One of the questions I want to highlight this week from our courses' member only Q&A group is this one on the right about replicating moderately complex animations in Camtasia (or ScreenFlow). That is, beyond the conventional voiceover screencasts that we see a lot on YouTube.
The quick answer is yes. You can do much of this in any of the "Big 3" screencasting software/editors.
The longer answer: Here's the gist of it in the video below.
A word about third-party plugins for custom text and video animations
I'm admittedly not aware of any third party vendors that support special effects plugins for Camtasia or ScreenFlow -- at least not in the way that, say, Noise Industries' FXFactory installs itself into, say, Final Cut Pro, Motion or Premiere. Having something like that available would be a HUGE assist in juicing-up the visual quality of your screencasting projects.
I put the question to the Techsmithies (Camtasia) and the Telestream folks (ScreenFlow) and I'll report back here with their response. But, I can say that there are a host of third-party suppliers of pre-keyed video and motion graphics clips that provide their media as importable media clips. A couple you might want to check out include: Flowtility and Marketing Motion Graphics.
If you have some favorite third-party media vendors, please share them in the comments below.
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