Camtasia for Mac

Camtasia for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 9 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.8.2
File Size:
180.16MB
Date Added:
July 30, 2014
Price:
Free to try (Free Trial); $99.00 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
67,596
Downloads Last Week:
303
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Camtasia for Mac makes it easy to create professional screencasts (capturing all actions on screen) for demonstration videos, instructional videos, and other screen-recording projects.

The interface is fairly easy to understand right away with your media, transitions, animations, and effects on the left side, the work area (what they call the Canvas) on the right, and a video timeline on the bottom. You can quickly create a screencast at launch by first selecting sound and Webcam preferences, then hitting the red record button. The Webcam feature lets you personally "present" your screencast in a picture-in-picture window and you have various effects to add to your presentation.

When your initial recording is finished, Camtasia offers several options for editing and enhancing your screencasts. You can choose from a number of transitions, audio and video effects, and animations by simply dragging them into the appropriate part of the timeline. You also can pick from many filters to colorize portions of your video or add Glow or Drop Shadow effects. If you want to point out specific parts of your screencast for a demo or training video, for example, you can zoom in on the action or add arrows, text, or pointers to call out certain parts of the screen.

In the latest version Techsmith added a couple more professional looking effects to add to your screencasts. A new Clip Speed feature can be accessed from the Video FX tab, and lets you speed through slow processes in a demonstration or slow down a faster process you want your audience to see. Just like other effects, you can drag and drop Clip Speed into your timeline, then just adjust it using controls within the timeline. Another new feature called Remove a Color (Chroma key) is not unlike when news show meteorologists use a green screen behind them to present the weather. This feature will let you present in the foreground and let you put in presentation slides and other backgrounds behind you to keep your screencasts exciting.

When you're finished, you can export your video to YouTube, Screencast.com, or convert the video to play on just about any device.

Camtasia is one of the best screencast applications for Mac. If you need to make a training video, a demonstration of your software, or some other project, you will appreciate Camtasia's numerous handy features and intuitive interface.

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  • 4 stars

    "The best software to capture and do complex editing"

    August 26, 2013   |   By ngtmd

    Version: Camtasia 2.4.2

    Pros

    Simple interface. Can select any part of the screen to record. Excellent quality 30fps capture at high resolution. The best part is that you can do complex editing with multiple tracks, import graphics and audio, do most anything you can do with high end editing program, then compress to most any format you need.

    Cons

    Prone to crashing every now and then

    Summary

    Definitely worth the price, if you need all these features.

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  • 3 stars

    "Hard to handle this screen recorder"

    August 21, 2013   |   By Montana-Will

    Version: Camtasia 2.4.2

    Pros

    It provides many functions for recording and editing

    Cons

    expensive
    many unwanted elments

    Summary

    If you never mind spending much money on this screen recorder, go ahead. Anyway, I would not buy it for it's hard to use.

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  • 1 stars

    "Bad product"

    March 30, 2013   |   By jesdiaz9271

    Version: Camtasia 2.3

    Pros

    Works as advertised, keep reading Cons

    Cons

    Cannot edit text. This is a major flaw. Makes it practically useless

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    Summary

    Do not buy or upgrade to Camtasia 2.3 it is dud. I have a major deadline and cannot edit text annotations to create titles. This is horrible Camtasia 2.3 has cost me time and money. It would not be so bad but Techsmith has been sitting on this issue for 3 months. I was dismayed to see another user submit to the forums and an employee say they needed to submit a service request. Lotsa good that has done 3 months later. I want my money back Techsmith you let us down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 2 stars

    "Quality of a Beta version product - but it's not free"

    May 19, 2011   |   By sputnik0110

    Version: Camtasia 1.2

    Pros

    Affordable, offers screen capture and production in one package

    Cons

    Buggy, crashes often. I ended up naming my project "saveOften" so I wouldn't forget. Lost audio from recordings for a consulting project which means a loss of data. Lack of more advanced and elegant features found on PC version.

    Summary

    Feels like an afterthought or intern's project. PC version is much more baked.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works fine and easy to use"

    December 19, 2010   |   By bhak

    Version: Camtasia 1.2

    Pros

    Good interface and easy to export.

    Cons

    I bought a second copy by mistake and can't get a refund. I have emailed them via their webpage and via my account and no money has ever been returned nor have I gotten a useful reply.

    Summary

    Nice software poor customer support and no refunds ever seem to come if you want to return the code. People should know.

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  • 2 stars

    "Screen capture that thinks it's video production"

    October 19, 2010   |   By peteraltschuler

    Version: Camtasia 1.2

    Pros

    Can dress up a Mac-based demo very nicely, adding touches that are associated with high(er) end, Flash-like productions

    Cons

    It's not compatible with the PC version, has fewer animation options than Powerpoint or Keynote (which limits creativity quite a bit), and requires system level changes to adjust the output -- something that should be a Preferences setting

    Summary

    While, overall, Camtasia:mac is a user-friendly alternative to knowledge-intensive programs like Flash or FinalCut, it has maddening limitations. The effects, for instance, only work in one direction -- you can slide an object in from the left of the frame, but it has to exit from the left, as well... unless you learn how to outsmart the application with techniques that are nowhere to be found in the documentation or tutorials. A credit crawl is a virtual impossibility because there's no right-to-left or bottom-to-top motion effect. If a presentation is created for one aspect ratio (the height-to-width dimensions) and then needs to be adapted for another, there's no way to universally change all of the images. Each one has to be manually adjusted. Yet, the ability to layer visual elements, add enhancements like drop shadows and reflections, and time them to appear and/or move in synch with narration, music, and effects (which can also be layered, filtered, and adjusted in volume) is valuable given the modest price of the application. It is only because comparisons are inevitable and because people expect to be able to do what they've seen done around them that Camtasia:mac suffers from a lack of creative flexibility.

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  • 1 stars

    "Never Worked on my iMac"

    June 17, 2010   |   By Finland

    Version: Camtasia 1.1

    Pros

    I got to spend over a hundred for nothing in return. A complete donation that?s not even a tax write-off Sweet.........

    Cons

    Tech support has every which way and that, reason why it might not work and of course all because of other program compatibility conflicts...

    Summary

    You wanna spend over a hundred dollars and start figuring out that some software you already have and like are a compatibility issue? When I buy other stuff without a problem? Its up to you....

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  • 4 stars

    "Great for easily adding your face to a screencast."

    April 06, 2010   |   By d.moran_dotmac

    Version: Camtasia 1.1

    Pros

    The main advantage over something like iShowU is that you can easily get the iSight camera feed added to the screencast and it has some basic editing functions that means you don't need to go to iMovie or FCE to edit.

    Cons

    It is more expensive than other screen capturing programs (e.g. QuickTime can now do it for you) but it adds a professional element that the others don't.

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  • 1 stars

    "does not run on Mac w PPC"

    January 18, 2010   |   By obiwan1947

    Version: Camtasia 1.0.1

    Pros

    does not run on Mac w PPC

    Cons

    does not run on Mac w PPC

    Summary

    does not run on Mac w PPC

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