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Camtasia Studio 8 (PC)

by TechSmith
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Record your screen to capture PowerPoint slides, software demos, webpages, and more
  • Edit your screen recordings and camera video by cutting, splicing, and combining clips with the powerful, yet easy to use, video editor
  • Import camera video, music, photos, and more to truly enhance your screen recordings
  • Customize your screen recordings and videos with ready-to-use media themes, animated backgrounds, graphics, callouts
  • Create interactive videos with clickable links, table of contents, search, and more
  • Easily share videos that your viewers can watch anywhere, on nearly any device.
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  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
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  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 1.9 cm
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  • ASIN: B008EQUD4U
  • Release Date: 1 Aug 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Manufacturer's Description

Camtasia Studio helps you quickly create professional quality videos and easily share them – without formal training. Use Camtasia Studio to record on-screen activity, capture PowerPoint slides, add imported media, and more. Then enhance your videos with Camtasia Studio’s powerful editing tools, and quickly share them with anyone, on nearly any device.

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Camtasia Studio - (V. 8 ) - Full Package Product - 1 Benutzer - Win

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4.0 out of 5 stars Best tried 2 Mar 2013
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
After trying 2 free versions of screen recording software, I tried Camtasia. I was easy to upload the trial version and after making a couple of tutorials, it was obvious despite its high price it was far superior. It has lots of features I will probably never use, but what the heck, they are there if I want to use them. Since buying there has been a free upgrade to the latest version.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  31 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feature Rich Video Editing Is Just The Begining 4 Jun 2013
By Peter Suslock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
TechSmith has introduced version 8 of Camtasia beautifully.

On their web site there's a short animation of a little guy standing in front of a huge film editing machine and the narration say's something to the effect of "We know you have more important things to do than edit video".

Boy did that register with me. First - video editing software is for lack of a better word "peculiar" it seems you have two choices A) Entry level programs for home video which are time consuming and confusing and sell between $40 - $100. B) The higher end get's you into programs like Corel's Elements and the lower end of the Sony Vegas line.

Or you can take the jump to programs like Final Cut if you're on a Mac and have both the dollars and time to commit - not for me. I've tried many of them over the years and still find myself going back to Windows Movie Maker if only for the ease of use which trumped the long rendering and upload times of more sophisticated and costly programs.

Adding to my seemingly never ending search for a feature rich software program with a learning curve that didn't require you to have a degree in film production - These would include but are not limited to: Sony Vegas (different versions including 7 and 11) HitFilm, VideoPad, Moavi and others.

Hitfilm 2 at the same price point as Camtasia isn't difficult to learn, it has some fancy Hollywood quality effects and if you're into green screen (Chroma key) it's a very decent product put out by NCH Software. One of the problems is support. It's entirely fee based from the get go. With a selection of "premium" packages to buy and none of them are built around value for the buck.

For the cost of the program itself you can buy the top support package which gives you 10 support emails and three 10 minute telephone trouble shooting sessions - my response, no thank you. VideoPad has a similar structure with a pretty good selection of tutorial videos but they put on a fairly hard sell to buy the 9 DVD training course which doubles your up front investment.

Once a huge fan of AVG it was their recent introduction of pay per incident tech support which cost them a devastating loss of nearly 20% of their subscriber base - including me. Call me unreasonable but as a consumer I won't pay a single dime to learn how to use your product or have it repaired when it malfunctions through no fault of my own. At least toss in 30 days of support.

Now hang in there, there's a point here somewhere - and here it is:

TechSmith is a great, consumer friendly developer. Support is free - always. You talk to a live person who knows the program inside and out. What is more, via remote access I've found the Techs more than willing to reach into my computer and show me exactly what the steps are - as well as hidden short cuts and keyboard based tricks that get you moving along faster.

Even during the 30 day free trial which allows you to take the full version of Camtasia for a spin, there are no limitations like watermarks or video length and full access to Tech support.

It's smart marketing - you fall in love with the speed of the program and make no mistake, Camtasia is one feature rich and powerfull piece of software.

If you're into screen casting you should be happy to know Techsmith provides you 2 Gigs of space to host for free on screancast.com - if you need more space you can join up in their Pro package for more discounted allocations of space.

The online library of music, themes, callouts and animations is incredibly extensive and you can access it right from the program and down load anything you like into your video in real time. Most of the options are pretty slick looking and effortless to use. You can build as many time lines as you like and edit via the preview screen or using the timeline it doesn't make a difference.

