• Stephanie Castillo

Introduction to Camtasia

Updated: Jan 28

Camtasia is a video editing and screen recording program made by the company Techsmith. Its software resembles professional video editing programs such as Adobe Premiere but with a simple interface and streamlined editing process that educators can use to make high-quality videos.

Available on both Windows and Mac, Camtasia allows for educators to produce asynchronous lectures that are a step up from the typical Zoom lectures we have become accustomed to.

The software allows you to record your computer screen while capturing your video, audio, and the computer's audio. With Camtasia, you can easily and simultaneously capture talking head, slides, and pen & tablet formats. With the editing software, you can combine formats and have creative control over producing your video with their built-in animations, annotations, behaviors, and visual effects.

The limitations of this software are that the quality of the video recordings is limited to your computer's webcam and microphone, which limits your ability to capture other formats such as classroom, interview, & demo formats. However, you can work around this with external hardware such as USB microphones and webcams, or configuring your DSLR camera as a webcam.

Camtasia does cost between $150 – $250 depending on the licensing you purchase, but it is a one-time fee compared to Adobe's reoccurring subscription fee.

With these minor limitations, we highly recommend educators to try Camtasia for themselves to produce high-quality lecture videos for their classroom.

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