Though university I graduated from (and one my daughter currently attends) have limited academic licenses available, I chose to purchase an indvidual pro license that I could use for my personal and professional use in 2011. I am glad I did! At the time I purchased Camtasia Studio 7 (CS7), but at a time when Camtasia Studio 8 was being previewed and was a no cost upgrade. There have been some growing pains with Camtasia Studio 8 (CS8), but the current 8.2 release seems to have stabilized and all major features I seek now have more function and are as fast or faster to render as the old reliable CS7.
Camtasia Studio by TechSmith is a video and screen recorder for Windows that captures your screen or webcam. Use this app to record activities on your screen for demonstration or promotional purposes. You can also enhance your videos with special effects or annotations with the easy to use tools. There’s a voice-over function that lets you narrate your process.
This Camtasia Studio download uses your CPU for its rendering process, so that relies heavily on your graphics card. It doesn’t work as well as NVENC encoding. The older your video card is, the longer it will take. For devices with less than 6GB of RAM, using CS can slow down your other applications. The initial startup may take a while, depending on your computer’s capacity. Make sure you uncheck the reboot box when prompted by the app. It may complicate your drivers, but this is different for every user.
The good thing about Camtasia is that the free version contains every function of the original one. So, you can try all the game-changing features such as the overlapping media. It’s an inherent mechanic that lets you combine multiple clips into one video. Other programs, such as OBS Studio or Filmora Video Editor, can do the same thing, but not as easily as CS.
With Bandicam you can record a part or your whole screen and make various real-time drawings on your recorded videos or screenshots. You can also use your webcam to attach a video of yourself to the video you are recording. This can be immensely helpful for ILT eLearning courses. Bandicam also gives you the chance to add mouse effects and animation to your recordings.

For whatever reason you wish to produce a video for, Camtasia Studio makes it easy to impress your audience. It's a powerful and intuitive editing suite that's subscription free. With impressive little add-ons such as a green screen to throw yourself into the action on screen, it's a very useful tool, packed with great features, for amateurs and advanced users alike.
Ready-made slide layouts take the design work off your hands. Simply click through your options in the app’s video editor toolbar to experiment with layout styles. Pro tip: you can choose different layouts for each individual slide. Mix it up with a blend of split screen, single caption, title and text, and fullscreen layouts to keep your audience engaged.

Camstudio is a pretty straight-forward video capture software application which does exactly what it says. The main features are simple and it's completely free. It's a small and stable application which can highlight a cursor path, automatically pan and it does this (and more) while recording sound. It also gives users the ability to add annotations/closed captions and the option of adding a timestamp to the video output.


Though university I graduated from (and one my daughter currently attends) have limited academic licenses available, I chose to purchase an indvidual pro license that I could use for my personal and professional use in 2011. I am glad I did! At the time I purchased Camtasia Studio 7 (CS7), but at a time when Camtasia Studio 8 was being previewed and was a no cost upgrade. There have been some growing pains with Camtasia Studio 8 (CS8), but the current 8.2 release seems to have stabilized and all major features I seek now have more function and are as fast or faster to render as the old reliable CS7.
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