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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If you want to edit your work and enhance your video with such enhancements as callouts, cursor effects , transitions and other professional touches you need Camtasia,.

The Camtasia Recorder creates a camrec file, that provides after-the-shooting editing features not available by recording in Snagit.
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I just Jing Pro and SnagIt 10. I'm asking my boss for an upgrade to SnagIt 11 since Jing Pro will be discontinued.

I'm also very interested in Camtasia and I'm wondering if I need SnagIt and Camtasia.

So, if I have Camtasia do I need SnagIt? How are the two products different?...JD

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If I buy Camtasia do I need SnagIt?.
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Moderator, thanking for merging my post. had read Richard Campbell's post but I would like to know more because my boss will want to know why I want two products when it seams that I only need Camtasia. Can you add to Richard's comments?...JD
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Sure, I would love to John. I hope others will share their experiences too.

I still use Snagit all the time, even though I have Camtasia Studio as well. Here might be some scenarios that highlight where each product might particularly shine.

I prefer to use Snagit when...
1. I am making a handout and need some images or examples.

2. Whenever I need to edit or annotate an image. For example, I recently cropped and scaled a logo for a PowerPoint presentation.

3. I am making a "disposable" video. These videos tend to be short and have a short shelf life. Snagit can't edit video, but when the audience is just a few people who are looking for a quick answer, I often don't choose to invest the time using Camtasia to make a more polished video.

4. Snagit has a batch conversion tool that lets you process a folder full of images all at once. This is great when you need to turn a bunch of SNAG images into PNGs or perhaps you need grayscale images instead of your color ones.

5. Anytime I need to make a rough mockup.

6. Here's a little-known or under appreciated trait regarding Snagit video. Like Jing, Snagit records and prepares the video in real time. This means that if you need to make a one minute video, it will take you almost exactly one minute. Most video creation software, (like Camtasia Studio) will have to render (produce) your video. So, creating a one minute video might take 3 minutes. (It's hard to say exactly, as it depends on content recorded, size, etc.) It might not seem like a huge difference, but for recording and sharing informal videos in the speediest way possible, Snagit takes the title.

7. I often include annotated images in emails.

8. I use Snagit whenever I have to give feedback to a colleague. I'm probably 50/50 on whether I uses images or videos depending on the type of deliverable I am reviewing. I like how I can easily "flip" between images and video.

Here's a list with some examples of people using Snagit for various purposes: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-sna...

I prefer to use Camtasia Studio when...
1. The highest quality video is most important to me. (Higher frame rate, compression and production options, robust editing so I can smooth over my mistakes.)

2. I have a specific audience and I want control (or multiple types) of video formats and dimensions. For example, I want to have a video optimized for mobile delivery.

3. The video will be around for a long time and seen by many people. Therefore I'd like for it to be as professional as possible.

4. I need to record system audio (the sound from my computer) or need editable or the highest quality audio as possible. Or, I want to add music to the video.

5. I need the cursor and keystroke data captured in the Camtasia Studio Camrec file.

6. I would like to have some title/intro as well as some zooms, cuts and maybe some clip speed so I can speed up the slow parts for the viewer.

7. I would like to incorporate non-screen content. For example, live video from a Flip cam.

8. I would like webcam or Picture in Picture

9. I am making a long (10 minute +) video. The reason I use Camtasia for these are that I know I'm probably going to make substantial mistakes during my 10 minute investment in the recording. With Camtasia Studio, I can still recover and not have to do another take. Also, real-time encoding like you have in Snagit is really computer-intensive, so I'm not sure what kind of computer you have, but I find the longer I record the more likely my computer gets a little sluggish.

I hope this helps. I'm sure I'm forgetting some good cases. If images are important at your job, I think the need for Snagit is really clear. If you're only doing video, I suppose a case could be made for only needing Camtasia Studio. I tend to make a lot of "disposable" videos so I really appreciate the speed and flexibility Snagit gives me.

We have a bundle package where instead of essentially 300 + 50 = $350, you get Camtasia Studio and Snagit for $324. ( https://store.techsmith.com/ )

I'm curious to see what others think. I did my best to share my point of view, but I recognize that I could be biased. :)

We offer a fully functional 30-day trial too, so if you have the time and desire, it might be neat to try and simulate a few different types of videos you'd likely find yourself creating.

I'll be here if you have more questions, and good luck with your boss!

