We asked your opinions on the use of TechSmith’s Camtasia toolset as an eLearning authoring tool. Thanks for your feedback, which resulted in an overall user satisfaction index of 0.
Okemos, Michigan based TechSmith boasts a suite of software titles designed to improve content creation for both professional users and hobbyists. Camtasia helps users create high quality videos easily. You can use Camtasia to record on-screen activity, customize and edit content, add interactive elements, and share your videos with anyone, on nearly any device. While the software is not specifically marketed as an eLearning solution it's feature set can be adapted for a variety of learning applications.
Our User Satisfaction score reveals an overall neutral rating which suggests that while Camtasia has it's advantages as screen recording tool, it may not be the ideal choice as the primary option for quickly creating eLearning content.
Camtasia received the most polarized responses to date. Users either strongly recommend or don't recommend it. There were relatively few respondents in the middle. Camtasia received an average overall rating of 6.9 from respondents, where 0 is "Not at all likely to recommend it" and 10 is "Extremely likely to recommend it".
38% of respondents gave Camtasia a rating of 6 or less. 24% of respondents gave Camtasia a rating or 7 or 8, while 38% of respondents gave Camtasia a rating of 9 or 10.
Overall people liked the intuitive user interface and basic design of the software, noting that the layout is relative easy to understand and the functions are robust and useful. Among the comments we received:
"It does everything from capturing my entire screen; capturing keystrokes, edits video, allows the user to share/interact with the audience and so much more."
"Powerful and easy to use. It's great for capturing video of the screen. I also like that I can create SCORM courses from it."
"Quick way to record a demo. I like the ability to publish a swf file that can be embedded in a course created by another authoring tool."
When asked what users didn't like about the software, some had issues with the product features, while most critical responses focused on pricing options or specific publishing limitations.
"Pricing options - it's expensive to roll out to an entire company."
"Inability to edit the movies that it creates. If there is a change, it often requires starting over."
"Video editing takes alot of system resources from my laptop."
"I recommend it to anyone wanting to capture video from their screens and wanting to create e-learning courses."
"When someone has static content and very little experience and needs a simple tool to create a demo. If someone has technical aptitude or experience, we typically prefer Adobe Captivate."
"I use Snagit on a daily basis. If you need an easy to use screen capture, Snagit is fantastic. I would, however, only recommend purchasing a bundle of Camtasia tools to specific areas of a company, i.e., design; training; call center techs".