Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 145 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1
  • Total Downloads:
    2,026,321
  • Date Added:
    April 16, 2008
  • File Size:
    249.95MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,825
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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If programs were people, Camtasia Studio 5.1 would be a body builder. More screen recording, editing, and producing muscle is what you get with the latest version. The full-fledged screen recording studio has tools and settings extensive enough to make a newbie's head swim, but the tips, video tutorials, and preset options help anchor and guide novice users through the process of creating screencasts from start to finish.

Camtasia Studio makes it easy to record any PC and PowerPoint screen action with or without sound, adding little gems like cursor highlighting, resizing apps within the recorder, and drawing on the screen. Audio and video clips are compiled, trimmed, and bedecked with visual effects in a production studio accessible to a cross section of users.

Well-rounded production settings rely on presets and manual customizations, letting users quickly format their video for common outputs like iPod and blog uploading in addition to hardcore audio and video configuration. HTML embedding assigns your video a Web site for easy sharing.

If that weren't dizzying enough, Camtasia Studio includes additional applications, like a standalone audio editor and the CD MenuMaker. Luckily, there are included wizards, tips, tutorials, and templates for easy maneuvering.

The price of a creative screencasting license is steep at $300, or $150 for an upgrade, but if the trial leaves you wanting more, Camtasia is a worthwhile investment for frequent screencast producers requiring a lush feature set. Users looking to develop skills with prolonged use should start here too.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 14 votes

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    • 4 star 3
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    • 2 star 1
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  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 145 votes

    • 5 star 59
    • 4 star 29
    • 3 star 20
    • 2 star 15
    • 1 star 22
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2 stars

"Beware of Bugs"

September 18, 2008  |  By clarionCall

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

Camtasia has no peer when it comes to video capture and rendering projects into common viewable formats.

Cons

Bugs in the audio manager and the video capturing process have cost me huge numbers of hours of lost work.

Summary

Things about Camtasia Studio 5.0 that you should be aware of:

1. The audio editor is horrible and frequently shuts down in the middle of editing causing you to lose all your edits. This was not isolated to a single computer. I had several contacts with their support team and they all told me that they recommend downloading another audio editor. Not very high praise for their own product.

2. The pause feature on the video capture would be cool except that you have to really plan for when you will use it. If you pause during a recording, you naturally have to return to the main application so that you can start up the audio again. However, if you are not slow enough, when you start the audio, go to the site that you are video capturing and then un-pause, Camtasia will sometimes automatically return to the Studio window and put your website into the background. The fact that it is intermittent is a real pain in the butt. There have been several times when this has happened and negated the entire video capture. I have wasted hours in re-working because of this bug.

In the course of the past year, I have had altogether too many frustrating moments because the application has bugged out and caused me to re-do work multiple times. The real kicker is that there is nothing comparable that you can opt to use instead. I have found this little fact to be disappointing because I would gladly unload this application if I could.

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5 stars

"Excellent piece of software"

August 27, 2008  |  By DrGerryD

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

I have tried a couple and this one is the best of them all. It took about 1 hour to get to know the GUI (although I still have a bit of a problem getting better sound quality). It works great!

Cons

Nothing as yet

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5 stars

"Best screen recorder I have tried, easy to use editing."

August 25, 2008  |  By yolsley

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

Great lossless quality, very little lag and with a lot of different recording features.

Cons

Some people tell me it has memory leak issues but I disagree, I've been using it for about 8 months now on 4 different computers and it's always had a low memory use.

Summary

Great product, though a tad bit expensive in all honesty.

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4 stars

"Great program, but too quirky for the pro-grade price"

August 22, 2008

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

Excellent guided interface directs you to the most common settings for endusers - no worries about selecting video and audio codecs, frame size, etc. Compression in these presets are quite acceptable and rendering is relatively quick.

Cons

Video is actually a screen capture not file conversion, so watch mouse cursor - which is difficult to avoid when program's prompts are in the screen capture zone! Preset frame rates are too conservative - choppy in even the slowest PP animations.

Summary

This is one of the better media editing programs I have seen on CNet's site. It is worth taking a look at, but the average user will not find equivalent value to the cost of this program.

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5 stars

"recording without trouble"

August 20, 2008  |  By BrandiB4

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

I can record almost everything. It records and records and records...very good program

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5 stars

"The BEST!"

August 08, 2008  |  By born.2.EXCITE

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

I've tried other Screen capture software and some have been better than others but once I tried Camtasia Studio I got rid of the rest. Camtasia is very easy to set up and use. It also has many feature that improve the capture quality and lots of options to control the file size of whatever you capture. I very much liked the help, available as a small video to watch. The explanations are great. I highly recomend Camtasia Studio.

Julian

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5 stars

"This was one of those...oh that's how they do that"

July 11, 2008  |  By Wendy Merritt

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

Completely love this software! I have used it hundreds of times already. Works without glitches. Easy to install, easy to use, great tutorials and easy production. AWESOME!

Cons

Too EXPENSIVE!

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5 stars

"Awesome!"

July 08, 2008  |  By LostHope777

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

Simply great, just great.

Cons

FPS is a little bit low, but that's only noticeable during gaming.

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5 stars

"good "

June 27, 2008  |  By psphackmaster21

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

its screen recorder is awsome. its good for making movies

get the keygen and its worth it

Cons

money!

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4 stars

"this is an amazing program"

June 25, 2008  |  By corkuba

 |  Version: Camtasia Studio 5.1

Pros

this can do so much I don't know where to begin

Cons

worth 200 not 300

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1
Version 5.1 adds support for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, plus enhancements to editing tools.
General
Publisher TechSmith
Publisher web site http://www.techsmith.com/
Release Date April 16, 2008
Date Added April 16, 2008
Version 5.1
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Capture Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista, DirectX 9 drivers
Download Information
File Size 249.95MB
File Name camtasia.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,026,321
Downloads Last Week 4,825
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $299

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