(Ep. 6) Best Screen Capture Software Comparison Series – CamStudio vs. Screenr

This is the last episode in the Best Video Screen Capture Software Series.

If you’re just jumping into this series, then you’ll want to start with Episode 1: Six of the Best Screen Capture Software – Compared.  You’ll also want to subscribe to my updates on this blog so you get notified when new updates come online.

In this episode:  My recommendations about CamStudio and Screenr for video screen capture

Here’s the high level:

Two questions I get asked a lot is “…which video screen capture software do you recommend…?”  The other one is, “…are there any free software you’d recommend for recording my computer screen…?”  I answer both questions in this video.

Here’s the summary:

  • Screenr – for free video screen capture software to record Q&D-type (“quick-and-dirty”) screencasts
  • Camtasia Studio – for professional grade video screen capture software if you’re using a PC platform
  • Camtasia Mac or Screenflow – for professional grade video screen capture software if you’re using a Macintosh platform
  • Snagit – for capturing the occasional (and highly frequently used) stills on your computer screen

Related episodes:

Update: Best Screen Capture Software Series – Camtasia Mac v2.1 Now Sports a Chroma Key Effect

Camtasia Mac v2.1 - see what's newIn 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.