Text / Images In Video (SNAGIT)?

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Hi folks,

I need a video software that will work with Windows 7 and also 8.1 (ideally with a license that allows for dual installation on my home and work PC's).

It will need to be able to record System Sound.  And also, I am using my videos for educational/tuition purposes (so not for movie making).  A good library of lots or bubbles, arrows, lines and circles are imperative.  As well as colours etc.

The choices within SNAGIT are totally excellent and perfect for what i want to use, but sadly it seems (unless i am quite mistaken) that you can only apply these to STILL images (not video!).  And this is precisely my problem.

A friend recommended Sony Vegas as a possible solution but I have not tried this out yet (ie. its 'trial' version).  If not, does anyone know of a software package which will tick all the afforementioned boxes please?  Unless there is an UPGRADE for SNAGIT available ?

(The attached image was created using the graphic library from SNAGIT.  It is exactly these type of images/text I need to have to create my tutorial videos).

Thanks very much indeed guys.

Best,

Paul David Seaman


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The features that you ask for are contained within Camtasia - Check out the free trial.
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Thank you RC,

But is there not a vast price difference between Camtasia and SNAGIT?

And why is the MAC version only a quarter the price!?

Ta,

Paul

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Hello there,
This is my take. You need a decent editor to do what you want to do. You will need to do some corrective narration from time to time. Edit the mistakes. With a good editor you can insert Images, make changes , the list is large.
SnagIt lets you remove portions of a video and that is it. I am unaware of a better program for what you are trying to do then Camtasia.
The number of callouts are limited. You can create your own in a photo editor and add them to the Library. Some people even sell callouts. I create my own stuff if need be.
Mac users complain that  windows Camtasia has many more features. I'm a windows person so I have no first hand knowledge.
Sony Vegas is not cheap either. And the Zoom features of Camtasia are second to none and important to most video tutorials.
I use Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Camtasia, Corel VideoStudio and more. 
You get what you paid for, and a good investment gives back.
That's my take
Regards, Joe
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Thank you very much indeed for your help JM.  I really appreciate that.

I am happy with the amount of choice and content of graphics/call-outs/text within SNAGIT.  There is nothing lacking in my opinion.

I was also looking at WonderShare but it looks very 'Mickey Mouse' and for stuff like making movies of your children's birthday party!

Adobe is mega bucks.  Don't know about Corel or AfterFX?

The Sony Vegas packages (from what I saw) sell for around only £30/40 unless you mean that is for a very basic package? :-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5039.m570.l2632.R2.TR8.TRC1.A0.H0.Xsony+vegas&_nkw=son...

If you care to view my recent and first attempts at tutorial videoing then this will certainly make things clearer (than me trying to explain in words).  I have no intentions to use Camtasia (or whatever) for  anything other than educational and self-promotional scenarios :-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-bXCLLo6U8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZMVZ2cSgdo

Kind regards,

Paul Seaman


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You could probably get by with a cheaper editor. For myself though, zooming in tight is critical to show others what I am doing.
It's not easy to follow a mouse pointer ,read menus or anything like that without zoom. A successful "You-Tube Tutorial Creator"  liked some of my first tutorials, e-mailed me and told me that zoom was critical because a lot of people don't have perfect vision, older people especially. He was right and I wouldn't want to do a tutorial without it ever again.

You can't zoom in to much on standard video like when you were playing the keyboard because it get's blurry in a hurry. So it's no good for that.
  I am attaching a video of what I do with Camtasia. The intro is created with high end editing software.
You will see a lot of Panning and zooming around the screen shortly after the intro to show others what they need to see. This panning and zooming is very time consuming and a bit of a nightmare with other software. With Camtasia it's almost effortless as soon as you get the hang of it. I know of no other program that makes this easy.
Regards, Joe



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Oh wow, you are really an expert!  All that effort and manipulation to attain the desired effect of smoke and pixelling!  I never imagined such work went into it.

