So, you want Powerful, Easy-to-Use Video Editing and Screen Recording, look no further than Techsmith Camtasia.
I use this for everything from recording quick tutorials, to editing acting reels! It’s tools are intuitive and so your learning curve is far less steep than some of the more famous video editing applications.
Take a look at their Blog – and an article on creating YouTube Thumbnails that can help you get more clicks and views!
I’m a big fan of Techsmith’s Screen Capture software. Camtasia is a POWERFUL video screen capture and editing tool. Perfect for teachers, but also really useful for any videos in which one needs effects, objects, animations and more. With a simple user interface and super-powerful tools.
But, when I need to capture either a still or video on my screen, I use Snagit! That’s right – it captures still images, full screen, part screen, menus, anything you want. It also captures video of your actions (with or without your audio and/or webcam). It has a simpler editor than Camtasia, and it’s quick, easy, and powerful enough for me to make quick demo videos and go further.
Also, both of these programs will allow you to edit video and still images captured from your phone or camera (not camera raw).
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People often ask me what I use to create my training videos and enhance my screenshots and my answer is: Techsmith Camtasia for videos, and I use SnagItfor quick captures (still or video).
Camtasia is a powerful, yet easy video editor, an screen capture tool. You can capture your monitor, your voice, your webcam, your keyboard entries, and even your computer’s system sounds, and choose whether to use or edit all of those parts, as you wish. And, it’s easy to add video captured on another device, like a video camera, a still camera with video capabilities, even your smartphone! The markup tools can be used to enhance what your viewer sees – you can add highlights, callouts of text or graphics. You can animate items in the app, you can even use your computer’s voice to speech capabilities to create closed captioning! The learning curve is simple and Techsmith has some amazing online free videos (and I teach this, as well). Check it out HERE!
SnagIt is a Screen Capture and Screen Recorder application. It will capture screenshots and Videos, and allow you to mark them up or simple quickly produce a video to share online. It doesn’t have the power of al the video editing capabilities of Camtasia, but if you need a quick and powerful capture tool with great markup functions, this is a quick, accessible tool to choose.
Today, they announced a free plugin that works with almost all NLE’s (non-linear editors, for those of you who don’t do video). And, that plugin includes lots of free effects to be used in your work, along with a quick tutorial on how to use them (the transitions aren’t applied as you may be used to – they use track mattes and such – easy though). There’re also some effects using my favorite “toy” – blending modes.
I don’t recommend using all of these as they’re created – but they’re cool enough that you can. But, you can also make them your own, amending their contents to your preferences.
If you’re a teacher, if you provide screen demonstrations, if you’re in the IT or Training department of a business, or provide training to others, this is the set of apps for you. From the longer form of training to quick edits, Techsmith Camtasia and SnagIt are my go-to tools. They’re available on Windows and Mac, and you can’t go wrong without them.
Currently, you can see the results of their usage on my YouTube channel (all of the quick videos I create for the Adobe forums are made using these apps) and most of my training videos have been made with these applications.
In the upcoming weeks, you may expect me to post some demonstration videos about how to use the applications, and what they can do – but you should also know that Techsmith’s website has a TON of great training materials, PLUS free downloads of backgrounds, transitions, etc – to make your editing simpler and quicker.
This week, Adobe is having it’sAdobe MAX conferencein Las Vegas, NV. I’ll be working as a Teaching Assistant for several classes, and according to the conference schedule, anticipate being kept VERY busy for the week! I’m looking forward to it, very much – and anticipate I’ll be “paying” for the worthwhile time with some exhaustion for the entire following week!
I do hope that some or many of my students and colleagues will be attending this event, and if so, please seek me out – I’d love to see you! I’ve been assigned to TA the classes named B342 – Photoshop Magic: Making Brushes to Speed Up Your Workflow, and B341 – Photoshop+After Effects = Awesomeness (multiple bookings of each in my schedule). I’ll also be attending other classes with some of my favorite speakers/writers and Adobe Evangelists.
I hope to see you at the conference, if you can make it, and I’ll do my best to respond to questions and such, as time allows. Have a great week!