Camtasia

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Camtasia
Camtasia computer icon.png
Camtasia 9 running on Windows 10
Camtasia 9 running on Windows 10
Developer(s)TechSmith
Initial release28 October 2002; 17 years ago (2002-10-28)
Stable release(s)
Windows2020.0.8 / 3 September 2020; 19 days ago (2020-09-03)[1]
macOS2020.0.7 / 1 September 2020; 21 days ago (2020-09-01)[2]
Operating systemWindows 10 1607 or later, macOS 10.13 or later[3]
TypeScreencasting and video editing software
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.techsmith.com/video-editor.html

Camtasia ( /kæmˈtʒə/) (formerly Camtasia Studio) is a software suite, created and published by TechSmith, for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast, or via a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint. Audio or other multimedia recordings may be recorded at the same time or added separately from another source.

Major components[edit]

Camtasia consists of two major components:

  • Camtasia Recorder - a separate tool for capturing screen audio and video
  • Camtasia editor - the component for which the entire product is named, which is now a multimedia authoring tool with the industry standard "timeline" interface for managing multiple clips in a stacked track form plus enhancements summarized below.

Both versions of Camtasia started as enhanced screen capture programs and have evolved to integrate screen capture and post-processing tools targeted at the educational and information multimedia development marketplace.

Camtasia Recorder[edit]

In Camtasia Recorder, the presenter can start and stop recording with a hotkey combination at any time, at which point the recording can be halted and Camtasia Recorder can render the input that has been captured into a CAMREC format. The CAMREC file can be saved to disk or directly imported into the Camtasia component for editing. Camtasia Recorder allows audio recording while screen-capturing is in progress, so the presenter can capture live narration during a demonstration or presentation. Camtasia also supports dubbing in other audio tracks or voiceover during post-capture editing. Users may also download an add-in for Microsoft Power Point that will allow them to initiate recording of a presentation from within Power Point itself.

In Camtasia editor, multimedia objects of various formats can be imported into the clip library and arrange them in time order and stacked tracks using the timeline form of user controls. Overlays of various types may be added, including user-defined settings, such as when and how to display the cursor and pan-and-zoom effects such as the Ken Burns effect. Camtasia for Windows v8 and Camtasia for Mac v2 offer options to enhance sections of the recorded screen to draw attention via a cursor or drawn-in pointer to highlight section(s) of the screen or to better illustrate the actions of the presenter on the screen. Another feature is the ability to save media clips within the library tab, keeping a user from having to repeatedly import commonly-used media clips/files.

Post-production[edit]

After capturing a presentation in the Camtasia Recorder, the Camtasia component can be used to modify audio and video displayed as tracks by using the timeline control and object library interface with an integrated preview window. The image in the infobox to the right is a screen capture of the timeline interface. In addition, Camtasia allows automatic captions (speech-to-text), voice overlay for the presenter or editor, as well as the ability to add sound effects in many different formats, including music formats into the clip bin and arrange anywhere on the timeline. It is also possible to record the narration from a script as the application is playing back the recorded capture in Camtasia editor and overlay the original recorded audio.

Rendering and deployment[edit]

The Camtasia program allows import of various types of multimedia video and audio files including MP4, MP3, WMV, WMA, AVI, WAV and many other formats into the Camtasia proprietary CAMREC format, which is readable by Camtasia. The CAMREC format is a single container for potentially hundreds of multimedia objects including video clips, still images, document screen shots and special effect containers. Camtasia also allows entire projects under development to be exported as one zip file for portability to other workstations with Camtasia or other video editing software. The created video can be exported to common video formats including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI, and Adobe Flash. There are preset output formats that can be read by software available on most current mobile devices, desktop, and laptop computers without requiring any Camtasia software or license. Camtasia Player v8.2 is an additional component included in the Microsoft Windows version only, which can be freely shared and supports replay of a variety of video formats on computers running Windows.

Versions[edit]

Version Date Update 1 Update 2
8.0.0 for Windows 19 June 2012 v8.6.0 of 25 August 2015[1]
9.0.0 11 October 2016 9.1.2 of 13 March 2018 9.1.5 of 7 May 2019
2018.0.0 19 June 2018 2018.0.8 of 7 May 2019
2019.0.0 30 April 2019
2020.0.1 (macOS)[2]/2020.0.2 (Windows)[1] 28 April 2020/7 May 2020

Reviews[edit]

Camtasia's shortcomings noted in the PC World review of January 17, 2013 and CNET review of June 19, 2012 are as follows:

  • Rotation of objects is applied via a dialog rather than interactively, though many lower-priced video editors do provide interactive rotation and manipulation of objects such as text and video frames
  • Recording live from a DV camera is not supported
  • Still potentially overwhelming for the introductory user, tempered by the tutorial material available. NOTE the V8 release is a complete rewrite so much of the prior tutorial material written for the popular Camtasia v6 and v7 software for Microsoft Windows is not usable with this release.
  • Audio handling has minimal capabilities and no integration with other packages compared to some competitors in this price range
  • Lacks any video-clip manipulation or integration with other packages that have such capabilities

In 2005, PC World mentioned that Camtasia is "powerful".[4]

In 2013, PC World published a 4 1/2 star review and noted Camtasia is a "full-featured education/information video tool".[5]

In 2012, CNET published a review and noted that Camtasia is a "feature-packed screencast app" and "does have a learning curve".[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Camtasia (Windows) Version History". TechSmith. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Camtasia (Mac) Version History". TechSmith. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  3. ^ "System Requirements". TechSmith. 3 September 2020. Archived from the original on 26 July 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  4. ^ Bass, Steve (31 August 2005). "Tips & Tweaks: Podcasts and Screencasts". PC World. IDG. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  5. ^ Wiener Grotta, Sally; Grotta, Daniel (17 January 2013). "Review: Camtasia Studio 8 raises the bar on interactive video creation". PC World. IDG. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  6. ^ Parker, Jason (18 June 2012). "Camtasia 8 vastly improves screencast frame rates". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 22 September 2020.

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