In Episode 2 (Camtasia Mac) of the Best Screen Capture Software Series, I showed you some of the nifty features that earned Camtasia for Macintosh a Mel Rank of 5 out of 5 for professional grade video screen capture software tools. With this week's version 2.1 update, they (the cool kids at Techsmith) have kicked it up a notch. Among other tweaks and updates, they've added the following features:
- Remove a color (similar to chroma-key / green screen effect in video editors). This effect lets you superimpose a live action video subject onto your screencasts. This feature is huge. As a matter of fact, I haven't seen this feature in any other video screen capture software -- including Camtasia's PC cousine, Camtasia Studio, nor Techsmith's closest rival, Telestream's Screenflow. Traditionally, this effect has been limited to the realm of video editors (i.e., iMovie, Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, etc.) ... then again, I've maintained that Camtasia for Macintosh is, in my opinion, pretty well a different animal entirely from its PC-based cousin. Cam-Mac straddles a nice little sweet spot between video screen capture and video editor that few other video screen capture software programs have matched. (One exception I'd say is Telestream's Screenflow. But, this update, plus my assessment in Episode 4: Screenflow, highlight the lead that Techsmith continues to gap ahead of Telestream.)
- Clip speed effect. Finally! The addition of this effect in v2.1 I think adds one of the features that has lagged behind Camtasia's PC-based cousin and Telestream's Screenflow. In fact, when I produced the Mindmap Evolution: "Group Think" video, I had to revert back to Camtasia Studio (the PC version) because it had the clip speed effect, whereas Camtasia Mac was still working on incorporating it. But, now there's no need. I can take care of all that inside Camtasia Mac without having to splice-in video rendered via other programs.
The Bottom Line
If you work off of a Macintosh, and are hunting for a robust and very capable video screen capture software program, you'll do very well to check out Camtasia for Macintosh.
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