TechSmith has today launched Camtasia Studio 8, the latest version of its market-leading screen-capture software. Read our Camtasia Studio 8 review.
In fact the phrase 'screen-capture' may be selling Camtasia a little short, as the feature set of Camtasia Studio 8 is now nothing short of staggering, and it may be best described as a full-featured video-editing program.
TechSmith told us that Camtasia Studio has been rebuilt from the ground up in order to make it easy for anyone to create powerful, professional and interactive videos that can be used for education, training, marketing and sales. Additional features and media assets have been added, and the number of file formats supported for both import and export is comprehensive.
Projects can be exported to Flash or HTML5, and watched on iPads, Android tablets, most Android smartphones, on laptops and on PCs - and if you host the file on TechSmith's servers, the process of selecting a format is seemless, delivering an optimized, interactive experience on nearly any device with just one output process.
Camtasia Studio 8 is available now, and costs £213 inc VAT for a single licence, and £70 for an upgrade. See all: Software Downloads.
Camtasia Studio 8: preview
In an exclusive one-to-one preview of the new software, TechSmith told us that it had invested 'significantly' in usability research, beta testing and user-experience design to improve on its market-leading screen recording and video creation application. To this end TechSmith has added interactive elements including in-video quizzing, in-video linking to web content and powerful video sharing options. We watched as a TechSmith executive demonstrated how easy it is to put together a presentation with an interactive quiz, and then harvested the results.
We watched as the new video "hotspot" capabilities were used to embed hyperlinks within video. Two dimentional presentations become interactive environments, similar to websites. The process is quick and simple, the result of what Camtasia describes as a 'totally new engine'. As a result, TechSmith told us, Camtasia Studio 8 is optimized for high definition, high motion screen video capture and editing, and by default video is captured at a healthy 30 frames per second.
That Camtasia can now be described as a full-featured video editor can be seen in the way that multiple tracks are now encouraged, as the traditional tri-pane video recording interface is supplemented by a simple multi-track timeline. It's also possible to import two or more high definition videos alongside any Camtasia-created screen recording. You can edit directly on the preview window canvas for immediate look-and-feel feedback, a process that at least looked straightforward and seemless on the demonstration we watched.
Camtasia also told us it had added new assets, animations and transitions, as well as online access to even more.
"We could not be more excited to unveil the new Camtasia Studio 8 to the world," said TechSmith's Shane Lovellette. "We put our heart and soul into the rebuild. The new Camtasia Studio 8 makes professional-grade video creation possible for everyone who has ever wanted to use it to share what they know. The interface is familiar yet much more intuitive, and major upgrades under the hood include high definition video production and the new TechSmith Smart Player that delivers an optimized viewer experience for nearly every screen size and type."
We'll be reviewing TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8 soon.