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Camtasia Studio 8 [Download]

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Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 8
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • 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, and more
  • Easily share videos that your viewers can watch anywhere, on nearly any device

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  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 8
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  • Date first available at September 14, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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PC - Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

Camtasia Studio – Screen recording and video editing software.

Camtasia Studio helps you quickly create professional quality videos and share them with anyone, on nearly any device – without formal training.

Whether you need to train an audience, give a presentation, explain an idea, share knowledge, or offer feedback, Camtasia Studio makes it easy. Use Camtasia Studio to record onscreen activity, PowerPoint slides, and more or import camera video. Then enhance your videos with Camtasia Studio’s powerful editing tools, and easily share them with anyone, anywhere.

With multiple video and audio tracks, an extensive asset library, and the ability to animate content, Camtasia Studio allows you to create interactive videos that engage your audience. Plus, Camtasia Studio’s built-in quizzing lets you discover if your viewers are watching and learning from your content.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feature Rich Video Editing Is Just The Begining June 4, 2013
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.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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)

* 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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent software May 7, 2013
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
The textbook publisher that I'm working with uses this software for all of their teaching videos that involve screen capture; my editor handed it over to me to produce the media for my latest publication. I watched the on-line training videos provided by TechSmith; they're about 3 - 4 minutes each and very well produced - they explain most of what you need to know to get you up and running. After about a week of using the software, I was proficient, and using selected features to produce top-quality tutorial videos. The features allow for cutting video, audio, and including transitions between scenes (e.g., fade). The software also allows me to selectively zoom in on any part of the screen to show precisely what I'm discussing - it maintains perfect focus at all times. Additional features enabled me to include overlays (e.g., wrap a square / circle around an object, highlight portions of the screen, etc.) in synch with the soundtrack. This software has a short learning-curve; it's easy to use, versatile, and produces broadcast quality videos.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for screen capture June 25, 2013
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Enrique Antillano
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong versatile software that is easy to use.
Worked and completed a visual project (5 minutes long) in a day. Used computers integrated camera and mic, as well as power point, word, and documents for screen recordings .... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vincent D. Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good software for creating video "Tutorials"
Product was delivered in a timely manner, in good condition. Software is as advertised and performs as expected - simple to use, good video tutorials and is producing the results... Read more
Published 3 months ago by drogersusa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This thing rocks
Published 3 months ago by Timothy Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible software. Rendering is way too long for weak ...
Horrible software. Rendering is way too long for weak results. I was doing 10 times better just using the Quicktime recorder on my Mac. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, feature rich
Great product. Feature rich, does everything I've needed it to so far.
Published 4 months ago by rockhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A powerful and pretty easy to use piece of software.
Published 5 months ago by Sutec13
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly designed, crash prone
What a frustrating tool. Beyond being crash-prone, it's over-featured. It works so hard to "intelligently" (hack, cough) guess the screen area you wish to capture, that... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Enterprise TechEnabler
5.0 out of 5 stars The program is very easy to use and has been a great asset for ...
We bought Camtasia to produce Sunday Sermons to post on the church website. The program is very easy to use and has been a great asset for the church.
Published 5 months ago by Larry Price
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad, clunky
Pretty bad, clunkly software. I guess you could do a lot with it editing wise but as a simple screen recorder it leaves much to be desired. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SL
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