Anyway, I flicked thru your video and I was highly impressed with the quality of the sound (your voice).  It sounded crystal clear with no 'plosives'.  Not sure how you got it sounding so excellent.  I am using a Sennheiser headset mic because I turn to my side a lot and talk about the keyboard as well as playing on it.  But no matter how much treble I attenuate, I still get 'hisses' on my 'S' words.  And I have moved the mic away quite far (to the point were it is almost too quiet and has to be boosted with compression). 

And I very much like all of the 'zooms' which you seemed to trigger quite easily whilst narrating and navigating I am assuming you have a setting were it activates automatically when you hover or open certain windows?).

My only concern with Camtasia (apart from it looking like a mammoth of a task to learn how to use it!) is that it might be overkill for what I need.  Though as I say, I find SNAGIT to be a dream to work with and has beautiful effect and graphic that I would like to use on my videos as well as still images.

Thank you for watching my video attempts.  I am a musician but as you know, these days everything is fusing so you need to know a bit about everything!

Ta,

Paul

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Hi,

And can I apply ALL the graphic/text characters (of SNAGIT) as in the screenshot above (first post) to a video created/opened in Camtasia?

In other words, are these SAME graphics included with Camtasia and can they be applied to video in the same way they can be applied to still images in SNAGIT?

Is it also possible to create a 'split screen' (so my face and narration in the top right hand side) and the rest of the tutorial (the lesson and its visual content) on the remainder of the screen?

Can you change the CUSOR within Camtasia?  Or only within Windows? Or even highlight it?

Which version is Camtasia now on?  Is it v.8? 

I have watched many of the tutorial videos but unfortunately most of them seem to be less than 60 x seconds long!

Thanks very much indeed guys.

Paul

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Hi Paul,
It sounds like you've gotten some great advice from the community so far.  I will try to answer some of your additional questions:

And can I apply ALL the graphic/text characters (of SNAGIT) as in the
screenshot above (first post) to a video created/opened in Camtasia?
In
other words, are these SAME graphics included with Camtasia and can
they be applied to video in the same way they can be applied to still
images in SNAGIT?

Answer: They will not be 100% identical because the products do not do
the same things as each other, but they should be very similar. We share
interface designers between the two products, so try our best to keep
them similar in look and feel.  Here is a link to a tutorial that specifically shows how to add callouts to your videos: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8-08-add-callout.html. And this video discusses all visual properties (callouts, animations, etc.): http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8-09-visual-properties.html


Is it also possible to create a 'split screen'
(so my face and narration in the top right hand side) and the rest of
the tutorial (the lesson and its visual content) on the remainder of the
screen?

Answer: This sounds like you are looking for picture-in-picture, where you have your screen recording as well as a "talking head" video that play simultaneously.  Assuming that is what you are looking for, then yes, Camtasia does support picture-in-picture.  More information about PIP is in this tutorial: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-pip-prior.html.


Can you change the CURSOR within Camtasia?  Or only within Windows? Or even highlight it?

Answer: This sounds like what we call "cursor effects" in Camtasia - the ability to highlight the cursor in your videos.  Here is a tutorial that covers how this works: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-sample-project-cursor-effects.html.


Which version is Camtasia now on?  Is it v.8?


Answer: The current version is 8.4, which was released on Tuesday, May 20th.  If you have not done so already, you can download a free, fully functional trial copy here: http://bit.ly/tryCamtasia

Let me know if I can be of further assistance!

Jenn





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Hi Jenn,

Thank you very much indeed for your extremely helpful reply.

The link (below) you kindly included does not seem to work? :-


Answer: This sounds like what we call "cursor effects" in Camtasia - the ability to highlight the cursor in your videos.  Here is a tutorial that covers how this works: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-sample-project-cursor-effects.html.

I also have some 'audio' questions but I will post those under separate cover.

Many thanks,

Paul

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Awesome JB,

Much appreciated.

Just one last question please :-

Can you change the actual icon of the cursor itself?  Or only within the Windows icon library?

Best,

Paul

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No, you would need to change the curser in the windows Library.

Regards, Joe
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Thanks Joe.

That's the END of the thread now mate !!

(You can help out on my MIC question post if you like !!)

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/mic_for_narration_with_camtasia_models

Best

Paul

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