Filling the gap between Snagit and Camtasia

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Hello, 

I only use Snagit to make screen recordings, but I do not find it very robust, especially for customized options and very high resolution recordings. 

I have considered buying Camtasia, but the price is too high to use it as a screen recorder only (I am not interested in the editor).

My suggestion is to improve Snagit's robustness and options for screen recording and make them as good as Camtasia for this purpose, or to create a lite, and cheaper, version of Camtasia with the screen recorder only (without the editor).

Thank you and regards,
Roberto
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Hi friend,

So after a quick skim of this post, I’m not clear what you want from the middle ground between Snagit and Camtasia.

You say you want better screen recording, but are wholly uninterested in the editing piece. What can’t Snagit do that you need it to do?

Record a 4K screen?
Record a higher frame rate?
Annotate the screen recording?

Deepest apologies if I didn’t read carefully, but I think it’ll help us and the TS Developers who read these forums understand what you’re looking for that Snagit cannot do today.

Thanks!
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Hi friend,

Thank you for your reply. 

Yes, my main suggestion would be Snagit to have the option to record screen at 4K with at least 30 fps flawlessly. And it would also be nice to have other recording options included in Camtasia like sound effects when clicking the mouse, although this is a minor concern.

I do not need any video editor, as I use a third-party one.

Thanks
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Thank you for the additional color. 

Do you have a 4k monitor you're trying to record now, and Snagit isn't able to do a high-quality job at 30 frames per second? is it dropping frames? 

If yes, it may be worth sending in a support ticket to understand: "is this functionality I should expect with my purchase of snagit that I'm not getting out of my product?" 

I expect snag it to capture my screen as a static picture (screenshot) or a moving picture (video). I expect it to do that very, very well. For 50 dollars, it should do that very well. 

The minute the moving picture is captured, I think, TechSmith has made it clear that they're not going to let you do much more than trim and make cuts before exporting. For anything beyond that functionality, they're going want you to upgrade to camtasia. 

But it sounds like you don't need a markup/editing solution, just a better recording solution. 

So I'd first get TS to go on the record explaining why Snagit can't deliver what you're looking for.
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Thank you very much for your help Paul. I really appreciate it. I will send the support ticket then. Thanks!
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There are 2 default capture preferences settings. You must change them to capture a High Quality/High Frame Rate recording when using SnagIt.



The High Quality setting facilitates 30fps capture. 

To record in 4K.
Uncheck--- Scale captures down to 1920 x 1080. This allows for up to 4K capture. It also improves quality because re-scaling to 1920 x 1080 introduces blur.

Regards,Joe
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Thank you very much Joe,

I have already tried those settings, but as long as you uncheck "Scale captures down to 1920x1080" the resolution is ok but the quality of the colours gets down.  Have a look at these videos to appreciate the difference when Snagit is set to "High quality" at high resolution (1440px in this case). The shapes partially vanish.

Honestly, I do not want to make you, and myself, waste our time any more.  I have made several tests with Snagit, Camtasia and another brand's screen capturer. And after owning Snagit, my decision was to buy the other brand's software, as its price is just a bit higher than Snagit, but with the same quality, or I would say better, screen recordings as Camtasia. 

My post was intended to let TechSmith know my honest opinion, based on my experience, to help them improve their software offers.

I am not going to mention other companies in this TechSmith's forum or the links below, but please take a look at screen recordings and judge by yourselves. Snagit only gives a good colour quality video when the recording is downsized to 1080.

Thank you very much for your replies and help. It is very kind of you.

Roberto




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Videos are available. They can only be watched from theses links.
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I recorded the You Tube uploaded  Camtasia example in full screen on my 2560 x 1440 monitor.
Using SnagIt. I see nothing wrong with my recording.It's not washed out like yours.
I uploaded it to Vimeo.
If you click Vimeo on the playback controls.You can watch it in Full Screen mode.

From where I'm sitting, it seems the problem resides on your end for some reason?
I realize you've gone with another program.

For what its worth         {:>)
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Thank you very much Joe. Your recording with Snagit is very good and not washed out like mine. You are right the problem must reside on my end then. As I said, I don't have much time to figure out the origin of the problem now, but I will have to do it the future. At the moment, I will keep working with the other software. My apologies for thinking the problem was on Snagit . Thank you again for clarifying this situation.