Camtasia Studio 5.1 - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Camtasia Studio

CNET Editors' review

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.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • VLC Media Player
    Play audio and video files in real-time and streaming modes.
    Download Or, Learn More About VLC Media Player

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • GOM Media Player
    Play video files of multiple video formats.
    Download Or, Learn More About GOM Media Player

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • UMPlayer
    Play virtually any media file in open-source cross-platform mul...
    Download Or, Learn More About UMPlayer

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Media Player Codec ...
    Play various types of video, audio, movie, music files in Media...
    Download Or, Learn More About Media Player Codec Pack

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • KMPlayer
    Play digital media of various formats including incomplete, par...
    Download Or, Learn More About KMPlayer

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Any Video Converter...
    Convert video and YouTube to AVI, WMV, MP4, FLV, MP3, burn vide...
    Download Or, Learn More About Any Video Converter Freeware

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • VLC Media Player Po...
    Play audio and video files on the go.
    Download Or, Learn More About VLC Media Player Portable

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Windows 7 Codec Pac...
    Play 99.9 percent of files with a collection of codecs for Wind...
    Download Or, Learn More About Windows 7 Codec Pack

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • RealPlayer Cloud
    Discover and play online videos, download, save, organize, and ...
    Download Or, Learn More About RealPlayer Cloud

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • SMPlayer
    Play any video and audio file including Youtube clips without t...
    Download Or, Learn More About SMPlayer

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • FormatFactory
    Convert your videos, audios, and pictures to preferable file fo...
    Download Or, Learn More About FormatFactory

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • VideoPad Video Edit...
    Edit movies and other video recordings on a Windows PC.
    Download Or, Learn More About VideoPad Video Editor Professional

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • VSDC Free Video Edi...
    Create and edit professional looking videos; rotate, crop, cut,...
    Download Or, Learn More About VSDC Free Video Editor

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Total Video Convert...
    Convert any formats video to iPad, iPhone, AVCHD, Blu-Ray, DVD.
    Download Or, Learn More About Total Video Converter

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • CyberLink PowerDire...
    Unleash your creativity to transform your video footage into am...
    Download Or, Learn More About CyberLink PowerDirector

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Windows Live Movie ...
    Create movies and slide shows from your photos and videos, and ...
    Download Or, Learn More About Windows Live Movie Maker

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Free Video Cutter
    Cut videos according to your needs.
    Download Or, Learn More About Free Video Cutter

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Screencast-O-Matic
    Record video on your screen or with a webcam.
    Download Or, Learn More About Screencast-O-Matic

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Corel VideoStudio P...
    Shoot, edit, and share all of life's adventures with the all-in...
    Download Or, Learn More About Corel VideoStudio Pro (64-bit)

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Vegas Pro (32-bit)
    Broadcast and edit video audio files.
    Download Or, Learn More About Vegas Pro (32-bit)

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Free Movie DVD Make...
    Create and convert video to DVD with quality.
    Download Or, Learn More About Free Movie DVD Maker

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Free Video Flip and...
    Rotate or flip videos and save them as AVI files.
    Download Or, Learn More About Free Video Flip and Rotate

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Xilisoft Video Cutt...
    Cut and merge videos of various formats.
    Download Or, Learn More About Xilisoft Video Cutter

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Elycs
    Back up media to Blu-ray discs and access your media via HTTP p...
    Download Or, Learn More About Elycs

    Installed

    Smart Install
All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 141 votes

    • 5 star: 58
    • 4 star: 28
    • 3 star: 20
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 21
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
  • My rating:

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1-10 of 14

  • 2.0 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.

    Reply to this review Read reply (1)

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 5.0 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

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

  • 5.0 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.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

  • 4.0 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.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5.0 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

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

  • 5.0 stars

    "The BEST!"

    August 8, 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

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (2)

  • 5.0 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!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (3)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome!"

    July 8, 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.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (3)

  • 5.0 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!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

  • 4.0 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

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (5)

Results 1-10 of 14

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Camtasia Studio 5.1
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for Camtasia Studio

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

Or, Learn More About Camtasia Studio

Installed

Smart Install
Camtasia Studio