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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Matthew Theis

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Agreed--thank you very much for the in depth summary.
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geekmee

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In Summary,... "Right tool, for the right job."
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Gray Bailey

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Camtasia 8 Free 30 day trial does not install. I have downloaded it five or six times it does not work.
welrdelr@MSN.com
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@Gray Bailey: For install issues, it's best to get in touch with our TechSupport staff by visiting http://support.techsmith.com and submitting a ticket there. Someone will follow up with you by email to help troubleshoot further.
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Thanks - this helped a lot with the decision process.  I need to make training screencasts for clients, so it's probably gonna be the combo pack - if for no other reason than, I'm a web developer and when I saw the scrolling capture feature of Snagit in the YouTube video, my brain instantly said "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" :)
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Mike, thank you so much for your reply. I'm much better informed for having read it and will be better able to answer my boss when I justify the purchase.

BTW, I have really enjoyed using Jing Pro and SnagIt. Amazing products for what I do (create training materials)..JD
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Am I the only one who thinks that camtasia studio should include snagit ?
And the special code for studio early adopters doesn't work for the snagit bundle
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Chris Neal

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Is there a document or even a screencast that quickly highlights the differences between the TechSmith products. They all look interesting but after two or three reviews they start to blend in terms of benefits - so how can I be clear about which product does what?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
TechSmith Product comparisons available in one place?.
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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We recently posted a handy comparison chart (PDF) that helps show the differences between TechSmith products.
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Please can you tell me what additional features are in Sngit that are not in Camtasia Studio. In other words, why would I want to buy the bundled applications rather than just Studio? Thanks

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Snagit and Studio Feature Comparison.
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Hi everybody,
TechSmith is hosting a series of bi-weekly webinars called "Office Hours", and our next topic is going to be along the lines of "What's the Difference Between Snagit and Camtasia?" It's at 11 am Eastern Thursday, Jan 31st.

I thought it might be a good opportunity if you had questions. You can learn more and sign up here. We plan to make a recording available, so even if you sign up but can't attend live, we can send you a link to the recording afterward.

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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Looking at Screen Recording software with Realtime Audio capture. I'll be making video tutorials. What is the difference between SnagIt & Camtasia?

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What is the difference between SnagIt and Camtasia?.
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Hello I am a newbie.
I would like to create an online tutorial that I can post on youtube or show on my website. Length will be under 10 minutes. These are the types of things I will show:
1. websites with static pages and videos + documents such as Excel, Word, PDF, Powerpoint, + handwritten input using a graphic pad with stylus or my ipad (I've already figured this out). Videos will not be high speed videos like or gaming videos
2. live Webcam video
3. live External video camera ( I have a camcorder with HDMI)
3. Voice over microphone
4. Music - songs to choose from or song I have on my computer.
6. Would like to be able to diskplay my cursor
7. Would like to be able to have PIP, be able to size the PIP,,and turn the PIP on and off during video. Can I get more than one PIP. Say on the main screen have two smaller windows? Also is it possible to make the PIP the main window and make the main window the smaller PIP ?
8. Would like a popup notes window where I can type or handwrite some notes.
I think this is enough for now :)
So what do I need to buy?
Zing, Snag It, or Camptasia?
Will I need more than two products?
Thank you for your assistance.
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I would recommend Camtasia. Your use case of multiple PIP videos and adding music tracks requires some basic editing. Camtasia is the only product of the three that will offer that.

Also, both Camtasia and SnagIt have free, fully-functional 30 day trials so you can try them out and see which one works better for you.
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Randy Hello, Thank you for your quick response. I just want to make sure Camtasia will 1. allow me to write annotations/comments on the screen 2. I want the ability to toggle between windows, For example; Enlarge small PIP window to main screen window at the same time shrink the larger main screen window to a small PIP window. Thanks!
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@JonDurbn
JingPro vs. Snagit11 - Just to let you know you can not set a file name in Snagit 11 before uploading to your FTP. This is a huge difference to JingPro.

Markus
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I believe you can specify the uploaded file name in Snagit's sharing/FTP/properties/FTP tab
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functions overlap, what do I need?

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Yes the functions overlap... but so do the functions in WordPad and Microsoft Word.

You can through something together quick in WordPad and make it look professional.

But if you write research papers for a living....

Right tool, for the right job.

