Video Editing

Camtasia Studio 6 Full Version

Camtasia Studio 6 Full Version

Camtasia Studio is the complete professional solution for recording, editing and sharing high-quality screen video on the Web, CD-ROM and portable media players, including iPod. With support for a variety of video standards, you can ensure your content delivery now and in the future.
Easily record your screen, PowerPoint, multiple audio tracks, and webcam video to create compelling training videos, screencasts, and presentations without ever leaving your desk. With the power of interactive Camtasia Studio videos, you can deliver high-quality content anytime, to even your most remote audience.
Camtasia Studio helps you keep pace in a mobile world by making it easy to publish videos and MP3 files for iPod and other portable media players. Now your marketing message, screencast, lecture, or just-in-time training video can reach your audience practically anywhere – on the bus, in a coffee shop, or while they’re jogging. Camtasia Studio videos are simply designed to share.

• Intelligent capture controls that adapt to you
• Crystal-clear playback at any size with Camtasia SmartFocus™
• Easy, versatile video sharing with TechSmith ExpressShow™
• Precise editing and butter-smooth onscreen movement
• Professional content without a ton of production time
With the smartest screen recording tools on the planet, Camtasia Studio makes everything from training videos to PowerPoint presentations to lectures look better, reach more people, and pack more punch. Which makes you look even smarter, too.
• Record Anything
Easily create training, demonstrations, presentations, online courses… the possibilities are endless. Connect with your audience by including screen recordings, audio, voice narration, PowerPoint, Picture-in-Picture and webcam video.
• Edit and Enhance
Edit and enhance your video with callouts, titles, credits, zooming, panning, quizzes and additional audio tracks. Camtasia Studio’s extensive editing options are at your fingertips.
• Share
Publish in Flash, QuickTime and a variety of video formats, then share on the Web, CD or DVD. You can use the Production Wizard to assist you in choosing the best format and settings for sharing with your audience, or you can have complete control over audio and video codecs and quality, frame rate, color depth, and inclusion or exclusion of special effects.

As one of the staple “tools of the trade”, Camtasia Studio from Techsmith is very popular among internet marketers. Here’s are my initial observations:

On November 5th, Techsmith Corp. announced the availability of Camtasia Studio version 6. Here is my take on the highlights:

There are a couple of biggies and the rest are mostly time saving features and, of course, standard bug fixes rolled up into any major release.

1. High Quality Output With Small File Size – The biggest boost consists of several new production presets that provide HD quality output at some VERY attractive file sizes. This is HD-quality video by way of MPEG-4 AVC, H.264+AAC and Flash. What does that mean? Simply superb quality and sound no matter what you are producing for (from iPod’s and iPhones to HD TV) at totally usable file sizes. And you can produce for all of them at once! For detailed technical specs check here: MPEG-4 AVC

My testing shows that videos produced with H.264 (the future of video codecs in my opinion) are nearly half the size of SWF Flash and are noticeably higher quality. Cool! Oh…and they sound better too!

All this comes by way of the presets (including one for YouTube…still testing that one) and make producing this great quality and small size a push button operation. Outstanding!

2. Unlock Audio and Video Track – The other huge modification addresses (but doesn’t eliminate) a HUGE pet peeve of mine…the fact that in all earlier versions the audio and video track of your screen recordings were “married” together. In other words, if you made a mistake in either the narration or video itself and wanted to edit it out you were basically screwed. You just couldn’t do it without jumping through several large and very painful hoops without messing up the synchronization of the audio and the video. Ouch.

In version 6 you can now “decouple” the audio from the video and move them around independently like you can in any other video editing software on the planet. Finally!

That being said, Camtasia Studio 6 will still not be my main video editor (I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum) because I have much greater control and the ability to add multiple video and overlay tracks. But for smaller, less complex projects this feature is a freakin’ godsend!

Productivity Enhancers:

Here are some other nice little touches.

1. Redesigned Camtasia Recorder App – the user interface for the recorder is all new. Ya…kinda cool but the one thing I really love is the addition of a “Restart” button. Previously, if you wanted to trash a recording you were doing because of mistakes you need to Cancel it…and then Delete it…and then start the whole process off again. Ugly and time consuming. Now…just hit the “Restart” button. Sweet!

2. Workflow Hotkeys – Camtasia now have a bunch of Hotkeys available when editing. Need to Split your video? Just hit “S” in the timeline. Want to add a callout to the current spot on the timeline? Just tap C on your keyboard. Need a transition? Hit T. The same goes for caption, zoom, marker, split, and extend frame.
Nice…but hardly ground-breaking. I expect that the more I use them the more productivity gains I’ll experience. Techsmith’s testing touts a 30% reduction in editing time…Hmmm, OK.

Cool Stuff:

3D Tilt – The Pan & Zoom function now has a cool feature that allows you to do a 3D Tilt of your video. I’ve done this for about a year now but used Adobe After Effects to achieve it. Much harder to create the clip and then import it into Camtasia. Now, you just do it right inside Camtasia Studio during editing. Nice.

Improved Effects Control – Advanced editing techniques with complete control over transition and callout fade durations down to 1/10 of a second to create more polished videos.

Import MOV File Formats – In version 6 you can now import MOV files as native content. This is handy since many video cameras use this format and now you can get that content into your project easily.

Techsmith also lists integration with Screencast.com and a free 2GB disk and bandwith account as a “feature” in version 6. Not sure what that’s about…you can get that with version 5 (unless I’m missing something).

Links to Resources:

Here are some links so you can check things out for yourself:

1 – What’s New – includes a video overview with Troy Stein (Camtasia Product Manager).

What’s New in Camtasia Studio, TechSmith’s Screen Recording Software

2 – Video Overview & Demo – Troy again with a more in-depth video overview.

Created by Camtasia Studio 6

3 – A slew of new version 6 Video Tutorials. Scroll to the bottom…

Overview of Camtasia Studio 6

4 – User Forum Thread – here’s a thread I started on Techsmith’s User Forum RE the upgrade. Some spicy comments about the upgrade provisions and dropping FLV output!

Camtasia 6 upgrade question – TechSmith User-to-User Forums

5 – Version Comparison Chart. Pick your current version and see What’s New.


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