Picking up from its very impressive predecessor...
We’ve been here before with Camtasia Studio 5 so what’s new this time around?
Well, 13 months on with the arrival of ‘Camtasia Studio 6’ the simple answer regarding the video and screencast creation software is ”a lot”. So let’s cut straight to it:
- Independent editing of visual and audio: separate changes can be made to audio and video recordings. Audio can now be re-recorded and dubbed over the original video and vice versa
- Editing hotkeys: eliminates the manual selection of options from a menu. Instead, regularly used editing tools can be assigned a hotkey, reducing editing time
- Creation of screencasts in an MPEG-4 AVC file format that uses Flash Player, the most widely used video player online, opens up the sharing of screencast files across multiple devices such as PCs, Macs and iPods
- New effects to add depth to presentations: the Tilt feature allows users to change the camera angle of the presentation so the content appears to be in a 3D space. Greater control over timings also mean that fades can be edited to 1/10th of a second, streamlining the audio and visual synchronisation process
- Free, enhanced Screencast.com integration means users can upload, share and organise completed videos on screencast.com. The improved service gives purchasers of Camtasia Studio 6 2GB of storage on Screencast.com and 2GB of monthly bandwidth as standard
- High definition (HD) video standard presentations: allowing users to display their presentations on HD TVs and widescreen monitors without losing resolution quality
- MOV file editing: it is now possible to select footage created with digital video cameras and other screencast applications for editing in Camtasia Studio 6.
Yep, it’s a tidy old range in these days of the ever growing self-made YouTube stars and they build on swanky core Camtasia features such as ‘SmartFocus’ (which automatically tracks movement of the mouse, tagging clicks and zooming to dialogue boxes), ‘Snap-to-Apps’ (automatic framing of applications prior to recording) and ‘ExpressShow’ (a discrete window which keeps a real time track of footage as it’s recorded).
As usual, all this functionality doesn’t ally Camtasia with the bargain basement but for those with serious screencast and video aspirations the $299 (£200) RRP should prove a price worth paying for software which has consistently proved it can get the job done right.