TechSmith Corporation is a software company developing screenshooting, screencasting and video editing software, for Windows and macOS, and licensing them to corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and small businesses. The company was founded in Okemos, Michigan in 1987 by William Hamilton. In 1990 they created Snagit, their most popular and best-selling product. TechSmith is now helmed by William Hamilton's daughter, Wendy Hamilton.
When you’re doing a tutorial or game session, and you want the audience to see your expressions, CS can help with that. Use the picture-in-picture mode to create a video showing your instructions on screen. Another cool thing when using this is that Camtasia can split the recorded file into two separate tracks. One for your talking head and one is the actual content. You can edit each of them as an entire project.
If you can click a plus button, you can make a video! Simply click the plus icon on the slide to add video clips, photos, text, or icons. It’s simple to import media from your photo library or cloud-based storage solution, or select from the free stock photos and icons available to Spark Video users. Once your media is in a slide, you can easily edit individual videos for length (look for the clock icon in the lower right hand corner or easily use the slider to trim slides with video clips.) Don’t worry about getting the order perfect at the start, you can drag and drop to reorder slides at any time.
The app allows you to transfer your projects to Screencast and edit them there. You will need an account for that on top of your Camtasia account. Both platforms provide free trials and subscriptions. Before upgrading, all your content will have a watermark in it. The label is hardly visible, so that won’t be much of an issue if you just want to enjoy the free software. However, if you’re going to attempt to do more professional work, you’ll want to spring for the upgrade and get the watermark removed.
In Camtasia Recorder, the presenter can start and stop recording with a hotkey combination at any time, at which point the recording can be halted and Camtasia Recorder can render the input that has been captured into a CAMREC format. The CAMREC file can be saved to disk or directly imported into the Camtasia component for editing. Camtasia Recorder allows audio recording while screen-capturing is in progress, so the presenter can capture live narration during a demonstration or presentation. Camtasia also supports dubbing in other audio tracks or voiceover during post-capture editing. Users may also download an add-in for Microsoft Power Point that will allow them to initiate recording of a presentation from within Power Point itself.
Recording your screen is the main purpose of CS, so it’s super easy to do. This is useful for business and personal projects. You can capture your whole screen or just a part of it. One of the most useful features Camtasia has is the mini toolbar that pops out in record mode. It helps you set up your screen before starting. Make necessary preparations like ratio adjustments or screen lock before you record.
Wasn't responsing when editing, constant freezing and crashing. Weakly made version update. Won't let add mp3s into library, mp3 codec & flac codec missing. Weakly made program (editing program is not supposed to freeze everytime after editing timeline. Timeline is not updating real time while editing. HD presets are not really HD and you have to make your own preset modifications. Program makers probably never heard of good quality. Won't allow making own moving text scripts. (After effects cc).
PC World noted that "Camtasia has evolved from being the go-to program for software demonstrators to a full-featured education/information video tool" from this 4 1/2 star review. An earlier 2005 review is still relevant, which states that, though "powerful," Camtasia can be "a little overwhelming at the start" to new users, though the learning curve is easily manageable.
Snagit is a screen capture and editing tool. It captures animation, graphics and text in the form of images or videos. The app also allows the user to enhance their images with special effects and multimedia features. Snagit allows the user to grab the entire desktop, a region, a window, or a scrolling window. Features include the ability to combine images, blur and magnifying effects, arrows, callouts, torn edges, etc. In terms of sharing, the final capture can be saved in various formats, a URL or embed code can be produced, or it can be added to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, MindManager, or Microsoft OneNote directly from the product interface.
LOTS of errors. I know it's good software, and I would definitely recommend it, it has too many errors. Just today I tried to record my webcam, and got "An unexpected error has occurred. Capture cannot be started". I have searched for answers and typically could not find any. Sometimes when I edit clips they crash the software and then I lose sometimes hours of hard work.
Using Adobe Spark as a free video maker simply couldn’t be easier. After selecting the “Video” option from the main menu, you’ll be taken to a title screen — where you can give your video project a title. Enter some text, or skip this stage and head straight to the design interface. Don’t worry if you want to change the title later, as you can make unlimited changes to text. You then get the opportunity to choose a video template or start the design process from scratch.