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  • #436

    Joe Martin
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    I’ve used Camtasia and like it. But, done of these shiny object ones that have come out recently showed promise on time savings. Thoughts?

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  • #453

    Don Sturgill
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    Camtasia for PC. It’s the gold standard.

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  • #618

    Bruce Hoag
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    I have used Camtasia, but now that I’m back to Mac, I use QuickTime. It’s easy to use and came with the computer.

    Some people use ScreenFlow and maybe there’ll come a time when I do, too.

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  • #624

    Scott Hogue
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    On Windows 10 I use Flashback express for screen capture, it is free. You are limited on what formats it will export to in the free version, but that doesn’t bother me since I use Total Video Recorder to do some of my editing and can convert it to about any format.

    Total Video Recorder is also a basic audio editor.

    Of course Audacity is the gold standard, free and open source audio recorder/editor.

    Different software for different folks…

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  • #632

    Jan Sandhouse Hurst
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    I use screencast-o-matic for powerpoint videos and love it. Easy to use and good editing tools. Also syncs nicely with many other sites.

    I use jing for individual screenshots. Jing will also do short video capture.

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  • #670

    Bob Moore
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    If you’re on a PC, it starts and ends with Camtasia. Yes, for some it’s cost prohibitive, but it’s got the whole package. If you’re on a budget, Video Motion Pro is a good option.

    As you search for viable options, you’ll come across hypey pitches such as “Camtasia killer.” Don’t believe it. I’m not saying there aren’t good alternative products out there. There are. They’re just not at that level.

    Oh, for what it’s worth, I also own MonkeyPlayr (that’s the way it’s spelled). It’s a good alternative as well without the sticker shock. Good luck.

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  • #677

    Carol Bremner
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    I’m with Jan. I really like screencastomatic. It might not have the capability that Camtasia does, but it works for my needs and is easy to learn. I use it for everything.

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  • #693

    Scott Hogue
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    Jan, get response uses Jing to make a screen video to show you how to do something when you live chat them and ask how to do something. Then they send it to you. Pretty cool!

    I want all of my instruction manuals to come in coloring book format.

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  • #695

    Suzanne Sukhram
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    I use Screencastomatic, but it is not great for trying to sync audio with presentations and such. I’m currently testing an alternative to Camtasia. I will keep you posted.

  • #709

    Bob Moore
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    Jing was mentioned in this thread. It’s prominent on my desktop. It’s a great way to capture a screenshot or to create/capture a video that’s no more than five minutes.

    It’s certainly no rival for Camtasia, but if you don’t need anything fancy, you just need some screenshots, and/or your videos are short, this a great option. . .and it’s free.

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    • #5334

      Bruce Hoag
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      Jing used to be entirely free. By that I mean that all you had to do was download it.

      Now you have to provide credit card details to download what is ostensibly a free program. To me, “that does not compute.”

      As a result, I don’t use it anymore.

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  • #757

    Dana Cassell
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    A vote here for Camtasia on the PC – the Camtasia-killers do some things well, and if that’s the feature you need, they make sense. But Camtasia is the best all-around to be ready for most anything. Also, support is good with many how-to videos on their site as well as on YouTube by established users. The latest edition came down in price, I believe. Plus, I think they offer an educational discount if you have a student or teacher in your household.

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  • #790

    Steve Allen
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    I’m a Camtasia guy too. Love it. I’ve tried pretty much everything for the PC and always end up going back to good ole’ Camtasia.

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  • #2062

    Tina Fletcher
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    I like Camtasia also but I have some other program depending on what I need I have one called faststone capture (cost my $20) which I use for screen sharing recording and power point videos. I also use EasyVSL for Sales pages that are text only and I have played around with vidizi which does quick 10-30 sec videos and Video Builder app which I have had for awhile and not really used (should probably check it out further).

    So in saying that the video software I would recommend depends on what you are doing with it and how much you want to spend Yes Camtasia is really good but expensive. Where as I can get a pretty good video for:
    – Screenshot Videos Faststone capture $20 and then editing in with Movie Maker
    – For written VSL either Power Point and Faststone Capture(capturing screenshot of powerpoint with voice over) or EasyVSL (I think its pretty dear now)
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  • #2088

    Bruce Hoag
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    Any new tool has a learning curve.

    So whatever the promises are for speed, you have to take that into consideration.

    My advice is that if you have Camtasia, you like it, and it works for you, then it’s a distraction to think about anything else.

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  • #2097

    Malik Ahmad
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    I use Jing for screen captures. And Screencast-o-matic pro for videos.

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  • #4160

    Mark Rhodes
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    I use Webinar Jeo for all my screen capture needs. Designed for presenting webinars, which I do, it does great for screen capture, white board, voice over slides, etc. I just present without attendees and save/download the video.

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  • #4190

    I swear by Snag-it, which is made by Techsmith, (which makes Camtasia), but Snag-It costs a quarter of the cost – $49.99. And, you can get a free 2 week trial: http://bit.ly/2zCwRBz

    I also use Screencast-O-Matic. Super cheap and does the job.

    Both are “must-have” products for me.

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  • #4194

    Susan Parnaby
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    I heard that Facebook live now does screen-sharing for some people.

    I keep meaning to check out Zoom as this seems to be getting more popular. I don’t know how much you can do with the free plan but that sounds like one possibility if you are on a budget. I have seen people use this for screen sharing but I don’t know what the limitations of the free plan are.

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  • #4218

    Sean Mize
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    As we can see in thread, sometimes its a matter of learning something, then you like it, then you don’t want to switch to anything else because knowing how to use it trumps everything else!

    My thoughts:

    CAmtasia for PC

    Screenflow for Mac

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  • #5333

    Jan Sandhouse Hurst
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    I’ve just started using Lumen 5, which converts text like blog posts into video with images and music. There is a free version, and it’s pretty easy to use.

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