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Camtasia 2021
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Camtasia 9 running on Windows 10
Initial release28 October 2002; 19 years ago (2002-10-28)
Stable release(s)
Windows2021.0.15 / 8 December 2021; 49 days ago (2021-12-08)[1]
macOS2021.0.8 / 7 December 2021; 50 days ago (2021-12-07)[2]
Operating systemWindows, macOS
PredecessorCamtasia 2020
TypeScreencasting and video editing software

Camtasia ( /kæmˈtʒə/; formerly Camtasia Studio) is a software suite, created and published by TechSmith, for creating and recording 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 Video Editor - the component for which the entire product is named, which is now a multimedia authoring tool with a "timeline" interface for managing multiple clips in a stacked track form.

Camtasia Recorder[edit]

In Camtasia Recorder, users 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.

Camtasia Video Editor[edit]

In Camtasia Video 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.


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 various formats.

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 other formats into the Camtasia proprietary CAMREC format, which is readable by Camtasia. The CAMREC format is a single container for various multimedia objects including video clips, still images, document screen shots and special effect containers. The created video can be exported to common video formats including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI, and Adobe Flash.


Version Date Update 1 Update 2
8.0.0 for Windows 19 June 2012 v8.6.0 of 25 August 2015
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
2020.0.0 28 April 2020
2021.0.0 27 April 2021 2021.0.2 of 8 July 2021 for macOS[2] 2021.0.5 of 30 June 2021 for Windows[1]


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".[3]

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

In 2012, CNET published a review and noted that Camtasia is a "feature-packed screencast app" and "does have a learning curve".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Camtasia (Windows) Version History". TechSmith. 8 December 2021. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Camtasia (Mac) Version History". TechSmith. 7 December 2021. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  3. ^ Bass, Steve (31 August 2005). "Tips & Tweaks: Podcasts and Screencasts". PC World. IDG. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Parker, Jason (18 June 2012). "Camtasia 8 vastly improves screencast frame rates". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 22 September 2020.

External links[edit]

Camtasia Studio