I only use one track even though you can build as many as you like because you can work layers if that's what works for you. I don't care for timelines but it makes no differnece because Camtasia could care less it lets you use your natural workflow and that's a powerful and beautiful thing - it also speeds up the learning curve.

Regardless - what you produce it's going to look to great.

As an example 90 percent of the time I upload directly to my You Tube channel. To render a completed video shot and saved in HD 1080 in Windows Movie Maker took about an hour. The same video in Camtasia, 5 minutes or maybe 10 tops it's wicked fast.It's a huge time saver and the applications are many.

This is only conjuncture on my behalf but I don't know why so much emphasis is put on teaching and business presentations. The marketing of Camtasia is almost exclusive in this regard. Maybe 35 years in Advertising has made me blind to certain ways companies position products to their audience - or maybe I've learned something, who knows?

The point is there are plenty of consumers who will back away from Camtasia because the positioning of the product is almost excusive for small to mid sized companies using PowerPoint and are heavily dependant on gaining client feedback via Camtasias built in option to include interactive quizzes and call outs as well serving many clients with one presentation and these are all good and innvoative aspects of the program.

However, there's a market of intermediate users who are literally desperate for a decent video editing piece of software that's a leap above the "Look at Juniors First Steps!" and not as consuming an ordeal as Pro editing software.

That said, if your applications for video editing software matches the above then Camtasia isn't for you.

On the other hand if your immediate need is to produce great video with some degree of sophistication to the overall look - and can see future potential with all the bells and whistles Camtasia has to offer then it'll be the best $300 you've ever spent on a single software program. The only problems I've encountered have been few. Camtasia can be finicky when importing media, remember it doesn't import from a device but from files.

If it doesn't recognize the file you have to convert it. This is an issue but TechSmith offers you the free version of "Handbrake" which is brilliant and easy to use. I've since converted huge MTS files in minutes.

Camtasia is also resource hungry and I find it doesn't load easily without a re-boot. This latter issue may have more to do with my own applications running in the background or a poor install, but I've read about this problem in a few forums and it seems a fairly common glitch.

However, even this wasn't enough of a headache from preventing CNET to award Camtasia with a whopping and equally rare 5 stars for Spectacular. And the review is well earned. It's also worth reading if you haven't already.

Considering all Camtasia offers in it's rich albeit hybrid status compared to similar programs which all either lack what Camtasia offers for free or demand you buy add ons or a higher version. Camtasia is a sensational program - an extraordinary feature and benefit rich value.

**One last note - the new version of 8.1 which will either ship or pgrade for free has without question the easiest to use Chromakey (green screen) I've ever seen. Gone are the days of working in layers, hours spent correcting edges are a thing of the past. It's incredibly simple to use. You can move along to the Camtasia tutorial video one time and you've got it - it really is that easy and the results are again seamless and pristine**

Highly Recommended.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge improvement since version 7.0, Now more robust & flexible 30 Oct 2012
By Hunchola - Published on Amazon.com
Format:CD-ROM
If you have used Camtasia prior to now, you will probably have encountered some areas that needed improving. In this version 8.0 the makers have at least endeavoured to give the user more control - with things such as:
* ability to add multiple/more tracks to the timeline (I think unlimited)
* more flexibility in tweaking effects
* better editing control than the last ones
* better screen casting frame rates - looks much smoother
* easier to edit the footage making cuts and joins
* better way to overlap transitions
* better control all round
* bigger library of tools (some people use these)
* faster operations & faster with the rendering (important for us)

Cons:
* the inability to make the tracks on the timeline THINNER in height. Probably not a big issue for most, but when you have lots of tracks in other programs you can adjust the width. Not so in this. Sometimes seems a little clunky.
* needs slightly better text editing options (including being able to see the text at normal size in the text window and only have the preview show the changes, as it is a nightmare editing large text when you cannot see it!)
* cutting of individual tracks could be made a little easier

We've been using this software over the last months in the workplace and I have to say that making a screencast with Camtasia is so much easier and faster now. The previous version was a great concept, but had so many limitations that sometimes we'd use have to use full pro AV editing software to edit the footage quickly and then use Camtasia to simply add effects and spit it out.

