting bad stuff about this product because it is your PC's fault not the product because this product is great.

    Now onto the review. First up the screen capture. The screen capture is great! You can capture it HD! If it lags for you, go get another screen recorder and edit it with Camtasia. You can adjust the quality on this product. The video size is smaller? USE THE ZOOM AND PAN! God, this video editing software is great. And what is better is that the rendering is faster than Windows Movie Maker!

    My concerns about this product is that there is no effects. This is my biggest concerns so far on why there is no effects... Not like Windows Movie Maker. Adding something on the timeline splits the track which makes the editing ruined. Why can't it just stay? And adding transitions can't fade the video. If you don't know what I mean, It is like the sound and will fade when you add the transitions. If you still don't get it, try adding transitions on Windows Movie Maker, it fades the sounds.

    Overall, this product is great. Although, the price is a ripoff. They should lower the price. Like $230. But I did not add them in my concerns because it is not much of a big deal. Although I mentioned Windows Movie Maker to this review, it is still better than Windows Movie Maker. BUT they just have things that Camtasia Studio doesn't have.

    If Camtasia Studio and Windows Movie Maker were to be combined, I could have gave this product a perfect score! Thanks for reading my review and hope you get my point!

    ~JumpmanAgainstTerran

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