TechSmith has updated its Camtasia screencast software adding more background animations and promising smoother recordings. Read our Camtasia Studio 8 review.

The software allows users to record everything displayed on their screen, from cursor movements to data entry, and to apply an audio track or a voice over to it. This means it can be used for tutorals and presentations, for example.

Camtasia Studio 7 features a more efficient recorder, which TechSmith says offers smoother recording.

Once the onscreen information has been captured, the resulting images can be incorporated into an interactive video. Design elements that come with Camtasia Studio 7 include templates and a library of animated backgrounds, music tracks and effects created by Digital Juice. Sections of a screencast can be copied and pasted into a video timeline for editing.

Cursor effects be now be edited after a screencast has been recorded. Faster uploads to YouTube are supported.

"We have revamped the user interface to deliver a slicker experience and overhauled the recording engine to enhance the quality of the end video," said Shane Lovellette, Camtasia Studio product manager

Camtasia Studio 7 is priced at £178 and is available now from TechSmith and other online retailers such as Blue Orange.

See also: Camtasia Studio 6 screencast software