Camtasia ( formerly Camtasia Studio ) is a software suite , It is created & published by TechSmith , It is used for creating video tutorials & presentations directly via the screen-cast or via the direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint , It is available to all Windows & Mac users and it is a premium product .
You can choose the screen area to be recorded freely , and audio or the other multimedia recordings may be recorded at the same time or added separately from any other source and integrated in the Camtasia component of the product .
Camtasia consists of two main components which are Camtasia Recorder & Camtasia editor , Camtasia Recorder is a separate tool for capturing screen audio & video , Camtasia editor is the component for which the entire product is named , that is a multimedia authoring tool with the industry standard “timeline” interface for managing multiple clips in a stacked track form plus many enhancements .
Camtasia is used by anyone that plans on recording videos & needs a product that is capable of recording the computer screen , It can be used in making YouTube videos , educational presentations , marketing projects & sales presentations , The software supports a wide range of file formats for importing & exporting videos and other projects .
Support for 60 Frames Per Second
This is long overdue. Those who are using Camtasia to capture and publish their gaming will be happy to know that Camtasia 18 does now support the higher frame rate. This is getting up to speed with the rest of the world of video editors.
Faster Render Times
This is a big brag for TechSmith. If you’ve seen their marketing on social media, you’ve seen that they now boast render times that are 50% faster than Camtasia 9. That is great news for people like me who produce videos several times a day and need that speed. As I’ve played around with Camtasia 18, I’ve found that they aren’t blowing smoke, it really is faster.
Updated Library Functionality
This is my favorite new feature. This is a huge change for the Mac version and a small addition of convenience to the PC version. For the Mac version they now have a library section that is comparable with the PC version. You can now save your favorite and most used templates, annotations, or videos directly to your library for extremely easy access.
New Customizable Themes
Here’s another great feature for creating many videos that need to have the same look and feel. You can now save your color palette and font files to a theme that can be easily applied to your annotations and other items.
For example, here in the work I do we have several colors that are a part of our brand. I am able to go into Camtasia, find those colors, and then save them to a theme that makes them quickly accessible any time I can adjust the color.
It is important to note that this is a complete new version of Camtasia, so when it comes to backwards compatibility between Camtasia 9 and Camtasia 18, you’ll want to know that there isn’t any. If you convert a project from Camtasia 9 to Camtasia 18, there is no going back. If you find yourself working with several people working in Camtasia, they’ll all need to be on 18 in order to share files and projects.
Another question I can tell you’re wanting an answer to: Do eLearning Brothers templates work in Camtasia 18? All of our templates now work in Camtasia 18 for both Mac and PC. You will want to ensure that you are downloading the Mac/PC versions respectively (there is a need to differentiate for Version 9/3), but they’ll work flawlessly. And don’t forget to add them to your Library so you never have to download them again!
Final Thoughts: Upgrade or Not?
That comes down to the projects that you tend to work on. For me it is absolutely worth it, just for the library accessibility for Mac. Beyond that I love having an easily organized library that I can easy share among my peers. I will also use the themes every day, and that will save me time and frustration. You also may find large amounts of happiness in this newest version. Let us know what you think!