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In this episode: Camtasia (v2) for Macintosh (Camtasia 2 Mac)
For purposes of having a reasonable standard for comparison, I opted to fly above the “basic” feature sets like: video and audio capture (duh), annotations, callouts, text overlays, and the like. I’m conceding that each of the screen capture software programs I’ll be looking at in this series already have that ability.
Rather, what I thought would be better was to use, as a basis for comparison, those features that I don’t always see in ALL screen capture software, AND are those that I’ve found invaluable in my professional screencasts. I also wanted to keep the list relatively short.
Features For Comparison
Ultimately, I settled on the following five simple (yet highly influential-for-user-experience) features for comparison:
- Cursor effects and animation (e.g., being able to adjust cursor size; various options for highlighting the cursor; and so on)
- Capacity for supporting multiple video tracks (i.e., at least 3.) This is especially helpful for overlaying supporting visuals, websites or other guides that you otherwise verbally reference in your screencast.
- Capacity for supporting multiple audio tracks (i.e., at least 3) Helpful for overlaying additional or corrective narration, music tracks, hit files, etc.
- Pixelation feature. A simple, yet often not included, tool for masking passwords and other confidential information in video screen captures.
- Ability to animate and keyframe (same thing?) various annotations and callouts around three axes: x-, y-, and z-axes.
Executive Summary: How Was Camtasia for Macintosh Ranked?
- Overall: 5
- Cursor effects / animation: 5
- Multiple video tracks: 5
- Multiple audio tracks: 5
- Pixelation: 5
- Annotations / Callouts key-framing around 3 axes: 5