Camtasia (previously Camtasia Studio) is a powerful screencasting tool that makes it easy to record what's happening on your PC, convert the results into a polished presentation, then share it with the world.

The program has many applications. You could use it to create a demo of your latest software, for instance. Or a technical support clip showing people how to perform some complicated PC task. Camtasia can record your performance in many games, so you can show off your skills. And it's even able to save a local copy of a streaming video clip, complete with audio.

Capturing is straightforward. Choose the size or window you'd like to capture, click the Record button and carry out whatever actions you need. Press [F10] when you're finished and Camtasia will convert your screen activity into a movie.

A wide range of editing options will then help to change your rough cut into something more professional. You're able to insert title pages, apply captions, include photos or video clips, add a soundtrack, and more. It's easy to highlight cursor movements and mouse clicks to help people see what you're doing, or, if you prefer, you can have Camtasia zoom in on important areas. It's even possible to add graphics with clickable links that will take viewers to another part of the video, or an external web page.

When you've finished, Camtasia can export your movie to many different formats: MP4, FLV, SWF, MPV, AVI, Silverlight-compatible WMV, MOV, RM, even animated GIF or MP3. Or, if you prefer, the program will upload your movie directly to YouTube or, TechSmith's own video hosting service.

What's new in Camtasia 9.1.0 (see full changelog for more)?

- Made improvements to the TechSmith Smart Player
- New device frame visual effect to make videos more engaging
- New properties panel to quickly adjust colors and text of animated graphics, like intros and lower thirds
- New extend frame functionality to make extending your clips more intuitive
- Addressed an issue where recordings would show as only one frame long on timeline incorrectly
- Handling finding offline media on users' computer in a smoother way
- Fixed a bug where batch production without subfolders option selected would still create subfolders
- Fixed a bug where production dialog hangs with multiple files based on markers selected
- Fixed AVI production for non TechSmith codecs
- Fixed a bug where sometimes scrolling through the font dropdown caused a crash
- Fixed a bug where media bin and canvas would end up being hidden on startup
- Fixed a bug where dragging transitions on media that is split caused a hang
- Fixed a bug where audio only TRECs caused a crash
- Other bug fixes and improvements


Camtasia Studio is a great screen recorder and video editor, but will you love it enough to pay the heavyweight price?