Camtasia Studio Trial (genernal questions)?

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Hi folks,

I looked thru some of the previous posts on this product but there are zillions to wade thru so I decided to just start a new thread.  Plus Camtasia is on a newer version now.

I downloaded the trial of Camtasia Studio tonight.

During the installation it asked me if I wanted to add a Powerpoint something-or-other and that if so, this would be added to the Toolbar.  I was really not sure so I checked 'No'. Was this something I needed? And is so, if I purchase the full product then can I add it then?

If I do make the purchase, is it a fresh download or do I just buy and input an Activation Code to the trial version?  I would also want SNAGIT (which comes in a bundle) so I am not sure how that would work because I currently have the trial version which I downloaded last week under separate cover?

Thanks a lot...

Paul Seaman

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When you download the Free 30-Day Trials if you click on the purchase button you will be sent an email with the licensing information for both Camtasia Studio 8 and SnagIt 12.

As far as the PowerPoint Add-In that is if you are using Microsoft Windows PowerPoint software which I use PowerPoint 2010. What it does is allow you to record your PowerPoint using the Camtasia Studio Recorder from right within the PowerPoint Software. That can be added later if you choose to use that option. To do this you just open Camtasia Studio 8 (Not the stand alone recorder) and goto Tools>Options and under the Partners Tab you will see a box for Enable PowerPoint Add-In and you just put a checkmark in that and restart the software and check to see if your PowerPoint Software added the Camtasia Studio 8 Add-In. I hope this helps a little. Thanks for posting and have a great day.
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Hi Fred,

Thank you for your reply today.

Yes, I would be purchasing both Camtasia and SNAGIT under the same cover.

So PowerPoint is a totally separate software and Camtasia allows for a 'bridging' between both of these? But Camtasia can create and export totally usable 'projects' permissible for any kind of uploading or submission (as far as I am aware)?  I have never seen a heading "PowerPoint format ONLY excepted".  And from what I can see, Camtasia can do all the things (plus MORE) that PowerPoint can do!

I have only heard of PowerPoint (people mention that they have made a PowerPoint presentation for either their work, assignment or exam) but that's all I really know about it.  I get the feeling though that it is something widely used because respected companies mention this software as a means to their presentations and alike.

Paul 

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I just watched a couple of videos only to discover that PowerPoint is already installed on my PC!  I did not even realise it was there!  lol 

I thought it was a software program you had to pay for separately.

I am on version 2003.

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Hi again folks,

If I wanted to make a tutorial (or any type of video for that matter), can I record the whole thing (system sound, screen captures, my narration etc) in SNAGIT, and then edit it in SNAGIT (therefore not using Camtasia at all)?

Or could I record the whole thing in SNAGIT and then once its finished being filmed, export it and import it into Camtasia for editing?

Or is the best way to film the whole thing in Camtasia and also edit it in Camtasia?

Or does it not really matter which method is used !!

Thanks guys in advance...

Paul

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In a nutshell, do everything in Camtasia. Including recording. The reasons for this are many. Snag it is good for screen capture. That's all it was really designed for.

Regards, Joe

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Excellent!
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I'm very new to SnagIt,  so I looked a little deeper into the recorder. 

I was surprised to discover that the Recorder in both SnagIt 11, and 12 only record at 10fps. ( Frames Per Second ) 
That makes for some pretty choppy playback. Horrendous in my opinion. 

Smooth playback starts around 30fps.

Plus it's also saved in the MP4 format,  MP4 is great for playback, but not for editing.
I'm glad I decided to test the recorders capability's.

The claim is that SnagIt 11 and 12 can record up to 15 fps depending on what you are recording. 
 My computer has a  i7 4770 4th. Gen  CPU  3.4GHz with 3.9 Boost.  NVidia GTX 660 Graphics.
I was recording a static screen. I should have been able to capture 15fps all day long.
Even if I could. That's still a lousy frame rate to capture motion. 

I have Snagit 11  AND  the trial version of 12. I ran a test recording with both programs. Then I checked their Properties. This was "After" I imported them into Camtasia.      

" Image Below."

I read in these forums that SnagIt 10 allowed you to set the recording  frame rate.  The Comment Posters with held their praise. 

