There are so many screen recorders globally, but not all are good. Some are slow, while some add come with a complex pricing system. Two popular screen recorders are Camtasia and Screencast-O-Matic. How do both compare? The article covers Camtasia vs. Screencast-O-Matic.
|Video editing||✔ (multi-track)||✔ (easy to use)|
|Ease of use||A bit complicated||Easy to use|
|Pricing||One time fee||Yearly|
Screencast-O-Matic is a screen recorder by itself, while Camtasia is an editor with an integrated screen recorder. Both support:
- Full-screen recording
- Region recording
- Microphone recording
- Computer sound recording
- Webcam recording
The free version of Screencast-O-Matic does not offer to record the computer sound.
Another significant part of Camtasia and Screencast-O-Matic is video editing. The former comes with a multi-track video editor capable of adding external media. The latter also offers a rich editing tool that does not support multi-track editing but some easy-to-use tools.
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The editor is only available in premium plans. The free tool comes with several options, such as trimming the video, but the full video editor is available in paid plans. The tool offers to:
- Insert a video or an image (picture in picture, but no multi-track editor)
- Narrate over the video
- Blur a part of the video
- Add a shape (arrow, box, circle, etc.)
- Add text
- Highlight a part of the video
- Replace video or freeze frame
- Adjust video speed
- Adjust sound volume
- Add transitions
- Add music from the Screencast-O-Matic library
- Resize video resolution
- Add captions (speech-to-text)
- Remove cursor or its effect
- Create scripted videos (premium)
The scripted video option allows to write a script and record the voice-over first, then the screen by following the recorded voice.
Camtasia, on the other hand, comes with many professional tools to add details to the video. You can expect:
- Behaviors (animated text titles)
- Cursor effects
- Voice narration
- Audio effects
- Visual (video) effects
- Interactivity (quizzes)
Video size test
To make this Screencast-O-Matic vs. Camtasia a fair comparison, I recorded a couple of videos (video game and browser). In this round, we check the video gameplay size. I recorded the same game on the same volume for 25 seconds and then exported both tools on 1080p quality.
The exported video in Camtasia took more storage (47.6 MB) than the video exported with Screencast-O-Matic (28.9 MB).
Basic screen recording
Recording and exporting videos other than gaming take less storage. I recorded a 3-minute and 20-second video while using the Google Chrome browser, and here are the results.
Camtasia video took 17.9 MB of storage, 5.5 MB less than Screencast-O-Matic’s (22.4 MB).
Camtasia vs. Screencast-O-Matic: Mobile
Screencast-O-Matic comes with a freemium mobile app. It works with your Screencast-O-Matic account. Depending on your desktop plan, you get the app features. For example, you can automatically transfer videos from your Android or iPhone phone to the desktop editor on the Premier plan.
Ease of use
I believe that Screencast-O-Matic is easier to use. The workflow is easy to follow compared to Camtasia.
Camtasia, on the contrary, is a fully-featured video editor with many great options, but to become a pro, one has to go through the learning curve. The tool also is sluggish sometimes and may not properly work on older computers.
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Here is another interesting topic. Camtasia is not free. The company offers a thirty-day free trial, which exports videos with Camtasia watermark, and the video can’t be used for commercial purposes.
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If you go with Camtasia, you will be paying a one-time fee of $250 with an option for a free upgrade for $50 extra. You also get a 30-day money-back guarantee on the purchase.
Screencast-O-Matic comes in free and the paid plans. The free plan, as mentioned, provides limited recording features, and most of the editing options are blocked. The Deluxe plan costs $1.65 per month and is paid yearly. It gives you access to:
- video editor
- computer sound recording
- importing narration and music
- more sound effects
- drawing and zooming while recording
- An automatic captions generation tool
- Green screen filter
The Deluxe plan is pretty much all you need if you want a cost-effective screen recorder and editor. The upper hand plan called Premier costs $4 per month, which includes Deluxe features, and offers access to:
- Stock library (images, audios, and videos)
- Custom controls and video player
- Video hosting on their website
- 100GB monthly bandwidth
- Connection with Zoom recordings
The tool also comes with the same plans for teams with at least 10 members with reduced cost.
Which one is for you?
You can use either to get things done, but I believe that there are some specific things that both suit. Camtasia is for creating and editing videos for YouTube, while Screencast-O-Matic has many online options to easily share videos with other people, especially with students or group members.
You can also use Screencast-O-Matic for simple YouTube videos such as tutorials and gaming videos.
The next thing is to download your choice from below. The tools mentioned in this article are pretty much all you will get, so at this point, it should be reasonably clear on what to choose.
The article Camtasia vs. Screencast-O-Matic covered the essential topics. I hope it helped you decide between the two. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions down below so we can discuss more.