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The screen-capture video tool Camtasia Studio has long balanced a strong set of features with a friendly interface and graceful learning curve. Version 8 continues the tradition with cool, new features that don't bog down the app with any additional complexity. Camtasia's price--$300--may raise eyebrows, but make no mistake: this screencasting software is serious business. New and advanced users both should be able to learn the software and start producing professionally looking videos in little time.
Robust in-app tutorials introduce Camtasia to users, but experienced editors can wave them aside and dive in. The main interface is arranged logically, with the top-right corner reserved for the vast array of editing and production options: view your clips, manage your video library, or configure settings for zooming, panning, audio, and video transitions, or browse a myriad of including templates, music, and outros offered free by Digital Juice.
Recent versions of Camtasia added features for recording system audio, automatically resizing windows, and a "Smart Focus" option that highlights key video frames and captions. Version 8 adds in smoother, 30fps captures, interactive "Hotspots" on videos, unlimited tracks for multitrack editing, a new TSC2 codec, and "Quizzing," a feature that lets users provide instant feedback on your screecast videos.
Camtasia allows exporting for nearly any sort of device or system: Web, phones, tablets, DVDs, and other mobile devices are all covered. The remarkably useful online help center is icing on the video-editing cake.
Camtasia Studio--Screen recording and video editing software. Camtasia Studio helps you quickly create professional quality videos and share them with anyone, on nearly any device without formal training. Whether you need to train an audience, give a presentation, explain an idea, share knowledge, or offer feedback, Camtasia Studio makes it easy. Use Camtasia Studio to record on-screen activity, capture PowerPoint slides, add imported media, and more. Then enhance your videos with Camtasia Studio's powerful editing tools, and easily share them with anyone, anywhere. With multiple video and audio tracks, an extensive asset library, and the ability to animate content, Camtasia Studio allows you to create interactive videos that engage your audience. Plus, Camtasia Studio's built-in quizzing lets you discover if your viewers are watching and learning from your content.
What's new in this version:
- TechSmith Smart Player: Produce high-quality, easy-to-share videos that your viewers can watch anytime, on nearly any device. The TechSmith Smart Player is intuitive and detects if your viewer's device or browser supports Flash. If their device or browser doesn't support Flash, the TechSmith Smart Player will playback the content using HTML5 - helping ensure that your videos will play. Upload the videos you make in Camtasia Studio to our free hosting site, Screencast.com, a... See all new features »