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.
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.
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With the closure of YouTube Video Editor and Stupeflix Studio, users are turning to other online video editing websites. Websites that feature online video editing capabilities are not as feature-rich as video editing software that you install on your computer, but they make it possible for you to do quick and simple edits right on the website without having to buy and install software of your own.
Though university I graduated from (and one my daughter currently attends) have limited academic licenses available, I chose to purchase an indvidual pro license that I could use for my personal and professional use in 2011. I am glad I did! At the time I purchased Camtasia Studio 7 (CS7), but at a time when Camtasia Studio 8 was being previewed and was a no cost upgrade. There have been some growing pains with Camtasia Studio 8 (CS8), but the current 8.2 release seems to have stabilized and all major features I seek now have more function and are as fast or faster to render as the old reliable CS7.