Tuesday, June 19, 2012

TechSmith Releases Camtasia Studio 8




TechSmith has released its latest version of its screen capturing and video editing software Camtasia Studio 8 for Windows. It is available now. You can try it free for 30 days or purchase it for $300 (U.S.D.) Owners of Camtasia Studio 7 can upgrade for $99 (U.S.D.) but this is a limited-time only price. Upgrade now or spend more later.
I use Camtasia Studio to create my AutoCAD Training videos so I can’t wait to start using Camtasia Studio 8. I am literally going to start my next video title this weekend and I will be using Camtasia 8 to do so. I plan on giving a full hands on review in the future.


Here is a short list of the new features in Camtasia Studio 8.
  • Record smoother videos with a higher frame rate (30 fps)
  • Quizzing
  • Screen “Hotspots” where users can click for instant feedback
  • Unlimited Multitrack Editing
  • Major increase to theme library content
  • Content Animation
  • Visual Effects
  • TechSmith Smart Player - allows your content to be viewed “anywhere”

TechSmith rebuilt Camtasia Studio 8 “from the ground up”. They wanted to make video creation more streamlined and easy to do. From what I have seen so far they have. As a CAD Manager that has created How To videos with Camtasia in the past, I really like the idea of the quizzes. This means that I can test how well my users are doing. I can train and test in one easy solution. I know if my videos are effective or not. I can also tell what my users need to work on.

The other feature that I like best is the increase of content in the library. TechSmith has added more music, animations, graphics and callouts that make my videos much more interesting (or at least has the potential to.)

I promise to provide a full hands-on review of Camtasia Studio 8 as I use it more. Download it free for 30 days. Try it out. I like it. You may like it too.


Links:
Camtasia Studio: www.techsmith.com/camtasia
Download Camtasia Studio 8.0: www.techsmith.com/download/camtasia/default.asp
Video Overview of Camtasia Studio 8.0: http://youtu.be/-sJ1M-IKICA
Camtasia Studio 8.0 on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ChannelTechSmith
Camtasia Studio on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CamtasiaStudio
TechSmith: www.techsmith.com

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