Announcing TechSmith Assets [New Product]

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Hello All,

We are excited to announce the release of TechSmith Assets for Camtasia!  Our new service contains both free and premium content for use in your Camtasia 2018 projects.  This includes customizable Intros, Outros,and Lower Thirds, built exclusively for use in Camtasia.  In addition, with a premium subscription, you’ll also have access to over 500,000 stock assets including videos, images, and music.

Check out our new service at https://library.techsmith.com/, and let us know what you think.  We’ll be adding new features, and assets, to the service based on your feedback.

For more information on how to download and use assets, please visit:

https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002728252-Download-TechSmith-Assets

 Thank you!     
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Brent Beckman, Strategy Lead

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bnystrom

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Just to clarify what I'm reading on your service page...
  • This only works with Camtasia 2018 onward
  • In order to get full access, you have to upgrade to Camtasia 2018 for $99 and  pay $199/year for the service
Do I have that correct?
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Brent Beckman, Strategy Lead

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Hi bnystrom,

That is correct on both counts.  We did include a number of new free assets in Camtasia 2018, and on the service itself.  Those are denoted by a present icon in the lower left hand corner of the thumbnail. 


However, for full access to all of the premium content, you will need to purchase a subscription.  The entire library is searchable without a subscription though, so feel free to take a look around before making that decision.    
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So Brent does the Present Icon mean it is available for free download for Camtasia 2018 and how do you know if it is already installed or came with the software before you download something that is free ? Thanks.

As far as the fee of $199.00 per year I can understand that the people who make these need to make their money and they have a lot to offer but, I wish they offered more than what comes with Camtasia 2018 even though there are some nice ones in there. Maybe if the price was $99.00 per year more people might or might not subscribe but, you get what you pay for in the long run and it all depends on what you are looking to create for videos before you invest.
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Correct- the little present icon means it's a free download without the subscription. There really isn't a way to tell if you already have it, except by searching your library in Camtasia.

I'm not sure what you mean by wishing "they offered more than what comes with Camtasia 2018"? There are assets on the site that are free and are not included with Camtasia (but also some that are if people need to re-download them for some reason).
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$199 per year????????????????????????????????????
OMG!!

Way to reward over 10 years of loyalty to this product!

Convert that into Australian dollars and it will cost $269 a year to get some assets I would have normally gotten for free?
PLUS $139 upgrade cost?
Plus another 10% GST on top of all that?

So - $371 all up for one year and then $269 a year there after?

Bye Bye Camtasia! :(
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To be fair... you DO still get the usual set of assets plus a few more. They aren't taking anything away from you.
The extra cost is for new and improved assets, many of which are externally sourced from existing libraries and therefore come at a cost to TechSmith. You could get similar assets from other libraries (iStock, Shutterstock, Getty, Storyblocks, at least two of which are behind this collection) but I doubt that you'd end up paying LESS per asset that way, unless you used very few of the assets.
I expect that Techsmith still plans to make money on the deal but I don't think it'll be huge, gouging money.
Also, you don't HAVE to pay the fee every year if you don't need the assets that year.And the ones that you have downloaded in previous years, you can keep using subject to the terms and conditions.
Am I planning to sign on? Probably not at this stage because I need only a limited amount of stock content, much of which I already have and the rest of which is unlikely to cost me that much per year, so I'll still be better off going elsewhere. In the future? I wouldn't rule it out.

Considering that this is an "all you can eat" deal out of a collection of about 400K assets (not the biggest collection on the web but hardly small), it's not awful value for heavy users of stock content.
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I do not say bye bye, but $199/Year is a lot of money.... Make it $99/Year and I'm in. Make it $199/Lifetime and I'm also in.
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Make it $99 / year and Techsmith will probably lose money on the deal. Make it $199 for a lifetime and it's guaranteed that they will. Also, you won't find a decent sized media library, ANYWHERE, that will give you lifetime carte blanche to thousands of assets for a one off payment of $199.

The thing that doesn't seem to be clearly understood is that for the overwhelming majority of these assets... Techsmith didn't create them. They don't own them. They're not a sunken cost for them. They are essentially sub-licencing them from other library sites like Storyblocks and Shutterstock and therefore paying those other sites for them. A 12 month subscription on Storyblocks is $149 for images only. A 12 month subscription on Shutterstock will set you back a minimum of $348.

And people expect Techsmith to pay that kind of cost for them so that they can have "all you can eat" for a one off, lifetime payment of $199?


That seems a little unrealistic.

