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Camtasia Studio 7 Review
By: Allen Gottfried, Damn Good Reviews
If you are looking for a great way to capture the screen on your computer for either training videos how-to’s tutorials and any other type of videos Camtasia Studio 7 is the solution for you. I have been aware of the Tech Smith products for some time now and even remember the first versions of Camtasia. This program has come a very long way and is worth every single penny…and you will see why.
Working with a variety of different clients at times I’ll have to produce a short training video to teach clients how to use certain applications and I was seeking a screen capture solution that would look professional with many features. I have tried to use other programs to capture the screen including freeware programs and the tried the new version of Camtasia and honestly nothing compares to Camtasia Studio 7 by TechSmith.
The program is very straightforward and easy to use- — I started using the program without even reading any instructions at first and I was able to record a presentation that looked excellent right out of the box! Interested to learn about all the features the program had to offer I read some the tutorial files and watched some help videos and was quickly able to get very comfortable with the software. With options including capturing the screen and also having a Webcam feed in the bottom of the screen that is recorded on a separate track will help your presentations stand out for sure.
Upon start up the software it displays a few options where you can record the screen, record voice narration, record a PowerPoint presentation, import media, view recent projects or you can visit the learning center. Once you select what you’re looking to do you simply follow step-by-step and set up your project. Once everything is configured correctly for your project you can record and the program also uses hotkeys to let you stop and start recording quickly. Once a project has been completed you simply stop recording – hit save and then it brings you into the Studio 7 editing interface. This part of the program is also extremely easy to use with tons of options.
Your project will automatically be imported into the editor and you can also import other media if needed. If you have any type of video editing background, it doesn’t have to be professional, this interface works exactly the same way — drag-and-drop, cutting, transitions, audio tracks and one of the features I really love is the zoom and pan feature. Many times you watch a screen capture and you’ll have to watch just the full-screen the whole time— the zoom and pan feature allows you to set specific points and zoom in on selected areas to better help the viewer understand your presentation. In addition to title clips and cursor effects Camtasia Studio also uses Call Out which are objects or text that allow you to well —call out something on the screen. In addition to these features options like record camera, voice narration, picture-in-picture and many more will allow you to put together an extremely professional looking project . When you are done all you have to do is hit produce and share and you will be given tons of options for output including many presets for DVD, web video, blogs, custom presets settings and you can also even upload to YouTube and a screencast.com too.
My clients love my presentations and tutorials now and yours will too — forget even trying the other screen capture programs on the market — Camtasia Studio 7 by Tech Smith is the only way to go and without any doubt gets 4.5 stars and one DAMN GOOD REVIEW .
To see the program interface watch the video below and see a short demonstration of the software in action.
For your free trial download visit: www.techsmith.com
If you want to produce professional video screen captures and have advanced editing features to create professional screen capture videos Camtasia is a great choice
- Variety of export formats
- Fast Editing Interface
- Too expensive for some users