So anyway, now you know what's what.

Regards,






 
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Gee, not easy when you are I novice I can assure you Joe !! lol

I knew ZILCH about 'fps' !!

I was always told that AVI is way above MP4 format.

So basically, are you saying that I should just do EVERYTHING from start to finish in Camtasia, period?

Thank you very much for your continued help and research.


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Yep, everything in Camtasia. 
I'm not real high tech, but the 2.13Ghz processor in the N5040 " Should"  be the better of the two for editing. The higher the Ghz number the better.
My new Windows 8 machine with a  i7 4770,  4th. Gen. 4 Core multi-threaded, 3.4Ghz  is one of the fastest CPU's available today.
They just came out last year. the  3.4 GHz with 3.9 boost numbers had the computer world really flapping their jaws. And it was all good.

Good luck sir

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Thanks for the info on the GHz  Joe !
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Hi All,

Thank you for your interest in Camtasia and Snagit. There are some great replies and information here already, but I'll try add some details...

PowerPoint is a Microsoft program used to make presentations. Camtasia provides a PowerPoint Add-in to easily record a PowerPoint presentation. The Add-in will show up in PowerPoint's toolbar. You can add or remove the PowerPoint integration after installation by re-running the installer.

You will be able to run the trial of Camtasia without an activation code. If you should decide to purchase Camtasia and(or) Snagit, you will receive the activation code(s).

Regarding using Camtasia vs. Snagit to record videos: Camtasia will give you the most features for videos. However, Snagit provides basic recording that may be adequate for simple, quick videos. Also, Snagit 12 has added basic video editing allowing one to snip out mistakes from videos recorded with Snagit.

Bill
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Cheers Bill.

That's all very handy to know.  I watched a few You Tube videos on PowerPoint and (even though I only have the 2003 version), I thought it was excellent and looks most useful.

I am going to fire up Camtasia shorty and have a quick blast.

Yes, I really do like the simplicity if SNAGIT but as Joe says, it may be somewhat limited if I want to achieve higher quality video recordings.

All these bloody softwares to learn ! Its a nightmare ! lol

Best,

Paul

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Hi,

I have uploaded a video on You Tube today (asking some questing regarding Cubase software). 

The quality of the picture does not seem to be what it should be though.  I rendered it at the default 'MP4 450' (I think it is) so maybe I should have chosen a different setting?  There is a 'You Tube' option for rendering so this also might have been better?

If anyone could take a quick look please that would be fantastic. I am a complete newbie so aplogies for such basic questions !


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEX1MxReQZ4


Best,

Paul

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Did you record at full screen??
Because your U-Tube video cannot be viewed at a setting above 480p.
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I've been trying to figure out if I like SnagIt. Forgive all the Graphics.   I'm experimenting.

It looks to me like you are Recording using a 1920 X 1080 monitor. But you are producing the video differently.

You want your recording dimensions to be set correctly right after you add your first video to the timeline. 

Use custom production settings to render 1920 X 1080.





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Thanks Joe,

I will check all this out in detail over the next couple of days.

I have watched a few of the tutorial but not all of them.

I am quite certain I will be buying it though.  Sony Vegas and A-PowerSoft were bloody awful !

SNAGIT is really great for what it is ! I will buying it as part of the combined sale.

Cheers,

Paul

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You can Auto-Hide the Taskbar as well.
Makes full screen Recording nice. It takes a little getting used to . Cheers.

It takes a while but all the pieces will come together in time. Good Luck.



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Ok, I had not thought of that. Excellent !

Is it possible to make the taskbar completely disappear do you know (rather than only when your cursor is not hovering over it)?  If so, I would prefer to leave it turned off in this way when I am recording, and then switch it back on for when in normal every day use.


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I am pretty sure there is no setting in Windows that would make this easy. It would be more of a registry edit or something else to accomplish this which I cannot tell you how it is done.
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Can you download the videos you make in the trial version onto your computer, or do you have to purchase the entire version to get the videos you've made?
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The video output remains on your own computer - If you want to share those videos - typically they are uploaded to a webserver like screencast.com or youtube.

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