(Ep. 3) Best Screen Capture Software Comparison Series – Camtasia Studio

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In this episode: Techsmith's Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio is Techsmith's client-side video screen capture software that's made for Windows.  In the  features we're using for comparing the different software in this series, Camtasia Studio came out with an overall "Mel Rank" of 3.5 (out of 5)*

  • Cursor effects/animation: 4 5 (out of 5)*
  • Multiple video tracks:  2 (out of 5)
  • Multiple audio tracks: 4 (out of 5... and only marginally, at that)
  • Animation of annotations and/or callouts:  3

* Update: March 3 - Shane Lovellette, the Product Manager for Camtasia (Studio and Mac) was kind enough to respond with a clarification.  In fact, Camtasia Studio, like it's Macintosh brother, does indeed have a magnify cursor effect.  I'll cross-post a follow up video to show you where that's at.  Also, this effectively bumps the Mel-Rank of cursor effects from a 4 to a 5, which makes the overall Mel-Rank bump correspondingly from a 3.25 to a 3.5.  

Although many of you -- and my friends at Techsmith -- know that I'm a big fan of Techsmith's products, I have to say that one of my biggest long time gripes with Camtasia Studio is the fact that it only supports one (1) video track and three audio tracks.  (In the video, I show some workarounds where you can get another video track.  But, for the most part, you really only get one.)

The other thing that kept me from assigning a higher overall Mel-rank is the limitations in keyframe type animation of video and callouts.

Take a look at the video above to see what I mean.  Let me know what you think.

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4 Responses to (Ep. 3) Best Screen Capture Software Comparison Series – Camtasia Studio

  1. Shane Lovellette says:

    Great series on Best Screencasting Software! I just wanted to point out that Camtasia Studio for Windows does have a magnify cursor effect. It is in the dropdown menu along with highlight and spotlight. Your point about using the Pip track as a workaround for a second video track is correct. I am the product manager for both Camtasias, so please share feedback!

    Best Regards,

    • Mel Aclaro says:

      Shane.  My apologies — RIGHT you are! After your comment, I took a look and now see where I’ve been missing the magnify cursor effect during all those years. :)  I’ll post an update WITH video this weekend.  I’ll ping you when I post the update. 

      Thanks again for taking time to comment and setting me straight on the magnify cursor.  :)

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  3. Valerie says:

    Well done video! Thanks! Now onto Video 1.

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