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    Camtasia Studio?

    I need to do some video editing. I did the trial of Adobe Premiere Elements and I hate it. So I'm looking at Camtasia Studio, which is what it sounds like most folks use.

    My question - I'm seeing prices all the way from 136.54 at to $300 at Camtasia. I don't usually see such a wide spread. Does anybody have any advice? It looks like Seaboom used to be and has lots of negative reviews. Where do other folks find the best price for Camtasia, at a reputable seller?
    Wendy Welton
    past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!

    Re: Camtasia Studio?

    Whenever you see a ridiculously low price, its a one-user license off a X00-User Educational/Government only version, or an upgrade, or an old version you cannot upgrade. The ads are carefully worded! I paid the $299 for my copy.

    Some of my complaints about Camtasia are:

    - Starts to choke on projects over one hour. Might be fixed by adding more memory but I have four GB already.
    - Cannot directly edit video created from GoToMeeting. I have to re-record the entire session by playing the GoToMeeting video while recording my screen in Camtasia.
    - Takes simply forever to render and publish to the web. Figure three hours for a one-hour video. Maybe all editors have this problem.
    - Doesn't have any automatic audio editing like find and remove all "umms", long silences, etc. Means I have to painstaking review and edit each video.

    Things I like about Camtasia:

    - Works very well other than the notes above.
    - I can easily add table of contents, zoom in/out, callouts, insert audio (e.g. background music) and play with the audio level.
    - Is pre-configured to publish to Screencast or YouTube, I am sure Facebook is on the way.
    Steve Wood
    See my profile on IADN


      Re: Camtasia Studio?


      Thanks. That's very helpful. I'm frequently recording via GotoMeeting, even if I'm just meeting with myself!

      I did just discover that the Windows Media File Editor that comes with Windows is a very easy way to edit a wmv recording. I don't know if you can splice one back together, but I just used it to cut an over long one into pieces. It was fast and easy. Even if you wanted to do more fancy editing with Camtasia or something, it might help you to cut them down to size first.
      Wendy Welton
      past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!


        Re: Camtasia Studio?


        Steve is right, I was victim of a scam for Camtasia on Amazon, luckily Amazon reimbursed me. I finally bought it here because you get a load of extras. I searched very intensively but I could not find any better deal. I like the program and especially their codecs are outstanding. It is overpriced though but as long as it works for them we can only pay. 229 euros will convert to 300$

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          Re: Camtasia Studio?

          I'd be kinda curious if any of you guys who are already familiar with Camtasia could take a look at Adobe Premiere Elements. What I didn't like about it is that when you hit the pause and start buttons, it seems to take awhile, which I found frustrating. But I was working on a recorded meeting that was over an hour, so it might not be that much different. And - it's $100, not $300. Maybe I'm too quick to dismiss it based on that initial frustration.

          And - I was able to import the WMV directly into Adobe.
          Wendy Welton
          past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!


            Re: Camtasia Studio?

            Hi Wendy,

            If you are talking about video editing and a PC, I highly recommend a version of Sony Vegas Video. Camtasia is good for screen capture, and simple edits, but Vegas is the closest program I know to being intuitive yet powerful for Video Editing. I recommend at least the Platinum 11 version. Download the 30 day free trial to really test it yourself. I'd call it the Alpha Five of Video Editing.

            Ira J. Perlow
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              Re: Camtasia Studio?


              I checked out Vegas. For someone just editing, they have a nice range of options. Their $60 version looks to be every bit as good as Adobe's $100 software. I also downloaded the trial of Camtasia and in spite of it being the most expensive of the ones I've looked at, I'll go with that. I want to be able to do screen recordings (didn't see that in any of the Vegas offerings), and I liked the way Camtasia has that set up. I liked their custom window size where I can know I'm recording the same width and height window every time. So, I have to save up a wee bit more to do it, but I'll go with that when I'm ready. For now, the 30 day trial will handle my immediate needs.
              Wendy Welton
              past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!



                Re: Camtasia Studio?

                Get SnagIt from the same company. A very intuitive and easy to use graphic editor. Its how I grab all screenshots for user guides, etc.
                Steve Wood
                See my profile on IADN


                  Re: Camtasia Studio?

                  Yes. I've been using Techsmith's Jing for quite awhile.
                  Wendy Welton
                  past & future Alphaholic - deliberately falling off the wagon!



                    Re: Camtasia Studio?

                    Have been using Camtasia since 2002. Must say they are progessive like alpha. Latest version is about the best of all the screen capture programs I have come across.. Bigest issue is memory hungary - but what isn't. The real great thing is their suite of free tutorial videos to look at. Makes yu a professional user in next to now time.
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