Camtasia vs. Snagit

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I'm trying to evaluate the differences between Camtasia and Snagit. When do I use one verses the other? They both do video capture and Snagit is great for screen shots. Why would I ever use Camtasia?
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This is still a great question. I thought I would add an updated list of common tasks. Personally, I prefer to not think of this as an 'either-or' question. Snagit has become something of a standard for anyone who works with a computer. The real question is whether to add on Camtasia and get both--using Camtasia for specialized video-related tasks. There is a discount in the TechSmith store for buying both products together at the same time. 

In general, people prefer to use Snagit when...
  • Creating simple, quick-response screencasts that show a colleague or customer how to accomplish a specific task.
  • They are making documentation and need clear images or examples.
  • They need to edit or annotate an image. For example, cropping or scaling a logo for a PowerPoint presentation.
  • They are making a “disposable” video. It’s super fast and Snagit now supports webcam. These videos tend to be short and have a short shelf life. When the audience is just a few people who are looking for a quick answer, good enough is good enough.
  • Giving feedback to a colleague (image or video). Sending a video is the next best thing to being there. Some people call it a “video voicemail”.
  • They need to extract text from an image--either during capture or afterward.
  • They need to capture screen content that extends beyond the actual screen (like Excel, web pages, PDF). We call this Panoramic Capture. 
People prefer to use Camtasia when...

  • Creating polished, planned videos for software training.
  • They want to engage their viewers with interactive content and they want to know if their content was effective.
  • They know the video will need to be updated in the future.
  • They want to add music or outside audio, including system audio from the computer.
  • They want to add effects like callouts, clicks, keystrokes, spotlights and zooms so that the viewer can easily follow along with the instruction.
  • They want to bring in outside video content, perhaps from a camcorder, colleague, etc.
  • They want to caption videos for social media viewing and/or accessibility.
Let's talk video specifically for a moment. Both Snagit and Camtasia can create videos.

When our customers describe Snagit video, they tend to use words like reactive, spontaneous, limited audience, disposable, speed.

When our customers describe Camtasia video, they tend to use words like planned, scripted, large audience, long shelf life, polished/creative, control.

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