There's an increasing expectation that "things on the web" should be if not free, at least at a minuscule cost. Annoyingly, to me at least, this seems to completely disregard the fact that the people who create those things also need to eat and put a roof over their heads.What it comes down to is that if the assets have $199 / year worth of value to you (and for people who create a lot of diverse content, they can), then you buy it. If it doesn't (and for me, at present, it doesn't since I currently don't need that much stock content), you don't. It's the same as any other product on the market. Compared to most stock libraries, the price isn't disproportionate. For some people, it will be expensive but to claim that the price should be set to match their personal budget is like claiming that Ferrari should sell cars for $500 because the current price "is a lot of money".
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Hello Everyone,

I deleted some posts which were in violation of our community guidelines; that is to say they were not very civil. So if you find your post has been removed, you now know why. Users who continue to exhibit poor behavior may find their accounts banned from the feedback service, I don't think asking to be respectful of others opinions is asking too much.

That being said, if you think TechSmith Assets for Camtasia is priced too high, that's fair feedback. An annual subscription is the first pricing model we went with, but it doesn't have to be the only model.

-Glenn
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Thanks for helping to keep the tone of the forum friendly and professional. We're supposed to be here to help each other, not bicker. 
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I am having trouble finding the terms and conditions of using TechSmith Assets on the TechSmith website. Can I use these photos in programs that are not Camtasia? Am I allowed to edit them? May they be used on a cover? Can I include them in a product I create for a client? Are my clients allowed a digital file with the asset in it? Do I need to include a copyright statement? Is there a limit as to how many times the asset can be reproduced (think blockbuster book cover, poster). Can the assets be used on a website? I am sure there are other issues, but I really want to know these things before I buy anything. Where can I read the terms and conditions? 

BTW, perhaps consider an image/Icon only arrangement for folks who use Snagit. Not everyone needs the video assets. Would this reduce the annual fee?

Thank you.
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have you read the Camtasia EULA? you can find it on the TechSmith web site
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Hi lindawhaley,

You can find our Terms of Service for TechSmith Assets here:

https://library.techsmith.com/termsofservice

To answer your questions:
Can I use these photos in programs that are not Camtasia?
Yep, you are allowed to use these assets in other programs.

 Am I allowed to edit them?
Yes, and actually you should be editing them, or using them to create your own derivative work.

 May they be used on a cover?
Not sure what you mean by cover, but you may not use any image for print on physical items e.g.  in connection with merchandise or promotional items for sale or distribution.

 Can I include them in a product I create for a client?
Yes, but not in it's raw original format.  It must be incorporated into an original work.

Are my clients allowed a digital file with the asset in it?
Your clients should not have access to the original file, unless they also have a subscription to the service.  

Do I need to include a copyright statement?
Nope

 Is there a limit as to how many times the asset can be reproduced (think blockbuster book cover, poster).
Nope, but again these cannot be used in conjunction with physical items.  

Can the assets be used on a website? 
Yes, as long as they are incorporated into your own original content.  Content being defined as "any video, audio, data, music, still images, quizzes and any other output generated by the user of the Service."

Also, thank you for the suggestion.  We are looking at offering a Snagit specific assets subscription, but do not have a timeline yet on when that will be available.  If you have any other questions, or suggestions, please let us know.  Thanks!  


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Excellent!  Thank you! I read the Terms & Conditions and had one other question - is there a limit to how many assets can be downloaded in a month?

I am looking forward to your Snagit assets subscription. If you need a Beta tester let me know! I use Snagit several times a week and would give great feedback!

(Feedback Example - If Highlighter had a Pen mode it would allow non-rectangular highlighting. Just changing the Pen color (even when using the eyedropper to select the color of a previous highlighted area) does not give the same highlight effect due to the Pen's transparency settings changing the vivid Highlighter nature. 

Blur would totally rock as a Shape or Fill and you could then use that same idea to introduce texturing of areas (think crackle, droplets, patterns, etc) and allow the user more creative options. You could also allow the user to input a black and white image that can become a texture with emboss settings to customize it.)

Yes, I love Snagit and keep thinking of ways to make it even better! Thank you again for the info on the Camtasia assets program.
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No limit, though you may not attempt to automate some kind of 'backup' of the whole library.
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Here is a link to the EULA for the Assets and Camtasia below:

https://library.techsmith.com/termsofservice



https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-eula.html


Aslo, if you do a search on TechSmith's main website for the EULA's (End Users License Agreements) you can find them for any of their products. They are also easily found doing a Google Search for what you are specifically looking for on a product.