Camtasia is a video editing software suite created by TechSmith. It’s used to create and record video tutorials and presentations via screencast or via a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint. Other multimedia recordings may be recorded at the same time or added separately.
What is Camtasia?
In simple terms, Camtasia is an industry-leading video editing software tool. It can be used to record video, add audio and video effects, and then create a final file in formats such as mp4.
You won’t find professional video editors using Camtasia because it’s aimed at the home user or small business market. While Camtasia software features effects such as zoom-and-pan adding simple animations, it’s more of a jack-of-all-trades solution than a powerful video editing suite. Take the control panel, for example:
Now compare this to Adobe After Effects, a powerful tool for creating motion effects for TV and movies.
I’m sure you’ll agree that one is far simpler than the other, even at first glance.
If you want to create simple videos with title screens and a few simple effects, then Camtasia will work well for you. You can also use it to record audio, although we’ve found the quality isn’t great, so you might want to use a free tool such as Audacity for the audio and import it into Camtasia.
There is no simple answer to that one, I’m afraid.
The good news is that you can download a trial version of Camtasia for free and check out the features for yourself to see if it works for you. You can use all of the features, but any videos you produce will have a watermark on them.
The easiest way to see the current pricing is to check the Camtasia Price page on their website. It will convert to your local currency, so you might need to disable your VPN to see the correct one.
TechSmith offers pricing for individuals, companies, non-profits, Educators, and other categories. They also offer volume discounts.
If it’s just you at home, then it’s currently $299.99 USD which gets you the latest version, 12 months of support, and the next version for free. They have added some sort of renewal clause, so you need to check if you can opt out of that if you don’t want it.
There is a 30-day money-back guarantee, but I suggest you use the trial version first to avoid having to go through the refund process, which might take a few days. If you buy a license, you will just need to add that license ID inside your current version to remove any watermarks.
Is Camtasia Worth it?
This blog post isn’t a review, but it’s worth considering until I get the time to write a review about Camtasia.
I’ve been using it since 2004 when I started my online training membership websites. In fact, before that, I was using Camtasia to make CD ROM packs to post to customers because streaming video wasn’t a ‘thing’ then due to slow internet speeds.
Camtasia is easy-to-learn and simple to use. If you want to record no-frills training videos or YouTube videos, then it will serve you well. You won’t be able to add flashy effects; although it does offer a green screen, it’s a great workhorse piece of software.
The biggest drawback of Camtasia over the years has been bugs causing it to crash or render videos so slowly that many have given up and gone elsewhere. It should be around 10 minutes of render time for a 10-minute video, but it’s jumped to about an hour for me now. I upgraded from my 2107 version to 2019 and then 2021 but no luck. I actually had to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 because the 2021 version didn’t support Windows 7.
My standard practice is to not upgrade software unless it stops working unless there is a must-have feature or upgrade I really need. The problem remains, and it’s really slowed down my workflow progress. TechSmith does offer support, but frustratingly, they often don’t take the time to read the ticket, so you have to answer questions you already put into the ticket. They also send you links to read articles you already said you read.
TechSmith will need to up their game if they aren’t to lose market share. Again, I recommend you use the trial version to ensure it’s a good match for you AND works on your home computer.