Hope this helps.
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SnagIt is a an editor for screenshots... Camtasia is an editor for desktop screen video.

The more complex your project... the more ability (options) you want to refine the end result.

"Right tool, for the right job."

Hope that helps.
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I just got Camtasia for Mac (already had snagit) and I think there's a big difference in their use cases.

Snagit I use for grabbing screenshots mostly, and every now and again a very short video say if I want to send an example of how some code is running up on my machine to other developers.

Camtasia has a lot more features for editing videos, putting in effects such as zooming, hiding parts of the screen, and combining multiple videos into one screencast.

I've never really edited a video I made in Snagit as the features seem limited (äs It is intended only for quick captures and screengrabs imho)
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What are the different capabilities between using Camtasia, versus using SnagIt plus Moviemaker, which has many of the editing abilities I see in this discussion for Camtasia? Thank you.
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Hi there

SnagIt is used mainly for screen captures. After you capture the static image of the screen, you may then make changes to it by blurring out sensitive information, adding annotations and whatnot.

But the lines blur a bit because SnagIt also allows you to record a video capture of actual movement and save that as a video file. You could then upload the video file to Vimeo or YouTube. But with SnagIt, you cannot make edits to the video file. That's where Camtasia comes in.

Perhaps waited a long time before you actually started recording. With SnagIt, even though you can record the video, you cannot even do simple things such as trimming off the unwanted time with no activity. Or, perhaps you are showing something and want to zoom in on it. Camtasia lets you do those things.

Moviemaker seems to simply allow "gluing together" different clips and images, then outputting it to an assembled movie. While it does seem to offer some minor editing capability for video such as setting an in and out point and perhaps fades, it doesn't allow layering in of different things that enhance the video. That's where something like Camtasia shines.
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Thank you for clarifying what Camtasia adds.
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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.

This page may help too.


Sincerely,

Mike Curtis
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Thanks for the official recap of pros & cons for Camtasia v. Snagit. I have both.

Is there a difference in the video formats recorded by Camtasia and by Snagit? I recall that Camtasia used a proprietary codec for screen capture, which is very compact, but good for editing. Does Snagit use the same codec, or something else? Does it matter?
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I don't record to avi, .trec does.

If you ever want to edit a .trec avi in anoter program like Premiere Pro just extract it. Thats how I put the file in MediaInfo.I didn't think I would get it in there as a .trec.

Here's how to extract it. Just place the .trec in the media bin and right click it.

 
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Oh ya I forgot about extracting the recording from the trec to get the .avi. Thanks for reminding me.

The way I found to get the mediaInfo from the trec file was to open MediaInfo and then from "File>>Open>>file

A right-click on the trec file doesn't show me MediaInfo option in the context menu.

:)
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Snagit records direct to MP4 (H.264 video + AAC audio).  This format is immediately shareable.

Camtasia records to TREC by default.  This is a high quality, cross-platform recording format meant for editing in Camtasia.  The TREC format uses an MP4 container with up to 4 streams:
1. Screen video (TSC2)
2. Webcam video (H.264)
3. Microphone audio (AAC)
4. System audio (AAC)

When you extract the contents of the TREC file, we create 2 files from the above streams:
1. Screen video + System audio (AVI with TSC2 video and PCM audio)
2. Webcam video + Microphone audio (MP4 with H.264 video and AAC audio)

When you produce out of Camtasia, we support multiple formats, but the most useful is an MP4, because it's a high quality, shareable format.  The codecs used are H.264 for video and AAC for audio.

Camtasia also has the capability to record to AVI.  The default codecs are TSC2 video and PCM audio.
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Thanks Dave. That is exactly what I was looking for.
I suggest that Dave's post be marked "official".
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Thanks Dave.  I'm a total newbie all of this.  Is it ok to make Snagit videos and then use it in Camtasia to combine them and edit them?  Or would it just be easier to use Camtasia for everything?
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Thanks Dave.  I'm a total newbie all of this.  Is it ok to make Snagit videos and then use it in Camtasia to combine them and edit them?  Or would it just be easier to use Camtasia for everything?  
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Hi there

I'm not Dave of course. (But that sentence does sound a bit like I'm not Dave O'Rourke)

Of course everyone has their own preference for how they use tools, but I think you will ultimately find it's just a simpler workflow to use Camtasia from start to finish if you are considering it at all.

Cheers... Rick :)