Is Camtasia Studio a bit overpriced?

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I have been thinking in buying Camtasia Studio 9 (or 8 if it even possible) so i could have camtasia in the "good" way for about 2 or 3 years,(principally becuase i use it daily and i would love to get the updates, plus i know that if you really like a product you should buy it) but the $199 dollars is bit too much money to buy it (thinking that a PS4 is only $66 more it's a good example of why i think it's overpriced, and more if you live outside of the US/EU).

It would be really nice to have some kind of "Holiday discount" or an older version for a cheaper price (like 8 for $120 or just the editor for $100).

I feel like there is a huge amount of people with the same problem that have to get a "pirated" version or just not buy it becuse they feel intimidated by the huge price of it.

Another thing would be changing the prince between countries ( I guess it's more easier to get $200 in the US than in Poland, Argentina or Switzerland).
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And that is one of the reason's why I opted to get the Monthly subscription.
$9.99 per month.
This shows the entire walkthrough, from start to finish, on how to setup your Subscription account, how to install steam, and then how to install Camtasia Studio.

With the Monthly Sub, you always get the latest version of the program and always pay $9.99 per month.
The video last 9:31, and gives all the details.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f20CO8ggnCw&index=1&list=PLoGpay6XnQnTKgZMDZs9u-zIq_zbiFI9I
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Oh yeah. One more thing.
In the US, for the last 8 years, have been really hard for people to pay their rent and put food on their tables.
So, the $200.00 price tag has a bit steep here in the US as well, my friend.
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It's been the same the world over, we're all going through hard times (bloody Brexit here in the UK).  I presume you are looking at this from a gaming point of view.  Most of us use Camtasia to create awareness or training videos.  I show my clients what I can do with Camtasia and they soon agree that it can create more inclusive training than Captivate which is 5 times the price.  Camtasia is a professional tool and I think that what I get for the price I paid is really good.  If you are using it for business, a mornings work will pay for it.  I am presuming that you don't use any of the interactive features, as an analogy, I don't think you can really complain about how much your car cost you because you only sit in it and listen to the radio.

Please don't take my reply in an antagonistic vein (this is one of the only products that I have actually paid for), it's just that I think it's worth it.  Yes it could be better, but then they might charge more.
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Hi there

I agree with most of your points, but I'd love to know more about your reasoning behind the statement that Camtasia is able to create more inclusive training than Captivate.

Note that I personally dwell in both universes. TechSmith as well as Adobe. And I've been doing a LOT of digging in the past few weeks as I'm facilitating a webinar tomorrow for the "Adobe Cheerleaders" where I contrast Captivate with Camtasia as well as SnagIt and Jing.

I'm also working on a "feature by feature" comparison between several products that I'll be happy to share with the world at large once it is complete. (I used Microsoft Excel to create it)

So I'd be very appreciative if you could perhaps flesh out what you meant with that statement. I'd really like to know more.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi Rick

Captivate is great for linking up with LMS's and IS able to be more inclusive ... but the developer/designers I come across don't seem that proficient in videos so everything seems to come out quite static looking (to me).   I do find Captivate to be quite 'slide' oriented and fiddly to build up, but it is great for Induction/Health & Safety/Money Laundering type e-learning.  

I've recently done a set of videos for a major world bank.  After I had done the first few, they asked me to recreate some e-learning that had been created by another company in Captivate, but users were complaining that it took an hour to do each course.   I created 20 minute Camtasia videos with knowledge checks and links to hidden sections at the end of the video to explain in more detail if they wanted to know more.  The videos had voice overs and subtitles (in 8 different languages), but did not use quizzing.  If they got the question wrong, it told them the correct answer.  All quite easy with hotspots jumping to different parts of the time line.  The client only wanted proof that they had viewed the majority of the video so that was all that was set up in LMS.  The feedback from users was extremely positive and they preferred it.  

OK Captivate can do a lot more interactively, the best of both worlds is embedding videos into Captivate.  I came from a Film & TV post production background, most Captivate developers I come across are scared to use video as they have no experience of voice overs and video editing.  This is the trouble (or is it - maybe it's more work for me!)

Certain tools should be used for certain jobs, I use Premiere Pro for complex video editing, Fireworks for image manipulation (for the simple edits I make, I prefer to use it rather than Photoshop), After Effects for High End Info-Graphic style videos, Captivate for e-learning where a lot of interaction is needed with the LMS and Camtasia for Software training (I specialise in SharePoint and O365).

I suppose the simple answer is that for software training, I find users seem to like to see the product being demonstrated rather than being asked to click through different slides.

I'll be really interested to see your comparisons when they're done

Docsope
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Thank you so very much for your reply! Most appreciated. So I can easily see where if folks are coming from a "video oriented" background, Captivate does seem quite "fiddly". And I also agree totally on your mention of things taking much longer to achieve in Captivate VS Camtasia. That's kind of my own rule of thumb. If folks are wanting that pure full motion video, I always recommend Camtasia. Hands down. But you can't beat Captivate if what you are wanting is a full on "simulation". That's where Captivate has the advantage over Camtasia.

One of the weaknesses I see with Captivate is with that whole "embedding videos" thing. Over in the Adobe forums I see so very many issues folks encounter with that aspect.

If you would be so kind as to email me privately, I'd appreciate your feedback on the comparison chart I'm developing. I'd like to see if (or what) I may have missed. It's sort of "fluxed up" at the moment. (my funny way of saying it's in a state of flux as I flesh it out).

If that appeals to you, please shoot me a private email at rickstone1975 (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll be happy to share it with you.

Cheers... Rick :)