Camtasia Review - Is Camtasia Worth The Money?
This is a Camtasia review in which I’ll share my own experience using it.
I’ll give you the most crucial details about it, pros and cons and a summary in the end.
To answer the question of - Is Camtasia worth the money?
The answer is yes, Camtasia is worth every penny in my opinion and in my specific situation and I'll explain why in the summary.
At first, I was hesitant to purchase a license because it seemed a bit pricy and I was a beginner at the time but I know now that I’ve made the right call.
A few months ago when I started my YouTube channel I was looking for a good video editing tool.
I tried a few free tools to try and save money but organizing it all together was a pain and I wasn’t happy with the quality…
I decided it’s time to upgrade to a real video editing tool because I’m serious about my channel and investing in a good video editing tool is crucial for its success.
I read a ton of different reviews about a lot of different tools and they all seemed either lacking something or too complex for me.
Then I was at a friend’s house and I saw he was using a tool to create a simple tutorial video for his business.
When I asked him about it he told me that it’s called Camtasia.
I looked at it and it seemed like a good all-around tool and easy to understand, so when I got home I downloaded their trial to play around with it.
I was happy with it and decided to purchase a license and start working with it.
what is Camtasia
Pros and cons
Camtasia's main features
Camtasia 2019 price
Camtasia's system requirements
Summary and my honest opinion
What is Camtasia?
Camtasia is a screen recorder and a video editing tool by a company called TechSmith that is best used for tutorial videos, how-to videos, presentations, YouTube videos, Etc.
It's currently used by more than 24 million users that include big companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, Salesforce, and more.
Advanced features that don’t require much technical understanding
Very simple UI
Short learning curve and excellent tutorial videos to help you understand everything fast
One time payment
Social sharing of videos directly from Camtasia
Supports 4k video rendering
A bit pricy for beginners
Lacks more professional-level features that that other software like Adobe Premiere/Adobe After Effect have
You have to pay extra if you want to get the next version when it comes out
Camtasia’s Main Features:
There are probably a lot more features that I haven't mentioned since it will take forever to list them all and you’ll just get bored.
First and foremost, Camtasia is a screen recording software and is great for creating tutorial/presentation or any other screen capture projects. It has the ability to record your screen, your audio, and a webcam at the same time which it will integrate together into the project
Camtasia comes with a pre-installed library that includes intros, lower thirds, outros and more…
You can add text, callouts, and annotations
It has different behaviors and animations you can use on your text, images, and other media you place on your project which makes your videos come alive and be more engaging and interesting
It has different transitions you can use in between your scenes like fades, spirals scrolls, and more which makes your scenes flow smoothly from one to the next
It has different audio and video effects like colorizing, color correction, noise reduction, audio intros and outros, and more
You've got the ability to trim your scenes, cut them, stitch them, move them around, extend your frame and more
You can create a player with different features like auto-play, include or not include player control buttons, have quizzes, interactive hotspots, and more
You've got the ability to share your videos directly to social media like YouTube and Vimeo without having to create another step in the middle
Camtasia has 4 different licenses you can purchase.
Government & Non-Profit License
All licenses include:
Two installations per user
A compatible version to Windows and Mac
And comes in the following languages: English, French, German, Chinese, or Japanese language versions
All licenses have the option of adding 1-year maintenance that includes:
A guaranteed next version of Camtasia
Priority support - dedicated phone queue and expedited handling
Volume benefits - get a discount if you buy 5 or more licenses with the same product key
A Camtasia certification - which gives you access to exclusive training to expand your skills
Camtasia 2019 is currently is priced at $249 for the individual and business license.
Adding 1-year maintenance costs $49.75.
I haven't found any difference between these 2 licenses.
The education license costs $169.
Adding 1-year maintenance costs $42.25.
This license cannot be used for commercial purposes.
To see if you qualify for this license, check the qualifications for the education license.
Governmental and nonprofit licenses cost $223.97.
Adding 1-year maintenance costs $44.75.
To see if you qualify for this license, check the qualifications for the governmental or nonprofit license.
Camtasia Trial & Money Back Guarantee
For all of these licenses, you've got the option of downloading a 30-day trial as well as getting a 30-day money-back guarantee.
To download the free trial click here.
Camtasia’s System Requirements Are Presented Here For More Comfort:
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 (Required: 64 Bit versions only). (Recommended: Windows 10)
2.0 GHz CPU with dual-core processor minimum (Recommended: 2.8 Ghz 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor with 4 CPU Cores or better or equivalent or better AMD processor)
Intel and AMD integrated graphics are acceptable. However, NVIDIA and AMD GPU’s are recommended for GPU acceleration and 4K and/or 60FPS media.
GPU Acceleration requires Windows 10 or Windows 8.1
4 GB RAM minimum (Recommended: 16 GB or more)
2 GB of hard-disk space for program installation
Display dimensions of 1024x768 or greater
Microsoft .NET 4.6.0 or later version (included)
Dedicated Windows-compatible sound card, microphone, and speakers (Recommended)
Windows N requires the MediaFeature Pack for Windows N
Internet connection and a TechSmith account are required for the trial
Feature-Specific recommendations (Windows)
Powerpoint Import and Camtasia Add-in for PowerPoint require PowerPoint 2013, 2016 (32-bit or 64-bit), 2019
Playback using the Smart Player is supported on Internet Explorer 11+, Microsoft Edge (Windows 10 Anniversary Update or later), latest version for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, iOS 11+ (Safari), Android 5+ (Latest Chrome required)
Camera video recording requires a USB Web Camera
Integration with TechSmith Relay requires TechSmith Relay Classic Recorder Guidelines for 4K, 60 FPS, and Behaviors
Camtasia System Requirements (Mac)
Mac computer with an Intel® Core™ i5 Processor with 4 CPU Cores (Recommended: 2.8 Ghz Intel® Core™ i5 Processor with 4 CPU Cores or better)
MacOS 10.12 or later (Rendering is not supported on external USB monitors)
4GB of RAM (Recommended: 8GB of RAM or greater)
4GB of available disk space (minimum)
Powerpoint Import requires PowerPoint 2016, 2019 for Mac
Playback using the Smart Player is supported on Internet Explorer 11+, Microsoft Edge (Windows 10 Anniversary Update or later), latest version for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, iOS 11+, Android 5+ (Latest Chrome required)
Internet connection and a TechSmith account are required for the trial
Conclusion and my honest opinion:
In my opinion, Camtasia is a great software for editing your videos especially if you're creating tutorial/presentation style videos.
Its simple UI and excellent tutorials make it very easy to learn and shorten the learning curve so it is perfectly geared for beginners as well as more advanced video editors.
Although fairly advanced it lacks some of the more professional features that Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effect have so if you're a professional video editor you might want to consider purchasing these softwares.
The software is a bit pricey and currently costs $249 for the individual license which might be a little expensive for a beginner video editor but it more than makes up for it in quality.
It does offer considerable discounts for governmental & non-profit organizations as well as full-time students, faculty, staff, and employees of accredited non-profit educational institutions.
If you want to buy Camtasia or try it out by downloading its trial for 30 days then click here
If you want to watch a video where I take you on the inside of how Camtasia looks then click the following link to watch it on YouTube.
Question: What do you think about Camtasia, have you found a better alternative to Camtasia?
Let me know in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading!