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Camtasia Studio

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When it comes to producing professional-looking movies and demos from your computer screen, TechSmith's Camtasia Studio continues to strike the right balance between a powerful toolset and ease of use. Version 7.1 adds even more features without making the app any more complex to use.

The feature-packed screencast app--which includes HD production settings--does have a learning curve, but the user-friendly interface and front-and-center icons for most-used tools go a long way toward lowering the intimidation factor a notch. Plus, TechSmith povides a useful online help center that includes several video tutorials that do a nice job walking users through the main functionality of the software.

Even better, when you first launch Camtasia Studio 7.1, you're greeted with an integrated tutorial video that helps get you acquainted with the software. The main window features a content area in the upper right that showcases a variety of options. Here, you can view the clip bin, access your content library, and tweak features such as callouts, zoom-n-pan, audio, and transitions. TechSmith populates a variety templates, music, and outros supplied from a third-party vendor known as Digital Juice, with additional content available for purchase.

As for feature updates, there are quite a few for such a relatively minor boost in version number. Camtasia now includes the ability to record system audio, as well as automatically resize windows during recording. Plus, you get the option to "smartfocus" on key frames and add close captions to your presentation. Additonally, the app offers speech-to-text with a voice training feature; auto output to more formats, such as the iPad; and the ability to overlay text and search within Flash video.

Beyond these additions, Camtasia Studio remains largely the same powerhouse for creating and producing screencasts for the Web, mobile phones, and DVDs. Well-rounded production settings continue to present presets for novices; additional applications, like an audio editor and the CD MenuMaker, round out the features.

At $300, the price of a creative screencasting license is steep, but if the 30-day trial leaves you wanting more, Camtasia Studio 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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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:

    3.8 stars

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "The product is good, but the price is high schchen"

    February 20, 2011  |   By Stede1961

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    Easy to use ...

    Cons

    no choice of languages ....

    Summary

    Make it possible to pay via Alertpay and other systems to reduce the price ...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very easy to use and great program"

    October 4, 2010  |   By avi1111

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    runs smoothly, easy to use. lots of options for creating videos for teaching.

    Cons

    very overpriced

    Summary

    this product runs great and it is the best screen recorder i have ever used

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Bought Camtasia for only $210"

    October 2, 2010  |   By susanpusha

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    This is a very good product and I have been using Camtasia for 3 years now. bought this on a subsidized company online store called SoftwareSale Deals for only $210. Here is their page http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001415595532

    Cons

    Most companies sell this overpriced for $300!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The software more than fulfills the users' requirements"

    October 2, 2010  |   By harkar97

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    The work-process is easy to follow and the menus are extremely intuitive. Generally, the learning curve is pleasantly easy.

    Cons

    The price is high and may therefore stop people from buying it.

    Summary

    It is an easy experience to get up and running with this software and to produce extremely high quality results. Its high pricing may be the only drawback

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth your money"

    September 21, 2010  |   By boldpaste2

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    1) captures screen
    2) built in movie maker
    3) add watermarks

    Cons

    1) way to overpriced
    2) Not stable with machine (received blue screen of death)

    Summary

    I think this software is desighned to rip you off for your money. after using a trail i found no benefits or hardly much of a difference between this and other screen capturing software. The built in movie maker is nice but why pay for something that you already have?

    Basically all im saying its not worth your money. id buy it if it were 40 or 50 dollars but 300 dollars is far past overkill. I know when to make a good buy. i payed 5000 dollars for 3ds max but this i wouldn't but more then 50 bucks into.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Extremely usefull for full and quick video production"

    September 13, 2010  |   By woodie9999

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    It is quite good for mixing different media / product pieces together to make a training or presentation video

    Cons

    It can get a little frustrating sometimes trying to patch things together and understanding where/how things fit together

    Summary

    Would not be without it

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It does the work"

    September 5, 2010  |   By scarborough2010

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    Searching for a program for screen capture tried Camtasia and it works but for an amateur it's a little difficult to use, and I found it quite expensive.

    Cons

    It's expensive.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's The Best Program Yeah!"

    September 5, 2010  |   By LiamYum

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    They Are Very Good Screen Looks. And They Have Some Watermarks And They Are Nice As Nice Programs.

    Cons

    Nothing I Like

    Summary

    It Is The Best Product Because, It Has Some Video Looks. And You Can Make Great Great Videos. You Chose A Watermark And You See If It's Right If It's Not. If It's Not Right, Then You Fix The Photo. Or Not Have A Watermark, Ya It's Just Very Great. I Don't Know Why. Anyway That Was Good!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "OVER - Rated and Priced"

    September 2, 2010  |   By alashwood

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    Yes - It sort of does the job, though I found the trial version on my Mac was not intuitive, and at times 'sticky.

    Cons

    Difficult to edit, as finding the right places on timeline very tricky. Finally, most annoying fault (this may be peculiar to Macs, as they seem to be an after thought). One format output (Camtasia only), impossible to convert to .avi files etc.

    Summary

    Mac unfriendly, and retstrictive that it won't convert to more useful file formats.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Don't bother."

    July 30, 2010  |   By afinepoint

    Version: Camtasia Studio 7.0

    Pros

    The download was free.

    Cons

    Controls are not intuitive. You must have editing software familiarity to use this product.

    Summary

    Jerky motion of the video made it near impossible to produce even poor results. Sometines the timeline tracked the video sometimes it did not. Dragging the timeline did not cause the video to jump as expected on multiple occasions. Who in the world would pay (hundreds) for this?? Throwing your money out of a window will produce greater joy.

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