Camtasia 9


Techsmith released Camtasia 9. Two big changes that I like:

  1. New 64-bit engine for faster editing and encoding
  2. Cross-platform project compatibility

The 64-bit engine is a welcome upgrade that would make editing and encoding faster. That is one thing I don’t enjoy about making videos. It sometimes takes too long to edit a video.

I also like that now we can use Camtasia on both Mac and Windows. There used to be a Windows version and a Mac version. Now we can create a project in the Windows version and easily share it with the Mac version.

Time to go watch the tutorial videos to go make videos!


Snagit 13

snagit 13

My favorite screen capture software just got updated. Techsmith’s Snagit is now at version 13. Here is the list of what’s new (from Techsmith’s web site):

  • New design for capture

    • Updated ability to start a capture from within the editor

    • New on-the-fly capture interface

  • Panoramic capture

    • Capture tall, wide or infinitely scrolling content using this innovative scrolling capture method

  • New, streamlined capture preset creation and use
  • Effects side panel with property drop downs

    • Quick Styles are customizable – add, delete, reorder

  • Tools

    • New crop tool

    • New text tool

    • Color picker

    • Auto-resizing canvas

    • New magnify tool

  • Library/Tray

    • Removed Flags

    • Make tray collapsible

  • General/Share

    • Launch a capture from within Editor

    • Light and dark theme editor and capture window

    • New Share History

    • Ability to add share destinations to the toolbar

  • Improve performance when dealing with images with 10 or more items on the canvas

  • Eliminate crashes with large images – improved performance

  • Multi-edit images can be edited with acceptable performance

  • Outlined text

  • New callout shapes

  • New and updated stamps

  • Webcam

    • Ability to record webcam video while preserving Snagit’s real-time encoding

    • Toggle between webcam and screen video during recording

    • All built-in webcams and standard USB webcams will be supported

  • Animated GIF

    • Create a GIF from a video recording

    • Presets and custom GIF settings available

    • Option to “Fade to Black” on GIF start and end

    • Option to “Dither” GIF colors

    • Make GIF from a selection of a video

    • Saving and sharing via outputs to any destination that supports animated GIF.

  • Ability to capture fullscreen video at dimensions greater than 1080p

  • Supports image capture on 5K monitors

  • Higher frame rates for video capture

  • Easier video editing

  • Adjust DPE of capture before capturing

My first impressions:

  1. I like the modern look of the editor. It is more customizable.
  2. The startup time is rather long. Version 13 does require the .NET 4.6 Framework, which gets installed automatically if it is not present in your machine. I am not sure if this helps or hinders the performance.
  3. Techsmith claims that Snagit received a major performance upgrade. I will know more about it next time I record a video.

If you are going to be using Snagit, I recommend you also sign up for Techsmith’s blog here (scroll to the bottom of the screen).