I’ve been a fan of TechSmith, the makers of Camtasia Studio, Jing and SnagIt, for quite some time. As a matter of fact, I’ve used both SnagIt (for graphics) and Jing Pro (to create short videos) for a few years now. I’ve always loved Jing Pro for creating videos of less than five minutes but TechSmith decided to sunset that product in 2013 because they’ve added the ability to create video in SnagIt 11 (without the five minute limitation). I have it, works great!
Although I’ve watched plenty of videos made with various versions of Camtasia, I never got a copy because the other products were meeting my needs. But I had decided to change that up this year and move my videos to a more professional level by getting Camtasia Studio. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be offered Camtasia Studio 8 for review.
I was thrilled to give it a shot and have only scratched the surface in what it has to offer. I even signed up for some training so I can really make my videos pop. I only had a few days to get something going, so I decided to add some cool features to one of my old boring videos.
And it was a piece of cake. The interface is pretty intuitive for a newbie and the help function makes it easy to find an answer when you’re a bit stuck.
Here’s My Modified Video With A Little Bit Of Pop
My original video was personally narrated and walks through some quick tips to come up with blog topic ideas when you’re stuck. I added music at the beginning and end from the Camtasia library and adjusted it to be just the right volume. I used the really cool zoom in function to place emphasis on some key areas of the presentation. And I made a clickable hotspot at the end. Such a great feature to get engagement from your videos.
And it only took me about 20 minutes. You can’t beat that — especially for a newb! Take a quick five minutes to watch and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Note: If you want to see the before video, you can find it on YouTube here.
And I told you how easy it was. The interface is drag and drop which is what makes it so simple to add music or other video clips. Adjusting the volume is easy too by simply dragging the top of the volume line down to where you want or by pressing the easy to use buttons to perform the function.
Here’s what the inside looks like.
The area labeled #1 is called the Clip Bin and that’s where your video and audio files are. Area #2 is the actual video you are working on. You drag your items from the Clip Bin to the Tracks in area #3 to create your video end product. You can expand or contract the tracks and cut and paste as needed to get the effect you are looking for. Simple.
When you’re done and ready to publish, that’s super easy too. You can publish to YouTube or ScreenCast.com directly from the inside of Camtasia Studio 8.
I’ve just scratched the surface with Camtasia Studio 8 and am looking forward to producing some cool stuff once I learn Camtasia a bit better. It has a bit of a learning curve. You can get your very own copy using their 30 day Free Trial offer. Give it a shot and stay tuned for some more cool video.