What is the difference between SnagIt and Camtasia?

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Looking at Screen Recording software with Realtime Audio capture. I'll be making video tutorials. What is the difference between SnagIt & Camtasia?
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Posted 8 years ago

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Camtasia is made for screen captures of video content; it lets you capture these videos, edit them, and produce them into different video formats.

Snagit has a great video capture feature, but it really excells at doing static image screen captures that give you images in many formats; it also lets you annotate and edit those images.

For serious video tutorial work, definately use Camtasia Studio.

You can dowmload 30 day trial copies of Snagit and Camtasia Studio to try out; I use both all the time to do my video work. Snagit lets you create custom images to use a image callouts and title screens in Camtasia Studio.
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kayakman did way better at describing the difference than I could hope to achieve. But he made a good suggestion:

The trials are fully-functional, so give them a try and see for yourself! And as I'm a developer on Camtasia Studio, might I suggest trying that one first? ;-)

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Both of the prior responses are really good. It sounds like you already did some research and know that both SnagIt and Camtasia can record the screen. Camtasia is greatly different from SnagIt with regard to what happens after the recording. For instance today you are making tutorial videos perhaps you might want to add a quiz into your video at some point in the future. And if you would like to zoom in during a part of your video or show a spot light around your cursor these are all things that you can do in Camtasia. The list of features in Camtasia is exhaustive but those are just a few things that might be what you are looking for!

I'd say try it for yourself! As Kayakman said both are fully functional for 30 days! Depending on what you are looking for either (or perhaps both) might be what you need!
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I haven't tried camtasia but i do have snagit, it has many options the only bad thing is that it takes a lot of time to run specially when i want to get a print screen. 
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