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Camtasia Studio 8.20

Camtasia Studio Editor's Review

Create computer oriented, instructional and training based videos quickly and easily with this awesome Windows video tool.

I create training materials all the time. Part of what I do for my day job occasionally requires me to train end users in some kind of computer based process or procedure. It doesn't happen all that often, but when it does, I'm glad I have tools like Camtasia Studio. It’s a screencast tool for Windows.

Creating a great screencast happens in three simple steps: Record, Edit and Share.

Camtasia Studio’s flexible recording options allow you to capture a full screen or a window or region. You can add in music tracks, a spoken, vocal track, or your computer's audio.  You can also include picture-in-picture video with your web camera. If you're using PowerPoint to give a presentation that you want to record for use by invitees who couldn't attend the initial presentation, Camtasia's toolbar inside PowerPoint makes it easy to record your presentations, either live or from your desk.  TechSmith's exclusive SmartFocus technology keeps track of where the action happens on your computer screen during your recording. It then produces a video that zooms in on the parts you need to show.

Once you have your content recorded, Camtasia Studio allows you to spruce it up.  You can easily create callouts by adding a graphic over your video to direct the attention of your viewers. You can also link to an external webpage or jump to a part of the video.  If you're stuck for the right graphic to use, Camtasia Studio comes stocked with professionally-designed assets you can drag-and-drop into your video. You can also the store your callouts, title slides, and other assets for re-use and sharing later.

After you have your screencast created, the final step is sharing it with your audience.  You can share to YouTube and Screencast.com, TechSmith's video hosting service.  You can also produce videos in a variety of formats including, MP4, FLV/SWF, M4V, AVI, WMV, MOV, RM, Animated GIF and MP3 (for audio only).

Pros: Easy to use and export content, SmartFocus, included graphic assets

Cons: Fluid video will require a decent amount of RAM and a modern processor, video conversion or rendering may make your PC processor-bound until the process completes.

Conclusion: TechSmith's Camtasia Studio is a must have if you do any kind of presentations or training that you want to quickly and easily repeat on demand. The app and its included tools are easy to use and make the whole process fun.

What's New in Version 8.20 of Camtasia Studio

- Added import of videos and images from Google Drive
- Added sharing of video to Google Drive
- Added import of videos and images from mobile devices using TechSmith Fuse for iOS and Android
- Fixed a bug where the closing XML tag was sometimes missing from a saved project which caused errors when the project was reopened
- Fixed a bug where the Check for Update dialog could show on every run when the user was offline
- Fixed a bug where enabling mouse click sounds in the Recorder did not produce mouse click sounds in the recording file
- Fixed a bug where recordings were added at the beginning of the timeline instead of being added at the playhead when coming from Recorder
- Fixed a bug where using a transparent color with a watermark shows as black instead of transparent
- Fixed a bug where a crash could occur while drawing waveforms for some audio clips
- Fixed a bug where dragging media from the library to the timeline did not work when the same media could be added through the right click menu
- Fixed a bug where attempting to import an unsupported file with a long path could lead to a hang
 

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