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As a basic tool, Camtasia is designed to record the screen output of your monitor, and then export that capture as a video that can be played back. However, it also has a range of other features built in for editing or improving videos. Many users of this software use it to produce tutorials, for example.
Camtasia is not a free software suite and will require an upfront payment as opposed to a subscription. However, there are many free alternatives to Camtasia that by and large provide the same set of features, including screen capture and the ability to export videos in a vast array of file formats.
Videos can be both exported from and imported into Camtasia; the latter function is used when wanting to edit an existing video file. The supported formats include mp4, MTS and M2TS, AVI, WMV, MPEG-1, MP3, WAV, WMA, MOV H.264 AND PNG MOV, M4A, BMP, JPG, PNG, PPT and PPTX.
Camtasia is capable of recording different types of audio. Firstly, users can opt to have their own speech recorded via the 'microphone' option, which helps in making tutorials, for example. Secondly, there's another setting that can be enabled or disabled, which allows videos to also record system sounds.
Camtasia can be used for a wide range of purposes, from recording simple video game clips, to producing entire tutorials for small business or enterprise use. The wide array of supported formats also mean that you can use this sool for video editing, and captioning is possible, too.
Camtasia doesn't prevent you from editing 4k video content, though your computer might; it takes a large amount of processing power. On lower powered machines, the playback performance can be worse and appear laggy. Attempting to perform this editing on such a machine could also result in the software running slowly.
The Camtasia trial does indeed insert a watermark into any video produced through the Camtasia software, if used without a software key. If you'd like to produce videos without the watermark, then you will need to enter a valid software key into the application. This will remove the watermark from exported video files.
It's possible to export videos in a number of formats from Camtasia, once they're ready to Share. Simply click on the 'Share' menu within the Camtasia menu bar, then click on 'Export'. You'll need to select the format to export as, which should be mp4. Finally, select a destination folder and choose a file name, then export the file. It will be saved as an mp4 playable file.
Exporting from the software couldn't be easier. There's an 'Export' button within the program menu that allows you to choose from all of the different file types available. The time taken to export each type of file varies, but on the whole it's a fairly quick process, and files can be saved locally.
Although Camtasia is used to capture screen activity, it's also possible to add in captioning, too. There are four steps, which you start by importing an existing video to be captioned. Next, import or paste the text into Camtasia, and then ensure you synchronise the text with the video. Finally, save the captioned video as a new file, or overwrite the existing one.