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Is it just me… or Does Camtasia Suck?

Now – excuse the bold statement… I realize I sound like a scorned lover – but that’s actually how I feel. I have been having a LOVE/HATE relationship with Camtasia ever since it was released.

Now, while I love the ability to turn on the application and start recording my screen so I can put out nifty training videos such as Top Linking Secrets – I hate the fact that Camtasia has been forcing me to do things in a complete counter intuitive way than us Adobe Premiere and Vegas Video users would try to do things.

You can’t select and deete – you need to cut out with a button… odd stuff like that. As expensive as Camtasia and it’s updates are – that is not cool.

And until the latest 6 version you couldn’t even cut audio indepenedently from video. LAME! What took so long.

Try to SAVE AS and you get a blank dialog with no file name – even though it was already saved. STUPID!

Biy I could go on and on about how lame Camtasia is.

Now – add to my frustration the ever evolving and worsening “export options” (produce video as) and you have a minor league application that simply doesn’t belong in the big leagues.

Each version the not only change things – but they remove things and things get more difficult and with less options.

The preset system they have for utputting video really blows big time. NOt only is it difficult to follow – it doesn’t offer some of the options that even a few upgrades prior offered.

I recenetly went form 6.0 to 6.03 and suddenly the video sthat were exported did NOT have “full screen resize” buttons. How lame is that! Even if you selected as an option on export.

A long trail of emails sent back an dforth was about as frustrating of a tech support experience as I have ever experienced. You can’t just read an email and answer with a 1 sentence response that doesn’t even address the detailed questions I sent them.

10 emails later and they finally point me to a difefrent export option – but now – this option does not show the same window inHTML – it’s very lame – a reduced thumbnail of thevideo you need to click an dthen it opens a full size window.

I miss the previous option that had a window that started streaming instantly after filling up 10% of the cache. Mysterioulsly gone….

It’s stuff like that which makes Camtasia and Techsmith one of teh worst and most undeserving tech companies around today.

Unless some other company buys them up – I only see it getting worse. And that is a shame because when it comes to capturing screen videos – it records pretty good.

Well – I needed to get that off my chest. Camtasia sucks and Techsmith is a weak company. I’m unhappy that I must be using the software and am hoping I find another alternative that really delivers what the other pro audio video editing programs offer.

Mike Liebner

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  1. Hi Mike!
    I can completely relate to what you are saying since I have also been using camstasia. I definitely love the screen recording functionalities. But I do not like it’s video editing capabilities. There are so many video editors out there with much advanced functionalities than camtasia. Well, good luck in finding an alternative!
    – Henry

    Comment by new media marketing — December 29, 2009 @ 12:23 am

  2. Dude I feel your pain. I’m a final cut user and a client recently asked me to edit on camtasia so he could play around with the edit later. I of course said yes, but man is it a hassle. Can’t add clips without screwing up the audio (had to fix it 3 times), can’t just simply move all the clips at once (one by one), and it doesn’t have nearly enough features for an editing program. Don’t get me started on exporting.

    It does record the screen well.

    There, I got it off my chest, too.


    Comment by Cody — January 7, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  3. Definitely sucked… they can’t do it without humidifiers and whole house humidifier

    Comment by humidifier — January 11, 2010 @ 1:35 am

  4. Camtasia Studio is good for screen capture but the audio recording SUCKS. Im making a tutorial so im speaking while its screen capturing. I tryed both PCM and MP3. I had the PCM set to the highest settings and I also had MP3 set to the highest settings, but the audio still sounds like ****.PS: Its not my mic beacause it sounds great when recording audio in other programs.

    Comment by french arabic — January 15, 2010 @ 11:04 am

  5. Camtasia is one of the most famous program that webmasters use to their tutorials. But for me, it produces not low neither high quality video.

    Comment by Harrison Stuart — January 16, 2010 @ 12:36 am

  6. Mike,

    I feel your pain! I love camtasia’s auto zoom feature (or whatever its called) and the way I can easily record on screen but the video editing features SUCK! Alot.

    Infact, I’ve even resulted to publishing the movie uncut from camtasia and bringing it into Windows Movie Maker for editing. Funny.

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  9. hi mike,
    Things about Camtasia Studio that you should be aware of:

    1. The audio editor is horrible and frequently shuts down in the middle of editing causing you to lose all your edits. This was not isolated to a single computer. I had several contacts with support and they all told me that they recommend downloading another audio editor.

    2. The pause feature would be cool except that you have to really plan for when you will use it. If you pause during a recording, you naturally have to return to the main application so that you can start up the audio again. However, if you are not slow enough, when you start the audio, go to the site that you are video capturing and then un-pause, Camtasia will sometimes automatically return to the Studio window and put your website into the background. There have been several times when this has happened and negated the entire video capture. I have wasted hours in re-working because of this bug.

    In the course of the past year, I have had altogether too many frustrating moments because the application has bugged out and caused me to re-do work multiple times. The real kicker is that there is nothing comparable that you can opt to use instead. I have found this little fact to be disappointing because I would gladly unload this application if I could.

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  11. It does suck – Screen Flow is better

    Comment by Lee Gilbert — March 19, 2010 @ 5:55 am

  12. I haven’t used that software but from your statement I can feel you disappointment on purchasing that software. Again because of this post you can help people to have an insight of what kind of software is that.

