June 19, 2012
In Episode 3 of the Best Video Screen Capture Software Series, I had given Camtasia Studio an overall "Mel Rank" of 3.5 out of 5. The Mel Rank is my subjective assessment of 4 advanced features that I used as a baseline to compare the professional-level capabilities of several video screen capture software packages. (i.e., Camtasia Studio, Camtasia Macintosh, Screenflow, Jing/Snagit, Screenr, CamStudio.)
Curiously, even with a middling score of 3.5, Camtasia Studio (v7) was still the
400 200 pound gorilla for Windows-based video screen capture software packages. At that time, if you wanted video screen capture software that ranked all 5s, you had to shift to a Macintosh environment -- opting instead for Techsmith's Camtasia for Macintosh (Mel Rank: 5.0) or Telestream's Screenflow (Mel Rank: 5.0).
That's no longer the case. The proverbial gorilla is now about 400 pounds.
Camtasia Studio 8 Delivers The Sought-After Pro Features
With today's release of Camtasia Studio 8, Techsmith has finally stepped up the ability of Camtasia Studio to deliver the pro-level features in their Windows flagship that many of us in the industry have been clamoring for for years. Don't get me wrong, the old Camtasia Studio (v7) was fine for the basics -- and indeed was awesome when it was first released. But, over time, I think the expectations in the industry for similar features on the Windows platform was raised after seeing what else was possible in Mac-based software environments. Not the least of which were features like:
- The ability to dress up the cursor with different effects (Mel Rank: 5.0)
- The ability to have multiple video tracks (Mel Rank: 5.0)
- The ability to have multiple audio tracks (Mel Rank: 5.0)
- The ability to animate callouts/annotations -- including the ability to animate pixelation (blurring) effects (Mel Rank: 5.0)
Above is a link to a video of the sneak peek meeting Techsmith hosted last week with past interviewees of Techsmith's weekly online program, The Forge. Some of the key highlights include:
- 00: 55 - Overview by Shane Lovellette, Product Manager
- 2:39 - Demo reel
- 4:55 - Dave O'rourke, Camtasia Studio Lead Developer's key highlights overview -- especially with discussions about the new Techsmith codec
- 9:15 - Multiple video and audio tracks
- 10:00 - The ease with which layering and animating other videos is now managed
- 11:00 - Changes made to the library
- 12:15 - Upgrades made to the ability to now animate callouts across all three axes (x-, y- and z-axes)
- 17:10 - Grouping! This is huge, it gives the ability for you to bundle multiple clips and animate them in unison, for example
- 19:00 - Produce and share options - including HTML5 support (so you can play your productions on iDevices)
With Camtasia Studio 8, Techsmith has definitely solidified their lead in Windows-based video screen capture software. (And that's without saying anything yet about today's simultaneous release of v2.2 of their Macintosh-based Camtasia product. [Expect a review of those features this week, as well.]) In fact, there are no other video screen capture/editor software packages in the market for Windows that I'm aware of that are even trying to seriously compete. Check me on that: Are you aware of any?
For my part, I'm just totally tickled that everything I've oggled about in the Camtasia for Macintosh environment, you can now do in the Windows environment. I recommend giving it a shot - try the 30-day free trial. Then, let me know what you think.
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