Camtasia Studio is a well known video editor that has steadily grown in popularity over the years. Recently Camtasia Software released version 8 of the popular editor. The new version is not only an update but a complete rewrite of the software from ground up. The product sports a new video processing engine, a streamlined interface, and more features. The result is a more streamlined and faster video development tool that can offer compelling reasons to switch from other popular video production productions.
Camtasia Studio 8 is ideally aimed at entry to mid level video developers. The product works best for those needing a fairly robust editor that can integrate special effects and audio tracks without requiring a lengthy learning curve. It has a very easy to use interface even for those with previous video editing experience. Implementing effects such as transitional fade-ins for different scenes, editing sound tracks, and adding in title overlays is incredibly easy with Camtasia. Perhaps the best feature of the software is to quickly produce a moderately professionally video without requiring hours of editing.
In reviewing the product, several main areas were looked at including the price, user interface, features, help guide and the editing process.
Here is how Camtasia Studio 8 was examined:
For an entry to moderately level video editor, this is a fairly expensive product. Individuals on a tight budget may this factor alone a deterrent. The current price is $299. However, buyers need to consider that the product comes with a slew of theme sets that include video scenes, sound files, and backdrops. These theme sets and music tracks are top notch. The product also comes with features that are sometimes left out of competitor products such as screen recording, voice narrative recording,
With any video editor, users often have to manage multiple video and audio tracks. A poorly designed interface can make this process exceedingly difficult. Fortunately Camtasia Studio 8 has a very refined interface that fast, intuitive, and easy to learn. One might argue that its interface is one of the best for entry to mid level video editors on the market. Video editors with limited experience can create a video with a very small learning curve with the product. The tools are well laid out onscreen without requiring searching through deep menus and confusing windows.
While Camtasia Studio 8 does not offer as many editing features as higher end editors, the features provided are more than suitable for everyday video developers. The main basics are well implemented including scene transition effects, title overlays, music track integration, call outs, zoom and pan, voice narration, quiz questions and other effects.
The software also offers several built in functions including voice narration, screen recording, auto focus, and a video player that can be distributed with videos. Other video editors often lack many of these features, requiring the purchase of additional software.
One of the more interesting features is the quiz function. Quiz questions can be integrated into video scenes to help produce training videos. While not as interactive as products such as Adobe Captivate, instructional system designers can utilize Camtasia for developing educational videos.
Unlike many software products, Camtasia Studio 8 comes with an excellent help guide built in. The guide is easy to follow and features illustrated steps for producing videos and utilizing the product’s features. The different screens are presented with callout feature titles and operational functions are explained without heavy jargon. The help guide is direct, easily readable by new users, and is available as part as part of the program.
Editing a video track in Camtasia Studio 8 is very easy using its easy to read timeline. While the timeline is fairly simple, it offers clear illustrations of scene timing sequences, special effect designations, and is easy to use. Placing a transition effect is easy as dragging and dropping an effect from the menu onto the timeline. Cutting and resizing scenes are both intuitive operations using the editor’s tools. The video timeline can be viewed at different zoom levels and can be adjusted to show different elements such as quiz questions or effects.
Camtasia also allows a range of different video formats to be used in the final video production process. While the program automatically defaults to an MP4 format, a user can setup pre-selected formats including WMV and AVI along with user defined resolutions. If there is a caveat with Camtasia, it might be in the exclusion of a 1080p pre-set resolution for videos. However, the user can simply add in a 1080p resolution during the production process.
Camtasia Studio 8 offers a compelling, albeit a little expensive, choice for anyone looking for a feature rich and easy to use video editor tool. With its streamlined interface, fast speed and great media library, there is a great deal to like about the product. The product has a well developed user interface with intuitive features available as accessible icons. The product is also highly versatile as a teaching tool for trainers with its quizzing and cursor effects features. Camtasia Studio 8 is a great choice for anyone needing way to create polished videos without minimal production time.