Can Snagit be used to create YouTube tutorials for software?

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I want to start creating online tutorials for YouTube. I have the latest edition of Snagit. Would SnagIt be a good tool for creating video capture of software applications? 

Is there anyway I could take the video capture of the software application and record myself talking on webcam at the same time? I know there must be a technical term for this. Can anyone educate me on what that terminology is? :)

Thanks for your help. 
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Rick Stone

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While SnagIt can certainly do what you are asking, the experience will be less than optimal. Especially when you find yourself wanting to make edits that are a bit more involved than simple slice and dice and splice.

That's where Camtasia totally rocks.

If you have the ability to purchase it, I'd highly recommend Camtasia.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I am trying to produce photographic post processing tutorials and I started out trying to use just Snagit.  It is kinda, sorta possible, but the quality is 'kinda, sorta' primitive.   You really need a video editor of some sort to increase edited quality.  I started out using ACDSee Video Studio 2, which I quite liked, for an inexpensive basic consumer level video editor, but it had two major shortcomings.

ONE - It didn't have the ability to do the sort of advanced annotations that I think a good video tutorial should have to keep people's interest.

TWO - I came to the conclusion that you need to have a moderately strong ability to capture separate audio narration and add it to a video project.  (I also found it easier to record the onscreen action separate from the narration and then merge them into a single project.  When I tried to do both at the same time one, or the other suffered badly.)

I opted for Camtasia as a video editor since it seemed designed perfectly to support the sort of eLearning video I want to create.  It can do a variety of textual and graphic annotations and allows one to use it to add music, and voice narrations with some audio effects and basic sound editing.  So far, I've not been disappointed.  It manages to be both sophisticated and easy to use.

Yeah, you can use Snagit for your basic capture, but you will have to assemble a group of supporting applications to do the other stuff you will need to do to get a viable product.  I personally felt that Camtasia was kind of a one stop shop for all that stuff, and simplified the software acquisition and workflow development by using a single user interface.  It's also a good, relatively easy to use video editor for other, more mundane, purposes as well.

I would say Snagit is perfect for excellent high quality still captures and annotations, and good for casual video communications with a colleague , say at work, where higher level production quality is less important.

Good luck, I hope this helps