Snagit video vs Camtasia video

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Other than the file format and the benefits associated with the trec file, what are the pros and cons of Camtasia and Snagit to capture video (not editing, just capturing).
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Marsha H

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It depends on what you intend to do with the video.  For example I only ever capture video in SnagIt to create a GIF file to illustrate a problem/behaviour.  If I wanted to do do more, such as caption a video, I would use a more fully featured product like Camtasia
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SnagIt captures directly to mp4 and is ready to share almost instantaneously. You just save it from the editor.If theres no editing changes. "No Trimming" its instantaneous because the file has already been created.You are simply naming that file.

Camtasia saves to a high quality avi. The video is of a higher quality for the purpose of editing and reproducing.Same goes for the audio.File sizes are quite large compared to SnagIt.
When you produce a video in Camtasia, information is discarded to produce a finial polished video.You need a lot of initial information to produce a high quality video.Especially if you zoom into text.And things of this nature.

SnagIt has setting that allow you to control the quality of Capture of video as well.The higher the quality, the larger the file.


Regards,Joe 
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Thanks for this info!
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If you record larger than 1920 X 1080.
I failed to mention one other thing.SnagIt has a setting that forces the recorder to scale captures down to 1920 x 1080. This would make for smaller file sizes and easier sharing.If you're not going to edit the video in another program.It should probably be checked.There will be some softening of the video through down-scaling.So it's something you would have to evaluate for your own purposes. If you are having  people zoom in tight to text and numbers.I would not allow down-scaling.

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I just wanted to clarify something a wee bit here. I'm sure Joe was intending to say that assuming you weren't going to do much editing such as trimming. But when one reads that sentence as written: 

SnagIt captures directly to mp4 and is ready to share almost instantaneously. You just save it from the editor.If theres no editing changes. "No Trimming"

I'm sure the "No Trimming" statement was simply intended to mean that you aren't actually doing that or have any need to. 

My reason for the clarification is that some may read this and come away thinking that basic editing such as trimming is impossible using SnagIt and you must use Camtasia if you need to do this. But that's not the case. The SnagIt editor does offer an ability to cut segments of the video. But they are pretty basic.

Cheers all... Rick :)
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The question was.
Other than the file format and the benefits associated with the trec file, what are the pros and cons of Camtasia and Snagit to capture video (not editing, just capturing).

Because if you trim the video. SnagIt has to reassemble the trimmed video.
So Re-Naming/Sharing is "Not Almost  Instantaneous" Depending on the speed of your computer. The amount of trimming and the duration of the  video.

There is a delay for this process to take place.

I was responding to the actual question.  I wasen't assuming no trimming would be done, that was the specific nature of the question.


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I should have added that I'm talking about screen casting only. No audio, no dual cameras... just a simple screen recording.
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I use SnagIt video/audio recording all the time for reporting tech support issues, short "how to do this or that" narrated videos etc.... save the file to screencast, send the link, and all is well.   I use Camtasia for production type work when I know I am going to do lots of editing and other production type activities.  For day to day quick video recording and sharing you can't beat Snagit
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Hi Marsha,

I use both. In Camtasia I like the ability to pause whilst recording and also capturing the mouse cursor is useful as I use the Cursor Effects to add highlight for example or remove the cursor. I don't think you can do either of these in a Snagit recording. Are you recording PowerPoint? There are benefits of using Camtasia over Snagit when recording a presentation too.

I hope this helps.

Jayne
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@Marsha H, others have already described the differences. I'll just add that I own both, but never capture videos in Snagit because I edit everything, and Camtasia is the best screen video editor. I do use Snagit 5-10 times every day for static screenshots because it's the best static screen capture editor. I edit audio in Audition or Audacity for similar reasons. They all excel at different tasks.