Type of Program: Video/Graphics Editor
Supported Platforms: Win9x/NT/XP
Company Name: TechSmith
Installed Size: 12 Mb
Many of you may already be familiar with the popular software
application of "SnagIt" or Camtasia itself but did you know that Camtasia has
been improved and upgraded? Camtasia is now called Camtasia Studio. Camtasia
Studio is five applications in one: You have Camtasia Recorder, Camtasia
Producer, Camtasia Effects, Camtasia MenuMaker, and Camtasia Player. Each of
these applications can be easily opened from the Camtasia Studio LaunchPad.
Camtasia Studio gives you the professional edge and quality in video production
that is designed to prepare for your every need. By using the Camtasia Recorder
you can capture moving action on your computer screen and save it as a computer
video file. What about other real-time movement? Well, if you type text, move
the cursor, click buttons, or select menus, the Recorder gives you the ability
to record a video of all your actions that you can later save and play back!
If you are not familiar with what Camtasia Studio is, it is a screen capture and
video production tool all in one. With Camtasia Studio you can record all your
screen activity as videos, and then go back to edit and narrate any of the
clips. Or, narrate on the fly as you capture screen shots. You can of course
capture entire screens or any sections as you wish. By utilizing the LaunchPad
you have instant access to many of 's options. Once you have a series of capture
shots it's just a click away to start producing your final output!
Producing your final video is just as easy. You can go back to any frame, using
the Storyboard interface to assemble and add transitions to your AVI clips.
Produce the final video to distribute as standard AVI files or as streaming
presentations from a Web site. Since this newest release of Camtasia Studio you
now also have the option of creating SWF files that are small and easy to place
onto any Web site. SO if you have video presentations, tutorials or instructions
you need for others to see, it's a snap to produce these and get them ready for
Since Camtasia has been transformed now into Camtasia Studio, let me name some
of its new features:
1.. Camtasia Studio LaunchPad
b.. Camtasia Recorder
c.. Camtasia Producer
d.. Camtasia Audio Editor
e.. Camtasia Effects
f.. Camtasia MenuMaker
g.. Camtasia Player
When I was testing Camtasia Studio I put together a small tutorial that was as
natural as just using the actual program! I launched my application, started the
recording activation from Camtasia Studio and used my application, as I normally
would while recording mouse clicks and all intervention. When I was finished I
launched the Producer and assembled the final video with dialog boxes and a few
other nifty little items to spruce it up. Using the MenuMaker was a great
feature to create my own CD complete with (imagine this), "menus" and options.
All was done without a great deal of time and the video was ready for the Web in
a matter of a few mouse clicks.
What about add-ons? TechSmith has you covered with a nice program called
Theater. With Theater you can easily create an interactive program, complete
with menus for all of your Flash files. Theater gives you that professional edge
and allows you create DVD style navigation where your users can quickly choose
between your movies and can be viewed online or on a CD ROM. Theater is just as
easy to use too. You can add files, edit them and save them as Project files so
you can come back to them later and finish working on them. With Theater you can
really give your video style with just the look and feel all your own!
Bottomline: I have tried other programs that are suppose to do what Camtasia
Studio does. I have seen and used look-a-likes of Camtasia Studio, but there is
only one Camtasia Studio! All the others, in my opinion just do not have what it
takes to be as good as this one! While one may be a spin-off and the other
produces such slow videos (very slow to create and especially slow for the Web),
Camtasia Studio is the original! With Camtasia Studio having so many great
features it will be up to you to decide how you are going to use it. Be assured
that you will use it and your presentations will look professional, be easy for
the customer to use and best of all, easy and fun to design! Camtasia Studio
redefines the way you will design, create and produce all your screen activity
in the future. Check out your possibilities on their site.
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Reviewed by Robert Hall
Purchases can be made
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