    Comment by Study in Australia — March 26, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  13. Hey Mike…I feel you man. I just picked it up about 3 weeks ago to do a project and I wasn’t too impressed with the functionality. I hadn’t used a screen capture software in the past, but while recording some training videos for my employees to learn how to use my online project management software it wasn’t too bad. I will probably try a few other pieces of software out before committing to it.

    If you have any success with any others, please post them here for us to see and try.

    thanks Mike

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    Comment by Rory Ramsden — May 13, 2010 @ 6:59 am

  15. Camtasia is rubbish. Not only does the export, editing and audio have massive flaws but if you do a google search for “Camtasia audio problems” you get 1,030,000 results.

    I swear that some guy developed some sweet screen-recorder then had a large cup of “douch-bag”, found the source code for windows movie maker combined the two, and made it even crappier!

    But i suppose im the “dough-bag” that purchased the software and thinks that updating a product might actually fix the problems I was having with it. Cheers Craptasia!

    Comment by tactical nerd posse — May 24, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

  16. before I was referred by a friend to use Camtasia. But from what I’ve read from an actual users, I don’t think I will use this. Any good suggestion for alternative? Thanks

    Comment by mondex1 — June 21, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

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    Comment by Muhabbet — July 31, 2010 @ 3:31 am

  18. OK, after going through a ton of hurdles with camtasia studio from techsmith, i am convinced these idiots don’t know what the hell they are doing.

    1. I was told that I MUST upgrade, so I did
    2. Upgraded, got a bunch of dll errors
    3. contact the suck support (forget tech support)
    4. short of understanding physics, the instructions were E=MC^2
    5. got 2 months ongoing “do this and do that bull5hit and NOTHING WORKS
    6. piece of crap crashes my computer each time it runs
    7. adobe products don’t, system has 8 GB mem and 3.2GHz etc.

    STAY FAAAAAAAAAAAAR away from craptasia, aka camtasia or CONtasia.

    Comment by John — September 14, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

  19. I downloaded Camtasia Studio 7 eval in 3 different PCs, XP, Vista, and 7.0. None of the PCs was able to capture the System Audio!

    Camtasia tech support articles did not provide a straight answer. Hence, I’m passing on this gem and try to look for a similar application.

    Comment by Juancho — September 30, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

  20. Hi Mike

    I downloaded Jing, same outfit and at first thought it was brain dead simple, then I noticed that the save options changed, presumably to try and get you to buy the upgrade

    I wrote to them asking what assurance I had that it would work okay if I did so but no response

    I don’t think they have any concept of customer service

    Thanks Tony

    Comment by Tony — October 6, 2010 @ 11:56 am

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  23. I just started using camtasia for an assignment at my university. At first sight it seems a pretty decent piece of software.
    But it’s like hell. It stopped working several times and I got a BSOD. The recording part is quite awesome, but after that … the editing just s*cks..

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  25. Ever since I’ve ordered my Ubuntu installation disk and switched to linux, I haven’t worried about Camtasia any more.

    Comment by Doug — January 23, 2011 @ 6:41 am

  26. A lot of morons complaining here. I don’t fault them, as they are likely inexperienced users. Many of the issues reported here do not even pertain to the software mentioned. Mostly just folks who are too dumb to understand how software works.

    I don’t blame them, I just pity them.

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  34. I totally agree! I know your post is old but I’m using 7.1 right now and it completely blows! It has crashed my PC 7 times in 3 days. Recording, I found a work around with my Hardware Video Acceleration turned down. Rendering it just crashes every single time. No matter what format, what I have in the project. I’m done with it.

    I Googled “Camtasia crashes” and you get pages & pages of frustrated users trying to do an important presentation, etc. Their support is severely incompetent, so I will go another route. Camstudio is free but limited.

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  39. I think Camtasia is awesome. I have been using Camtasia 7 for the last year an a half. I found it to be intuitive and easy to use. It’s easy to add voice, and backing tracks if required. The callouts work great if there is information that needs to be blurred. The transistions give it a bit of a slicker feel. As far as I can remember it has crashed twice, in the time I have been using it. I use Camtasia to create help tutorials for my companies product line. Very cool product.


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  41. i use camtasia studio 7.1. the record video works fine, however, I get a constant clicking and popping on the audio. any ideas on changing settings… or anythin else would be helpful.

    Comment by gerry — October 22, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  42. Camtasia for Mac sucks too. The audio playback just stops working (even though the waveforms look fine) and I used to have to restart the program to pick up editing where I left off. But today in the middle of editing I suddenly lost all audio output from the program. Other programs work fine. Despite trashing preference files and even reinstalling the program I can’t get it to work anymore. I want my money back!!!!

    Comment by Dr. Nick — November 26, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

  43. I totally agree, Camtasia Studio would be one of the most useful products out there if it just weren’t one of the most bug – riddled sacks of #%*$ out there. I wish there were a reasonable alternative…

    Comment by James Dogan — April 18, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

  44. I researched into Camtasia, basically if you look into the credits they used an SDK which means they took the work of others to make the screen recorder and video editing software, then they relicense out the shit to you after they put it all into a program. The real brains behind the product lies in those that developed the audio/video engine… Camtasia is just a bunch of scraps smacked together. Them silly corporate companies =]

    Comment by Austin Bollinger — January 11, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

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