It seems to be able to handle itself better and is faster at rendering. I am liking this new version a lot. Sure, there are small things that I can see would be beneficial to add, but for most people, this is now what I could call a comprehensive screen recording / screen capture program that I would now actually recommend. Great for podcasting, screen recording lectures, slideshows with more pizzazz ...any number of uses.

There are cheaper alternatives, but if you are a serious user, a regular screencaster/video blogger, a business user, online lecturer or want the option to make a more professional looking screencast that you can make yourself then I think that buying this software would be beneficial. If you only want to make one or two screencasts then you would need to consider whether the cost is worth it. I suggest you spend the time learning all the features to get the most use out of it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for screen capture 25 Jun 2013
By WarmWeatherGuy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
All I wanted was screen capture software. I have Pinnacle Studio 12 for video editing. I found CamStudio on the Internet for screen capture. This is free software but you get what you pay for. I was spending way too much time cleaning up after CamStudio so I broke down and bought Camtasia Studio 8.

The best thing I can say about the screen capture on Camtasia Studio is that it just works, brilliantly. The images are sharp and the sound is synchronized (two things the free stuff wouldn't do).

Camtasia does way more than just screen capture. There are a lot of features and I have only tried a few. There are video tutorials on their web site that quickly show you how to do everything. When you click on help within Camtasia it takes you to those videos.

Right now Camtasia Studio 8 does not have support for green screen so I still have to use Pinnacle. For this reason I have not explored fully the many features of Camtasia. TechSmith is working on a green screen upgrade to 8 so if you want green screen you should check to see if it has come out yet.

The features that I have used are very nice, are easy to learn, and make the end result very professional looking. If I lost the screen capture I would still want Camtasia for the extra features that it has (that Pinnacle does not have).

Edit 16 July 2013 - Camtasia Studio now has a free upgrade (8.1.1) that allows you to do green screen. The feature is called "remove a color" and it works better than the green screen feature in Pinnacle Studio 12 so I now do all my green screen stuff using Camtasia. Unfortunately Camtasia still does not import .mts files (what your HD camcorder makes) so you need some other program to convert the .mts file into something Camtasia will load.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It Would Be Great If Only It Didn't Crash Frequently 28 Aug 2013
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
Format:CD-ROM
I have been using Camtasia Studio for about 4 years now. I find the program to be easy to use and powerful, and I would therefore love to be able to give it 5 stars. However, it still has a 32 bit architecture, and therefore cannot leverage sufficient RAM to handle my project work. As a result, my projects crash several times as I am working on them.

I don't think I am asking too much of the program -- I produce 10 to 20 minute training videos. I cut out slip ups and pet phrases, splice in video and audio redo's, and add callouts. I have corresponded with tech support multiple times, and because of the memory constraints, which they acknowledge, they have advised me to break up my project into multiple short pieces to do the editing on. Imo this just should not be necessary for a professional-level tool.

I find that from a crash perspective, for me 8 is worse than 7 -- most likely because I am using new features, like animated intros and endings, that take up even more memory. (If you have crash issues, I would avoid adding animated features until you have finished other editing.)

Please Techsmith, bring this GREAT program into the 21st century with 64 bit architecture.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Camtasia 8.2 - Nice Features, But Sluggish and Slightly Buggy 18 Dec 2013
By OddScott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:CD-ROM
Camtasia is definitely useful, but you have to work around it's limitations in order to successfully create presentations.

Most frustrating is that when running the program on a fast multi-core computer, it starts to progressively slow down on "large" projects after a few minutes of use. The timeline slider becomes sluggish and does not respond immediately when dragged, making it difficult to position yourself within a project. Exiting and restarting the program temporarily speeds things up for a few minutes. Researching the problem on TechSmith's own forum, TechSmith states that the solution to the problem is to fragment large presentations into smaller pieces and then assemble them together as a final step. Unfortunately TechSmith apparently considers a 5 or 10 minute presentation as "large", so for a 10 minute (which I consider "short") or longer presentation you either put up with the sluggishness or end up dealing with an difficult-to-manage number of little scenes.

A couple of other issues include:
1. Not presenting a warning to save your work when exiting the program. I lost a large amount of work because if this, and it's what prompted me to write this review.

2. There is no way to silence or hide work tracks in the timeline. The recommended workaround is to copy elements into the "Library", then delete them from the project.

This review is based on Camtastia 8.2.0 Build 1416.
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